My 2007 Archery Coues!
by Phil Cramer
Its not my biggest coues but I think I might be more proud of this one than any other.
Well I was finally able to close the deal the day after Christmas with my trusty bowtech. I actually got a little bit of a late start due to some issues with a land owner so I had to take the long way into where I wanted to hunt but it turned out for the best. I left the truck and made a mad dash to the top of the mountain and before I could even get set up to start glassing I started spotting does and my hopes soared. I was thinking that the rut might be kicking in and any minute I would spot a buck with the two different groups of does but I was wrong for two reasons….1. the bucks didn’t show up with the does and 2. there was no sign of a rut going on. I put my binos down for a quick moment and happened to catch some movement off to my left and only a little over a hundred yards away, I thru my binos up and instantly knew that I was looking at a really good buck. I made a quick check of the wind, grabbed my range finder out of my pack and started crawling towards the buck using what cover I had available. It was slow going but the buck didn’t seem to be in any hurry as he was just feeding up the slope towards me and I didn’t want to rush anything so I took my time in stalking the bruiser buck. Everything was going great when out of a small draw between the big buck and I another buck showed up. He caught me right as I had came out from behind a small yucca and I was nailed down. We stared at each other for a while and then he started feeding quartering towards me, I quickly ranged him at 52 yards and made the decision that he was good enough for me. I let the arrow fly and it hit its mark and I got to watch the buck go about 40 yards and pile up. The big buck just stood where he was and watched all of this happen, he was joined by yet another buck and they just worked their way down the mountain. It was a great day for me and I couldn’t be happier with the buck that I took especially knowing that the big buck is still out there waiting for another day.
This buck scores an even 80″ gross and nets 77″.