Team Wild TV expert Jean Galoppin shares one of his greatest bow hunting trips, on the trail of a mighty stag.
The day of the hunt started early with a hearty cooked breakfast, I then loaded my truck with all the hunting equipment needed for a successful day.
I arrived at the hunting location and went through the usual safety procedures, before any hunt I always make sure my equipment is 100% ready for the task ahead. I positioned myself lowdown on a hillside, behind a tree that would supply the perfect amount of cover.
Suddenly the sound of loud horns bellowed through the woods, soon after came the loud barks of the hounds, the hunt was underway. Moments later, in the distance I spotted several dark figures that could only resemble a herd of stags, deer or fawns. However, my delight was shattered as they shifted in the opposite direction, despite the disappointment I still prepared for the shot, sadly the opportunity had passed. As I waited anxiously the weather soon changed and became blustery. Fortunately, I was well equipped in my Outfox Soft Shell outfit, durable and comfortable it contains ergotarn membrane that blocks my human scent, perfect for hunting.
As I kept my position I heard the gentle cracking of trampled wood and leaves. I had expected to see a beautiful doe leader paving the way for the rest of the herd. However, to my surprise it was an enormous Stag with huge antlers. I aimed my bow at the chest of the king as he headed towards me… with the release of the arrow followed a loud thud, he crashed to the ground. The rest of his herd started chaotically bucking and darting in a mad panic.
I followed a stream where my trophy had fallen. The closer I got to my game, the faster my heart raced. When the trackers finally arrived they were amazed by the size of my achievement, a truly successful hunt.
I was just metres away from the fallen stag, at first I didn’t realise the whole picture but the sun showed off his impressive antlers, horns were even, they were huge, it was amazing! He was a fantastic Stag. Kneeling in the muddy grass I inspected the game, he was so majestic, so extraordinary, I was hit with a mixture of emotions, both joy and sadness. After counting his fourteen horns I let the guys take him away, he certainly was the stag of a lifetime.
The hunting gear that I used to take out the stag was a Bowtech Destroyer 350 Bow with 70lbs of draw. My arrows were Carbon Express Mayhem Hunters, equipped with vanes bohning blazer 2” and not a single arrow was broken during this hunt. I was wearing Outfox Soft Shell clothing that was great for hunting as its membrane blocks the human smell and the quality is fantastic.
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