Here are pictures of Skyler's deer she got with her muzzleloader at 1:30 on Friday. He is a 12 pointer who weighed 205#. This buck was one tough dude -- breaking off 4 of his tines, probably during some pretty intense fighting. He has super-long main beams -- 26 inches on one side. Skyler let quite a few deer walk before deciding to shoot this one. So here is the story from start to finish (this is where most people will close the page cuz they know how wordy I can get) :)
Since Paul has gotten his two bucks for the year (he cannot shoot another buck in Illinois) and since I have not yet "pulled the trigger" with my bow on a deer yet this year, Paul sat with Skyler and I sat in a separate stand on the same property. I of course let her have her choice of stands and I picked my stand after that. Both stands proved to be great Friday (opening morning), however a lot of the deer were hanging out in the brush -- not offering shooting opportunities. Skyler got to see and hear a lot: a buck roar, bucks grunting, a buck fight which was pretty long and drawn out and bucks chasing does. While all that was going on, I had my deer (an 8 pointer) come through at about 9:00 and I initially decided to let him walk but then he completely circled my stand at about 25 yards the entire time, offering awesome wide-open broadside shots and I finally couldn't take it any longer and decided to shoot him at about 25-30 yards. It was nice to get my .54 caliber flintlock dirty.
As soon as I shot my buck I texted Paul and Skyler and told them they had to come up to my stand because the deer were using the area heavily. Since the wind had switched at their stand to a not-so-positive direction, they decided to take me up on my offer. So after the tradeoff, and only about 3 hours later, Skyler got an opportunity at this mature awesome buck and her shot was true. Her deer dropped only about 75 yards from where she shot him. Paul and I are both super excited for and proud of Skyler and she is pretty excited herself!! She set out this year to get a bigger buck than she had gotten in the past and she definitely did that! Congratulations Skyler on a GREAT hunt and an awesome buck!
In my last post (that I was typing with my very tired 5:00 a.m. brain, very quickly before going hunting again) I failed to post about Paul's doe he harvested this year as well...so here she is. Skyler's 133# doe didn't get to be the family's largest doe for too long...this doe tipped the scales at 143 so now we all have another goal to shoot for :-)
I haven't posted in a long while...been spending too much time in the timber I guess. However, during that time, both Paul and Skyler have had great success. Below are pictures of the deer taken so far this year. I am hopeful that I will fill a tag this weekend. I have spent approx 60 hours in the timber so have gotten to see SO many awesome wildlife displays. Seen several "chasing" episodes. I have had deer literally at the base of my tree, I have seen scrapes worked, rubs made, saw a color phase turkey, heard a lot of buck grunts as well as two snort wheezes. Lovin my time in the timber but ready to take one home...so we'll see.
Paul's 12 pointer - 251 pounds field dressed
Skyler's doe shot during the youth season - 133 pounds field dressed which was the largest Grissom doe to date.
Paul's 16 point buck -- the most points any of us have ever gotten.
Our life can only be described as a hunting focused family. We spend the entire year with a drive many consider above and beyond preparing for those few moments when flint meets steel or arrows are set to fly. The final product is always worth the countless hours of preparation. Welcome to our lives.