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Kentucky Velvet!

September 15, 2011 by  
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Could a man be any luckier?

By Scott Ward

With all the summer scouting done the guides of Shooters of Ohio take a 3 day vacation to the bluegrass state in hopes of tagging out quick before the busy season of guiding in Ohio starts. We contacted Karl with Snipe Creek Lodge in Murray, Kentucky. We didn’t know what to expect, but he had great trail cam pics with a good inventory of mature bucks so we booked on Wednesday night. He asked when we were coming and I replied how’s tomorrow sound and the phone got dead quiet for a few seconds then he said sure if you get here early I will give you a half day for free. So I booked it and started packing.

Wow, gathering last year’s gear together was a task itself. But we made the road trip and made it to Snipe Creek by 1:30 pm the next day. Karl greeted us with a big smile and showed us our lodging we were in our stands by 3:00 pm with the camera rolling. I was sitting there in complete maze of how we pulled the journey off and looked up and saw a fawn feeding in the lush green soybeans 150 yards out then Bruce says deer coming in on the left. Before the night was over we saw 13 bucks and 15 does passing on a 130 class buck at 17 yards. Wow, we scored with picking the right outfitter.

We decided we weren’t  prepared for the morning hunt so elected to drive to the Gander Mountain in Paducah. We bought some Lone Wolf climbing sticks and a stand and other misc. items to make our hunt better. We moved to the tree 4 yards in front of us and set up while the guide is left his quad running to cover noise. 12 mins later I nock my arrow. The hunt was slow seeing only a fawn and a couple of does, I whispered to Bruce and told him we made the wrong choice, boy was I wrong 30 mins later the bucks were coming from everywhere . For about an hour bucks were feeding in the beans and visiting a mineral lick. But no shooters I have a personal goal of 140 or better Then all the deer cleared the field at once I’m thinking what just happen and about that time I looked up and Mr. mack daddy was coming my way from 300 yards out, man my heart was pounding. It took him about 30 mins to make my way. I come to full draw and release, whack my arrow goes flying over his back at 20 yards. The buck bolts about 80 yards, I’m crushed, my new Mathews Z7 Extreme wasn’t short enough, whacking the limb in front of me.

My good luck continues, 2 squirrels get in a fight and calmed him down 15 mins later my arrow penetrated his right lung and sliced through the bottom of his heart. He ran 50 yards and dropped stone dead in the beans. The 150 plus giant laid there waiting for my happy hands to wrap around his 8 inch bases. Bruce and I climbed down and made our way to the beast, high fives along the way. Here is the picture as I proudly claim my trophy. Wow, all in 2 days, could a man be any luckier?

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Thanks to Scott for sharing his awesome early season hunt with us! Hey everyone, keep those stories coming in…thank you!

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