Twenty-one years ago, when I was still living in Dallas, I met Robbie Cramer. He had been a deer hunter since he shot his first 8-point buck (with a rifle). His grand-dad had taken him on that successful hunt when he was only 8 years old. Robbie was hooked on hunting deer ever since.
As we talked about that hunt, he said he knew I was a bowhunter and expressed interest in learning about it. He seemed like a good guy, and deer season was currently going on, so I asked him if he wanted to go with me to my deer lease. And I let him know that the lease was bows-only … and that guests were limited to Does and a wild turkey.
Robbie didn’t have a bow but he got one right away and set up a place to shoot in the large warehouse of the business he ran. Robbie caught on to shooting a compound bow right away and practiced daily. The following weekend we both drove to the deer lease to hunt.
Shooting from a treestand proved difficult for him initially but soon he caught on and on a subsequent trip got his first deer with the bow.
And since that time we’ve become very good friends and Robbie joined the deer lease and has turned into a successful bowhunter. His prior year’s deer hunting experiences gave him “one-up” on the locating bucks process and every year he takes a mature buck to the meat processor as well as the taxidermist.
Now let’s talk about the year 2022 and the buck ‘Big-10.’