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If you build it, they will come
Wylie arrows his first crossbow buck !

Some of you may remember a project , we thought of , back in 2008 and started on in 2009 ... it was a Wheel Chair accessible ramp tree stand that overlooked a deer trail at the back of my property .

Started off with some discounted wood from a farmer / sawmill friend of Vern and Ed's

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We stacked wood at the back of my property ... waited for the weather to cool and the bugs to thin out .

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Long story short ... with lots of help from friends , we finished off the ramp stand and Wylie has been trying to arrow a whitetail from that position ever since !

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Fast forward till today ( Wednesday October 12th 2011 ) ... I'm working night shift , sleeping in , and I get a cell call at 7:47 am ... It's Wylie " I arrowed one " !

I say " hold tight " ... " I'll be right there ! " , and then I put in a call to our " deer recovery hotline " ...

Pydpiper responds right away ... " On my way "

Randy S. and Chris H. > are in the que as back-up .

I get to the back > and see this smiling face ! ... Wylie excitedly walks me thru the morning events, and how the buck came in .. past some trees ... circled back and when he presented Wylie with a perfect 20 yard broadside shot , Wylie let fly one of Big John's custom arrows off the deck of his newly aquired Excalibur Vortex !

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I drop down to the lower trail .... arrow looks good !

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Take a quick picture from below and give Wylie the thumbs up as I start to track ...

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Not a hard blood trail to follow ... good sign on the ground and even in places the buck jumped during his quick exit !

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80 yards further in , and I find him ... ( 20 yard shot , Excalibur Vortex , Boo Custom String , Big John Custom bolt , 150 Gr Bolt Cutter Brodhead )

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Back at sea level ... Pydpiper arrives > and the work / drag out begins !

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David and I drag the buck to a lower clearing , where Wylie can drive up for a " Field shot " picture .

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9:40 am = Tagged , > loaded in my truck for a trip to our favorite Mennonite Butcher ... I'm back home by noon and time to post the pictures ... Heading to bed soon for a nap before work .

Congrat's Wylie ... A beauty > for your first crossbow buck !

And a special thanks to Vern , Ed , David , Chris , Randy , Robin for their donations of time etc to make this memorable moment possible !

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See Ya. ... R.J. > " Remember , Trophies are measured by the time and energy expended to get them , not the size or quantity of the quarry "
 
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