By Mike Giles
The Meridian Star
Can you imagine what it would be like to have to hunt and fish for sustenance? What if you had to live off of the land to survive? In order to eat you had to hunt for meat or fish and gather berries or greens to survive. It could be pretty tough.
But could you do it with a stick and string? Otherwise known as bow hunting, stick and string hunting is the most basic, near primitive way of harvesting a deer. While some folks make it look easy, it’s far from a sure thing.
Almost every young hunter wants to test their mettle to see if they can harvest a buck or succulent doe with a stick and string, as it were. Grant Vick was one of those hunters who wondered if he had what it took to kill a deer using only a stick and string.
The arrow and the bow can be intimidating no matter what the circumstances. Almost everything has to go right to sink an arrow deep into the heart of a wild deer. Though the venison steaks are tasty, they’re much harder to obtain than a steak from Piggly Wiggly or a hamburger from McDonalds. And they’re nigh on impossible to harvest with only a stick, string and arrow.
Vick went to the woods for an afternoon hunt last weekend near Moscow in Kemper County. After days of hunting and seeing deer walk nearby, just out of bow range, the young hunter wondered if he would ever score, but he never gave up hope.
Vick climbed high in a tree overlooking a beautiful hardwood bottom and waited, scanning the bottom intensely while searching for the flick of a tail, or the blink of an eye.
“I heard something walking deeper in the woods just out of sight so I eased up and listened and watched for the deer to appear,” said Vick. Vick’s heart began to pound as he spotted a deer walking through the oak slash. “As she neared my stand I drew my Hoyt bow back slowly, took aim and released my carbon express broadhead.”
“Thwack!” sounded the arrow as it plunged deep into the deer. “I knew I’d made a good shot by the sound of the arrow hitting her,” Vick said. “She ran a short distance and I heard her crash about 20 yards away.”
The doe fell victim to the young hunter’s steady aim and swift arrow. Straight and true, the arrow hit the bull’s-eye and Grant made a lifetime memory. “It was just an amazing experience and I thanked the Lord for my first bow kill,” said Vick. It just can’t get any more exciting than harvesting your first deer with a bow!
Contact Mike Giles at 601-917-3898 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org