With wind chills well below zero and over a foot of snow in the mountains, I’m looking forward to scouting some new places this spring. In the spring of 2017, I found a buck bed on this giant oak point in southern Ohio. Surrounded by rubs leading to this bed, I marked the waypoint in @onxhunt
and continued to scout the nearby areas looking for a stand setup for that Fall.
On the first day of the trip 6 months later, I drove all night after killing my Pennsylvania buck only to arrive at first light in this Ohio public land spot. I did some speed scouting in the area and found the fresh sign which was about 150 yards from the original bed I had found. I setup over the edge of the saddle with a cliff to my back fighting the 25-30 mph winds all day, when this 12 point came in cruising just over the edge of the saddle at 4:00pm. My thermals just switched to blowing down the mountain which was to the buck’s advantage, but my setup was just off to the side enough that I was able to execute the 28 yard shot before he caught my wind. I watched the arrow pass through the vitals and he ran to the top of the ridge falling over in sight just as the sun was setting. He never knew what happened and just like that, the best season of my life was over. I can reasonably assume that if I wouldn’t have found this location in the Spring, the results would’ve differed. I haven’t been there since, but I can still remember it like it was yesterday. It’s funny how I can go days with little to no sleep when it comes to chasing these experiences.
Over 30 days of hunting whitetails resulted in 2 bucks down in 3 days in 2 states just before I had to go back to work.
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