I’ve never been a superstitious guy, but I may have to reconsider.
Last week I wrote a story about 17-girl from Poteau who had her nails painted hunter orange for luck, then she went hunting and bagged a bear.
Now, I get this photo and story from Jody Slingo of Jones about bagging a buck of a lifetime after getting his lucky haircut.
By most reports, archery deer season has been pretty slow thus far. It’s been hot and deer haven’t been on the move very much.
Slingo, however, on Oct. 9 bagged a beautiful buck in northeast Oklahoma County that grossed 183 7/8 and weighed an estimated 210 pounds field dressed.
“We guessed since he maxed out the scale,” Slingo said.
Slingo said his first saw the big buck through binoculars on Sept. 29 while scouting from the tree stand he had put up for opening day.
“I had never seen him or the other 5 bucks in his group,” Slingo said. “He was no doubt the boss. I couldn’t tell exactly what he was but was sure he was the main frame 12.”
With the opening day of bow season two days away, Slingo was afraid he wouldn’t see the buck again.
On opening day, all the bucks, except the big one, emerged from the woods and made their way near Slingo’s tree stand.
Slingo’s trophy buck finally arrived in the early evening but it was too dark to get a shot.
“I sat in the stand until 9:45 p.m. when he left,” Slingo said.
The next day, the same pattern repeated. On Oct. 3, Slingo moved his tree stand to get downwind of the buck.
He took a shot that day at the big buck but missed as the buck ducked the arrow and vanished.
“I was sick,” said Slingo, who believed he would never see that buck again.
The following Saturday, Slingo decided to get his lucky haircut from Heather Hawkins at V’s Salon on 23rd Street between Choctaw and Harrah.
“Best thing there is for hunter’s luck,” Slingo said. “One year before, almost to the day, she cut my hair and two days later I stuck a 147-inch West Texas bruiser.”
With his lucky haircut, he climbed back into his tree stand on Oct. 9. Just like the previous days, several deer emerged from the woods but this time they were all does.
“I kept thinking he was gone,” Slingo said. “Then a crack to my left and unbelievably the 10-point (buck) that runs with him is standing at the edge of the thicket and walks out to the shooting lane.
“Then the buck I missed six days before stood at the edge, scent checked 20 times and made the mistake of giving me a second chance.”
Slingo put an arrow in the buck and an hour later, with the help of his friend Londo Duran, they were able to find the whitetail 60 yards from the stand.
“Jody, that’s a buck of a lifetime,” Londo told him.
Slingo believes the keys to bagging the buck were patience, attention to the wind and Heather’s lucky haircut.
“She’s good luck. I swear it.”