Thursday October 30th was panning out to be another blur of the work week grind for Jesse. Wake up at 4:45am, shower, have breakfast, get dressed, and be to work by 6. It was agonizing for Jesse to be in his shirt, tie, and slacks knowing that the conditions were just right: cold, calm, weather system moving in, and pre-rut in full swing. As the work day progressed, Jesse had come to terms with the fact that he was not going to be able to get some tree time in today, and he would have to patiently wait until the weekend arrived. Until his good friend and co-worker "Spike" asked if he was going to hunt while they left work.
"It was a complete spur of the moment thing." said Jesse "I knew the conditions were right, and all it took was a little spark of optimism from Spike to light a fire under me to get going."
Getting off at 4pm, Jesse rushed home to gather his gear, shower, and meet his co-worker at the farm. Jesse got to his stand about 4:35pm. As he was climbing in, he already had deer working in his area. "I wasn't even in my stand yet and I look over and see a 2 year old buck heading straight for me." "I had to put my Timber Ninja skills to the test getting clipped in and ready while the small buck was less than 40 yards away!" said Jesse. After he worked through, Jesse hit the horns. Right away he had three bucks come in, two younger deer and real nice up and comer three year old. With live decoys around him, Jesse did a grunt sequence followed with a snort wheeze. Two more bucks came in! Jesse now had 5 bucks within 75 yards of his stand! He was having a great hunt "It was amazing to have that many bucks come in at once, I was one edge the entire time!"
The sun was beginning to set, and most of the younger bucks had moved through the draw Jesse was hunting. "I was already pumped about the night I had" said Jesse "With about 15 minutes of light left, I was thinking it's getting close to start packing up, and then I saw him." Jesse caught a glimpse of tine on the other side of the draw and right away he knew he was a good buck. Seeing the buck was taking his time, Jesse snort wheezed at him. The massive typical 10 looked his way, and that was it. Jesse snort wheezed at him again, and this time, he got his attention. Jesse said "I knew he heard me, because he started working the other way." "Once he got so far I lost him in the brush for a minute or two, and then he popped up on the trail I walked in on!" He came in on string to Jesse, and was almost too close. The 175 inch 10 point walked right underneath Jesse's stand, and at 6:04pm Jesse shot the bruiser at just 7 steps! "I knew I made a good shot, and when I heard him crash, I lost it" said Jesse
At dark, Jesse got down and headed straight for the truck. He walked right by the buck but didn't want look at him until he met up with Spike. "Once we found him, the party began" said Jesse Shortly after retrieving the big buck, Jesse called the guys to break the news. Within an hour everyone had met up to hear to the story and see the giant Jesse had arrowed. So next time you're running late; remember those last minute, spur of the moment ideas just might turn out to be a memory of a life time!
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