Posted 02 September 2008 - 08:08 PM
Figured I should give a field report for the past couple days:Opening Day:Met up with my partner at 0430 and we head up to my blind. Got all settled in and waited for shooting hours. It gets light out and what should scoot out 20 yds in front of us? A coyote! Nothing would be cooler than to start my first deer archery season than to pop my first dog with a bow. Well, he stops, looks at the blind, and continues trotting. I draw and try to lip squeak him back. He stopped but all I could see was his head so I let him go. Godd looking dog too. Later, a hen and a poult come out for a visit. By this time, I need to answer the call of nature. Of course, this would be when the first deer of the day shows up. She snorts cos she saw me through the netting since I had gotten to close to the window. A while later, behind us to our right about 25 yds away, another deer snorts. We're sitting there wondering what happened. I realized that the side widows were open and the wind was going uphill. Windows closed. Then 4 does show up and hang out for a bit. Lead doe was a TANK! Later on that evening 5 nice toms, each with 6-8" beards come in to feed. 4 more does come in before we call it a night. Not bad for opening day.1 Coyote7 Turkey's10 DeerDay 2:I slept in a little today and didn't get into my blind til about 0715. A half hour later, an entire flock of toms and jakes waddle down the hillside. Didn't see my first deer til about 1645. A single yearling doe. Then a family consisting of a mature doe, a yearling doe (probably her offspiring), and a spotted fawn. They leave and return later on. Next to show is another family plus one fawn, "the twins" as my wife has called them. Well the twins got smacked upside the head for trying to get in mom's way of the salt lick. By now it's about 1920 and things get interesting. I'm kinda switching my position to stretch my legs and I spot a deer. It's a buck! And then another follows closely behind. It's the 4x4 and 3x2 from the trail cam pics. My hear is racing. I slowly pick up my bow and clip the release on. The smaller buck made his way over to the salt lick with the bigger one taking his time. Finally, the 8 point walks up and turns broadside at 20 yds!!!! So I draw, get the 20 yd pin on target, and let her fly.....right over the bucks back! I was stunned. I know I was on him. But I missed. The deer bolt about 20 yds further away, and stop to look around. I thought about flinging another arrow, but they don't seem that spooked and they might come back. No luck. They mosey up the hillside. So I wait a bit to make sure they are gone and get out. I find my arrow with not a speck of blood. At least it was a clean miss. So that's that. first time shooting at a buck and I choke. Oh well, there's always tomorrow.