- By Brandon Wikman
The 2010 Wisconsin archery season kicked off Saturday with a big bang at Bluff Bucks Outfitters in Buffalo County.
The weather was by far the most shocking variable of the entire weekend. Last year, hunters from across the state melted in their stands. They couldn’t help but sweat, swat mosquitoes and swell; the mix was not a pleasant concoction.
This year was very different. Temperatures were in the lower 60’s and the humidity was absolutely perfect. A slight cold front that moved through at a perfect time soothed the state of Wisconsin and the entire Midwest. This was some of the most ideal weather conditions a guy could ask for in early season!
Butch Fox, owner of Bluff Bucks Outfitters, hosted eight hunters this past weekend. One of his groups was a stellar ensemble, clad of five hardcore hunters from Delaware. They’ve been here for years! Between all of us, we were sure to put a big buck on the ground!
Opening night, I gazed into an alfalfa field and watched tons of deer pile into it. At one point, I had over twenty deer in the field and two of them were shooter bucks. Sadly, the bucks weren’t positioned where I’d hope they would be – they entered the field further down from where my blind was placed. I’ve watched these deer time and time again before the opener and watched the bucks pass my blind, but not this time.
I came back to camp empty-handed, but our Delaware group was blessed with better luck! My good friend, Louie, hammered down on a giant buck! The past two years, Louie has carried his luck on his hat and blew through a couple of absolute dandy Buffalo County bucks.
The group of us tracked the blood trail to Louie’s buck that tumbled merely sixty yards from the shot. We recovered it and brought it back to camp for everyone to drool over.
We have a few more days of early season hunting in Wisconsin and I’m hoping to enlighten readers with some more luck up here in legendary Buffalo County. Good luck to all of you early season archers as season begins blooming across the U.S.