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The Padgett Buck
 

THANKS IMB & DARRIN BRADLEY.
I WOULD LIKE TO SAY A SPECIAL THANKS TO IMB & DARRIN BRADLEY AS WELL AS THE OTHER GUYS FOR A GREAT HUNT IN 2006.
IT WAS MY FIRST TIME TO GO ON AN OUTFITTED HUNT AND I BELIEVE I WENT TO THE BEST THERE IS TO OFFER. I HAVE HUNTED IN MY HOME STATE OF GEORGIA ALL MY LIFE ALONG WITH MY FATHER AND BROTHERS AND HAVE HAD
THE CHANCE TO TAKE A FEW NICE BUCKS.
MY TRIP TO MISSOURI LAST YEAR WAS ALL NEW TO ME AND I WOULD HAVE TO SAY I WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS AT NOT BEING ABLE TO GET A SHOT AT A "BIG BUCK".
I ARRIVED IN EARLY NOVEMBER AND WAS GREETED BY MR. BRADLEY. I NOTICED IMMEDIATELY THAT THEY HAD OUT ARIAL PHOTOS AND HAD BEEN LOOKING AT POSSIBLE LOCATIONS FOR THAT EVENING HUNT. I WAS IMPRESSED AT HOW PROFESSIONAL AND SERIOUS THEY WERE AT PUTTING THE HUNTERS IN THE BEST LOCATIONS BASED ON FEED, DEER MOVEMENT AND WIND DIRECTION. TO SAY THE LEAST I WAS ALREADY GETTING EXCITED TO SEE THAT THESE GUYS KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING.
WELL THAT AFTERNOON I WAS PUT IN A STAND ON THE EDGE OF A BEAN FIELD AND IN JUST A FEW MINUTES HAD DEER IN FRONT OF ME. I WAS LIKE "WOW" I HAVE SET ALL EVENING IN GEORGIA AND NOT SEEN ANYTHING.
AS THE AFTERNOON PROGRESSED I COUNTED 19 DEER AND COULD ONLY IMAGINE WHAT THAT WEEK WAS GOING TO BE LIKE. WELL AS THE WEEK WORE ON OTHER HUNTERS WERE TAKING SOME GREAT BUCKS, I HAD BEEN ABLE TO SEE A FEW NICE YOUNG BUCKS, BUT NOT WHAT I WAS HOPING FOR.
AS THE WEEKEND GREW NEAR I WAS WORE OUT FROM ALL THE HOURS OF HUNTING. THE GUIDES DID A GREAT JOB OF KEEPING ME PUMPED UP AND GOING, BUT I WAS PHYSICALLY EXHAUSTED.
WELL I WENT ON FRIDAY MORNING AGAIN AND SAW ALOT OF DEER BUT NO SHOOTERS AND BY THIS TIME I HAD ALREADY SAID IT WAS JUST NOT GOING TO HAPPEN FOR ME. LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT IN A FEW SHORT HOURS I WAS GOING TO GET A SHOT AT THE BIGGEST BUCK I HAD EVER TAKEN.

