My buddy and I have always hunted Michigan, which is our home state. However, we have always talked about doing some traveling and hunting different states that offer bigger quality bucks. But we didn’t want to pay some of the big-time outfitter fees and be limited to a week of hunting. Luckily, I came across Base Camp Leasing. These guys gave me the opportunity to make this dream come true. So when February came we hit the road driving through Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana! The third property we checked was in Carroll County, Kentucky. As soon as we stepped out of the truck we knew this property was what we were looking for. We found multiple sheds and more deer sign that we’ve seen in a long time. We knew this was our lease and had it paid before we even left to say the least!
After making countless 5-hour trips, setting up stands, minerals sites to help our chances and to help the herd it was finally opening week! It was easy to say that I was the most excited because I would get the chance to hunt deer in their velvet, which has always been a bucket list for me. I’ve been hunting since I was 9-years-old when my step-Dad passed down his knowledge to me and I’ve been addicted ever since!
We hunted for six days and it was by far one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in the woods. Every night I watched multiple shooters come off the mountain and feed into the bean field while I waited patiently for one to make a mistake and give me a shot.
Of course, like all hunts go, my hunt came down to the last night with about one hour left and then he finally entered the field with two other bucks (pictured to the right). I had already had a decent shooter in the field, but he was about 300 yards away feeding with some other deer. Another buck was roughly 120 yards away feeding right to me. After about 15 minutes of getting his feel for the field, he took his first steps in my direction and never stopped until he was 37 yards broadside.
Note we had other bucks that I had watched that were bigger than this one on my trail cameras that I had watched throughout the week, but the opportunity to shoot one in velvet was at my doorstep. So I drew back and hammered him with a lung shot! The next thing I knew, I was shaking like it was my first time ever hunting again and watching my Nocturnal Nock Lighting the field. I didn’t see him go down, but I knew the shot was good. Finally, what seemed like forever, the field had darkened to the point where I had to get down and head back to the truck to meet the guys!
From there we got our lights and headed into the woods praying that he didn’t run far or up the mountain. We got to where my arrow stuck into the ground and we started tracking. We got 30 yards into where he left the field. And then, there laid my bucket list dream buck! We nicked named him “Stickers”, because of his 4 points he had at the base of his rack. He’s a main frame 10 with 4 stickers making him a 14 point in FULL VELVET!! Dream buck!
This experience would have never happened if it wasn’t for Base Camp Leasing. Thank you to BCL for all that you do and offer.