A Journey of Mistakes and Learning

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Whitetail Buck

  • compound bow
  • 9
    antler tines
  • 15
    antler spread (in)
  • public
    land type
  • 36
    distance (yards)
  • Danny's avatar

    Way to stick with it. We don’t get those opportunities down south to track in the snow. Very seldom if we wait till the next morning or later will the meat be good if we do find them. Good job and congrats

  • Nate's avatar

    Congrats brother! Impressive recovery on that guy! Great deer 👍🏻

  • Brian's avatar

    That's awesome, congratulations!

  • Darren's avatar

    Well that’s a hunt you’ll never forget! Well played👊🏻

  • Mike's avatar

    Nice!!! Congrats man, great work👊

  • Zach's avatar

    Great bro! That's just awesome!! Way to stick at it straight into late seson!!! We all make those kinds of mistakes!🤜🤛👍👏💪

  • Eli's avatar

    @Danny thanks!! It's fairly rare here to have tracking snow for rifle season but happens fairly often in the late season...definitely got lucky that this was one of those times

  • Eli's avatar

    @Nate thanks man!

  • Eli's avatar

    @Brian thanks man!!

  • Eli's avatar

    @Darren Thank you!! Definitely an unforgettable buck!!

  • Eli's avatar

    @Mike thanks bro!!

  • Eli's avatar

    @Zach thank you!! I love the late season,it's extremely challenging but so rewarding when it comes together

  • John's avatar

    Great job, Eli! Thanks for sharing your story! That is a Solid Pa buck!

  • Eli's avatar

    @John thank you!! I passed up quite a few bigger than him in early archery season but in late season on these small public pieces a buck like this is hard to come by

  • Matt's avatar

    Congrats man! glad u were able to recover him that’s a good solid late season buck

  • Pamela's avatar

    So satisfying to take that deer out of the woods! I know first hand what it’s like to lose one, and what it’s like to recover after a frustrating track. Way to stick with it. That one was especially worth pursuing.

  • Ben's avatar

    Ya know some times it truly “is what it is” not the way we ever want it to go down BUT you honored the animal by never giving up and seeing the story through the prey predator relationship isn’t always pretty but it’s necessary and you did everything in your power to see it through. Well done!

  • Wes's avatar

    Congratulations! Challenging recoveries can be very stressful but also very rewarding when you go the extra mile to complete the mission like you did. I was quite confident that you’d get it done in the late season!

  • Eli's avatar

    @Matt thanks man!! late season locally here is a huge challenge to find any buck over 2.5 years old so I was definitely happy with him

  • Eli's avatar

    @Pamela thank you!!

  • Eli's avatar

    @Ben very well said!!

  • Eli's avatar

    @Wes thank you!! it was not how I had pictured it happening but like they say bowhunting is a game of inches...2 inches higher and it would've been over in seconds but at that moment in a fairly open ground setup with him looking at me I just completely blew it

  • Matt's avatar

    @Eli It’s hit or miss where I hunt I seen 3 shooters last late season all within range but I was tagged out from archery but none so far this season (not that I have a tag any How) I have noticed they seem to rejoin there bachelor groups but never the less finding them before they lose there horns always presents as a challenge as well as the elements but u got it done and I’m sure it was a really cool experience for you I just wish this weather would get back to cold and snowy so much better for flintlock lol

  • Eli's avatar

    @Matt it's definitely an overlooked season...if you have access to good private land ag ground I'd say it's probably one of the best times to kill a good buck...the problem in this area is these crazily pressured small public pieces that few of the bucks survive and the ones that do often end up moving down out of the public and out to the private land ag fields...this place is unusual because the ag field actually borders the public and so these bucks stay here and bed like a half mile back in here in a thick clearcut and then work there way out there eventually...I caught him shortly after he got out of his bed on the edge of the cut

  • Matt's avatar

    @Eli You are correct there I hunt a little bit of both but during late season I have more access to private cause most ppl are done hunting and don’t mind so I take advantage of it plus I love flintlock not as much as archery season but I could just hunt with a bow and flintlock and completely skip rifle and be perfectly fine with it the decrease in pressure alone makes it so much better

  • Zac's avatar

    Amazing story, and amazing harvest man!

  • Eli's avatar

    @Zac thanks man!!

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