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Author Topic: Got it done!  (Read 338 times)

Offline Flintlock1776

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Got it done!
« on: December 21, 2018, 08:26:19 PM »
Last year was 1st year in ages I did not get a deer.

This year the weather just messed up my hunting days. Today, I had to take my son to his job. Unfortunately there was a major crash that had most roads hammered. I went the back way , dropped him off and got home later than I had planned. I hurried to get my gear and go hunting.

As I walked out to my stand I saw a big deer slipping across my back property at 3:30pm. I stopped, watched it continue in and when out of sight, I started to head to my stand. Just as I started, another doe appeared. It just stood there. I just stood there. After the stare down I moved forward only to see there was another doe. They both bolted off and I was thinking should I go or should I stay?

Well, it was the 1st day of winter, it was very warm and the rain had stopped. I decided to go on with the hunt and got up in my stand. I saw another doe across the hill and since it was so far away I just watched until I could not see her.

So, just sitting in my stand and at 4 PM seven does came from behind me and went forward a bit and hung around. 7 does! After all those weeks of few sightings! There was one big doe but she presented no shot.

I had fun looking at the herd when the big doe started moving. It looked like a clear shot but I checked with my binocular and saw small branches that could deflect my crossbow bolt. I elected not to take the shot.

Then she moved, I checked the opening, nothing in the way. I opted to try.

When the bolt flew it smacked the doe, I saw her jump and start to run. She actually went down on her belly, shot under and through a downed small tree & Branches. It was 4:20. I waited a bit, went down and started checking the area. Nothing. I swung back a bit and saw the bolt in the ground, the illuminated knock did not light up. I picked up the bolt to see it had broken in !

Even though it had stopped raining a few hours ago the leaves were wet and silent as I looked to find the deer. Saw blood! Followed the track, had to circle back when I lost the trail as the blood blended in well on damp leaves and darkness started to setting in.

I made a wide 360 to my left, nothing. A wide 360 to my right and picked up signs of blood. Slowly I walked around, it was getting darker now. Followed the blood trail as I headed down the gully. No! Please not down the deep gully I thought.

I started down, not too far, now using my flashlight. Wait! A bit of white! Grey brown too. It was the doe! As she went down the hill she must have run head first into a small tree and piled up. Not too far off the top of the ridge. She did not go all the way down the steep gully!

It wa a big doe!

I tried hauling it up the wet slope. Between my new artificial left knee, my right one needed to be replaced next year, it was not going well.

I went up the hill and across to my neighbor and asked for his help.

We got it out, onto my truck and off to the processors. Back home three hours after taking the shot.

This will be my last deer season up here and I am happy to have ended by deer drought.

Going to get 2 pound of spicy deer jerkey plus the roasts and such. I will keep the jerkey and some backstraps but give the rest to my neighbor. They love venison.

I will post pictures later but I am beat.

Night all!
« Last Edit: December 22, 2018, 05:53:40 PM by Flintlock1776 »
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Offline MichiganLouie

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Re: Got it done!
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2018, 09:36:28 PM »
Good job, Flintlock!  That's the way to git it done!  Even though I got a buck earlier, this has been a rough season.  Haven't seen much of anything while hunting, and the sightings from the house are few and far between. The weather has not helped, snow is all but gone, temps around 35*-40*.  We need some cold temps and snow to get the deer moving during the day.  Been putting out some corn but the deer are coming in around 2-3 am.  On the upside, the late doe season is open til 1jan19, so there is some time yet.
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Offline yari

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Re: Got it done!
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2018, 10:18:09 PM »
that's a bunch of does. i'm surprised a buck wasn't still sniffing around.

nice work. congrats on a great hunt
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Re: Got it done!
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2018, 12:13:04 AM »
Congrats Flint, there's just no replacement for persistence!
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Offline Split toe

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Re: Got it done!
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2018, 05:01:30 AM »
Congrats on your doe...
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Offline treefarmer

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Re: Got it done!
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2018, 09:44:21 AM »
Great story and congratulations on ending "the drought"!
The part about the artificial knee and the other one that needs replacing sure rings the bell at my camp!  Glad you have a good neighbor.
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Online dave 1211

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Re: Got it done!
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2018, 10:46:19 AM »
 @--0--0118  way to go bro        ##$%#14    @--0--0123     
turkey season was a wet one now on to deer hunting in October





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Offline sundowner

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Re: Got it done!
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2018, 11:24:10 AM »
Great story and congrats on the doe .  ##$%#1118
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Offline Bearclaw

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Re: Got it done!
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2018, 11:54:47 AM »
Congratulations on the doe! Way to get it done!! Enjoy! Nice way to close out the home ground.
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Offline buckone1

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Re: Got it done!
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2018, 02:56:38 PM »
Congratulations on the doe!!  Glad to see you stay after her like you did!   ##$%#11
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Offline Bearclaw

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Re: Got it done!
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2018, 03:22:21 PM »
By the way, that was a great story! It was almost like being there with you! Nice!
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Offline King Ben

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Re: Got it done!
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2018, 06:25:45 PM »
Well written story Flint.  Congrats on your doe!

Offline Flintlock1776

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Re: Got it done!
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2018, 07:05:21 PM »
Thanks all!

My hunting app shows this Thursday thry Tomorrow as peak times. The app is very accurate!

She did stink so I bet she was in 2nd rut.
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Offline Flintlock1776

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Re: Got it done!
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2018, 07:21:27 PM »
Thanks all!



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Dan McWilliams, Ladder 157
Bily Eisengrien, Rescue 2
Scott Strauss NYPD ESU
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