Get the popcorn out this will be a LONG read...
I tagged a buck on SUNDAY! LEGALLY! In the state of PA!
This story started last archery season when this pretty lil 8 pt came thru multiple times I did not want to shot him but might have if I had a chance.
Saw him a half dozen times but he knew my stand and stayed just far enough away!
This year I worked harder on my food plot stayed out of certain parts of property as much as possible and put up a new tripod removed one stand b/c it was too far back and spooking deer I also stopped running trail cams behind my stands.
All were good moves but not easy.
This year I started getting pics of him early but at nite.
I had a gut feeling right away this was the one and it was going to happen one way or another.
I did not hunt early season at all just worked and got other things off the list.
Been hunting hard now for 2 weeks as much as possible working eating sleeping in between. Probably over 100 hours in stand.
Saw this guy come thru twice but he avoided my old stand I was in.
Had camera set up between new stand and food plot kept getting pics of him strolling by that stand close but never when I was in it.
Friday morning he came thru at 9 am but I was in wrong stand.
Sat that afternoon in windy cold snow showers for 4 hours it was brutal he never appeared.
Saturday morning I over slept woke up at daybreak told myself that's alright he's not coming thru til 9 showered and was in stand hour later.
Saw a 6 point and heard him right away but he did not come by stand.
Then about 9:08 he stepped out into field made a scrape then strolled over to me.
I took a 20-25 yd shot on him but hit his leg then 1 lung and liver.
I did not know how I hit him so I backed out.
I came back hour later found my bolt it was covered in dark blood- liver shot I figured need to wait 4-6 hours then track him.
I was all wound up but waited til 12:30 and went out to slowly track it.
I found several puddles of BRIGHT blood where he stood for a while-lung shot I thought go after him.
I followed a blood trail for 150 yds kicking up multiple deer along the way thru thick swamp brush.
A 6 point ran up to me then turned around- then all kinds of grunting and splashing around me close.Then a BIG 10 pt came at me twice had to wave arms and say GET OUT OF HERE!
I lost the blood trail and circled around multiple times looking for ANYTHING but gave up at 3:15.
I simply was depressed and walked out the easy way to food plot I looked up and saw HIM bedded he got up and hobbled away I lost sight of him quickly tried circling around then heard birds sound off in the direction he was headed his bedding area behind my stands on neighbors property.
I did not go after him- neighbor was hunting I talked to him 2 hours later explained things to him he said I could look for him in morning as requested.
I called PGC and gave them the story and my info as needed to pursue a deer on Sunday.
7:30 AM I started after him again it took me a while but I found him right in the area I thought he was.
I pulled out my cell phone and called wife in house to let her know out of the corner of my eye I see him lift his head HE'STILL ALIVE OH NO!
Hung up backed out called the PGC again they said wait an hour he will be done if not they would come out and kill him.
My neighbor showed up to help and we went back he walked up to it and poked it with walking cane the deer sits up but cant get up completely I could not believe what I was seeing.
I backed out he stayed and I called PGC again from house he said he would be out to shoot it.
Meanwhile my neighbor comes back in said it was not moving.
PGC shows up all 3 of us go out after brief conversation.
We get there crawling thru thick stuff I am leading and I get to where he was laying HE'S GONE GUYS....looked to left he had crawled 20 feet oh there he is.
Warden walked up to him 3 feet away and shot him with 22 pistol the deer stands up and faces him head down pointed at him for 30 seconds.
Then collapsed and struggled for 3 minutes.
FINALLY I GOT TO TAG THIS DEER!!!
He was a tough critter hated to see him suffer but I made a decent shot he should have died long before 26 hours after my shot.
He's not my biggest but my most intense hunt ever 15 in inside spread he's PRITTY!
Here's some pics to go with the story recent trail cam pics already posted in rut reports thread- I can not make this stuff up....WCW