Michael Haverty’s Whitetail Deer Hunt in Auburn, NY

December 13, 2004

I set up in a natural funnel and settled in for some action. After I had been in my treestand for about four hours, it began to get dark. Twenty-five minutes before the end of the legal shooting day, a yearling doe stepped out from behind some brush and proceeded to walk away from me. 

She kept looking to her right and I knew something else had to be coming. I got ready and he popped into the open some distance further than did the doe. He was trotting directly away from me and I felt my window of opportunity rapidly closing.

A mouth grunt produced a fleeting neck/high shoulder shot as he just turned his head. I had my gun sighted in for 150 yards, so I put the crosshairs on the high spot of his shoulder and squeezed the trigger. He dropped in his tracks!!!

Details of the Hunt
Shot Distance: 165 Yards, Little or No Wind
Measured Score: 151-3/8 B&C
Size Of Animal: 11 Pointer, 190 Pounds Field Dressed
Hunting Method: Treestand
Weapon Used: Tar-Hunt RSG 12
Ammunition Used: Lightfield Slugs
Length Of Hunt: 4 Days
Guide Outfitter: Self-Hunt on Public Land
Camo Preference: Raven Wear