California Archery Blacktail

August 2002

Jon and I were hunting in the D3-5 Zones.  I'd given up and we were headed in when Jon spotted this buck.  I hopped out and drew.  It would have been a perfect shot but the buck looked back over his rear end which placed his head right over my heart/lung target.  See my arrow sticking out of his nose?  I didn't take any pics of this deer and never intended to have him mounted or anything.  When I showed up at Steve Stassi's (my taxidermist), he said, "You've got to mount this deer!  His velvet is near perfect."


I'm really glad I had him mounted now.  He's definitely one of my favorites.




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