Oct 4th I shot a doe, a nice start to my archery hunting season. (always nice to get the first one under the belt early in the season)
I decided this year to buy a new bow and I sold my Matthews Switchback XT and bought a totally blacked out Matthews Z7...holy crap!! I love that bow..that thing is scary quiet and fast zinging my 417 grain arrows at 309 fps.
Also this year I am shooting Slicktricks for my first time and have to say I'm quite impressed...I'll be sticking with them for a while.
Anyway my doe I shot at 18 yds.
Gotta love that X through the lungs.
I have always struggled to kill a buck that scores better than 135", now I do have one that would score 141" but he has a busted eyeguard making him score less than my 135" mark..anyway I blew that away just yesterday.
I found a bucks little honeyhole that had about 8-9 scrapes and lotsa rubs, some about the size of my calf in a 25 yd circle in a thicket near a field edge...it was his home.
The previuos night it rained overnight and I knew this buck would be coming around during the day to freshen up his scrapes after the rain quit so I sat on the downwind side of his home.
At this time I wasnt sure just how big he was but knew he was worth a look at least by the size of those rubs.
Sure enough about 10:10 am he comes strolling through freshening up his scrapes and making new rubs.
I saw he was a shooter and decided I was going to shoot him given the chance.
Well he did 24 yds perfectly broadside...I had to stop him twice the first time his vitals were behind a small sapling and I didnt want to risk that shot.
The next time he stops hes in the clear, I release the arrow and to my suprise I hit him squarely in the shoulder...(surely didnt intend to) he spun and ran and I was shocked! how did I do that??!! (in replaying it all in my memory I remember thinking I hit my sleeve on my jacket...one I have never worn before) anyway he had about 10-11 inches of arrow stuck in him and I figured that should be good enough to do the trick.
I gave him exactly 1 hour and got down and started the tracking job....not much blood but enough to track.
I found the arrow about 5 yds from where I hit him snapped in half and knew the other half was still in him.
I found him 50 yds from where I shot him!!!
I was pumped!! I finally beat my 135" mark!
I took all the measurements got on the B&C website and plugged in the #"s
It kicked back 155 5/8 nontyp and 140 7/8 typ.
Definately my biggest!! and with my bow no less!