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    Managed to bug off work early today and headed to the camp for some climber time. Got to the spot about 230 pm and was settled into the climber at 2:45 pm. Photo below is the tree and climber When in position the climber is tight to the first dead branch on the left side of the trunk putting the seat about 14 or 15 feet above the ground:



    The view down the lane today from the climber to a few apple trees still holding and dropping apples:



    Closer shot of one of the apple trees to provide an idea of how many apples still left in the tree:



    The wind today was steady and moderate from the SW. The apple trees and lane run almost due west from the climber and the "area of interest" around the tree is anywhere from 25 to 35 yards out. After i got settled i hardly had to wait at all as 15 minutes later at 3 pm two button bucks arrived from the north (right side of pic showing the lane) and started eating apples. I have passed on buttons and does 3 times already from this spot this season but decided to put some tender meat away today. I have an additional tag so not the end for me anyways. I had to wait 10 or 15 minutes though as they were both broadside but were stacked and shooting at the nearest would have injured the guy behind. They finally separated and i launched a bolt into the boiler room of the closest guy. He donkey kicked and took off running and i pretty quickly heard a tell tale crash.

    Packed up my bag and because there is nothing too breakable in it (phone is in an Otter Box) pitched it to the ground. As soon as it hit the ground i knew i made a mistake. My gear rope for lowering and raising the xbow was inside. Often i lag hooks in a tree to hang things but had not done that this time so there was nowhere to hang the xbow. That meant i had to use the climber carrying the xbow, drop the xbow or figure out some way to lower it. Well very carefully removed safety harness. Then removed my boots. Then removed my jacket, then my pants, then my hoodie. Put the harness and boots back on and then tied all the clothing together to make a redneck rope and lowered my xbow - just reached. The gong show rope:



    Pretty quickly found the bolt mostly buried but showing good blood:



    Headed towards where i thought the crash came from and found him piled up 25 yards away:



    Might be the fastest hunt i have done for deer. Loaded the crossbow at 2:45 pm and was back at the cabin with the deer dressed and hung up and i was even washed up all before 4 pm.
    Last edited by Species8472; November 2nd, 2023 at 09:42 PM.
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    Must of been a sight to see that. It is a shame you were alone - a few pictures would have really enhanced another good story. Great result though.
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    Great story. Thanks for sharing and congratulations

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    haha that story made me laugh - you always seem to get into some sort of adventure! congrats on your deer and good luck if you out next week!

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    Congrats Joe Remember if your going higher then 14 feet to put on another layer of clothes

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    nice story, nothing wrong with a button buck, I have shot several of them and the meat is the best. Plus look at the size of it, it probably as big as a small Doe. I like MR MEAT reply about the extra clothing

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    I'm somewhat disappointed . I can't believe you didn't use your gitch to make the rope!

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    Great story, great shot, great deer, and some great meat for the freezer. Congrats
    The deer are here, when I'm not near

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fenelon View Post
    I'm somewhat disappointed . I can't believe you didn't use your gitch to make the rope!
    Tell ya I felt like I was in the middle of an I love Lucy episode.
    The wilderness is not a stadium where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, it is the cathedral where I worship.

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    Laughing Out Loud. (:~D
    What a GREAT hunting story!!!
    Well-deserved success, but the tale of that "rope" will live on for years to come!

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