The second day was a little different. I didn't get out until about 9:30 in the morning. The weather was a bright sunny day, temps in the mid thirty's and the deer where on the move. The others where all ready on stand. I chose to hunt close so not to bother them. I headed down to the small clearing on the backside of the ceders and the cut field of corn.
It was a good morning seeing a lot of deer moving back and forth at the far end of the clearing. All out of range of my fowler. I did some grunting and rattling hoping to bring a buck in for a closer shot. I did have a young four point come in raking tree's and looking for the fight. He ended up only five yards from me before picking up my scent and bounding away.
I returned back to the clearing around three but moved further down the edge. Picking a spot just inside of the ceders I sat and waited.
As time went by there where a few doe's that made there way out into the clearing milling about.
I then had a buck step out from the ceders about 15 yards from my right. He was a shooter! He stopped at the edge for a second or two then moved out across the trail to check a scrap on the other side. Presenting a 25 yard shot.
With out getting up, I slid the gun to my side and removing another paper cartridge from my belt pouch and quickly reloaded. As I brought the gun up to prim the lock I discovered it was packed with snow. I quickly removed the snow and wiped out the pan using my hunting shirt and primed the lock. Getting to my feet and moving out into the clearing I was able to shoot the buck again putting him down. I again reloaded and approached the buck.
He was a fine 10 point buck. He was a three year old and a fighter for his left side had two of his larger tines broken off. He was a large and healthy deer and will provide a lot of meat for the table this winter.
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