Mohican Sneak on a buck called Walker

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  1. Boonervilleusa

    Boonervilleusa Well-Known Member

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    In 20 years of bowhunting, I have never experienced anything like I did the evening of 10/5. Running late to my stand, after experiencing some bow issues, I arrived at the farm at 3:00 pm. I gathered my gear and started walking across the bean field to my stand. This field was planted July 5th, and as such is the only field with green beans for several miles. 600 yards from my stand, I jumped a big buck I call “23” that was bedded in the middle of the beans. 23 is a 160-165” deer, and I watched the deer bound away and disappear over the fence into a sea of corn. Frustrated, I made my way to my stand, knowing I just spooked the 2nd biggest buck on the farm. I climed into my stand, turned around, and to my surprise I saw a giant buck feeding in the beans 450 yards away, almost in the same spot where I jumped 23! I pulled up my binoculars and realized it was the biggest deer on the farm, a buck I call “Walker” that I have history from last year with. He was bedded down with 23 and due to the high winds he had no idea I had spooked the other deer. I watched him feed and then bed back down facing away from me. He laid his head down as if he was asleep! I saw the wind was parallelling the buck and me, and the high winds were making a lot of noise, so I knew he would not see, smell, or hear me if I was careful. I left everything in the tree except my bow, rangefinder, and binos, and I slowly stalked through the muddy standing beans, yard by yard. I kept ranging him...158 yds, then 137, then 80, then 58, then 37, and finally I got to a spot that was 25 yards from the sleeping buck and decided I would wait him out. I wanted him to stand up on his own if possible so he would be relaxed. I laid in the beans staring at his antlers for nearly 4 hours! Finally, just after sunset, other deer started filtering into the field. I saw a yearling buck coming towards me in the beans and knew the buck would see me and alert the big buck. I got ready as the young buck circled downwind. The young buck alerted and stomped his foot. The big buck’s head came up and I drew my bow, Walker stood from his bed and looked back at the small buck, never seeing me! I let the arrow fly at 25 yards! He never knew what hit him and was dead in 6 seconds! What a feeling! If not for a busted G3 he would score 181 5/8”! And still scores 171 1/8” as is with the busted tine. So pumped!
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  3. Boonervilleusa

    Boonervilleusa Well-Known Member

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    Here was my view for 4 hours[​IMG]


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    What a hunt! Congrats!
     
  5. Hardwood11

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    That’s a great buck, and an exciting way to get him!!
     
  6. breckhawk

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    Wow! Congrats!!!
     
  7. Daver

    Daver PMA Member

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    I was going to ask if you had a "bedded down" photo in the beans, thanks for sharing...super cool hunt and a great, great buck. CONGRATS!!

    Wow, there have been some really big bucks meet their maker already this season...good going guys!!
     
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    That's pretty amazing. Congrats.
     
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    goatman I hunt days ending in Y

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    Congrats. Great buck and you're the man.
     
  10. Ishi

    Ishi Hang & Hunt Enthusiast

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    Gosh Jordan give the rest of team 11 a chance :D:D
    Great buck and congrats!!
     
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    4 hr wait should have one either a nervous wreck or over buck fever.


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  12. Boonervilleusa

    Boonervilleusa Well-Known Member

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    It actually had the opposite effect. I stared at him so long that by the time he stood up I was completely calm and was just in kill mode.


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    what an outstanding hunt , that takes a lot of pain staking patience. not sure I could pull that off , great work congrats
     
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    Wow, I can't imagine how much quiet shifting around it took to keep your legs from falling asleep. For a buck like that, I'd be willing to find out!
     
  15. IowaBowHunter1983

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    Bam! Da rice patty bean field buck!!!!

    Way to stick with it and get it done!

    Hard work pays off.
     
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    Unreal buck and story! That pic of him bedded is awesome!!!
     
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    Congrats on a great buck!
     
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    Man what a hunt! That’s awesome.
     
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    That had to be the thrill of a lifetime, a big congrats.
     
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    Now that's a great story! You definitely earned that buck. Congrats!
     
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    That’s awesome. Congrats. Thanks for sharing.
     

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