Mason Loftus, the Bow Hunter who was able to bring a nice doe out of the Timber Life timber sent me his story recently. Following is the story of his hunt on November 15th.
I got into my stand that day at about 2 p.m. and it was a beautiful fall day. There was a northeast wind that day, so I didn't expect to see much because the area that the deer bed was directly down wind. But, after about an hour or so I started seeing some movement up wind of me. The first deer that came over the hill was a small 4 point buck. He acted like he was nervous of something, but it took me a few minutes to figure out what it was. Shortly after that, a few does came from the same direction with a beautiful tall racked 10 pointer chasing them. At first I thought the deer was a shooter, but after a few minutes of watching him I decided he needed one more year to really be a trophy. He was a tough deer to pass on, but my hope is that he made it through the hunting seasons so I can get another chance at him when he is a year older, wiser, and bigger! Well, he turned out to be a very fun deer to watch. He was herding those does around like he was a trained cattle dog. Eventually he ran the largest doe about 15 yards from my stand, and I decided it was time to fill the freezer. I made a great shot and she only ran about 50 yards from my stand and expired. Even though I knew where she was, I went back and got my dogs so they could practice following the blood trail. It didn't take the dogs long and they were sitting by her side waiting for me to catch up with them.