LAST UPDATED: May 21st, 2019
Episode 6 of Bowhunt or Die marked the beginning of Sweet November in the whitetail woods and to hunters around the country it meant the beginning of the rut. The Bowhunt or Die team continued their impressive streak of laying down quality whitetails on film in Episode 6 as two more Illinois bucks were harvested. In case you missed our last installment of Bowhunt or Die, read on as we recap the action!
Richie Music continued his dream season as he harvested yet another Illinois buck. For the second sit in a row from the exact same tree, Richie was able to harvest a bruiser Northern Illinois buck. This buck followed the exact same script as his buck the week before, walking down the exact same trail and stopping at the same spot. Richie’s shot was farther back than he would have liked, but knew that if he didn’t push the buck and gave him plenty of time to expire, he would recover his trophy. A wise decision by Richie resulted in the recovery of Richie’s second buck. Unfortunately for Richie, he is now tagged out in Illinois, but I am sure he is not complaining. Two bucks and two does down is a great season for anyone. Nicely done, Richie!
Look familiar? This Illinois beauty of a buck stopped in the same place as the buck Richie harvested in last week’s episode. Richie made his shot count and harvested his second Illinois bruiser from the same stand.
This was Richie’s second buck of the 2010 bowhunting season. Richie has truly had a season to remember and we are grateful he shared his success on Bowhunt or Die with quality footage.
We then followed Todd Graf on his quest for either his second Illinois giant, or a monster Wisconsin buck, whichever came first. Todd hunted the end of October and early November hard and had some great, close encounters with some dandy Wisconsin bucks, but they just wouldn’t cooperate. As Todd stated, as magical as the rut can be to bowhunters, it can turn into a game of cat and mouse. With bucks tending and chasing does across open fields and through the timber, sometimes you just have to hope you are in the right tree at the right time. With plenty of season left and knowing the hardcore hunter that Todd is, I know he will put in the time and effort and ultimately have an opportunity to bag one of those Wisconsin brutes that have given him the slip so far this season.
This is one of the Wisconsin brutes Todd has been chasing this season. A true giant for any state, I know Todd will do whatever it takes to give himself the best opportunity to harvest this giant by the season’s end.
We concluded Episode 6 of Bowhunt or Die by following Justin Zarr on a couple hunts on his property in Northern Illinois. Justin’s determination to harvest a buck off this piece of property is admirable as he relentlessly tries to figure out these wary suburban bucks. If you recall in previous episodes, Justin had hunted this piece of property numerous times without even seeing a deer. Fortunately for Justin he was able to get on some good deer this go around. While they were just does and smaller bucks, seeing deer is always a morale booster and proves that Justin is inching closer and closer to harvesting a buck in Lake County, Illinois. Only time will tell if he will be able to do it, so be sure to tune into next week’s episode of Bowhunt or Die to see how he does.
Just a doe? Not hardly. Justin was finally able to see some deer from his Lake County property during Episode 6. During the rut if you find the does, you’ll find the bucks. It’s only a matter of time for Justin.
The 2010 bowhunting season has been very good to the Bowhunt or Die and the first week of November was no different. Every week I say it will be tough to top the previous week’s episode, but somehow our guys manage to do it. With the rut now in full swing, I fully expect this week’s episode of Bowhunt or Die to be one of the best ones yet. Of course, there will only be one way for you to find out. So, tune in next week to see if the Bowhunt or Die team can continue its impressive inaugural season.