Glenn Eilers’ PSE X-Force Dream Season 10 Point Buck
Editor’s Note: When Glenn Eilers of Shelbyville, Kentucky, discovered PSE bows 8 years ago, he decided he’d found a bow that was made for him. He’s been able to use PSE bows to take some really nice whitetails.
The 3,000 acre property we hunt in Kentucky is right on the banks of the Ohio River. We also have 1,500 acres of land directly across the river in Indiana from our Kentucky property. The Indiana property is a 2 minute boat ride from the Kentucky lands or an hour’s drive. We’d taken pictures of this buck during the summer, but the bow season in Indiana didn’t open until October 1st. When we hunt that property, most of the members of our club shotgun hunt. But, I prefer to hunt with a bow, like I’ve hunted exclusively for the last 15 years. I knew about where this deer was living, because we had several trail cameras in that area. So, I took an aerial photograph and begin to put together a plan to hunt this deer. When I marked the location of the trail cameras that had taken pictures of this buck, I noticed there was a pinch point/funnel area on one side of a very thick area where I assumed does would be. But, I’d never hunted this place before.
I took a climbing stand with me, found a tree that I could put my tree stand on and then spotted about 2 dozen rubs on smaller trees there. Some of these trees however, were about the size of my thigh. So, I climbed up my tree early in the afternoon and did a little rattling and some grunting. About 1 1/2 hours before dark, I spotted this buck coming down the edge of a cedar thicket with his nose in the air, trying to determine if there were any does in that thicket that were ready to breed. I let the buck keep coming, until he walked right under my stand. I took the shot when the buck was about 5 yards from the base of my tree. Most of the time, I take shots at about 10 yards. Fifteen yards is usually the maximum range at which I shoot my bow. This buck was a 10 point that scored in the 160s. Oftentimes, if you keep up with where each of your trail cameras is located, and you get several pictures of a buck coming into a section of land where those cameras are taking his picture, if you’ll study an aerial photo, you often can determine where the buck’s coming from and possibly where he’s going. Then you’ll set up your tree stand in the vicinity of your trail cameras after identifying a funnel or a pinch point that the buck more than likely has had to walk through to get to those cameras. Oftentimes that’s the key to success.
Tomorrow: Trail Camera Strategies for PSE Bowhunters with Glenn Eilers