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"Jarred's South Dakota Trophy Buck"
Photo provided by: Jared Bloomgren

Jared Bloomgren writes, "After traveling from my brothers place in Wyoming for Christmas back to my home in South Dakota, I found myself hunting one last day to fulfill my South Dakota archery tag. It was December 26th and I knew that this was my last chance to fill my tag as there were only 5 days left in the season.

I was hunting a "Walk In Area", and after 4 miles in, I started glassing. After spotting numerous bucks, I found the one that I wanted to go after. He was bedded on a ridge next to a boulder. He was laying with the wind blowing into his face, facing down the ridge. At 75 yards, I revised my plan and continued the stalk. At 40 yards, I was still crawling, keeping a rock between him and me. I felt confident that I could get closer, but he started acting nervous and was looking around. He was clearly going to get up at any moment. He sensed something wasn't right.

I drew my bow behind the rock and just like clockwork he stood to his feet and peered my direction. It was too late for him, I had already rose just enough to get my arrow over the rock! Whack! After a solid hit the buck didn't go very far. I caped and boned out the buck and packed him out.

Sometimes the extra work that you have to put in to get a good buck makes the hunt that much better!"






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