First VICXEN Harvest - Ohio

This story starts back in October during the all women’s hunt at Eagle Lakes Outfitters. Ralph and Vicki walked into Ted and Tina’s house with their arms filled with brand new HOYT VICXEN bows for each of us. I couldn’t believe it! I was so excited not just because I had a brand new bow, but because HOYT designed a bow specifically made for the female hunter! I couldn’t wait to get home and take it to Fin, Feather, and Fur in Ashland, Ohio to have my bow tech Scott set everything up.

After giving everything to Scott and having everything adjusted and set up, we went to the archery range to sight the bow in and see how it was going to shoot. I couldn’t believe what a smooth draw and release this new VICXEN had. I was very impressed. Within no time we were all sighted in and I was ready to hit the woods.

On Sunday, November 22, Tony and I decided to go to our special spot where I shot my big buck last year. There were signs all around that another big boy was there, we were just waiting for him to step out. We were overlooking a cut bean field with a standing cornfield in the distance, it’s a perfect spot.

At around 5:00, I heard a tractor in the distance and I looked at Tony and said, knowing our luck lately, that would be the farmer coming to pick the corn. Sure enough, 5 minutes later the farmer showed up and started picking corn. Now on one hand, I was ecstatic because we had been waiting for the corn to be picked, but on the other hand, I didn’t think anything was going to come out from behind us because of all the noise the combine was making.

Not more than 5 minutes passed and I heard some leaves crunching behind us and I thought it was just another squirrel, but then I saw a silhouette of a deer about 70 yards to my left. I looked at Tony immediately and said, “DEER”.  I couldn’t tell what it was but it was headed our way. I slowly grabbed my VICXEN and waited, then lost sight of the deer. I couldn’t find it!

Then I noticed it was on the trail and only 50 yards from our tree stand and closing. It was so hard to make out because the sun was going down and it blended in with all the tall ragweed. I then noticed that it was a doe by herself and decided to take her. She was at 23 yards and looking in the direction of the combine so I drew my bow. She was in my sights and it was now or never because we were losing light fast. I got control over my breathing and released an arrow. She dropped immediately. “I hit her high,” I said. So I knocked another arrow and went to draw but she stopped moving! It was over; I just shot a doe with my BRAND NEW HOYT VICXEN!! I was so excited I wanted to jump out of the tree! This was awesome; I just filled our freezer and did it with my VICXEN!

Thank you HOYT for creating a bow specifically designed for the female hunter!

Hunter: Dusty Perillo

Cameraman: Tony Perillo