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Ever Had a Perfect Day?

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Have you ever had a perfect day in the field?

 

One day that stands out in my mind took place 20 years ago. It was not the biggest buck I have ever taken and nothing really extraordinary happened that day, but every piece of the puzzle came together to make it a truly memorable day.

 

For starters I was able to spend some quality time with a good friend. We wanted a change of scenery from the ridges and forests of zone 3 so we took the hour drive down to one of my favorite farms in Asbury, zone 7. The farmer had just finished harvesting the corn that week and the weather was perfect, one of those late October days with crisp fall air and deep blue skies. The combination of the harvested fields, the fall colors and the blue skies created an awesome backdrop to our day.

 

In addition, we were hunting one of the best natural funnels I have found in 40 years of hunting. A narrow cedar thicket connects two large woodlots and there is continuous deer activity through those cedars. To top it all off, the deer were being very cooperative that day. The bucks were cruising as the pre-rut was ramping up and we had nonstop action all afternoon.

 

We set up only 50 yards from each other but the cedars are so thick there we might as well have been a mile apart. With the sun still well above the horizon I spotted a buck slowly working his way towards me. He was taking his time, rubbing trees and scraping as he went. Just as he came into bow range I heard my buddy shoot. Fortunately my buck didn’t pay it any mind and walked right into my shooting lane, offering me a broadside shot at 13 yards. And as they say, the rest is history.

 

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Great story and pic.

 

Although that guy on the left looks kinda shady..

:rofl:

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They are all perfect days for me, some I win , some the chased game wins, and each day one or the other learns a little more.

 

NO bad days when you learn from everyone of them

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Yeah, I had one of those.

 

It was my first season bowhunting. My buddy and I would always go together. He was teaching me all sorts of things that I had never known. It was great to spend time together and to just be out in the woods.

 

Something was different that morning though. I had a feeling of success that I haven't had before or since. As we were walking in, I stopped him and said, "We are going to be out of the woods by 8:30 this morning." We both laughed and just kinda acknowledged how hopeful I sounded.

 

Well, it was late October, and my buddy was grunting and rattling at some bucks he saw pretty far away. Being only 50 yards from me, I could hear him pretty well and one rattle made me look over at him (caught me by surprise). Well, I looked back down at the woods in between us and this 8 pointer was 20 yards from my tree. I had no clue how he walked right in front of me without me seeing it. It was like he just teleported out of nowhere.

 

I stood up, grabbed my bow and was about to draw when I saw my buddy turn around to face me. The buck was looking in his direction and I just figured that the whole thing was blown. I motioned for him to stop moving and he froze (I think he saw the bow in my hand). I watched him look down with his eyes and tense up. This buck was a beauty.

 

I drew, the buck turned quartering away. I let the arrow fly.

 

Long story short, we were out of the woods before 8:30 with my first buck ever in the bed of his truck. It was a great day.

 

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When my 10 year old grandson smoked a doe with the muzzle loader,smoke cleared the deer never even kicked,was great.

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Although that guy on the left looks kinda shady..

 

Whatchyou talkin bout Willis?? :hmmm:

 

:rofl::rofl:

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I've had near perfect days, awesome, memorable and inspiring days while afield or on the water but never perfect. I plan on having the perfect day next bow season when I watch my son take his first deer while I watch. Can't wait!

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Just about anytime I am able to get out on the woods and clear my head, enjoy the scenery, its a perfect day. Throw in a chance at flinging and arrow makes it even better.

Rifledslug - I agree - As you know when my son got his first deer this past fall it was as close to perfect as one can get - still 'a proud dad' when I have chance to share his story.

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Just about anytime I am able to get out on the woods and clear my head' date=' enjoy the scenery, its a perfect day. Throw in a chance at flinging and arrow makes it even better.

Rifledslug - I agree - As you know when my son got his first deer this past fall it was as close to perfect as one can get - still 'a proud dad' when I have chance to share his story.[/quote']

 

Yea, it was hard to tell who's smile was bigger that night. :D

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Whatchyou talkin bout Willis?? :hmmm:

 

:rofl::rofl:

 

We are eagerly awaiting his presence here. :beer:

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We are eagerly awaiting his presence here

 

I'm confused, who, and where is here? :confused:

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I'm confused' date=' who, and where is here? :confused:

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OK, I'll have to go tell him myself then.

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I'll have to go tell him myself then
Sorry, I'm a little slow (not really, I just had a few too many at lunch :beer:) :rofl:

 

He’s already here. 870 was a dumb name since I (I mean he) hasn’t shot a shotgun in 20 years. “Rufous” is a rusty brown color, that name is a little more appropriate. ;)

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Sorry' date=' I'm a little slow (not really, I just had a few too many at lunch :beer:) :rofl:

 

He’s already here. 870 was a dumb name since I (I mean he) hasn’t shot a shotgun in 20 years. “Rufous” is a rusty brown color, that name is a little more appropriate. ;)

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That's great! :rofl:

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Perfect day - posted this a long time ago on the other site. 2nd youth day and my son and I were in a double ladder stand. Sat all afternoon and about 20 minutes before the end of legal shooting time, a small doe walked out into the pasture we were watching. I was gonna let him shoot it, despite it being the opener of 6-day, given he had sat so long. As it got closer, it looked back from where it came and I had my son hold off. Three bucks filtered into the pasture, all 6-points. They took a path that led them out of range of his 20 gauge buckshot. At about 70 yards out, he told me to shoot one. At the shot, the buck I hit turned towards us and ran right under the stand. Fortunately, one of the other bucks followed it and passed by the stand at about 15 yards. He shot and dropped it. After 4 hours in the stand, we had two bucks down within yards of one and other and his first buck down. Perfect.

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After 4 hours in the stand, we had two bucks down within yards of one and other and his first buck down. Perfect.

 

There is nothing better than hunting with your kids. :thumb_up::thumb_up:

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Ive had many perfect days and for that Im blessed.

The 2 that stand out are the days both of my kids scored their first bucks

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The 2 that stand out are the days both of my kids scored their first bucks

 

I've been there, there are no better days in the wood than those.

 

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That is awesome!!!!! Good job pop and son

 

Don’t forget daddy’s little girl.

 

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Great Job! My little girl just got her first buck this past season in Pa. She was 15 and got a 4 point. She got a doe when she was 12. Her first 10 minutes on stand! Her response was " Dad this is easy" hahahahaha 3 years and many misses at bucks later she finally scored!

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My little girl just got her first buck this past season in Pa

 

NICE!! :up:

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