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Memories of Buckeye Deer Camp

As told to Herbert L. Lunday by Herbert H. Lunday in 1985

Comments and Epilogue by Dr. Herbert L. Lunday

© 2017

Especially for Mom and Dad, Carol and Larry

Part VI

The very next year, I killed my first deer. After shooting several times, I had to wade a slough to complete the kill and retrieve the deer. I still remember the excitement of that day at my old #5 stand. It is an interesting coincidence that in November 1964, my older son, Herbert Lee, killed his first deer at that same stand. My younger son, Larry, and I were on the next stand and got a good look at a doe which had been accompanying the buck. I was happy for both of my sons that day. I still use the stand, but the old license plate number disappeared several years ago. One of the most memorable deer kills at Buckeye was made by E. L. Spears. One afternoon while everyone was resting at camp, we heard a hot race directly across the river. Out of curiosity, we ventured to the river bank to investigate. Pretty soon, a huge buck appeared on the opposite bank and jumped down the steep bluff to the edge of the water. As the dogs raced on past the buck, it became apparent to us that the deer had employed an old tactic— he had allowed a companion doe to lead the dogs on a merry chase while he took time out for a break. Spears was the only person with a rifle at hand, but the opportunity had come upon us so suddenly we were unsure what to do. I soon realized that the deer could fall into the river and sink, so I suggested to Spears that he hold fire until the deer climbed the bank again. Our commotion quickly alarmed the deer, and as he turned and topped the steep embankment, Spears placed his shot perfectly. The deer was a magnificent trophy—the rack had 22 points. It is interesting that Spears fired from Woodruff County, and the bullet found its mark in White County.

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