I have certainly shirked my responsibilities when it comes to maintaining my blog! I have had a great fall and created a lot of positive memories on my newly acquired hunting land and beyond.

Last night I connected with a nice fork while bow hunting. About 45 minutes before I saw the 2nd biggest buck I have ever seen while hunting. Unfortunately when I reached for my crossbow my stand creaked. The mature buck stopped about 50 yards away from my stand in heavy brush and after evaluating the situation he decided he did not want any part of what was going on!

When the smaller buck came in I quickly decided to take him even though I had passed him up twice in the last couple of weeks. I am sure the fact I had only 2 days left of my rut vacation came into play on my decision.

The deer stopped broadside  30 yards in front of my stand. I shot him with 10 minutes of shooting light left. I had an easy tracking job of about 100 yards. I am thankful for the opportunity I had to hunt and harvest such a beautiful animal. Last night when my head hit the pillow with a belly full of pan-fried deer heart I had happy memories dancing around my head. I especially enjoyed the excitement my kids had about the deer and the fact they enjoyed the ritual of eating the deer heart with me as well.

Although many would not consider this deer a trophy I am going to be getting a European mount. This is the largest deer I have taken with a bow so far and it was the first deer I have gotten on our new hunting land. My next goal for bow hunting is to harvest a 2.5-year-old buck.

Getting away from deer hunting my puppy is coming along very nicely. He is 7 months old and is a bird-finding machine. He is young and has a long way to go, but he is progressing nicely. Unfortunately, I have not been able to get out trapping this year. I still my find a couple of days to squeeze that in.

I hope everyone enjoys the remaining hunting season and takes the opportunity to enjoy God’s creation!