Never Give Up!
Well this doesnt have a happy ending but its part rant part encouragement and proof that no matter what goes wrong dont go back to the truck! Well hunting a quota hunt this weekend and its walk in only. This morning I make my walk in which is 1.65 miles from the parking area there was 2 trucks there with both guys getting ready to go out I get to the stand of water oaks I was planning on hunting and as soon as I walk in I see a climber at the bottom of a tree. I was aggravated but I knew of another spot only about 100 yrds away a good rub line. Well it was harder to find than I thought so I basically picked a random pine in the open and was just hoping to get lucky. Then I realized I forgot my hoist rope. So after I managed to get up the tree quietly and with less blood than when I started (skeeters) I relax. So the other guy comes to his climber and clink clanks his way up the tree. Ive all but chalked it up as a loss until light comes and I realize theres a persimmon tree 30 yards away loaded down! How did I not see that scouting! So my confidence picks back up. Saw turkeys all morning at 0930 the other hunter grunts with a ferocity nothing short of an elk bugle! I roll my eyes and lean begin to daydream then I catch a glimpse of a deer heading towards him. I stand up and as I grab my bow a spike walks to the edge of the oaks stops then circles around to 21 yards in front of me and I trim the hairs off his back with my muzzy because I judged him for 25! After a few short grunts by me and my neighboring hunter (haha) the spike slowly walks away. After about and hour and a half of replaying this nauseating event in my head I couldnt take it and slipped back to the truck. I screwed up the shot but I thought i would see nothing and ended up getting a shot. Keep your heads up! And thank you guy who also thought it was a good spot Im sorry I walked past you when Im sure you planned to sit midday, and probly scared you when you saw a rogue arrow skim the spikes back!
"That didnt pan out."-Rooster Cogburn