I finally got a big buck with the bow... and he's a dandy 12-pointer.
There is 3 years of history with this buck. My hunting property is out in the Rio Creek area and 3 different people have missed this buck in the area... including me, last year.
The guys that hunt the woods across the road from me actually hit him with an arrow 3 years ago, but it was a leg shot. I hit him last year, but he ducked and I only took a piece of hide off of his back. Another guy hit him, but only succeeded in taking half of his tail. Like I said, lots of history :)
I got the big boy this past Sunday. Everything was in my favor. The area had been wet and windy as hell for 3 days prior. Sunday night was mid-50's, calm wind out of the north, and it was finally a clear evening. I heard him cracking twigs and stomping through the swamp at about 6:20.
The buck came in from behind me, which was unusual, but because he came from behind, I had the opportunity to stay more hidden. Once he got beside me, I knew it was going to be lights-out. Once he was past my tree, he was too close for me to draw the bow, so i waited for him to get 25 yards out and took the shot. I heard the arrow thump, then he went about 30 yards and crashed into a big patch of swamp grass. I didn't see him come out, but I heard him take his last breaths and knew I had him. I waited for 45 minutes, then my pals and I went in and dragged him out.
I'm looking for a top notch taxidermist to mount him, so if you have any suggestions, let me know.
Here are some pics of the beast: