|White River NWR Dec 3, 2004|
White River 2004- A watered down White River NWR bowhunt December 3,
One buck that still makes me prideful is a public lands whitetail from the river bottoms of South Arkansas.
I was hunting in the North Unit of the White River National Wildlife refuge on a crisp cold December morning. December 3, 2004. At about 10:30 am I heard this big brute as he sloshed through some water along a muddy trail that I was hunting. He was approaching right to left and was on course to pass 20 yards in front of me. At about 40 yards he changes course and starts to walk straight away from me. My heart sinks as I watch this trophy as he strolls out of my life. Wait ... he stops.. he begins to feast on acorns at the base of a grand daddy size Nutall Oak tree about at about 20 yards off the trial making him 45 to 50 yards away from my position. Too far for this bowhunter to shoot. With me watching nervously while hoping and praying for some kind of luck he turns back to the trail. His rack is heavy and a dark chestnut in color. He sports a tall rack of 9 points. As this guy meanders closer and closer, I cant help but picture in my mind that I've already loaded this guy up and proudly showing him off to my hunting buddies.
He continues his confident pace. I come to full draw when he is directly in front of me at 25 yards from the base of my 18" overcup tree that hold my Summit climber. I force my to not look a the rack and focus on the point of aim and and let the arrow go.