“SlingShot” The 150 Class Pennsylvania Free Range Archery Buck

Finally I can say that I’ve wrapped my hands around the antlers of a Mature Pennyslvania Whitetail Buck!

Tyler & I had photos of this deer as a 2.5 year old buck 3 years ago on trail camera… after the bear destroyed two of our cameras this year we didn’t have many photos of deer on this property but we knew the potential that the property had just from summer scouting so I was actually after a different “Shooter Buck”.

A cold front was pushing through on October 16th and I knew it was going to be a good night for deer activity in the tree stand. I was greeted with cold chills and the fall feels. I remember thinking to myself “This is the Perfect Day of hunting” sure enough at around 4:30 I already had eyes on a young buck up on his feet and moving and then again at 5:30 two more young buck walked 20 yards past me that I passed up.

As the sun began to set I was admiring the view with my camera and snapping a few photos..

…..as I set my camera back in my Sitka Gear Tool bucket only a few minutes later I peered over my left shoulder and caught a slight glimpse of antlers through the corn stalks swaying in the wind.. All that I could see were Big G2’s and Big G3’s so I immediately knew this was a shooter buck and I reached for my bow slowly. I had thought he was going to walk away and I was going to shoot him about where I saw him first so I drew back my Mathews Archery, Inc. Halon 32 and watched him walk right out of my shooting lane but towards another. I held my bow back for what seemed like eternity (in reality was about 3 minutes). I questioned letting down twice but I thought he was going to pass right through my shooting lane so I knew that I needed to be ready when the opportunity presented itself.


As I began to see his rack peer through the corn stalks and out from behind the branch blocking my view of him I knew this was the moment of truth. He did not keep walking but actually turned towards me slightly. This was it, now or never. It was not a shot that I particularly like taking but I knew where the vitals were and I made a quick judgement as I replayed my chances of hitting him good to make an ethical shot and I knew I still had that window.
So with a slight squeeze of the TRU Ball Archery and Axcel Sights Glory Release the last thing that I witnessed was my Nock Out Lighted Nocks disappear Directly behind his front shoulder.

It was the fourth of July at that point. Luckily I had a safety harness on our I surely would have fallen out of the tree!!

With plenty of daylight left I ran all the way to the truck and called Tyler & Darton to tell them the news!

We met up and reviewed the footage and decided it was best to just let him lay for a few hours since the temperatures would keep this buck good through the evening hours.

After we got done tracking and finding Brooke Williams buck as well as Tyler Kravitz buck it was about midnight and we decided to go in and look at the blood and see if we couldn’t find my buck.

It only took 75 yards and we were looking at blood and Tyler looks up and said there he is! As we ran up to him we couldn’t believe what I did. The emotion and feeling that I felt right then was something I will never be able to put in to words but it was an absolute amazing moment in my life that I will carry with me forever!

Thanks for all the help and knowledge you have passed on to me Tyler Kravitz & Darton Harwick  and thank you for being there to share the moment with me. 

Photos by: Darton Harwick & Tyler Kravitz  

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