Opening day of gun season found the conditions perfect. The rut was in full swing, a cold front had moved through the area, and temps were in the teens with a 15 mph breeze. I was in the woods before daylight, and thankfully I had brought along some of my backpacking gear (Patagonia Down Sweater) as it proved essential in keeping me comfortable in these conditions. I now fully understand why companies like Sitka, Kuiu, Kryptek, and others are gaining a foothold in the market. For years now backpacking companies have used premium quality components to make their gear lightweight, compact, and warm. While I do not own any of these products, I do have confidence that those products provide a superior level of comfort while hunting. I have found that a combination of my Under Armour and Patagonia clothing provides me a superior level of comfort in cold weather when compared to when I used to wear only my Under Armour clothing alone.
Well, enough about the clothing... for now
A couple of hours into the morning, after I had been working my grunt call all morning long, I heard something coming up behind me quickly. I was using the tree to block the wind, and my field of vision behind me was only about 20 yards. Suddenly a good buck popped out directly behind me head held high searching for this intruder into his area. Thankfully, he was so concerned with finding this other buck, that I had time to turn around a squeeze off a shot while he was in mid stride. He was only about 20 yards away at this time, and he dropped right in his tracks. I can't say enough about how well Hornady's Superformance SST ammunition has performed for me over the past three years. I was quite pleased with this deer as his 8-point rack was the largest I have killed so far. Also, his dressed weight of 134 lbs was the largest we have killed in this location. I am still excited about this buck, although I didn't believe his rack was worthy of a full mount. It was an interesting enough of a rack, that I am having a Euro mount done for it though.
|Two sides nearly touch|
|My two little hunters|