I finally got to try out those Axis arrows topped with Muzzy 100's. I did get to take a couple of Jack Rabbits prior to these 2 deer but arrowing a rabbit is not much of a test for an arrow..
Well down here is the Central TX zone Sunday was the last day for bucks. I haven't shot ANY deer this season and I was really going nuts. I went over to my friends 20 acres where I keep my wild hogs in a pen and as I was walking down to the pen I noticed a couple of deer in the brush. I stopped and watched for a couple of minutes and realized that there were 7 deer in the group and 4 bucks. 3 of them were 8-Pointers and a 7 pointer. I snuck back to my truck and got my PSE Durango and 2 arrows. I crouched down in a brush blind that I made for my son and I that was about 40 yards from the edge of the tree line. I grunted a few times but they didn't react at all. After about 10 minutes a doe and one of the 8 pointers started my way. I shot this small 8 at 23 yards. It ran about 12 yards and piled up in a tree. It was a perfect heart shot. I was really wanting the scrappy looking 7 pointer but he never came close .This was at about 1230 pm on Sunday..Just LUCK for sure that my timing was just right. Here are a couple of pics..It's not a wall hanger by no means but it will make some nice sausage..
Well my evening hunt was at the same place and I had a chance to throw out some sweet feed and corn and I sat till dark just a few hours after I shot the first buck. About 10 minutes before I could not see anymore The same 7 pointer(from earlier) came out with a nubbin buck. It walked to about 18 yards and it too got an arrow through the heart
The bad part about this buck was that after I started skinning it I found a massive tumor/growth under his scrotum and found that he had all kinds of growths in his guts as well. I didn't want to risk eating him with some funky disease in him so I threw him to the yotes..To make thing worse I cut my hand pretty deep while I was skinning him and had to go to the ER and get 4 stiches..Oh well. At least I finally filled a couple of tags for this season. One deer in the cooler, a deer thrown in the creek and a HUGE Emergency Room bill for some stiches..All in a days hunt..
Nice job on the bucks.
I feel your pain with the cut and needing stitches. I did about the same thing - 9 stitches in my left index finger.
Coincidentally, I looked at some axis arrows today - they were being fletched for a customer. I wasn't too impressed with their staightness. I put them on an arrow spinner and found of 6 all of them wobbled and two of them to wobble to a point where I would hunt with them.
I guess they're no different than other carbon/graphite shafts I've seen. However they do have a very unique insert system.
They sure seemed to work well on the deer you shot, congrats again.
Those are some nice looking bucks-sorry to hear about your hand. Do you wear gloves when you're field dressing and/or skinning? I never used to but have the past couple of years due to stories that I have read about hunters contracting diseases from game.
I think that you made a wise choice as well on your second buck Hank. You don't want to be second guessing your sausage!
I'm glad that stuff worked out for you this season. Like you, this season has been very tough for me on the property that I bowhunt. The deer have changed their movement and patterns due to alot more hunting and ATV pressure from the landowner. I don't mind working harder but have insofar, been unsuccessful this season in intercepting them on their travel routes.
With a foot of fresh powder down in the woods, I'm playing hooky tomorrow from work to at least see where these deer are coming and going. I've been racking my brain the past few weeks!