Hunter: Clark Woodlee
Points: 10 (5L, 5R)
We woke up, and it was raining in Coweta County that morning. We decided to go to breakfast instead of trying to bowhunt. When we got back to camp, it had quit raining, and I said to my buddy, “I’m going to go sit in the stand for a while. It’s a full moon, and they’re going to be moving in the middle of the day anyway.” My stand is under some oaks at the end of a camp road near a swamp. The white oaks and chestnuts were dropping. Pretty quick I saw a buck hooking a tree. He came on in to the oaks. He was a smaller 8-pointer I wasn’t going to shoot, and then I saw movement. Here came a bigger buck. I said, “Dang, that’s a shooter.” I didn’t realize how big he was, and that’s probably a good thing. When his head went behind a tree, I got my bow back, and when he came out, I shot him. That was the biggest thrill of my life. I’ve shot bigger bucks with a gun, but that’s my biggest with a bow. I’ve been bowhunting since I was 19 years old, and I’m 76. I started with a recurve. I used to shoot archery tournament. Editor’s Note: Clark Woodlee won the ASA State Championship twice, in ’03 and ’05.