7. November 2008 02:14
November 6th, found me sitting in a familiar lock on locally after arriving back home the night before from camp. The action down south at camp was pretty slow. I was seeing a lot of other hunters and some bucks but nothing impressive so I decided to come home for a couple days to check the action up here. This morning I saw a couple young bucks cruising and then a text with a buddy yielded a change of scenery for the afternoon. We decided to go check out a spot in PA we have hunted in the past.
I noticed this scrape line that the bucks were keeping open and decided to set up not to far from it.
This was the third scrape in the series, the one closest to me.
Around 4pm I saw a good PA buck coming my direction. He stopped and hit the 3 scrapes on his way as he closed the distance. As he was thrashing the licking branch on the last scrape (the one closest to me) I tipped the can call over twice. He stopped and scanned the timber looking for his doe, with no visual confirmation he went back to tending his scrape for a moment. He then walked parallel to me for 10 yards again scanning the timber from the new vantage point. He turned around went back to the scrape and thrashed the licking branch again then turned and came right in on me. A 15 yard shot yielded a 50 yard blood trail with him going down in sight.
Here is a section on the blood trail left by the Rage 2 blade broadheads.
Not bad for a PA buck. His neck is pretty big, maybe the biggest neck on a buck I have ever shot. Score will come later, he is at the butchers shop now. He won't score all that much though, I figure he will go mid to upper 120's. Plenty for an out of state buck with such a great body. He does have 2 broken tine tips on his right side, probably about 3 inches of damage. Now it's time to get back out there after my Ohio buck!