Bowhunting Success On Wisconsin Opener

Continuing with the trend of opening day success for the Bowhunt or Die film crew, Tom Alford harvested a big mature doe during Wisconsin’s opening weekend. Although they aren’t big bucks, this marks the 3rd whitetail harvest during an opening weekend for the team. With Illinois and several other states set to open on October 1st, we could very well see the trend of freezer filling continue very soon.

After a slow start to the weekend with hot temps and full moon keeping morning activity to a minimum, Tom Alford and Justin Zarr hung a new Lone Wolf set during the mid-day heat in an attempt to get close to an active food source. Saturday evening brought plenty of action as nearly 20 deer were spotted from 5 pm all the way until dark. Unfortunately the only deer to present shots were yearlings and small bucks, both of whom got a free pass.

At 8 steps this is a very tempting shot, however Justin elected to pass this young Wisconsin buck.

At 8 steps this is a very tempting shot, however Justin elected to pass this young Wisconsin buck.

Sunday evening it was Tom’s turn to hunt with Justin behind the camera. Much like the previous evening the doe activity started around 5 pm and continued all the way until dark. Approximately 30 minutes before dark a lone doe broke off from the group feeding in the nearby alfalfa field and made her way 20 yards directly in front of the stand. A perfect shot from the Spitfire DoubleCross-tipped arrow and an easy tracking job later the two happy hunters were headed home with some fresh venison for the table.

Tom Alford comes to full draw on a Wisconsin doe during opening weekend 2016.

Tom Alford comes to full draw on a Wisconsin doe during opening weekend 2016.

Keep an eye out for this full hunt on this Friday’s episode of Bowhunt or Die, right here on Bowhunting.com.

The Spitfire DoubleCross worked wonders and left a blood trail that was extremely easy to follow.

The Spitfire DoubleCross worked wonders and left a blood trail that was extremely easy to follow.

The fruits of a successful bow hunt.

The fruits of a successful bow hunt.

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Justin has been bowhunting for more than 25 years, harvesting a number of P&Y whitetails in his home state of Illinois during that time.  He co-hosts the popular bowhunting show 'Bowhunt or Die' and is a frequent guest on numerous hunting podcast.  Justin lives in the NW suburbs of Chicago with his wife and 3 children.
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Comments

  1. Michael Peterson says:

    Great job Tom that’s a great size doe! My season opens tomorrow evening! Just curios noticed you have ask winter camo and the snow camo bow in the early all green season, curios on why you went with that.Does it truly not matter

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    • Tom Alford says:

      Thanks and good luck. So its not snow camo there are green and brown leaves in it. Called vertigo I like to use it when trees dont have much cover and yes it also works in snow

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