Even while juggling recent fatherhood and a hectic work schedule, Mooney managed to execute the perfect hunt.
Patterning the buck through trail cam photos tipped him off about the buck’s most likely movements. The conclusion: hunt the afternoon, and hunt early. Mooney chose a staging area along a ridge, with a small rise in the terrain between him and the bedding area 50 yards away. He also learned valuable information in those first few sits in his hang-on stand. The set up wasn’t quite right and he was strapped for time, so Mooney tweaked his position by bringing in a climber.
As for calls, Mooney left the grunt tube at home for the early-season hunt. Instead, he relied on attractants like the Sugar Beet Crush. He also sprayed the area three times with C’Mere Deer Buck Juice. And, perhaps most importantly, Mooney only hunted those woods when the wind was right.
Even with the buck in his sights, Mooney still had to make the shot. That’s when his intensive archery training kicked in. Competing in dozens of tournaments this year helped prepare him for a perfect shot. But even with the best planning and practice, a little luck never hurts.