Early Nov. I had stumbled across a single oak tree that was raining acorns with so much deer sign under it I was amazed. We don't have very many oak trees on the river bottoms where I hunt and this tree doesn't drop every year so I knew I needed to camp out on it and needed to keep this info to my self. I immediately hung a climbing stand there and started hunting it that afternoon. I saw a lot of bucks but they seemed to be all spikes and button heads for two days. I had to leave but I could not stop thinking about this spot. I showed back up with great anticipation and started seeing better bucks I had a great 8 pt that would be close to 140 coming in every time I was there but he looked young. There is a $500 fine for shooting anything under 4 1/2 year old deer at my camp so I was not going to take that gamble but I really want to arrow this deer. Every time I saw him I was trying to age him him older but.... Lots of bucks were using this tree morning and afternoon and pretty much all day so I was patient. I would have 10 to 17 deer under me at one time so it was getting easy to wait on a mature deer. That last morning of bow season I climbed the tree and deer started coming in instantly, the first deer was the big young 8 and I was still drooling over him literally since all of them was under me with in 15 yards. Behind him was a new buck that I had not seen before and wow what a cull buck. First glance I knew this was the deer I wanted to shoot. He was only a 6 pt but had at least a 24" spread and heavy long tines. It took me fore ever to stand and get ready to shoot cause there were at least 10 deer under me looking every where. I didn't know if I was about to pull this off or not. I finally got ready and was drawing my bow back when I heard something. I looked over at half draw and literally almost died. A big 10 had stepped 10 yards under me eating acorns. I was so glad I had not got ton to full draw cause I would have probably made a big mistake. Well when he was eating all the other deer got spooky and I thought it was going to be over right before my eyes. It took a long time to regroup and get set up to shoot the 10. The deer had me pegged and I didn't have a shot. I had to close my eyes three different times and take lots of deep breaths before every thing lined up. I was literally about to pass out and fall out of stand and going to land on at least three deer in the process. I finally calmed down and said a little prayer and every thing came together. He was broadside at 10 yards and I finally got a shot. I looked around to make sure nothing was looking at me. I drew back and put top pin on his heart and the bow went off automatically. Looked like a 12 ring but it happened so fast... All the deer took off about 50 yards and stopped. More deer was steadily trickling in around the commotion and I was not sure which deer was the one I had shot at. I was so jacked up I had to sit down so I would not fall out tree. I was looking with my binos to try to figure out what was going on. Every thing under the sun was racing through my mind... Is it a good shot... Did I miss... Then I saw a flicker of white in the middle of all the deer. It was the tail of a deer laying on the ground and then I could see his horns. I must have done it cause it wasn't long he stopped moving. He was laying not 40 yards from where I had shot. Then all the deer came back to tree to feed. I sat in my stand for another couple of hours not wanting to spook them but wanting to put my hand on them horns. Several more nice bucks came to tree to eat that I had never seen before. wow this was truly a deer magnet. I went to texting guys at my camp to share the good news and a buddy got so excited he came and ran the deer off for me so I could climb down and recover my buck. He ended up being my best buck ever. He weighed 275 lbs was 6.5 yrs old and scored 153 1/8 . I still can't believe it really happens. Thank you Jesus!
|Scott Berry with a MS River monster!|