Chuck Sharp is part of a small group of us who call ourselves the Suburban Whitetail Assault Team, or SWAT for short. Last year in December we started hunting some small tracts around Roanoke with our crossbows mainly to help out landowners who were frustrated by deer damage.
Because we didn’t start until December we ended up seeing very few bucks, which was fine as we were more focused on does anyway. Still, we were looking forward to getting back to some of those areas during the rut, which is what Chuck did when he knocked down this toad last week. Obviously this thing has great mass. It’s 22 inches wide and has 10-inch G2s.
We usually hunt these spots with crossbows even during gun seasons because we want to keep a low profile, and shooting a high-powered rifle or muzzleloader doesn’t exactly help that goal.
Now, don’t go thinking that small tract hunting is easy. Chuck shot this deer at 2 p.m. and it was only the second deer he saw that day. We hunted one our spots yesterday morning and saw three distant does and a three-pointer. I was back at another suburban spot yesterday afternoon with fellow SWAT member Alfie Hammerstrom and we saw nothing.