The Wide 10 | Bill Winke on Chasing November

 

Staring face-to-face with what could potentially be the end of a long, sought-after quest makes one acutely aware of each breath taken while the bow is drawn.

“He stopped right there facing me again just like he did the last time, and I thought, ‘We are going to have one of those exact encounters where I’m going to stand here at full draw for a minute and he is going to end up not offering me a shot, but he took a couple steps in a perfect broad sight 30-yard shot!

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“The time has finally come to head into the woods and not come back out unless we are pulling on antlers. There is no reward for the timid. Make the most of every minute, because this window will close only too soon. For now, we are living the dream. Now, we are chasing November.

The month we have been waiting for has finally arrived and with its arrival, I decide to hunt my most promising food source. Given the drought, I have one good plot on the entire farm and that is where I head: to a Redneck blind on a frigid forest Big-n-Beasty on a narrow valley on the western fringe of the Lowbox range.

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The forecast for the morning of November 2nd calls for light and variable winds. Anytime I see that in the forecast I avoid hunting my best stands or my top bucks. Getting in without being heard is tough. Once on stand, too many things can go wrong when the day starts out calmer.

If you see light and variable in the forecast or really low windspeeds, stay away from your best spots, because the chances of messing them up are real high.

 A four year quest for “Lefty” finally comes to and end.

November 2nd reminded us of why we love this month. . . We all know the time has finally come to head into the woods and not come back out unless we are pulling on antlers. There is no reward for the timid. Make the most of every minute, because this window will close only too soon. For now, we are living the dream. Now, we are chasing November.” - Bill Winke

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Bill Winke gets a 30 yard shot on the “Wide 10” and Zach ends the quest for a buck he calls “Gnarles”. Watch their story in “The Wide 10, Two Year Quest” episode from Chasing November.

S3:E5 - “The Wide 10, Two Year Quest”

 

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