Last Minute Buck

November 17, 2013

It was a dry, crisp day.  I was hunkered down in my favorite ground blind.  I was sitting on top of a bank, with a great view through the hardwoods in front of me.  Oh, the hours I have spent there, left to only the solitude of my thoughts.  Sure, I have seen plenty of deer in this spot, and pulled the trigger on a few, but when you spend daylight to dark in one location day after day, season after season, there’s a significant amount of time for one to be all alone.

It was a little past noon.  I hadn’t seen a deer all day.  The only excitement to that point was the mouse that insisted we share the blind together.  I heard a few crunches in the leaves and turned around to see my dad heading my way.  He hadn’t seen anything either and had decided he was going to head to another spot that parallels a power line down by where we park.

Dad did give me a handy piece of information, however.  He walked along an active scrape line that began approximately 150 yards from my stand.  Fresh rubs dotted the landscape, rubs that were not there five days prior when Dad was on a late scouting trip.  These rubs had been made since then.  His words to me were, “You need to stay put.”

A shot rang out from the direction of the power lines, some 750 yards below.  Understanding that jumped deer tend to make their way to our piece of the woods, Dad decided to head back to his morning stand.  I settled in for the afternoon.  My mouse friend reappeared, and we shared the peace and serenity that only the deep wilderness can provide.

As the 4 PM hour arrived, I had yet to lay my eyes on anything exciting.  4:30 came and I began to resign myself to the fact that it wasn’t going to happen on this day.  I began to prepare a mental checklist of where in my backpack my headlamp was, as well as my orange hat.  On days like today when there isn’t a lot of action, it seems that last half hour of shooting light lasts forever.

At about 4:35 PM, I heard the succinct sound of walking in the leaves.  I turned my head to the left and saw him.  A deer with a nice rack was unsuspectingly walking my way, on top of the same bank I was sitting on.  He turned slightly to the right and was now directly over my left shoulder.  The buck closed the gap to about 15 yards and stepped behind a tree.  It was at that moment I knew it was a done deal.  He took two steps and I fired, dropping him where he stood.  After injecting another shell into my 35 Remington and putting the safety on, I walked up to my 7-pointer.

Dad heard the shot and came up to admire the deer.  It was dark by the time he got there.  We had a long, but enjoyable 3-hour drag through the darkness, reaching the truck by 8:25 PM.  An unassuming and quiet day in the woods paid off in the last few minutes of legal shooting light.  Patience and perseverance had won the day.     

NFL Scores – Week 13: 12/2/21

INSANE SPORTS

NFL Shield logo history, design evolution, meaning, and moreScores:

  • Dallas Cowboys 27 – New Orleans Saints 17

Highlights:  Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn had to step in for Mike McCarthy as acting head coach and enjoyed the sideline view as the unit he normally oversees lifted the Cowboys out of their recent swoon with a slew of big plays. CeeDee Lamb had 122 yards from scrimmage, Tony Pollard ripped off a 58-yard touchdown run and the Dallas defense produced a drive-stalling sack and three interceptions in the fourth quarter of a 27-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night. The Cowboys (8-4) intercepted Saints quarterback Taysom Hill four times in all — three times in the final 6:32 of the game, including defensive tackle Carlos Watkins’ pick-6 on a screen pass that made it 27-10 with 2:52 left. Read more at:  https://www.espn.com/nfl/recap?gameId=401326509  (AP)

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How to make Garlic Bread | With Roasted Garlic Spread — Cute Cuisine

Easy garlic bread recipe with roasted garlic spread. Garlic bread is one of my favorite snacks, side dish, and comfort food. You can boost up your garlic bread with cheese if you wish. Add some parmesan, cheddar, or mozzarella for some extra flavor.

How to make Garlic Bread | With Roasted Garlic Spread — Cute Cuisine

Unsolved Murder of an Undergraduate

Beyond The Black Pool

A quarter of a century has passed since twenty year old student Janet Murgatroyd, from Penwortham, Lancs, was barbarically killed and her battered, naked body was discovered floating along the River Ribble.

Janet had taken a part time position as a clerk with Lancashire Police to supplement her income as she studied at The University of Central Lancashire. Blonde, bubbly and beautiful, Miss Murgatroyd seemingly had the world at her feet, her future prospects were looking good and along with her friends she had plans to engage in interesting and exhilarating adventures.

Miss Murgatroyd

On the afternoon of 15th of June 1996, the city of Preston was buzzing with excitement. The Euro ‘96 football tournament was well underway and at 3pm that day England were due to face Scotland in a match which would determine who would gain a coveted place in the quarter finals.

Rather than watch the event…

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Lonely Tree

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As I saunter into the sterile office building

My eyes fixate

On that lone distant softwood tree

Way up on that mountaintop

All alone

Not a care in the world

Almost reaching out to me

Calling me up yonder

I stare up at that tree every morning

And wish I could accept its invite

King Richard (2021) Movie Review ‘Inspirational Story’

Looking forward to this

Movie Reviews 101

King Richard – Inspirational Story

 

Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green

Writer: Zach Baylin (Screenplay)

Starring: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Tony Goldwyn, Mikayla Lashae Bartholomew

Plot: A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.


Tagline – Venus, Serena and a plan for greatness.

Runtime: 2 Hours 24 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: King Richard starts as we see the routine Richard Williams (Smith) put his daughters Venus (Sidney), Serena (Singleton) along with his three other daughters Tunde (Bartholomew), Isha (Lawson) and Lyndrea (Crawford) in his plan to make the pair tennis superstars.

Richard spends most of his free time trying to help with coaches, which will see the beginning of the careers of Venus and Serena…

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THE CASSETTE CHRONICLES – CHEAP TRICK’S ‘STANDING ON THE EDGE’

JKB Entertainment Group

BY JAY ROBERTS

The Cassette Chronicles is a continuing series of mini reviews and reflections on albums from the 1980’s and 1990’s. The aim of this series is to highlight both known and underappreciated albums from rock, pop and metal genres from this time period through the cassette editions of their releases. Some of the albums I have known about and loved for years, while others are new to me and were music I’ve always wanted to hear. There will be some review analysis and my own personal stories about my connection with various albums. These opinions are strictly my own and do not reflect the views of anyone else at Limelight Magazine.

(WRITER’S NOTE: This is the final article in The Cassette Chronicles series for 2021. There will be a best of highlight article in the next week or two. The series will return for another year in…

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A Fatal Decision in New York

A combination of two of my bigger interests: true crime and history. Great stories. You should check them out.

The True Crime Blog

Hello everyone, and welcome to Forgotten True Crime by Okie Investigations, the True Crime Podcast where we tell the stories of crimes that happened long ago. If you are a true crime fan, make sure you subscribe to the podcast. That way, when we have new episodes, you will be the first to know. Also, check us out on our Facebook page Okie Investigations and visit our blog TrueCrime.Blog where we post a lot of the cool things we found for each episode. This episode, “A Fatal Decision in New York,” has a lot of exciting stuff for you to dig into. Make sure you go there and check it out.

Parts of this story may contain opinions and speculations and should be taken as such. These stories depict violent crimes of all types and may be a trigger for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.

Hello everyone, I hope…

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