Loch Raven Success Story 10-14-2015

Loch Raven Success Story 10-14-2015

One of our readers sent us an email about a week or so ago with a full story about their successful hunt in Loch Raven on 10-14-2015.  He also included a picture below. Here is Brent’s story: Thought you’d appreciate the details of my hunt 10/14/15 which ended with the harvest of a small 8 point. I got into the Loch Raven woods around 3:00pm. The wind was from the NW so I decided to set up on a bench that sees little to no pressure and works well with NW wind in your face. The bench is fairly long 40yrds wide and sits almost on top of a large hill with the ridgeline only about 20’ above the bench. The spot acts kind of like a funnel for deer that want to remain concealed. At this locale I’m only up in the tree around 12’ but am concealed by heavy vines hanging around the tree. There are plenty of shooting lanes and typically expected shot is 30-35 yrds.  The woods were pretty quiet but I was feeling that I would see some deer cruising by at dusk. When I left for the evening I had decided that I’d shot a doe if the shot was presented to break the ice with my new bow. Around 5:45 I hear some rustling on the brush behind me and to the right. I stand up and get into position as a buck cruises through an opening and then behind some brush (about 20yrds away). I take the opportunity to draw and the buck walks down toward me, I’m at full draw as the buck comes within 5 yrds. I’m going back and forth if I want to take the shoot or let him grow another year. He then looks up at me and darts back to the 20 yard mark and inches into a clearing. He is half way up the ridge at this point and eye level with me, my mind is made up, I pull the release get a great hit.  I must have been at full draw for 2 minutes, my arm was Jello. The deer crashes his way along the ridge and I lost sight of him.  I stayed in the stand for about 30 minutes then got to packing up and tracking. I ended up having to back out until morning as my flashlight failed on me. I came back in the next morning, and saw him lying under a tree around 70yrds from impact, no tracking required. I was debating if I should take the shot, but am totally glad I did. Best of luck, Brent Thanks for your story and congrats Brent. Keep up the good work and good luck the rest of the...
1/15/2015 Hunting Trip Success!

1/15/2015 Hunting Trip Success!

I headed out for a morning hunting with a friend of mine on Thursday morning.  It seemed like a picture perfect morning, nice and cold and the deer should have been moving. Got in our stands around 7 AM,  and started the waiting. I saw a ton of squirrels and kept thinking I was hearing deer walking in the crunchy snow.  Well, I never did see a deer but it was a nice morning in the woods and it’s always great to get out hunting with friends. The evening rolled around and the middle of the day was long  and I got out late.. I mean super late, so our private land was my only option.  It wasn’t long and I saw deer, I only had 40 minutes of legal shooting light and I figured I probably wouldn’t see anything…. Well, I was wrong.  We have been having a bachelor group of young bucks we have been getting pictures of pretty much every night at some point and does very late in the evening like after 9 PM.  Well, I thought I would hope a doe would wonder out at last light even knowing that had not been coming into this woods until well after dark the past several weeks. About 5:10 PM I saw movement up the hill, here comes a number of deer.  As they started to filter down the hill and towards the fields I saw all the little bucks we have been getting pictures of.  To be exact the same 6 young bucks, most of which or all of we have posted pictures of throughout the year.  A 4 spikes, a cool 4 point, and a very small 6 point.  They feed in the fields every evening but no does have been with them since early December.  Well, I watched 6 deer walk down the hill towards the fields, sure enough it was the bachelor group headed to their nightly feeding location. It was now getting close to the end of shooting light, it was about 5:30 PM, I had just about 8 – 10 minutes of remaining legal  shooting light left when I saw another deer come down the hill and it had a good size body on it.  My first thought was it was a big doe finally working down the hill, but then something else in my mind told me that it was likely another buck, maybe one from earlier this year.  Well, sure enough it was a buck and 2 minutes later I had the 8 pointer I had spent all season after that we had so many pictures of from early in the season whom had now broken his left main beam off.   He walked out one of the trials the deer commonly use and finally presented himself with a 27 yard quartering away shot. I drew my bow and let the air fly, I watched him run off watching my lighted nock run through the woods and start back up the hill when I lost it. It was just suddenly gown which I knew was either a good sign because he was down or bad because I just lost it and he had gone over the hill.  My first thought was the shot was low and looking where it was sticking out of him, I kept thinking it was low. Be it that was the first shot I had taken at a deer this year I guess I...

