On Wednesday, November 13th, I took to the woods in pursuit of a whitetail with my crossbow. This year has not been a productive year so far for seeing deer. I've been out several times previously and have only seen one spike buck and five does. Only the spike was in shooting distance. He had followed a scent trail I made and came within 12 yards.
I decided on this Wednesday morning to change tactics and backpacked my hanging treestand to a different area of the property I am hunting. I decided to leave the house so I would arrive at daylight. I knew the area I was going to hunt but wasn't sure what tree I was going to climb. I parked my truck around 6:45 and by the time I was set up and ready to hunt it was right around 8:00.
I hunted till noon and didn't see any deer. But it was one of the best days I've had in the woods. It all happened around 9:00. As I was scanning the area for deer, I heard the familiar crunch of leaves behind me. It didn't sound like a deer though. The crunching wasn't loud enough. And it was too steady of a pace to be a squirrel. I thought maybe a coyote. The sound got closer until it was almost underneath my treestand. I waited with anticipation to see what the critter was and was shocked when it eventually appeared in front of me. It was a bobcat! I was ecstatic. I tell people, you will not kill a game animal every time you go hunting, but you can always come home with a game bag full of gratitude and wonderful gifts and I surely received one last Wednesday.
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