Deer season is winding down, but with no shortage of exciting stories. Every day is a different adventure out in Mother Nature —one you can’t experience unless you get up early and show up. When the hunting is “on,” it’s a really special adventure you can’t experience unless you get up early and show up. When the hunting is “on,” it’s a really special time of the year.
For deer hunters, the rut or mating season is a period during the season they live for. Most are wide awake before the alarm goes off, and raring to get out and enjoy some cold winter weather.
An avid group of local hunters were hunkered down at the camp in Mississippi on a trip that got plumb fun. Team Rudd, headed up by John, with son Justin providing back-up, were in the zone. Heading up the skinning department was gut man Robert Bennett, who takes great pride in his work.
It was cold, and the troops needed protein in the way of some deer meat. Justin was assigned the honor of taking out a management doe. He’d been relentlessly dogging a giant buck for three years with bow and arrow. It was time for a break, so he dusted off the rust on his rifle.
Everyone at the camp heard the shot. This bunch was capable of some serious consumption of fresh back strap, and knew just how to cook it.
Justin was smiling from ear-to-ear when John asked if he’d shot. Yes, he’d scored, and the search party immediately formed up. Robert stayed behind, sharpening his knife and ready and willing to do his thing. Everyone assumed this was the kind of fine fat doe Mississippi is famous for.
Justin was fighting back the urge to bust wide open as the group approached his deer. He was about to lose the poker face when John’s flashlight lit up some mighty fine white horns. Someone screamed as Justin’s fine buck was revealed.
John’s first impulse was to chase him down with a loving body check, but he quickly regained his sanity. And, he reasoned there was no way Justin would let him catch him.
This was the awesome buck they had seen on camera for several years and had hunted hard.
The buck approached Justin’s stand like he was on a string. At 25 yards, this was the bow shot he had dreamed of. The mature buck had beautiful wide horns and measured over 170 inches of bone.
Regardless of the weapon, Justin was psyched to have taken this magnificent animal. It takes a ton of effort and patience to outsmart a buck in this class. Of course the absolute best part was witnessing the look on the old man’s face when he realized what his number one son had accomplished. It’s guaranteed to dial up a smile on Justin’s face anytime he wants. This is just what the good Doctor Justin Rudd had ordered!
Seth Guidry of Jennings has taught his seven-year-old, Jack, well. He may be beginning to ponder if he’s done too well. Jack, with a steady aim, has put the hammer down on back-to-back Texas bucks. Dad is beginning to experience an itchy trigger finger, but is also enjoying a great show.