Real People Real Hunters ~ RealTree Camo

Name: Phil Rushton
Date: 11/20/04
Harvest Location: Humphreys
Size: 15 Point
Shot Distance: 40 Yards
Harvested With: Rifle
Story: "I know all you serious deer hunters are going to hate me, but here it goes. I'm a duck hunter by nature, but as a tradition, I get together each deer opener with my cousins in Humphreys County. That morning, I couldn't find the stand that I was supposed to be in so I searched a good while on my 4-wheeler with my hand-held spotlight frantically looking for it before sunrise. After locating my stand I proceeded to dip my first can of snuff in which I spit on the ground, remember, I'm not a serious deer hunter. The first buck I saw came through at 6:30 am. I was trying to shoot him, but the gun wouldn't fire due to the bolt not being pushed up far enough. At 7:15 am. two does walked past my stand. I know you real deer hunters are going to cringe, but I took a leak (on the ground) just before the does arrived and another shortly after they left that coffee was just too much I guess. At around 7:30 am. I heard something coming from the same direction the does had come from. I thought it was a pretty nice buck, but I couldn't really tell since I don't have a scope on my rifle, and use only the iron sights. I shot the buck and he dropped right in his tracks. I waited up in the stand another hour, just to enjoy the rest of my can of snuff before climbing down. When I approached the deer, I was really surprised at how his rack grew with each step closer I drew. When my cousins arrived, needless to say they were mad at me for killing "their" deer and they are still mad at me. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. P.S. I'll bet you folks will be interested to know that my orange hunting vest is my wife's bikini top left over from our trip to Panama City last summer.--just kidding. Happy Hunting!"

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