The plan was to get my older brother his first deer/Buck this opening weekend. He cant shoot a traditional bow due to his Rotator Cuff tears in his shoulder so he would be using his cross bow which he had yet to take any game with. His son, my nephew, always comes out to the lease with me and helps me so I always give him one of my two allotted Bucks, which he decided to give to his dad this year. So, the mission was on.
The Friday afternoon drive up 27 resulted a huge thunderstorm and I was just thinking how hot, steamy and buggy it would be all weekend. Private land or public this was going to be a tough hunt. Made the gate about 7:30 and many of the roads were flooded. Finally at camp got things up and running and then got my brother shooting some test shots at the 3-D and he looked good. He was ready but a little cocky with a "I cant miss statement"...on no, you just didnt say that right?
Saturday morning I got both my brother and nephew in a new pop up blind I had set up two months ago by a pinch point transition area. I was getting trail cams of two good bucks walking in the area, one a nice looking taller 8pt basket rack, just a nice looking classic buck and the other an older looking crab claw 8pt. Anyway, the deer were a no show. Guess they got the "open season" memo??
Sunday, 7 am here comes the tall 8pt and stops at 60 yards as another deer blows behind the blind. Busted! Both deer run, no shot. The light winds killed us all weekend with scent.
Almost all movement all weekend we saw was the mornings.
Last chance Monday am and the tall 8pt is back at sunrise, alone. He gets to 30 yards and is weary. My brother takes the shot as the buck looks like he's about to walk off but hits way back, wack! The Buck stepped forward just as he released. Well, long story short and a couple hours latter and just by chance I found him under an Oak a half mile away! It was all high fives and hugs with my brother getting his first Buck. A tough but fun weekend chasing these south Florida Bucks with family!
A few pics....