11/14/2012 Evening Hunting Trip

Headed out to Loch Raven this evening with a good friend of mine.  A little after 4 pm I heard some grunting from the hill behind me, at which point I turned around to see 2 or 3 does running.  I couldn’t see the buck but could hear him and he was clearly chasing a doe.  Sadly he pushed them off into the thicket where I couldn’t see or shoot.  A little while later I saw 4 does come down off the hill but a good 50 – 60 yards away from me and seemed to be heading away from me.  Well, a little while later I got a text message from my friend saying that he could see them and they were heading my way.  Good news for me since it was 2 does and 2 fawns and I need 2 does so I can have a chance at my bonus buck! Needless to say they came trotting over my way a few minutes later, the biggest doe passed right by me at 30 yards but moving way too fast to shoot.  The fawns of course being fawns were right behind her, but offered shots, but I didn’t want to harvest a fawn they need to grow up.  So that left this one doe who was in the back, and she had stopped and was starting to feed along.  I was all ready for her to take the same path and to have a nice broadside 30 yard shot.  Deer will be deer and never do what you expect, she started walking back and forth feeding along, the others were off about 50 yards to my left, but she was over in some thick stuff only 25 yards away.  I watched the other 3 feeding and this one decent size 2 1/2 year old doe for 20 or so minutes (at least it felt like that long).  Finally the one  off to my right looked like she was going to walk away and gave me a 23 yard shot that wasn’t the best as I only had a tiny window and I decided not to take it. Then a minute or two later she turned completely around and started feeding back to me,  by this point the biggest doe whom is 50 yards away has picked me out and is just standing there watching me trying to figure out what I am and why I am moving my head.  Well, the doe started to get closer and closer until she was just 15 yards away, but feeding in thick stuff and I had branches in front of me so I had no shot at all. I was getting worried knowing the bigger doe had picked me out that it was only a matter of time before she took off, but the fawns were still feeding as was this other mature doe.  So I just waited,  and finally this doe walked around the tree and through all the thick stuff she was in and walked into an opening. 18 or 19 yards there she was quartering away giving me a perfect shot.  Well, knowing I wanted to harvest a doe I decided I would take my chances with the other big doe watching me and draw my bow.  I drew my bow back and as I settled into my peep I heard the big doe and maybe one of the fawns start running.  The doe I was planning to shoot went...
11 Point Pictures

11 Point Pictures

As promised I wanted to provide everyone some daytime photo’s of the 11 point I harvested on Saturday 11/3/2012.  I am including photo’s of the rack as well as the last photo to show where I hit him.  It was a perfect double lung shot at 26 – 27 yards and he ran 75 – 85 yards.  The butcher is hopefully going to weigh the deer so I will try to update this post when I pick up the deer in about 3 weeks. However, we all guessed him to be 125 – 135 field dressed.  The head is safely in the hands of a taxidermist and once I get it back I will be sure to have another post with the final pictures of him mounted. Enjoy the photo’s and make sure you provided us with your trophy pictures doe or buck as well!...
11/3/2012 Evening Hunting Trip, Success!

11/3/2012 Evening Hunting Trip, Success!

