Saturday, November 10, 2007

Bambi's Dad Comes to Visit




Today is the second Saturday of deer season here in Minnesota. The temps were in the high 30's and low 40's and it was windy and rainy. I know there are hunters out there as I write this, waiting, waiting, shivering, just hoping to glimpse some sign of deer - any deer. Some can count years between the times they have even had a chance at a shot. Most can only dream of bringing down a 10 point buck in their lifetime.

Well, today I got that 10 point buck - with my Nikon Coolpix 6.0. It was about 10:30 in the morning. The weather was exellent - 68 degrees in my townhouse, no wind, dry conditions. I had just finished my second cup of coffee and stepped into the living room when I sensed motion at my window. I looked up. There he was - the buck of my dreams! I immediately dropped down on my belly and combat crawled to my Nikon. Fortunately, it was already loaded. (You never know when a 10 pt buck might come to your window.) I continued crawling across the floor and got downwind of the beast and climbed up on my couch. He was still there! I squeezed off my first shot. Got him! He then turned away briefly. I dove for the floor again and belly crawled to the window. While he was looking away I slowly pulled the shade up. It was at this point, my hunting cat, Effie, jumped up on the window sill and growled. The Hancock mascot must have sensed the motion because he turned menacingly towards us. Effie froze. I squeezed off my second shot. Got him again! At this point the massive buck began to lose interest in all the action at my townhouse window and slowly began to move away. I held my breath and squeezed off several more shots. He never flinched. What a morning! I'll never forget the deer season of 2007.

2 comments:

MWest said...

What an absolute awesome experience that must have been!! Your first 10 point buck - and from your dining room!! You are indeed a great hunter with a great hunting cat!!.

twest said...

The belly crawl is what saved the shot-never saw you coming! Great move and keep that Nikon loaded for bear....I once had a 2 pt cow on the front lawn. Let him eat about an acre before calling the owner......