My Secret Spot

Being a disabled hunter presents certain difficulties but for Doug Bermel, his Secret Spot helped overcome the most pressing.

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By: Doug Bermel By: Doug Bermel

The second day of the 2013 Minnesota archery deer season found me in my ground blind in my secret spot, just behind my residence. I figured there would not be much action so my anticipation was on the slow side.

Sitting in my electric wheelchair, reading a bowhunting magazine of course, I heard a branch snap. I looked over the magazine and standing there in front of me at 20 yards was a big fat doe! Funny how you can scan the woods time after time and all of a sudden, like out of a dream, there it stands. I set my magazine down and picked up my Parker crossbow. She now was facing me and I had no shot. I needed her to turn broadside.

After a very long 10 minutes, she relaxed, turned and gave me the perfect angle to make the shot. I lined up the crosshairs, took a deep breath and started to squeeze the trigger. Just before I touched off the shot I noticed movement in the scope and saw a four point buck just behind the doe. I saw the young buck was immature so I refocused my crosshairs and my mind back to the standing doe. I took another breath and slowly squeezed the trigger and then the Toxic broadhead was on its way. I instantly heard the loud ‘smack’ of the arrow hitting pay dirt and watched as the two deer ran into the woods. In an instant the woods were quiet and I immediately called my wife with the news that I had made a good shot and to bring over the 4 wheeler.

Author's Secret Spot pays off. Author's Secret Spot pays off.

When she arrived we went to the spot of the shot and found a great blood trail. The trail was easy to follow as the blood was scattered about just the way you like to see it done. The Toxic broadhead had certainly done its job.

The doe had only gone about 50 yards before piling up against a group of logs. My wife and I hooked the doe to our 4 wheeler and headed for home.

I had set up this ground blind a month before the season so the resident deer would get used to the intrusion. This spot is only 200 yards from my house and therefore easy for me to access. This convenient location gets me in my stand in less than 15 minutes. This is a great area for deer numbers and is always good for a deer or two every fall.

This past summer I spent a lot of time clearing dead trees and making a nice, open area to make the deer travel easier and more convenient for my access to the blind. When the season started I also laid out a mock scrape and a decoy for added realism. Only piped in heat would make this better than it is.

Being disabled and always having to rely on someone to help is tough sometimes but having a secret spot that I can access on my own is icing on the cake. I find great satisfaction when hunting alone and especially when the plan comes together and I do harvest an animal. It always makes me proud and happy to have accomplished something few hunters can crow about.

The Toxic broadhead from Flying Arrow Archery is the design of industry veteran Chris Rager. Chris was the owner of Trophy Ridge/Rocket Broadheads and an accomplished bowhunter. The Toxic broadhead was in the design and testing stage for years before introduced to the bowhunting market. It is the only true coring broadhead.

I was intrigued by its innovative design and couldn’t wait to try it out. It is a unique concept and unlike any broadhead on the market today. It is a fixed head with no moving parts and has over a 4.7 inches of cutting surface. This broad head is so effective it tends to really tear up conventional targets. On game, the Toxic produces a radical wound channel resulting in incredible blood loss, a wound channel described by a surgeon as a “Radical Core Decompression” wound, the most lethal of wounds. When you see the devastation of the Toxic you’ll put up with the target damage because you know you have the best broadhead on the market for putting game down pronto!

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