David lintz | southern illinois .
completely wrong wind!! i start mentally counting down because i know i'm about to get busted! thank goodness for my ozonics! this deer did stop when he was straight down wind like he caught "something". he put his nose in the air, stopped for 3-4 seconds and then kept walking. there was a branch above a scrape i had not seen about 3 steps away and this buck stops again, worked the scrape and rubbed on the licking branch for a good 2 minutes...all the while smelling the branch and being nearly straight down wind of me! i was so nervous because i knew from experience that any deer that close to dead downwind of me was going to bust me. i was afraid to even look at him. as he started to walk off, i got the binoculars up and gave him a very good look and i could see that my initial take on the deer was correct....the deer was maybe around 130-135 inch deer, but looking at him closer i saw a lot of grey in the muzzle area and i could see some sag in his hide around his neck and he had a huge body. i realized this deer had to be 5.5 or even 6.5 year old and probably was at his peak in terms of antler size. it was too late now as he was now 60-70 yards away walking away and had just been 23 yards from my stand, so i did not want to call to him....still, great encounter and proof positive that ozonics works!! fast forward to the very next morning. this time i did get more of a steady east southeast wind as they forecasted so i snuck back in to the same tree. i rattled about 45 minutes after daylight and i could hear a deer coming from the north east. i saw the buck coming in from 30 yards away to the north east. it was the same old buck from the morning before!! this time, i did not need to look at the rack or get a closer look to make a decision. i had already decided if i was lucky enough to see this buck again he was going home with me! as the buck strolled in to 15 yards i put the crosshairs on him and touched the trigger. the buck piled up not more than 40 yards later and measured at 133 3/8"! had he busted me the morning before, it is very unlikely i would have ever seen this buck again!
thanks ozonics! .