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Okay, ya'll, I'm a green-horn on Crossbow Nation but what a day it was yesterday!!

I did not go in the AM but slipped in for a PM sit and am still trying to get comfortable with a crossbow. I wanted to make sure that this first hunt had me entering the stand in full daylight. Before the elbow injury, I had a routine with my compound for everything - the way it was attached to my pack, the way I climbed, my order of steps once I hit the stand, where it hung at the ready, etc. After getting as settled as I could, I sat in eager anticipation.

About 20 minutes in, my heart sank.

My only crossbow is a beat-up Parker Tornado Xxtreme that I used for a men's ministry - going to upgrade to a Wicked Ridge soon. I noticed one of the E-clip washers was missing and the pin had almost slipped through the limb. I thought about leaving because I was worried about everything coming apart under that pressure. I decided to try something, so I switched to my decocking arrow, held it away from me, turned my head, and pulled the trigger. Everything held together and I breathed a sigh of relief. I sat back down and pushed everything together and recocked - the pin stayed in place - so I continued to hunt. Yes, probably not the smartest thing to do BUT I'm going to the hardware store today to see if I can find that washer.

A really little 6 point came out and a big, momma doe with her little fawn. I watched that doe run that little buck away and was just chuckling. She owned him! They meandered around for about 30 minutes and their body language changed - especially that of the little buck. I heard a snap of a twig and saw movement through the brush to the right when 2 bigger bucks walked out and my heart started racing.

I had asked in another thread the "comfort level" with a good hunting distance and really listened to those opinions. I decided on 35 yds as my max and, well, he stood there at that distance. I struggled to get in a good shooting position - yeah, I'll admit the buck shakes hit me early and need more practice in the stand with the crossbow. When he turned full broadside, I squeezed the trigger. He ran less than 30 yards and I heard the crash - the shakes really began then.

I called my buddy who owns the property and he was ecstatic for me - we're old high school buddies.

I've never shot a nice buck on opening day. I've never shot a deer with a crossbow. I've never shot a buck in full velvet before. I've never taken one to a taxidermist to have it mounted. After 9-11-21, I cannot say those four things anymore :)

A couple of pictures are below - that was interesting to say the least as my 10 year old was up well past her bedtime but having fun playing with the camera.

Anyway, I know I've got to create my routines and find my shooting position in the lock-on stand. I appreciate the feedback I've already received and cannot wait to learn more from you on Crossbow Nation. Thank you for helping this crossbow newbie put down a really, nice deer for my family (he tipped the scales over 150 after being gutted).

Thanks for reading the story...

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That's a REALLY nice one! Congrats!!!
 

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Cool story with a Happy ending :)
Congratulations. Thats a nice Buck.


Okay, ya'll, I'm a green-horn on Crossbow Nation but what a day it was yesterday!!

I did not go in the AM but slipped in for a PM sit and am still trying to get comfortable with a crossbow. I wanted to make sure that this first hunt had me entering the stand in full daylight. Before the elbow injury, I had a routine with my compound for everything - the way it was attached to my pack, the way I climbed, my order of steps once I hit the stand, where it hung at the ready, etc. After getting as settled as I could, I sat in eager anticipation.

About 20 minutes in, my heart sank.

My only crossbow is a beat-up Parker Tornado Xxtreme that I used for a men's ministry - going to upgrade to a Wicked Ridge soon. I noticed one of the E-clip washers was missing and the pin had almost slipped through the limb. I thought about leaving because I was worried about everything coming apart under that pressure. I decided to try something, so I switched to my decocking arrow, held it away from me, turned my head, and pulled the trigger. Everything held together and I breathed a sigh of relief. I sat back down and pushed everything together and recocked - the pin stayed in place - so I continued to hunt. Yes, probably not the smartest thing to do BUT I'm going to the hardware store today to see if I can find that washer.

A really little 6 point came out and a big, momma doe with her little fawn. I watched that doe run that little buck away and was just chuckling. She owned him! They meandered around for about 30 minutes and their body language changed - especially that of the little buck. I heard a snap of a twig and saw movement through the brush to the right when 2 bigger bucks walked out and my heart started racing.

I had asked in another thread the "comfort level" with a good hunting distance and really listened to those opinions. I decided on 35 yds as my max and, well, he stood there at that distance. I struggled to get in a good shooting position - yeah, I'll admit the buck shakes hit me early and need more practice in the stand with the crossbow. When he turned full broadside, I squeezed the trigger. He ran less than 30 yards and I heard the crash - the shakes really began then.

I called my buddy who owns the property and he was ecstatic for me - we're old high school buddies.

I've never shot a nice buck on opening day. I've never shot a deer with a crossbow. I've never shot a buck in full velvet before. I've never taken one to a taxidermist to have it mounted. After 9-11-21, I cannot say those four things anymore :)

A couple of pictures are below - that was interesting to say the least as my 10 year old was up well past her bedtime but having fun playing with the camera.

Anyway, I know I've got to create my routines and find my shooting position in the lock-on stand. I appreciate the feedback I've already received and cannot wait to learn more from you on Crossbow Nation. Thank you for helping this crossbow newbie put down a really, nice deer for my family (he tipped the scales over 150 after being gutted).

Thanks for reading the story...

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Congratulations on a great buck and an even better hunting memory to go along with it. You have a talent for writing and I’m looking forward to your future write ups.
 
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Congrats on a great buck! Great story as well. (y)
 

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Congrats on all the firsts. Obviously you made the shot when it counted and put down a nice "first" X bow buck. We rarely see a buck still in velvet here, so that makes it even sweeter. Well done!
 
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Congrats.:) You did good!;):)
 

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Great story I’m glad you had everything turn out great! Now you need another big buck to keep taxidermist busy!
 

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Congrats on your first deer. You'll find your hunting rhythm as you gain more experience. Your doing good so far.
 

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Congrats on a nice bucks and lots of firsts for you!
 

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Great buck, and great story. Congrats! I hope we see pics of the taxidermy when it comes back. I have never taken a buck in velvet, and frankly, haven't yet seen a buck that I'd consider mounting. I'm mostly a meat hunter, so I take more late season does than anything else--but not for lack of trying! Unfortunately I'm mostly a public land hunter, and the big bucks don't tend to find their way to wherever I happen to be on any given day.
 
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