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8-Point Buck Walks Right Up and Sniffs the Muzzle of Hunter's Rifle


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We all strive to rationalize the elusiveness of whitetail deer, and yet sometimes they leave us scratching our heads. One of the best parts of deer hunting the unknown of what is waiting for us in the deer woods, and the pressure attached to knowing they have every advantage they need to escape. They have the senses, the athleticism, and the survival instincts to make any seasoned hunter feel inferior.

On those rarest of occasions when they walk right up to you, it's hard not to wonder if something's wrong. Well, when Arkansas resident Madison Daves went to Missouri to hunt her family's lease land, she couldn't have expected to have an experience anything like this. As she was walking back from her stand and across a clear cut, she realized she had a shooter buck walking her way. However, not only was the 8-pointer not fazed by her presence, but it even had the audacity to walk right up and sniff her.

Well I finally got to take a few days off from studying and go to our lease in Northwest Missouri for a few days for my first out of state hunt. To say the deer here are a little larger than what I?ve seen in central Arkansas is an understatement. But anyway, let?s get to the real reason I?m posting this. I went out this morning just hoping to get a chance to shoot that buck of a lifetime before heading back home. What I got was so much more. I had hunted and saw some nice deer but decided it was time to head back to the truck. Just as I got out of my blind and started walking I looked across the field and saw what I thought at the time was a shooter. So, I did the only thing I could at that point...squat down in the middle of a fresh cut corn field and wait. Well when he got a little closer I knew he was not the shooter that I was looking for, so i did the next best thing, I pulled out my phone to get a video of him, since it looked as if he might come across in front of me. I have killed some nice deer in the past and I can say this probably tops them all. What happened next I?ve only heard of BUT it?s something I will never forget. Just watch what I got to experience this morning. Missouri you sure didn?t disappoint this 21 year old girl! #MDC#nomadoutdoors#nomadcamo#deaddownwind#missouriwhitetail#primosdoublebullblind#lifestyle#lethimgrow#11/17/2019

Posted by Madison Bentley on Sunday, November 17, 2019

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"I went out this morning just hoping to get a chance to shoot that buck of a lifetime before heading back home," Madison said. "What I got was so much more. I had hunted and saw some nice deer but decided it was time to head back to the truck.

"Just as I got out of my blind and started walking I looked across the field and saw what I thought at the time was a shooter. So, I did the only thing I could at that point...squat down in the middle of a fresh cut corn field and wait."

In a stunning series of events--with a darn-nice 8-pointer literally in her face--the 21-year-old woman let it walk!

Congratulations to Madison and big thanks for the share!

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