Photography courtesy of Lowell Washburn, all rights reserved.
A couple more steps, and I would have had this six-pointer inside the blind with me. I’m experimenting with a new deer call. I switched to a Primos last week, and have been having some really good responses from smaller bucks. [I’d love try it out on some big bucks too, but can’t seem to locate one!] Anyway, the Primos call has a little different pitch than the True Talker and seems to give smaller bucks more confidence and, in a couple of cases at least, has even incited some mild aggression. So far this month, I’ve had a number of close encounters with button and 1 1/2-year-old bucks. Have also had a couple of “shooters” come close, including one very wide, very symmetrical ten-pointer that walked by at ten paces — posturing, all bristled up, ears laid back. Although I was more than ready to shoot, the buck never stopped walking until the opportunity had passed. That’s deer hunting, I guess. For now, I’m still passing on small bucks. But once Thanksgiving is past — they had better watch out. We love venison and once Thanksgiving is over, my ‘deer hunting standard’ falls like a cannon ball dropped from a shot tower.