Joel Espinoza of Henry County harvested an 11-point non-typical buck last Thursday morning at his "honey hole" in Henry County with his compound bow as this year's corn harvest is in full swing.

Joel Espinoza of Henry County harvested an 11-point non-typical buck last Thursday morning at his “honey hole” in Henry County with his compound bow as this year’s corn harvest is in full swing.

He was determined to be the first one to harvest a great buck this year, falling short of that goal to his wife, Amanda Espinoza, last year. The buck appeared from behind the brush 50 yards away from Joel and heading away from him. He quickly grabbed his grunt call and gave the buck two quick grunts stopping him in his tracks.

The buck turned around and headed back in Joel’s direction to investigate the noise, walking less than five yards from his stand and looking up at him.

“I thought I was busted, he stared me right in the eyes! But I was wrong,” Joel said.

The deer turned slowly and walked past the hunter quartering away from him.

“I knew my shooting window was running out,” he said.

He drew back, released and let his arrow fly. The buck ran off, as Joel patiently waited in his stand for his broadhead to do its job. Once the buck was out of site he called his wife, who gladly took an extended lunch break to help her husband recover and field dress the deer.

Thanks to Joel’s father, hunting has always been a big part of his life.

“I have only been bow hunting for a few years, but the first time I picked up a bow and shot it I fell in love. I even got my wife, Amanda, hooked on it to!”

With Joel sharing his passion of gun and bow hunting with Amanda she landed a pro-staff position on a women’s hunting team/ hunting clothing company based out of Chattanooga, Tenn.

“When you find a woman that loves everything you love, even down to gutting and skinning a deer out, you have found a keeper,” Joel said.

He also wished good luck to the other Henry County hunters and stressed the need to stay safe.

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