The rest of the story.....

The rest of the story.....

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Oct 16 2015, 01:57 AM #1

Archery season in Wisconsin began with the usual high excitement for me but , I had pretty reserved expectations because our deer numbers are very low. I always tell people just getting in the woods is what it's all about but the truth is seeing some critters is pretty important to holding my interest after a few weeks. This entire year has been one of exciting revelations for me. I shouldn't have expected archery season to be at any different. Right from the first day I was seeing deer and almost all of them had antlers. Seems like there was just about constant activity near my stand and while a few of the bucks were very young, a couple were tempting.

About a week into the season, evening found me sitting in my stand and it was a comfortable 50°. I caught movement on the edge of my food plot. It turned out to be a small a small eight point who must've been the opening act for the night’s entertainment. He was munching oats at about 20 yards when the second buck came on the scene. He was nice… here is a picture of him by my other stand.



He looked young, but his rack was good, close to 120 inches. I decided to take the shot. My crossbow sits on a rest in my shooting house and I aim with a small leather tab at the back of the stock. It felt like it was meant to be as I eased the crossbow into position and gave a sip on the trigger. Click! The worst sound in the world right at that moment… Something was wrong with my bow. I felt just a moment of irritation until my buck took one more step and I got a good look at the deer behind him. He was huge! A very respectable 10 point rack but he had a body that reminded me of corn country bruisers growing up.



I saw that buck several times during the early weeks of archery season but was never able to close the deal with a good shot opportunity. Once, he even came in from behind my shooting house, and bedded down just a few feet away from my window. There wasn't a thing I could do at the time… I watched several different bucks during early season. The most common one was a little basket rack five point. The ones who put on the best show for me was the smaller 10 who spared with an eight for up to an hour once they got going. I was having a ball and was really optimistic about a chance at the big guy. I knew that if I didn't get an opportunity with my crossbow, the Wisconsin disabled hunt was coming in October and then I could sit my food plot with my rifle.

Finally, the disabled hunt did arrive and we transitioned to my rifle stand. Here we are on the way to set up with my little buddy John helping!





Soon, I found myself covering the same food plot with my 243.





Several evenings passed with turkeys, a couple small bucks, and one little fawn keeping me company but no big guy. Eventually, one of my caregivers almost hit him with her car near my neighbor’s cornfield. I was concerned he had moved and maybe even turned nocturnal as the big ones usually do in October.

Eventually came one of those days when you can just feel it in your bones. The deer would be moving tonight! I went to my stand a few hours early prepared for a long set. After a short time , my caregiver Minda quietly slipped into the stand. We visited almost silently while watching the evening slowly fade on another day of hunting. When it was almost quitting time, another caregiver, Dayna, quietly opened the door and asked if I was ready to come in. I said, “Yeah, it’s been a very quiet night.”

She unloaded my rifle and prepared to pack up. Suddenly, she stopped and whispered, "Deer!" Soon as we saw antlers, I told her to quietly put a bullet back in the gun. That old buck walked all the way across my food plot while we loaded the rifle and I worked my rifle rest and wheelchair into a position where I might be able to get a shot. Once he reached the far edge of the plot, he stood perfectly still for what seemed like hours while I jockeyed the gun into perfect position. As the crosshairs slid to his shoulder, I gave a gentle squeeze to my bite trigger! A satisfying "Boom!! " was the result.



At the shot, he jerked and ran hard into the woods. We went quietly back to the house so we could give him a few minutes and I could make some calls for help. It wasn't long until three very kind souls were combing the woods looking for drops of blood. Before long, he was found, cleaned, and hanging in my garage.



I have to say a heartfelt thank you to so many people for making this come together
From my girls who got me to my stand each night (Dayna, Minda, Paige,& Theresa) to my trackers, Roger, Deb, and Glenn. (Glenn planted my food plot as well as does countless other things to help me stay in the woods), as well as to my photographer Pastor Bill.





It was a true testament to helpfulness and kindness. Once again I feel truly blessed. Just a few months ago I worried how I could ever harvest another deer living alone. By the time season opened, I had a list of good people to call and I never needed to go down the list more than a few names :-) It never ceases to amaze me how incredibly kind and caring so many of you are this year. A year ago I was struggling with my MS medication and the doctors had pretty much written me off. From that point it's been a whirlwind of benefits, stem cells, generosity, and prayer.

Dayna and Minda, thank you for helping get me on that buck and for sharing the experience with me!



Here is a pic from the next day…

Hunt with your kids not for them

Don Christensen
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Oct 16 2015, 11:34 AM #2

Don! This is wonderful!

Thank you for the story. That was a lot of work on your part ... and, now, it will be a lot of work for Phillip to read it because his eyesight is quite poor now ... but he insisted he wanted to read it himself ... make it last, I guess (smile) ... He'll be all day long studying every line.

And, Oh! How he'll love it!

And, Oh! How he'll wish he'd been there with you.

Thank you, Don, for sharing.

Thank you so much ....
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Oct 16 2015, 04:40 PM #3

:D You just made it worth writing! Thank you.
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Oct 16 2015, 10:49 PM #4

Like I said before,nice buck and great story... :Congrats:
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Oct 20 2015, 02:05 AM #5

A great story Don..

I enjoyed every minute of it..

Congratulations.

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Oct 20 2015, 02:22 AM #6

Well done, Don! I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the pictures of that amazing buck and shot.
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Oct 20 2015, 10:31 PM #7

DON THAT SURE IS A GREAT BUCK, A LONG WITH A GREAT STORYTO GO ALONG WITH THE BUCK PICTURES , I REALLY DID ENJOY IT GREAT JOB DON .
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Oct 21 2015, 05:52 PM #8

Thank you guys!
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Oct 21 2015, 06:03 PM #9

WOW! That is a nice buck.

Look at those high G2, G3 and even G4's. He will score right up there.

I love reading a good hunting story and that was a good one. I loved the team work that went into harvesting that buck,too. There will be good eating venison on the table this winter.

Are you getting him mounted?
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Oct 22 2015, 12:27 PM #10

He is at the taxidermist as we speak… Lots of good memories with that one.
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Oct 28 2015, 06:24 PM #11

AFarCry @ Oct 22 2015, 06:27 AM wrote: He is at the taxidermist as we speak… Lots of good memories with that one.
Don
:Hunter shooting really got a good buck there.great story . :ThumbsUp:
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Oct 30 2015, 12:28 PM #12

deer @ Oct 28 2015, 12:24 PM wrote:
:Hunter shooting really got a good buck there.great story . :ThumbsUp:
Thanks!
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Dec 31 2015, 02:52 PM #13

Thanks for the story, Don. And please give my Thanks to all those wonderful people who helped make it work. Nothing like having friends you can count on. :ThumbsUp:
By the way, what did that ol' boy weigh? Sure looks like a whopper. Can't wait to see the mount. Congrats again my friend. :yahoo: :ThumbsUp:
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Jan 1 2016, 02:41 AM #14

All I can say is "DANNGG!! That deer is a COW!! Congrats!! :Congrats:


That'll look great on the wall.

How about hookin' up a brotha from Texas. :)
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