Nock Out® Pro Staff Spotlight| Backwoods Life’s Michael Lee

Early Season Bow Hunting Success | Michael Lee of Backwoods Life

Who: Michael Lee of Backwoods Life

What: Early Season Bow Hunting (whitetail)

When: September 2017

Where: South Georgia

This is a buck I had patterned on the Covert trail cameras all summer and when opening day came around I slipped in on him.  Sure enough, he showed up right on cue and I made a complete pass through at 25 yards.  We trailed the buck almost 200 yards and lost blood.  The shot looked good on the entrance side from the video and arrow was covered with blood.  We decided to back out and give him some time.

The next morning, we eased back into the last blood and began looking again for three more hours with no luck.  After calling it quits, I decided to put a trail camera on the closest water tank to where we last tracked blood.  Amazingly, one hour later the buck walked up to the tank to drink then laid down close by!  Using the Covert app on my phone, I saw him there and waited a few more hours.  We eased back in and he was laying less than 100 yards from the water tank.  By far the craziest ordeal I have been through with ups and downs over a 24-hour period.

Truly thankful for this buck and that I could recover him and put the meat in my freezer.

Gear List:

  • Bow: Elite Option 7
  • Release: Scott Shark
  • Rest: QAD Ultra Rest HDX
  • Sight: CBE SL4
  • Nocks: Nock Out Lighted Nocks
  • Scent Control: Lethal Products and Ozonics
  • Broadhead: Raptor Trick
  • Camo: Walls Pro Series in Realtree
  • Safety Harness: Hunter Safety System
  • Optics: Hawke Binoculars and Range Finder
  • Trail Camera: Covert
  • Hunting Map: Knockdown Outdoors App

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