Big Buck Down in Kentucky!
For those of you that know me well, this is an achievement of a lifetime for me. But what I’m more appreciative of is how humbling the whole experience was. This week taught me humility, gratitude and the importance of keeping priorities straight. I had a disastrous start to the week that almost completely took me out of the game. When lowering my bow down after my first evening hunt, my bow rope broke and my bow crashed off the climbing sticks and hit the ground hard, leaving my quiver in pieces, cams dirty, arrows scattered, and sight completely moved.
On top of that, I left my release back in Virginia. I was able to find a local bow shop to get me back in the game. I really had to gather myself and take a deep breath. Then realize how unbelievably fortunate I am to be happy, healthy, living in the greatest county in the world and have some of the greatest people in my life that a guy could ask for. And it’s amazing how things tend to work themselves out when you count your blessings and not let bad situations crush your emotions and attitude.
I was sitting in a 12 ft ladder stand that positioned perfectly for where there deer usually come in. This night, the deer came in from behind me and walked directly down wind. This buck eventually walked 6 yards from my stand and as I let him get to 20 I went into my pre-shot routine. I smoked him and he only went 40 yards before piling up. My best buck ever. I have been coming here for 6 years and have got to see this place from the very beginning. It gets better every year and Im happy to call Bryan a great friend. I can’t wait for next year.