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Buck down
« on: November 01, 2019, 09:08:41 PM »
Well, I was getting tired of reading about all of Bearclaws deer and turkey adventures (just kidding BC), so I figured I'd better get out and try it myself.  When I retired this spring I knew I was going to be spending a lot of time in the woods this fall, but so far it has been tough to find the time.  Today though I was going to get out one way or another.  After some pretty nasty weather the last two days, I figured things might be moving, especially being on the verge of the rut.  I got into my favorite stand at about 3:45, have only hunted it once this year.  I took a grunt call and rattle bag along.  After letting things settle down I started with a couple doe bleats, then some estrous bleats, then some buck grunts over the course of 10-15 minutes.  Did it again after 15-20 minutes.  Was just about to break out the rattle bag when I see a deer coming in.  After a bit I could see it was a buck but couldn't see if it was a shooter or not, even though he was working a scrape less than 25 yards out (still a lot of leaves on here.). He left the scrape and started meandering slowly my way, and came nearly underneath me.  By this time I've had the opportunity to look him over and committed to the shot as soon as I had an opening.  Took it at about 8 yards, then watched him run a big loop before hearing what I believe was the crash (couldn't actually see him at that point.) Waited a bit and climbed down, had an arrow full of blood and hair.  Funny thing, I've shot three deer from that stand, and I think all three arrows hit the ground within just a few feet of each other.  Was tempted to walk straight to where I heard the crash, but decided to follow his path for a bit at least to see what the blood trail looked like.  Blood was plentiful and bright red, so I turned around and started slowly cutting the diagonal to where I believed he crashed.  The snow we had yesterday was a real blessing, as I could see the blood from a good distance.  As I got close to where I hoped to find him, I paused and took a page from BC's book and said a little prayer that he'd be up there.  It's a relatively narrow property and I was getting close to the line.  Sure enough, as I took a few steps up a little rise, there he was laying in the midst of some downed trees.  Did a brief happy dance, snapped a photo for my bro in law who just had hip replacement surgery yesterday, and got to work so I could get him out before dark.  He had probably covered 200 yards on his death run, fortunately it was a big circle so I didn't have to go more than 100 yards with him to get to a point that I could get the ATV to him.  He weighed 195-200 lbs field dressed, that's more than I care to drag these days.  He's not as big as the one I got on the trail cam a couple weeks ago, but the biggest I've taken in archery season so far.
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Re: Buck down
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2019, 09:55:38 PM »
Congrats, nice buck. Thanks for sharing  your story.
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Re: Buck down
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2019, 12:07:12 PM »
Congrats great looking buck .  @--0--0118
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Re: Buck down
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2019, 03:42:51 PM »
Nice buck. Congrats!!
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Re: Buck down
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2019, 04:27:37 PM »
Congrats, Roger, he will look great on your wall. Awesome buck!
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Re: Buck down
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2019, 07:08:35 PM »
Thanks guys.  I'm going to try to do a European mount with it.  I have a bigger one mounted and this dude had a broken G3 so I don't think I'll spend the money on a shoulder mount.  He must have been a fighter, with the broken tine on the right and a big split in his left ear.  His cape wasn't all scarred up though like some I've seen.  Man he stank.  Cut those tarsals off and tossed them, it helped tremendously.  This dude was fired up and ready for the ladies to start showing some affection!
« Last Edit: November 02, 2019, 07:30:57 PM by Madgomer »
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Re: Buck down
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2019, 06:58:57 AM »
Great story, and a very nice buck. He should make a beautiful Euro mount. Congrats to you my friend.
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Re: Buck down
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2019, 07:36:41 AM »
 @--0--0118  ##$%#117   ##$%#1118  great deer and a great story
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Re: Buck down
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2019, 03:55:56 PM »
congrats. nice looking buck. do you get one buck or 2?

let me tell you about my long weekend hunt at the cabin...…………………………………………………………………. done! I didn't see a deer on stand. OUCH
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Re: Buck down
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2019, 06:20:50 PM »
Very nice.
That’s a good buck.
Congrats!
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Re: Buck down
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2019, 08:35:09 PM »
congrats. nice looking buck. do you get one buck or 2?

let me tell you about my long weekend hunt at the cabin...…………………………………………………………………. done! I didn't see a deer on stand. OUCH
In Illinois you're allowed two bucks per year, all tags combined (Archery, firearm, and muzzleloader).  We still have most of the corn standing around here, not seeing many deer from the stand yet.  I think they're around, just no reason for them to leave the corn.  Fortunately we don't have the bear and wolf challenge here . . . Yet.
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Re: Buck down
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2019, 09:01:32 PM »
they just started on some corn here. none close to me yet unfortunately.

I did find fresh wolf dung w/ deer hair this weekend. plus, the bears are still around. go to sleep already @--0--0131
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Re: Buck down
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2019, 06:08:09 AM »
Congrats.....Nice work!!
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Re: Buck down
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2019, 07:26:00 AM »
Great buck!! Congrats on an awesome hunt.
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Re: Buck down
« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2019, 08:56:59 AM »
I've been shooting Grim Reaper expandables now in both my compound and Xbow for years, never lost a deer and never had a blade failure.  For the most part, deer are dropping within 30-40 yards with them. However when I pulled the bolt out of the ground after this one, I only had two blades left.  To be fair though, this wasn't the first deer taken with that head as this old German tightwad will resharpen/straighten them if they're not badly damaged.  It was a bit of a concern since I didn't see him drop and he went a lot farther than any I've shot with archery gear, but after I dressed him out (carefully) I could see three clear cuts on both entry and exit so that blade must be in the ground.  I was surprised to find that I got one lung, the top of the heart (no artery though) and the front of the liver (weird steep angle, should have held a little lower).  I suspect the lack of a double lung hit was the reason he went as far as he did, but at least there was a solid trail to follow.  I don't think there would have been any risk of losing him even without the snow and a good visual on his big loop.  Despite the blade failure I continue to be a fan of those heads, although I may reconsider whether I reuse them in the future.
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