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Saturday, October 12, 2013

18 Yards on a Saturday Morning

Saturday Morning, 12 October, 2013
Editor's Note: Listening to a hunter describe his deer hunt is never as good as writing your own story. At Kodabow, our goal is to support you in your hunting endeavors so you fully achieve your hunting ambitions with great equipment and positive outcomes.
I first scouted the property 2 years ago but had never hunted it. It was a small woodlot of 9 acres and it was easy to visualize how the deer would move.
After quietly pulling into the driveway and  turning off the headlights on the F-150, I eased into the woods in the dark. There was no rush. I could smell the oak tree and acorns. Oak trees stay in the same place -- they never move --- and in a deer woods, they are an anchor point for deer activity. The property owner, Anthony, a good friend, said he had been watching a big deer for the last few years. I asked him what he meant by "big" and he said "about 200 lbs."  Anthony would be proven to be both accurate and correct by 8:45 AM.
He mentioned that the buck he was speaking about had antlers that were larger the year before. The big fella might have already turned the corner in life like we all do sooner or later. 
My friend said this deer had an attitude. He ruled the woodlot. He ran off the other bucks. There was no larger buck ever seen on the property. He recalled walking to his garden one morning and there the buck stood. It surprised him. Instead of running off, the buck's eyes met his and the buck stood his ground. It glared at him. It took 2 steps towards my friend and stopped. Anthony grabbed a steel fence post and slowly backed away -- a little unnerved.  
I saw him at 90 yards. His path was predictable. He closed the distance steadily. He was at 40 yards then 30. At 18 yards, I pulled the trigger on my Kodabow Bravo Zulu. It was not the best angle but it was the only angle and I was totally "Kodabow confident" or I would not have fired. The deer was facing me and the arrow was released as the buck momentarily quartered exposing the right front shoulder. I visualized the arrow making its way through the shoulder and into the vital heart/lung area. That is exactly what happened. The big fella traveled 25 yards and passed away quickly.  
Part of the success is due to the mechanical broadhead used. It is called the Killzone by NAP and it has been rapidly gaining favor among several Kodabow ProStaff Shooters.  Get the details at www.kodabow.com in the Accessories Section.
Killzone Broadhead after shoulder/heart/lung shot. 
Large deer are tough critters and this broadhead performed well especially in a challenging shot angle situation. Here is a process to determine if your broadhead is any good: 
Find a guy named Bill who owns a deer processing business and sees thousands of deer each year. Watch Bill look at your buck as its unloaded. Watch his gloved hands skin and skillfully remove the hide as he closely inspects the shoulder. See him look at the Kodabow and the actual broadhead which is shown above. See Bill assess the path that the arrow had traveled. You know you have a very good broadhead when a guy with Bill's experience says, "Can you bring me two packages of those Crossbow Killzones!"
At the deer processing station, the buck weighed in 168 lbs field dressed. Using the 1.26 x formula to calculate live weight, the deer would have come in at 212 lbs. He had a 6 point rack that measured 20" at its widest spread. Once a 6 point, always a 6 point. This was a deer with a small head and a big body. I liked him. He had history. There is always a sense of loss at these moments and I struggled with making sense of it all.
I sensed that the buck would never grow larger and was taken at his prime. That was OK.
The buck was impossible to load on the tailgate by myself. Anthony and I both were challenged but finally got him up and in the truck. This was a good deer.
We stood at the stone wall looking over the woodlot. The coffee was warm. It was a good morning. There was no hurry.
Chuck -- Kodabow Crossbows

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