Staples bags her buck

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Rachel Staples shows off her 8-point buck she killed in Texas with a compound bow. SPECIAL TO THE LOG

It may be a little more of a challenge, but she doesn’t let that her stop her.

Destin’s Rachel Staples prefers to use a bow rather than a rifle when it comes to hunting.

“It’s a little harder, but I feel more part of everything … and you are a little closer,” she said of using a bow.

And just a couple of weeks ago she rose to the challenge and bagged another buck while on a hunting adventure with her husband Capt. Allen Staples, their 4-year-old son Jeb and her dad Jeff Angel in Rio Grande City, Texas.

“I just enjoy bow hunting more,” Rachel said.

She got her deer on the second day of the hunt at the Cantos Viejos Ranch in Texas.

“I got him on the first shot from 26 yards away,” said Rachel, who using a Hoyt compound bow.

Her deer, which was 175 pounds, was her second largest.

“The one I got last year was a little bigger,” she said.

However, last year, Rachel was 7-months pregnant when she got her deer. Using the same bow, she hit that buck from about 20-yards out from a ground blind. She also killed a turkey and a javelina on that trip with the bow.

On this trip, Rachel wasn’t the only one to bag a big buck.

Her dad, Jeff, killed a 9-point on the first day with a rifle.

“That was the biggest one he’s ever killed,” she said.

Jeff’s deer weighed about 185 pounds.

As for Allen, he didn’t get a deer on this trip.

Nevertheless, he did his part when they got back home.

“He made a skull mount of both deer,” Rachel said.

And of course none of the deer goes to waste as they all eat venison.

What’s next for the mother of two?

“I’m hoping to do some duck hunting if I can swing it with the kids,” she said.