My Dream Buck
by Wanda Chadbourne
My biggest buck ever:-)
I shot this 8 point buck with a Thompson Center 50 cal. on December 6,2003,weighing in at 202 lbs. allowing me to finally make the Maine Big Bucks Club for being over 200 pounds!
It was snowing and I didn't think I'd see anything that day. I went out in the morning with my daughters ex-boyfriend Troy but we were unsuccessful then. We dogged a lot of thick stuff but it was cold and I had to pick my other daughter up from work so we left to go get her. We then stopped to see my husband, John at his work and was talking to him, when Troy said, we had better get the last part of the day in. We no sooner got into the woods, nearer to my house when I saw a deer's body in the firs. I thought it was a doe at first and told Troy… “OMG, look at that big doe”. He took my binoculars, looked and said, that is no doe; that is a huge buck Wanda!
I got ready to shoot as it started to move, getting my muzzleloader up and ready. As soon as he was in the crosshairs, I shot. Bang! All I saw was smoke and off he took! I was very disappointed thinking I had missed him but Troy said he saw him hump up and said “I think you hit him good”, so we took off to where he was and started to follow his tracks. No blood....wow, I thought, I did miss him. Troy and I split up. I found his last track and then nothing, he disappeared! I then decided to push through the thickest part and bingo; there on the other side was his tracks with blood. I yelled to Troy and said we had better go get the flashlights from the truck as it was getting dark. We went to where I found his track last and split from there. I found him though and no, he hadn't gone too far from that last few steps at all, fell down and slid under a huge fallen tree. I was jumping up and down when I saw the rack on him!! I screamed to Troy and he came running, then we each grabbed a horn and thank god it was snowing as it made for easy dragging.
We brought the deer to my house and then I called hubby to say I had gotten a big one. He was like, yea right! I said, you'll see. It was in the back of the truck when he drove in. It was nice to make the books finally after over 20 years of hunting. I can't say I haven't seen deer or gotten any deer cuz I have seen my plenty every year during the season and this past year I waited for the big guy and I got him:-)