OH! LET ME NOT GET AHEAD OF MYSELF WITH THE STORY. WHEN I GOT BACK TO CAMP I TALKED TO MR. BRADLEY AND TOLD HIM THAT I HAD GIVEN UP AND WAS GOING TO LEAVE THAT AFTERNOON FOR THE LONG DRIVE BACK TO GEORGIA. I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT CONVERSATION. HE DID NOT, AND WAS NOT GOING TO LET ME GIVE UP ON THE HUNT! HE TOLD ME THAT EVERY YEAR THERE IS AT LEAST ONE HUNTER IN CAMP THAT JUST SEEMS LIKE THEY CANNOT GET A CHANCE AT A BUCK. WELL IT SEEMED TO ME THAT I WAS THAT HUNTER. THEN HE SAID "WILL YOU HUNT THIS AFTERNOON AND IF YOU SEE A SHOOTER BUCK WILL YOU STAY FOR THE REST OF THE HUNT"? WHAT WAS I GOING TO SAY TO THAT! HE WAS VERY CONFIDENT THAT I WAS GOING TO HAVE A CHANCE AT A BUCK.
WELL AFTER LUNCH MY GUIDE TAKES ME BACK TO A SPOT THAT A COUPLE OF "GIANT BUCKS" HAD BEEN SEEN EARLY IN THE WEEK. AFTER ABOUT AN HOUR I SAW A DOE FEEDING DOWN THE DRAIN BEHIND ME, SHE FED ON OUT OF SIGHT AND I SET BACK TO SEE WHAT ELSE WOULD HAPPEN.
I HAD IT FIGURED THAT IF A BUCK WAS COMING IN IT WOULD BE FROM MY LEFT, BUT I WAS DEAD WRONG. ABOUT ONE HOUR BEFORE DARK I LOOK IN FRONT OF ME AND HERE COMES A "BIG BUCK" HE WAS COMING ACROSS FROM MY RIGHT TOWARD MY LEFT.
IMMEDIATELY I STARTED BEGGING THAT HE WOULD COME DOWN INTO THE DRAIN WHERE MY STAND WAS AT, BUT IT SEEMED HE WAS GOING TO KEEP GOING TO THE LEFT AND JUST OUT OF RANGE. THEN FINALLY AT THE LAST MINUTE HE TURNS AND COMES DOWN INTO THE DRAIN, THEN STARTS BACK TO THE RIGHT.
I GOT OUT MY RANGE FINDER TO CHECK THE ONLY SHOOTING SPOT I AM GOING TO HAVE ON THE TRAIL HE WAS COMING DOWN AND IT WAS 37 YARDS. WHEN HE CAME INTO THE OPENING I GRUNTED AND HE STOPPED, I PUT MY 40 YARD PIN ON THE RIBS AND SHOT! AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I HAD A SINKING FEELING, I DID NOT HEAR ANY RIBS OR BONES BREAKING. ALL I HEAR IS THE ARROW HITTING THE LEAVES.

THE BUCK TOOK OFF UP THE HILL AND OUT OF SIGHT. I WAS SOOOOO SICK!!!!!!!!! HERE I HAD THE CHANCE AT THE BEST BUCK EVER AND BLEW IT. WELL I SET THERE UNTIL DARK, THEN GOT DOWN TO GET MY ARROW. AS I BEGIN LOOKING I COULD NOT FIND IT AND WAS JUST ABOUT TO LEAVE WHEN I SAW IT GLITTER, I REACHED DOWN TO PICK IT UP AND TO MY SURPRISE IT WAS COVERED IN BLOOD!! I HAD SHOT THE BUCK WITH A TWO BLADE SNYPER AND IT HAD SLID BETWEEN THE RIBS ON EACH SIDE AND NOT TOUCHED THE FIRST BONE!
SO HERE I AM AGAIN GOING FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP! IT HAD DEFINITELY BEEN A ROLLER COASTER RIDE FOR ME THAT WEEK.
WHEN I GOT BACK TO CAMP MR. BRADLEY LOOKED AT MY ARROW AND SAID THAT IT DEFINITELY LOOKED LIKE A GOOD HIT. AFTER DINNER MR. BRADLEY, ANOTHER HUNTER AND MYSELF GO OUT TO LOOK FOR THE BUCK. AS IT TURNED OUT HE HAD WENT ABOUT 100 YARDS INTO A FIELD.
I WAS EXTREMELY THRILLED WITH MY NEW TROPHY. HE WAS A 9 POINT WITH A 18 1/2 INCH INSIDE SPREAD.
THANKS IMB, DARRIN BRADLEY, AND ALL THE GUIDES FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO GIVE ME A HUNT OF A LIFETIME. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE UPCOMING SEASON, TO HUNT WITH YOU ALL AGAIN IN ILLINOIS.

REGARDS, DOUG PADGETT




Doug Padget

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