It's been a while since I've posted on here. Figured I would test the waters. I wanted to start off by apologizing to anyone on here that was given any disrespect from me for having opposing views in the past. I got too caught up in the drama of everything, and learned some valuable lessons from it. This sight was a place I use to look forward to seeing and sharing the success of fellow hunters. Having said that, I hope this is the start of moving into a more positive light. I guess we will see how this goes.
This is my 2017 general season archery buck.
I saw this deer for the first time in 2014 when he showed up in his wintering range in city limits, which was Miles from his summering range in the high country. My cousin Colten had named him the Up-and-comer, due to it being obvious he had some serious potential.
This buck had quite a history. In 2015, scoring 169, he was caught in a deer trap in city limits and had his Antler's cut off.
In 2016 he grew a whopping 54 inches from the previous year scoring roughly 223 unbroken. He took an arrow from another Hunter in front of the shoulder that just didn't penetrate deep enough to be lethal.
He showed up to is winter range in 2016 as a buck scoring 214, (not including roughly 7 to 8 inches of broken extras)
Patterning this Buck was difficult, given he lived in a jungle of Pine trees. There was a great deal of other hunters chasing him as well.
I had a chance to shoot him on opening morning at 80 yards but did not feel it was an ethical shot and let him walk. The third day of the hunt presented me with three different chances to shoot at roughly 60-70 yards but once again I did not feel comfortable with the shot given the circumstances. I gave it a Hail Mary and wound up climbing down a 50 foot cliff with my bow hanging by the stabilizer in my teeth that placed me in the perfect position for a 25 yard shot.
He grew roughly 12 inches this year and stubbed out on his right antler due to being shot the previous year. Had he not been shot, there's a good chance he could have been a good 8 to 10 inches bigger.
I owe credit to a few of my good friends that helped make this Hunt a success. To my closest friend, Colten Petersen for keeping my head in the game and being the leading example of locating a target buck. To Wess Hoth for being there for a friend and helping in unexplainable ways at the drop of a hat. And to my uncle Phil, who, without his help I would not have the resources to get this deer found.
I want to give a special appreciation To Nick Thompson for making it a priority to help pack out animals. (That's 3 I owe you for now)
I give the credit to them. I've been blessed with some great people in my life and hope I can repay them in the future.
Good luck to you all in your hunting adventures.