An inspiring and true-blue Aussie bowhunting yarn by broadhead this has taken out the April round of the 2Blade Bowhunting Story Competition. The story was entitled 'My first fallow buck (vic state forest thumper)', a very accurate title. Thanks for putting the effort into a really great story Jack, what a ripper of a buck! Please get in touch with Brad of 2Blade Productions to claim your prize of a 2Blade DVD. A huge thanks once again to 2Blade Productions for their continued support of this long-standing competition.
Don't forget - the winner is chosen on the merits of the written story and accompanying photographs. Story-telling is an art, and the ABF forum is the perfect place to practice your story writing. So give it a go, share your yarns with us and maybe pick up a prize in the process!
First fallow buck (vic state forest thumper)
Endless nights sleep, endless money spent, thousands of kilometres trekked and driven, forever working my way back into the good books with the misses, smashing the hours at work just to get abit of hunting time up my sleeve, all these things combined with the knowledge and keen dedication to bowhunting seen me sit aside the beast that once haunted my dreams..
It's more than flinging an arrow at a deer that's in it for me, for the past 3 years I've seen this guy on my game camera's and wished I'ld outsmart him oneday, well it all went a little like this, I've hunted this state forest gully for the past 3 years and laid eyes on him once had him on my game camera's several times and he has just out smarted me to the bone.. I finally located where he was making his main scrapes and worked out the patten he took every morning, being there on first light 3 days ago and hearing 2 bucks grunting there almighty heads off got me keen as to tell the boss it's my last day forever but I just pulled some strings and managed to change my hours at work, so after catching him on my cams and seeing where he was to go when the first light broke through the trees, had me a plan of attack to settle this score forever.
I planned to walk in the darkness with the headlight on to get into the position of where he was bedding and to have the wind in my face.
At work that night I was thinking of the feeling walking into the dark bush alone to settle the score. I finished work at 5, drove to the location and started my approach, after covering myself in my wind puffer dust (not meaning to I just had to be sure what way the wind was going) haha, I was up where I needed to be before the light came through the trees, I sat down and shut my eyes hoping to hear him grunting, nothing not ever a bird was chirping so I made my approach to where he had his main scrapes,
I got to the scrape and checked my camera, I flicked it on and the two beeps went off followed buy a grunting buck only 100m away, I quickly looked at the first pic as there was only 7, it was him in the darkness hours earlier,
I put the camera down and heading for him as the wind was so good, I was only 50m away watching him grunting with the foggy breath blowing out his mouth at every grunt. I was a wreak, a pure body shake that I can't describe. I stalked him as he made a scrape and smashed a tree, I made good ground and soon was at 30m, he was that occupied with putting this poor saplings life to shreads that I snuck into about 10m with a really good gum tree for cover, I waited for him to move off a little before I took a shot as I couldn't physically move with the position I was in, he starting walking towards me and at 6m he lowered his head and his antlers tilted back to grunt and as the breath come out of his mouth I let him have it...
That ever so sweet sound that will now put me to sleep at night rang back into my ears,
(arrow and blood)
tttthhhhwwwoooppp as he charged only 20 steps paused and turned to see what had just happened, he reared up on his back legs and flipped like a gymnastic artist and lay motionless.. I knew what had just happened I just couldn't bring myself to believe it for a few minutes, not more than 30m away lay the beast that once haunted my dreams... He clearly is a quality animal and I've let many go so oneday I could have my chance to proudly sit aside a beast like him.
Thanks to my good mate Daniel for all the encouragement over the years and the last couple weeks. Hope you guys enjoy him as much as I will.
Cheers Jack m