I started deer hunting last year, and I only hunt with a bow. My friend Erik Larson got me into archery, and I really enjoy it. I’ve hunted quite a bit. But I hadn’t drawn back my bowstring until Saturday, when I was hunting near Rushford in southeast Minnesota. About 7:45 that morning, I saw a buck about 150 yards away. I had never seen a buck like that before! He walked right up to a scrape I had been watching. This was about 16 yards from me, and when he turned broadside, I drew back. It was an 11-pointer, and I was so excited I had to muffle my breathing. After I shot, I went to get my friend David Allan, who was on his stand not too far away. Together we found my buck lying about 60 yards from my stand.


Chris Haun, St. Paul