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mconway951

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Last Sunday was the 13 year anniversary of my best friend who was the closest thing to a brother I have ever had being killed in a car wreck. I spent the day with my kids and after I dropped them back off with their mom I decided to go sit in the treestand my girls and I had set the day before in an area I knew held a good deer.

The day was filled with some highs and lows. Missing my long lost buddy and playing with my girls and teaching them about the outdoors. As I sat reflecting on the past and what Justin is missing in life today deer started to appear in the field. Shortly after the deer I had been looking for appeared next to me at 12 yards. As he moved into the field he stopped and gave me a small window to shoot through at 11 yards. I was able to slip an arrow through the brush and due to the close shot and high angle down hill I went in high and lodged in the off side shoulder leaving no exit wound. He bolted at the shot and ran though a tree line out of site. With no exit wound and knee high grass it was a tough track job but it was a double lung hit and he only made it about 100 yards and we recovered him that evening.

This is my best whitetail to date and after not archery hunting for 5 years due to going blind in my right/dominate eye and having to teach myself to shoot lefty I feel pretty accomplished in taking this great pope and young deer.

Although oct 18 will always be a sad day for me that night in the stand is not one I will forget. RIP Justin and thank you for being with me that night in that tree
 

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rjlefty3

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That's a great buck, but an even better story! Always nice to have someone looking out for you!
 

NoWiser

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Great buck! You will think of your friend every time you look at it hanging on the wall. Congrats.
 

JohnCushman

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Awesome buck, Mike. I was great getting the updates via text all day and evening and the days leading up to the hunt and all of the trail cam pictures and everything. You put a lot of work into this buck and it paid off.
 

kansasdad

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Congratulations "Lefty"

I missed the part about turning your body around to accommodate your eye situation. How long did it take to feel it might be possible to switch to left handed bow ? ......(and gun, I assume).
 

mconway951

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Congratulations "Lefty"

I missed the part about turning your body around to accommodate your eye situation. How long did it take to feel it might be possible to switch to left handed bow ? ......(and gun, I assume).

It was an entire off season of shooting rifle to feel confident shooting. I did that for a few years then tried wing shooting with a shotgun last year which was even harder. Then I bought my left handed bow back in april of this year and spent ALL summer shooting at the range at least 4 days a week for 1-2 hrs a night after work. I still don't feel confident past 30 yds but I just stayed inside my comfort zone. At the range I can hold groups to 50 but on an animal...shooting at an awkward angle....from an treestand with wind blowing....nope. I actually let this deer walk a week before because he was at 40 yds and I just didn't feel comfortable taking that shot. Its been a challenge but it was so nice to just get back outdoors again.
 

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