Third time really is the charm!  Got setup a little late this evening but better late than never right?  Shortly after 6 pm I had 3 does come in feeding and I watched them as they walked around feeding.  About 6:20 I had another doe come it, and at this point I had a fawn, yearling, and two adult does feeding within 30 yards of me and I had decided my trigger finger needed scratched.  It was plenty cool enough and I had waited long enough, it was time to harvest a doe for some meat.  I was just waiting on a good clean broadside shot.  Just as I was about to take a shot a the one bigger doe that didn’t have a fawn I saw another tree coming.  I quickly got a good look at it and sure enough it was that same 11 point I have been telling you all about.  The same one that I have missed both days before hand.  He might have gotten me to miss twice, but three times was not happening.  I watched him approach and waiting on a good broadside shot, finally at 6:27 pm  with just 5 or 6 minutes of legal shooting light left he presented me with the perfect broadside shot at 27 yards.  I let the arrow fly and heard the signature thunk of an arrow landing where it should. I will honestly say that it was dark enough I wasn’t sure where I hit him all I knew was I put it right behind is shoulder and dead in the middle up and down.  He took off running and I lost sight of him.. So I waited about 30 minutes before I started my search. Went to the place he was standing and started looking for the arrow, found it clean pass through with good lung blood on it! 🙂  This told me my shot landed right where or close to where I was aiming. Started looking for blood, couldn’t find any, he didn’t really start bleeding until about 40 yards into his run.  I was only getting dots and some places several dots, knowing it was a clean pass through I thought I would have more blood (this had me a bit worried).  Followed the blood trail for another 60 yards or so and started to see signs he was bleeding more, took the flashlight looked around and there he was just 5 yards further over in some brush.  So in total he ran about 85 yards, which isn’t so bad. When I found him I learned my shot had landed right where I was aiming behind his shoulder, but was an inch or so high and gave him a high double lung shot. This is why I didn’t have a big blood trail, it was mostly only dripping out the exit, which was high as well. I of course had to grab him and check him out and count the points, and as I said yesterday after I shot at him, it isn’t so much that he is that big, but he is super cool as you will see in the pictures below.  He is a mainframe 8 with a second  beam or kicker on his right side that gave him 3 more score-able points. He has several other little points but they are less than an inch. Probably the coolest 11 point buck anyone could ask for even more so from central Maryland.  This...
1/30/2012 Morning & Afternoon Hunting Trip

1/30/2012 Morning & Afternoon Hunting Trip...

    I headed out to the same location that I hunted on Saturday 1/28/2012 when I saw all those deer that morning.  I had high hopes and nothing to lose so to speak.  I took one of my friends that hunts with me along and put him in the tree where I had been in and I took a gamble that the deer would come from this area, so I sat in a different tree.  I am sure glad I did… just after 7 a.m. I heard crunching and around the hill comes 3 does.  One was a fawn, one a yearling and one a big doe with the big doe in the lead.  They came right down the trail as I had hoped, but much faster than I had thought. With no time to stand or really make any movement as the lead doe walked behind a tree 19 yards away, I drew back my bow.  She walked just beyond the tree and I let my arrow fly.  I had a perfect broadside shot at 19 yards, I couldn’t ask for anything better this late in the year.  After letting the arrow fly, I heard the “thump” of an arrow hitting it’s planned target and the doe ran off almost sideways as her legs were moving faster than her body. I watched the 3 deer run up the hill, and as they ran off I only saw 2 keep running after about 80 yards.  I thought my deer was down and I knew just where she was, well no plan is set in stone.  My friend and I decided to wait a while and see what else was moving since it was so early.  I didn’t end up seeing anything else, however my friend did a see a big group of does feeding along but too far away to shoot.  Around 8:30 a.m.,  we decided to go find my doe and head home, planning an easy recovery and short drag… We had seen crows that kept going back to this same area which also happened to be the same place I last saw the deer I shot.  Needless to say,  we headed right for that area and…. nothing…..  So I back tracked down to where I shot the deer and my friend and I started a zig-zag pattern back and forth around the area she had run.  After 15 – 20 minutes neither of us had found anything so we started walking towards each other so we could go back to where I shot her and try seeing if we missed anything. On my way there, I see blood on a tree and when I looked at the base of the tree I saw a small pool of blood and same parts of organs.  We then were able to keep up a blood trail that wandered up this hill and just kept going. The first point of blood was 80 yards from where I shot her.  The parts of her organs told me I did not hit the deer where I had thought, even though replaying it in my mind I know where I was aiming and it was a broadside shot. However, after thinking about it several times over, she did flinch when I released. We continued to follow the blood trail for another 200 yards before it started to dry up and we were starting to question if we would ever find her.  At this...