Snow on the Ground and Still Lots of Deer to be Found!

This past week I took the 3-1/2 hour drive to my place in Luzerne as the 4″ of snow on the ground beckoned me to come on up!  I love hunting with snow on the ground.  Earlier I had taken a really nice 7 pointer, so there wasn’t any real pressure to “shoot” another deer, but I did have two doe permits, and a good friend of mine would love one in his freezer! So with that in mind I set out to work on my camp, and if the chance came up, bag a good “eating” doe!

In fact I figured I would use my Myles Keller compound on this deer should I be given the opportunity. I’ve been shooting “rage” broadheads for about the last six years and had just purchased a dozen carbon arrows from Cabelas for my compound. My bow was set up to use “thunderhead 125’s, but I’ve had so much success with the 2-blade “rage” that I decided to swap out the “fixed” for the “mechanical!”

The first evening out I saw two spikes and a small forkhorn, plus a doe with two fawns.  Wasn’t messing with the small bucks, but there are quite a few doe’s roaming my area, and that’s what I was looking for.  The snow on the ground extended my visibility considerably, and I could detect movement much better than from my earlier hunts!

I skipped the second night of hunting as I worked late on the cabin and was very tired.  I figured I would sit for several hours in my blind on the third afternoon so I got out the cabin door around 3:30 p.m.  Two yearlings came through and offered me a great shot, but I declined, as it was still early. then a average sized doe worked her way into my food plot, but right behind her were two spring fawns!  My food plot was being demolished, so I was confident other deer would work their way in!  Just before dark a lone doe walked right beside my blind!  She was so close it startled me, as I banged my bow on the blind roof removing it from where it was hanging!  The doe froze and slowly back off from where she came.  I thought “I blew that” but low and behold she appeared on the other side of my blind about 12 yards away.  I was ready this time, picked a spot behind the shoulder and let my fingers release the string. The lighted nock appeared in her rib cage as she kicked her back legs in the air and headed for the thick woods.

I thought the arrow was a little far back so I waited an hour before checking for any blood trail.  I didn’t have to worry as a blind man could of tracked this deer!  She was bleeding bright red blood from both sides (double lung) and piled up about 100 yards from impact!  The “rage” was devastating as it blew through both rib cages, but stayed in the deer.  I went and got my deer dragging sled and pulled her back to my pole barn where I had a “deer cradle” ready to gut her in a most comfortable position.  I had just made the “cradle” that day and it is the best idea I have ever come up with to gut a deer.

My friend was happy to be able to put a deer in the freezer, and I felt good about putting it there for him!  Snow is the major reason I like late season hunting, but I must admit at 71 years old my muscles are still sore from dragging that doe several hundred yards back to my camp.  I’m thinking about putting a blind closer to the cabin next year?


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