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The Lucky Miss Buck 10.4

July 14, 2015
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Each Year I travel to NY to hunt where I grew up… And it has always been like my time off hunting spot, no cameraman, no minimums, nobody scrutinizing how/what/where I hunt just me my bow trying to outwit a weary buck… Most people don’t realize that once you made it into the spot light and are endorsing products so on so forth that the pressure to produce sometimes takes its toll and its nice just to get back to hunting for me…….

I’ve been hunting on Long Island since I was a kid and its where I learned to hunt whitetail… LI deer can be some of the toughest deer to hunt very high pressure and minimal access to land.. and most of the guys that are successful have rights to private land that they manage or are like me and think outside the box on how and where they hunt…

One of the most special things about being able to hunt hear is that I get to bring my wife and kids and we get to visits with family so its always a much more laidback and enjoyable experience for me to be honest I cant stand being away from my wife and kids more than 3 days at a time so anytime I can hunt from home or have a situation like this I jump all over it…

I had been hunting a small tract of public land isolated by private land for the past 7 years and last year I gained access to this new chunk of land because I shot a buck that ran through a lady’s house an into another similar property and I had to go ask permission to trespass to get him… the good fortune of it was I women liked me and liked eating venison so I gained a new spot to hunt…

I spent the first couple of days hunting my old tract which wasn’t very productive just does and small bucks ….. But Each day after the morning hunt I would go scout the new place and I finally found where I wanted to hunt and hung my millennium tree- stand in this super crooked tree… over an old Road that bordered a swamp… I knew the deer where using the swamp to bed and coming out into the oak flat to feed at night. I utilized a little trick I had learned awhile back by clearing the leaves around my stand and exposing the acorns for the deer making it easier for them to feed in that spot then spraying buck juice all over that area to help bring them to me… coupled with finding the bedding exits and scrape lines I knew I was gonna get a good buck in this area..

After the morning hunt in my old stand I checked scout look weather app and I saw there was a minor feed between 1 and 4 so I knew I had to get into the stand early… As  I was creeping into the stand I saw smaller buck standing in the scrape so I decide to try and take em I snuck to about 70 yards and I knew I couldn’t get any closer without getting busted and I let one fly…. The buck jumped the string and took off running and my arrow sailed harmlessly over his back…. Oh well I was kinda happy I didn’t hit him in a way he was young and I don’t know if in my heart of hearts I really wanted  to just shoot any old buck…

I regained my composure and I hopped up into my stand for the long 45 min wait before my first buck of the season would pop out… I could see him working his scrape line coming down the rd and feeding on acorns I was so worked up I almost forgot to hit record… I got the camera set and gopro on and he stepped out into my opening and I let him have it… 26yards…. Now I don’t usually like taking quarter to shots….who am I kidding I do it all the time and have killed at least 7 deer that way… especially from an elevated position and none of them have gone very far including this guy…..

Before you start hating on me…. You hunt you and I will hunt me… that being said

In hind sight I probably could have waited him out he was calm and feeding and I could have chosen a higher percentage shot… I was having a slow year and I was anxious to get one on the books so I rushed it a bit…. but the deer was on the ground and I felt a lot of the pressure that was mounting up kinda melt away and this buck kinda made remember to have fun and not take it all too seriously ….. join me next week for the conclusion of this hunt… thanks for joining us and we will see ya out in the field

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John Stallone Marketing Director: The Hunting Channel Host of Days in the Wild Content coordinator: for The Outdoor Insiders Field Editor for Earned DIY journal  Facebook Twitter Instagram I am the marketing Director for The Hunting Channel, a National pro-staff shooter for Mathews, Swhacker, trufire, Sneek Tec, Bow IQ , cogburn and Gold tip as well as many more . I am a outdoor videographer and writer in the hunting industry. My program is viewed over  4million x monthly, I am a published outdoor writer and have over 4 million views on youtube and receive traffic upwards of 65 million each year on my video clips. I have completed my whitetail slam and currently working on my super slam. My TV show was voted viewer’s choice for 2014 on Carbon TV and I have been successfully producing shows for over 11 years. Here is some of my video work: Chevy :Mathews, Tenzing Swhacker Broadheads, Cogburn    Here is a sample of my Hunting Show My books: The Whitetail Hunter’s Blueprint The Secrets of Hunting Western Game  Some of my accolades:  Featured in Tom Miranda's book rut hunters  Certified Deer Steward from QDMA and Clemson University Certified Wildlife Manager from Penn Foster Master Degree from Colorado State in Rangeland Management and Ecology   Some more about me:  1981 first deer hunt 1990 first deer with a bow 1996 won first archery tournament 1998 Received a Bachelor’s of Science from Grand Canyon University 2001 Started shooting Mathews as Pro-shop field staff 2002 Became chief of Infield testing for Huntech Inc 2004 started The Hunting Channel online 2004 Published First article in Midwest Whitetails 2005 Started TV Show Days in The Wild 2006 Release 1st book The Ultimate Guide to staying Scent Free 2006 Enter # 11 pope and young by spot and stalk Antelope 2007 Started Market My Hunting Business 2007 Started THC’s Tip of The Week 2008 Released  2nd Book The Secrets of Hunting Western Game 2008 Began The Hunt Fit Program 2009 Released 3rd Book The Whitetail Hunters Blueprint 2009 Began The Hunting Channel Blog 2013 Completed Master’s of Science Rangeland Management and Ecology 2013 Was awarded  The Whitetail Slam 2013 Was featured in Tom Miranda’s book The Rut Hunters 2014 Became Field Editor for Earned Magazine 2014 -2015  Days in The Wild awarded Viewer’s Choice Carbon TV 2015 first to Harvest a Florida Mt. Ibex with a bow on film 2015 Became The Content Coordinator for The Outdoor Insiders