Opening Day Success in KY

Deer season is finally here, and several of the BHOD team members found opening day success in KY.

The 2016 deer season officially got under way this past weekend in Kentucky, and several of the BHOD pro-staff hit the woods in an effort to punch a few early season tags.

Tim Conley battled the heat while hunting an old friend’s farm for the opener. Despite the warm weather, Tim saw several velvet bucks and does with fawns 75 yards out. When a lone doe finally came by at 33 yards later in the  morning, Tim dropped the string.

tim conley doe

This is Tim’s first year as a retired man, and he’s wasting no time in punching deer tags.

Josh Sturgill got right to business in kicking off his 16/17 deer season in KY as well. Josh has been overcoming a recent knee injury and had to make last minute stand changes to allow him to even be able to hunt this fall. “I had to reconfigure all my tree stands and put ground blinds in those locations,” Sturgill says. “Unfortunately I did it only two weeks ago. I was pretty nervous about the fact that I may not see anything.”

Josh had 3 does and a button buck come in early. The lead doe hung around in Josh’s shooting lane a little too long, offering an easy 20 yard shot. After the shot, the doe ran just 45 yards. Josh’s opening morning hunt lasted just 25 minutes.

sturgill doe

Torn meniscus? No problem. Josh limped his way to the stand for a quick hunt.

Be sure to watch for these hunts, and many more, as the 2016 Bowhunt or Die deer season unfolds at


  1. Donnie Johnson says:

    I don’t blame anyone but, me personally I don’t like shooting does, I have before but I wouldn’t do it now. Bucks now that’s a different story. I’ve felt that buck fever many times. Hunt on boys & girls.

    • Chadwilly says:

      I am with you on this one to a certain extent. Yes, everyone would rather shoot a monster buck, or even a middle age buck, but the truth of the matter is that many of us have to manage the lands that we hunt and controlling the doe population just adds to our success during the season. For me there are two things that lead me to take a couple doe each season. One, to help control the doe population, so my bucks don’t get lazy when it comes to the rut and two, for the simple fact that I hunt not only for sport, but food for my family as well. Once I process the meat it all looks and taste like deer meat to me. I have not had to buy meat at the grocery store in more than 10 years. If you are not a big venison fan and hunt for sport, taking a doe or two a season, can help those who are in need and hungry, buy donating the meat to local food banks and groups like “Hunters for Hunger”. Good luck to you this season buck or doe:-)

  2. Elizabeth Hanson says:

    Great to see that the beginning of the season started out so successful! That is a big doe. How much did she weigh field dressed?

    • She was a good sized KY doe, not sure we did not have a scale with us.


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