On Oct. 5, the the opening day of bow season, Grubbs decided to hunt an oak thicket that had proven lucky in previous years. He hit the stand well before first light, setting up on a trail near the oaks and the back side of a cut cornfield. At 7:30 a.m. Grubbs heard something moving through the trees to his left. "I knew a deer was coming but I didn't know what it was until he got within sight," Grubbs said. "I could see through the trees and I thought he had horns. Then I thought, 'Man that's a nice buck.'"