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Brad Eden

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Yesterday afternoon I pulled off a three hour sit in the same ladder stand that my friend arrowed the doe from on Saturday. Quiet until 7:00 when 3-4 deer moved through 40 yards in front. Looked like all big does and one skipper. But it was dusky in the woods with 15 minutes left of legal light. Just silhouette blobs and shadows for the most part. They swung to 30 yards and meandered under the pines. If you don’t watch them intently they all but disappear. I was on my feet, palms sweating, bow ready but they never continued through a 15-20 yard open shooting lane. I let them drift off until it was no pins visible dark and got down and headed back to truck. Nice adrenalin rush nonetheless. I don’t typically do any calling like bleats or grunts this early. Maybe should have fawn bleated to turn them. Hindsight is 20/20. I would like to get one down before the ruffed grouse and Woodcock Opener on September 25; a week earlier than usual. 

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8 hours ago, Brad Eden said:

Yesterday afternoon I pulled off a three hour sit in the same ladder stand that my friend arrowed the doe from on Saturday. Quiet until 7:00 when 3-4 deer moved through 40 yards in front. Looked like all big does and one skipper. But it was dusky in the woods with 15 minutes left of legal light. Just silhouette blobs and shadows for the most part. They swung to 30 yards and meandered under the pines. If you don’t watch them intently they all but disappear. I was on my feet, palms sweating, bow ready but they never continued through a 15-20 yard open shooting lane. I let them drift off until it was no pins visible dark and got down and headed back to truck. Nice adrenalin rush nonetheless. I don’t typically do any calling like bleats or grunts this early. Maybe should have fawn bleated to turn them. Hindsight is 20/20. I would like to get one down before the ruffed grouse and Woodcock Opener on September 25; a week earlier than usual. 

That's the stuff that keeps us coming back for more..."close encounters and next time"...

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