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on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized
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One of our readers emailed us with their opening day experience which ended in a successful harvest of a very nice 10 point buck in velvet. Justin was gracious enough to allow us to share his story and pictures of his deer with you. Below is the story of Justin’s opening day hunt! This past summer I got permission to hunt a new piece of property that is right behind my house in Harford County. I’ve always seen a ton of does in the area and knew there had to be a couple decent bucks hiding back in the underbrush. Well about 4 weeks before the season started I walked the property and found an old fence row running through the woods along with a real good trail that crossed it where a tree had fallen across the fence. I decided to put a stand up about 35 yards from the trail. I also found out that the owner had 3 apple trees in his back yard and with his permission, gathered up a couple of buckets worth of apples and put them by my tree stand. I was just beginning physical therapy school out of town, so I left a trail camera over top the apples and waited for opening weekend to roll around. The Thursday before opening day I came home that afternoon and snuck in to pull the SD card and boy was I in for a good surprise. I ended up having about 900 pictures and they were predominantly the same group of 6 bucks in velvet coming in every day. There was a couple younger bucks and then 4 mature bucks that could be shooters. Of the 4 mature bucks there was a big 10, two nice 8 pointers, and an old scraggy 8 pointer that was on the decline form old age but still big body. However, the last pictures of the bucks on the camera were from about a week before. Regardless, I was still excited to get out in the woods and have a chance to harvest my first mature buck with my bow. I’m now 21 and I’ve been hunting ever since I was 12. I’ve had my share of smaller bucks with my bow but never anything worthy to hang on the wall next to my Pops bucks. After getting only about 2 hours of sleep, I headed to the woods and was in my tree stand well before shooting light at 6:12. I sat there in anticipation and waited. 6:12 finally came around and I though to myself it is still way to dark to really see anything. As soon as I thought that, I heard a snick snap and turned my head to see a big body deer walking down the fence trail. I had 2 shooting lanes to that trail, one about 10 yards wide and the other 30 yards up the trail that had a smaller window. When he made it to my first shooting lane, I squinted trying to make out which buck it was. In the back of my mind I knew it had to be 1 of the 4 mature bucks but I really didn’t want to the “scraggy” 8 pointer. Since the buck was moving at such a slow pace for some reason, I figured I would wait for him to make it down the trail to the next shooting lane to try and get more light to see his antlers....