The Brave Doe

Posted: October 13, 2015 in Hunting

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It was October 10th, the last morning hunt at my grandma’s before returning home. Because the trail camera pictures were showing deer there every morning, I was feeling confident. My Dad and I climbed into the tree stand about 6:25 a.m. Still a little to dark to shoot, we settled into our positions before the deer could see us. After waiting about an hour, my Dad looked down and spotted a doe twenty yards from us. Wandering around for a few minutes, it finally stopped and gave me a clear twenty three yard shot, but I refused to take it because of the size of the deer.
Time seemed to stand still for a few minutes as I contemplated taking the shot, but I’m very satisfied with my decision and trust it was the right call. A short time later four more deer approached our tree stand. Suddenly running off, we think that three of them smelled us, but for some reason one decided to stick around. Sitting back to back in the tree stand, my dad and I didn’t always have the same view. He had a great fifteen yard shot, but I couldn’t achieve a clear shot due to the thick brush and my angle. Unexpectedly, the deer gently walked in front of us and just laid down. I thought, “She is bedding down, we could be here all day.” She stayed for an hour, but by that time we were ready to hit the road and head home. My dad whispered, “I’m going to try to get her up and moving.” Whistling and grunting didn’t work. Nothing happened. We even unscrewed our bow hanger out of the tree and threw that near her, but she didn’t budge. We didn’t want her to see us climb out of the tree, but it was after 10:00 and we were ready to leave. At the time, I had my field point arrows in my quiver, along with my broad heads, so my dad suggested I shoot a field tip arrow beside her. Drawing back, I released the arrow. Immediately, the doe hopped up, but she still doesn’t run off.

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I’ve never experienced anything like it. She meandered around our tree for a few more minutes before joining the others in the thick brush. I still haven’t harvested a deer this year, but at least I can add to my incredible memories, experiences and have another exciting story to tell.

 

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