Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 70

a tree in front of me, not far away. Before I could fully convince myself of this, here he came, already within 30 yards! As quickly I was able, I grabbed my bow to prepare for a shot. The buck strutted in to 23 yards when he made his fatal move and turned broadside. Thump-CRACK! I managed to get an arrow in him, although slightly back, but still a solid hit. With the steep draws of the hills right next to me, I immediately exited the tree belt and trotted to the southwest corner and sat and waited to make sure I could get an eye on him if he exited the trees and headed down into the deep hills. Forty-five minutes went by and there was no sign of him -- only a curious young muley buck that just couldn’t figure out what the heck I was. I went back and began tracking from where the arrow hit. Af- ANDRUS OUTDOORS Complete Hunting, Fishing & Outdoors Store! 701- 4 8 3 - F I S H ( 3 474 ) 4434 3rd Ave. West Hwy 2 Dickinson, North Dakota! >> Large Gun, Ammo & Reloading Department! << WE BUY, SELL, TRADE, CONSIGN, NEW & USED GUNS GUNS - Ruger, Benelli, Winchester, Remington, Savage & more! • Live Bait • Camping Supplies • Marine Supplies • Danner Boots • Ammo & Reloading • Hunting Accessories • Taxidermy Supplies • Licenses And Much More! If we don’t have it, we’ll try our “darndest” to get it for you! Page 70, Dakota Country, October 2016 ter following his travel line for 35 yards and not seeing any blood, I finally stumbled onto my arrow lying in the grass, newly painted violet red! A few more steps and a glance ahead on the trail and… there he was! “Don’t let misfortune ruin your time”, indeed. Through the summer and weeks of anxiety and impatience this deer was creating in me, I let my love of bowhunting get slightly foggy, until the quote from my friend put things into perspective. I want to say thanks to Clint Larson of Missouri Valley Taxidermy in Pukwana, South Dakota for doing a fantastic job of capturing and preserving this beautiful specimen and memory. In addition, thank you to the landowner who has allowed my father and me the opportunity to enjoy hunting and recreation on his property for the past 15 years. Lastly, thank you to my best friend Phil Carlson for the support and the quote I’ll never forget. Good hunts, win or lose, are forever. • www.dakotacountrymagazine.com