He had images of a good buck on his cameras, and its movements were almost like clockwork, except when Josh Waters tried to harvest it.
"It was the third time I'd hunted him," Josh said. "I had pictures of that deer since probably late August.
"He would show up about every day. These deer were staging-up every day on acorns before going into a bean field."
Josh limited his hunts for the deer to days when the wind was in his favor, but it didn't seem to matter. He was on the brink of giving up for a while.
"The wind was the same every day," Josh said. "I don't know if it was coyotes, but something was causing that deer not to come in; all of the deer, actually. I was going to hunt him one more time and give it up until rifle season."
On Oct. 20 the wind was in his favor again, and Josh took his recurve bow to the stand in the area the buck frequented. However, after almost two hours of watching and waiting, all Josh saw were does and small bucks. He was fairly sure the hunt would be strike three for archery season.
Then, a little after 6 p.m., the buck he was after appeared.
"He came out about 150 yards down the tree line," Josh said. "He came down that fence row straight to me. It took him 20 minutes to come 150 yards or so."
Josh has hunted with his father, Gil Waters, since he was 6 years old, but this year was different. Josh's grandmother recently developed a medical condition that required Gil's care, and Gil didn't have time to hunt this season. However, Gil had some free time that afternoon and was in a stand watching a similar situation unfold.
"I was several miles away from him," Gil said. "I was in the Big Black (River) swamp. It was the first time I had a chance to hunt."
And his timing was good. Gil said he saw two bucks, an 8-point and a 10-point, appear at 80 yards. The bucks disappeared from sight, but he soon heard them fighting in a thick cut-over about 100 yards away. The commotion apparently grabbed the attention of another buck.
"I think that's what got him up," Gil said. "He didn't go towards them, but I think that's what got him up.
"I was hunting by a bunch of white oak trees. He was about 180 yards away and worked his way in to me to 25 yards."
So, there they are. A father and son from Scotland, a small community in Yazoo County, both watching bucks slowly make their way toward the hunters at the same time. Josh said the slow approach was getting to him, especially because of the equipment he was using.
"I was more happy than nervous watching him come in, but you always get nervous using a recurve," Josh said.
Josh's buck made it to within 20 yards, and he took the shot.
Gil's buck was standing at 25 yards away when Gil took his shot with a crossbow.
Both hunters connected.
"To be honest, I didn't even know he'd gone hunting," Josh said. "He called me about 10 minutes after I shot and asked if I'd come help him find it. I said, 'If I come help you, you've got to come help me.'"
Both deer scored an estimated 135 inches. Josh's was a 9-point with a 17.25-inch spread and 21.5-inch main beams. Gil's was an 8-point with a 20-inch spread and roughly 20-inch main beams.
While neither buck will make it into record books, they created a memory neither hunter will forget.
"Any time your son kills one it's special, especially to get two nice deer like we got," Gil said. "In 29 years, that's the first time we both killed bucks on the same day. It just made a good day that much better."