Sarahs first Archery Deer.

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This story has been 4 years in the making. My wife was involved in a car accident in 2006. An uninsured driver never hit his brakes going 55 miles an hour down the road. My wife was making a right hand turn and was slowed to almost complete stop. It tore her right shoulder up and after 3 failed surgeries, her hopes of bowhunting were gone. Then in 2016, we learned that she may qualify for the disabled crossbow permit. When she received that from the state, she got her bowhunters safety and I purchased a Barnett Lady Raptor crossbow for her. She practiced with it a lot. First year she had an opportunity and forgot to remove the safety. Second year she hit a branch shooting out of a ground blind. Last year, never saw one with the crossbow. This year we planted a couple small food plots up to the Shamp property. We had does and kids and a couple bucks hitting it. So Friday night, we decide we would sit in the buddy stand we had just moved 30 yards into the woods to watch this corner of the plot. A few days prior, we had also moved a single ladder into the same tree so I could film. I made a mock scrape and licking branch with Black Widow Scents and for the last week, deer were showing up fairly regularly. Friday night we got set up about 5 pm. I had the camera gear set up and ready for action. It was quite windy and not much action. About 7pm it was to dark for the camera to pick up anything so I closed the lcd screen. I had no sooner closed it when Sarah was trying to get my attention. I looked down on her and she was getting her crossbow leveled. I'm looking towards the food plot trying to figure out what she is seeing. Then I catch movement. I deer materializes from the right. It comes right in to the mock scrape and smells the licking branch. It then steps into the scrape and almost out of it. It is what looks like a broadside shot and Sarah takes it. Her Nocturnal doesn't light and my perch above her is somewhat obscured so I can just barely see the deer. We hear a smack and the deer takes off like its shot out of a cannon. Then we hear a deer blow 4-5 times and my heart sinks. I tell her I think she missed cuz deer don't usually blow when they are hit. She says, she saw movement of another deer before she shot. It is thick to the right and she took the first deer she got eyes on. I climb down after packing up my camera gear and head over to where the deer was standing at the shot. Light is fading fast and I forgot my good head lamp and spotlight at home. Sarah gets down and we can't find her bolt. I look in the direction of travel and find blood on the ferns on the outskirts of the food plot. I only track it a ways until I have a hard time seeing it due to crappy headlamps. We decide to call our good friends, Rob and Diane Richardson from Working Class Canine. They have a super tracking dog Bella and an up and coming little fella, Bullet. We decide when they will arrive and Sarah and I head home to get our good headlamps and spot lights. We meet up with them at 9pm. Once Bella gets dialed in, its a short 75 yard track to Sarah's deer. We found the bolt with the broad head broken off about 30 yards from impact. The deer must have turned just a bit towards us before she shot. It hit near side behind shoulder and angled thru and broad head was lodged in opposite side rear knee. The deer was this years button, but for a girl who has faced a lot of adversity in her life, it was a trophy. Another notch in her belt on the Shamp property. 91820-1.jpg 91820-2.jpg 91820-3.jpg
 

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Congratulations. Nice to see some dead critters.
 

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Paid her dues for sure! Congrats!
Thanks longbow, she sure has. She's not the wife that just shows up to shoot. She is in the thick of it, scouting, making food plots, helped build the Shamp, moving tree stands, etc.. I would say she puts in more time than the average hunter. Its nice that she tagged early and I hope she does the same with the muzzy. The cold wreaks havoc on that shoulder, so its nice if she is successful early.
 




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