“I’ve been shooting it a week in a row, morning and afternoon,” said Caleb Boe of Clarksdale. “The reason is that other people know where he is.
“I ran into him once, but he was in the dark. He was 50 yards away, but I didn’t take the photo because I didn’t want to take the chance of him being hit.”
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It was early October during shooting season in Coahoma County. Bo saw the man crossing the road. He placed cameras on nearby persimmon trees to see if antelopes frequent the area. The pictures revealed that the antelope was feeding on the fruit.
“He was hitting three different khakis, but he didn’t have a definite pattern,” Poe said.
He said the antelope will feed on a tree one day and the other at other times, so the lack of a pattern is a challenge, especially with the limited range of shooting equipment.
Poe said he set up a stand nearby which led to his only encounter with the antelope for a week. Bo, who works on a farm, said he took time off work because wet conditions prevented him from working in the fields, but conditions have changed.
“After that it got dry and I had to go into the fields for two days,” Bo said.
These two days roughly caused Poe’s fear of someone else harvesting deer to become a reality. Another hunter, he said, had the antelope within range to shoot. Fortunately for Poe, the hunter missed.
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Because of the wet weather, harvesting crops was a choppy and choppy business. October 16 was a day off in the fields.
“I went that morning and looked and checked my cameras,” Poe said. “He was there. I came back that afternoon.”
The long hours spent in the ward were about to pay off, but it didn’t happen quickly. The antelope appeared and slowly made its way towards the persimmon trees. It was painfully slow for Bo.
“I actually had to watch him for 45 minutes while he was crossing an overhead clip,” Poe said. “I was a nervous wreck at first.
“The closer he gets, this is my last chance to kill him – don’t screw it up.”
The antelope came 50 yards from Bo and pulled his bow, but the antelope walked behind one of his limbs. Loosen the floss. The antelope crossed the limb and continued toward the persimmon tree.
Bo fell back again.
Then he stopped in the middle of the road, Poe said. “It was 45 yards away and I took the bullets.”
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The shot was good, but not perfect. Poe said it was a little further from his rib cage. He decided to wait three hours to make sure the deer was dead before falling behind.
It turned out to be a wise decision because Poe said when Buck was found, he showed no sign of mortal hardening, which told him he didn’t die long.
“Thank God I did,” Bo said. “If I hadn’t, I might have jumped on him and pushed him I don’t know how far. I tell people, ‘Patience is the key to killing a big deer.'” ”
It was a big deer. The official overall score was 175 inches – significantly greater than Poe’s estimated score of 160-165. Buck had main beams of 27 inches and 28 inches, G2s measuring 13 inches and 14 inches with G3s averaging 13 inches.
These lengths caused Poe to ignore the base 5 and 5 inches and the mass kept increasing the score—until he put his hands on the antler.
“Because it’s so tall, you can’t see the mass,” Poe said. “The mass bearing.
“He was 4 inches, 4 degrees all the way to the edge. When I got him off my kudzu it was a moment I will never forget.”
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