Bowhunter Tags Double Palmated Buck After Passing It Two Years

Bowhunter Tags Double Palmated Buck After Passing It Two Years Outdoor Life

Bowhunter Tags Double Palmated Buck After 2-Year Wait

In the heat of the rut, South Dakota bowhunter Shauna Woodward patiently waited for a unique palmated whitetail buck nicknamed “Moose.”

Glassing from her favorite spot on her 1,000-acre cattle ranch, Woodward watched bucks chase does and fight each other. She sat near a grove of cedar trees, scanning for the palmated buck. Her movement was limited due to the abundance of deer in the area.

Woodward first spotted Moose on her property in 2021, but passed on the young deer. The record drought in 2022 caused many bucks’ antlers to break off, including Moose’s. However, by the 2023 season, Moose had grown massively and his palmated antlers were much larger.

On November 13, as the rut peak, Woodward searched for Moose near the cedar grove. She encountered a rut-crazy 4-point buck just 15 yards away. Shortly after, she spotted Moose’s antlers from 50 yards, but had no shot opportunity.

Bowhunter Tags Double Palmated Buck After Passing It Two Years Outdoor Life

Moose, being smart and nocturnal, followed the 4-pointer into the cedar trees. Woodward observed the bucks running does through the cedars and made her way to an elevated blind nearby. From the blind, she saw a doe followed by Moose and other bucks moving slowly towards her within the cedars.

The 4-pointer and a young deer ran out of the cover, while Woodward anticipated Moose. As Moose reached the opening at 20 yards, she drew her bow and shot him.

After a slightly back hit, Woodward waited a few hours before returning to track Moose. Eventually, she found the buck dead 80 yards from where she shot it.

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Moose weighed an estimated 175 pounds and showed signs of the rut, but his palmated rack remained in great shape. The age of the deer is estimated at 6.5 years. While a taxidermist will measure the rack, the numbers hold little significance for Woodward.

For Woodward, taking down Moose was the culmination of hard work and dedication to growing impressive bucks. It represents passing on the ethical hunting tradition to future generations.