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Old 10-02-2013, 01:51 PM   #1
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It's Hunting Season !!!

No offense guy's, but its hunting season and it's time to post up some picks ! And I don't mean of fish either . Me first, got this fella opening evening with a stick and string. Dressed out at 185 on the scale and was estimated at 245 lbs live weight ! I was honored to have taken such an old giant of the woods ! Good Hunting

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Old 10-02-2013, 05:15 PM   #2
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I've never caught a brookie with antlers like that.

Nice job with the bow, that's not an easy sport.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:16 PM   #3
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Wow Big Spruce - congrats!!!
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:18 PM   #4
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Great way to start the season! Congrats. Any history with this deer?
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:18 PM   #5
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Big Spruce!
Very nice Adk. Whitetail..one ,that dreams are made of!! And ,congratulations on getting him with the bow!! Will be heading up north next weekend with the Muzzleloader!

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Old 10-02-2013, 05:29 PM   #6
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Great buck Big Spruce. Congratulations.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:32 PM   #7
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Actually muzzleloader isn't starting til the 19th this year
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:56 PM   #8
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Awesome buck, WTG and it looks like you'll be getting plenty of meat.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:42 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the kind words. I actually saw this guy last year and the year before. Thought he was dead or gone after the early last years sighting. Turns out he just went deeper into the swamp. First time I was close enough to get a shot and that's all I needed.

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Old 10-02-2013, 06:46 PM   #10
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Ah man, nice deer! No story? Were you in a stand? How far was the shot? How far did it run after it was hit? 245 pounds, wow! Did you have to drag it far? How warm was it out?
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:27 PM   #11
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Thanks Forgedin78!

Guess I`ll have an extra weekend to maybe catch some more trout!!

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Old 10-02-2013, 08:25 PM   #12
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Wow! That's awesome.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:42 PM   #13
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Ah man, nice deer! No story? Were you in a stand? How far was the shot? How far did it run after it was hit? 245 pounds, wow! Did you have to drag it far? How warm was it out?
Since your beating it out of me, It was warm. Almost to warm. At least some say. Well I don't follow the experts too much lucky for me.

I was in a tree, however I find I am hunting off the ground a lot more. This time I was in a tree. I don't know why, but I went as high as I could go. I usually don't do that. So my stick is right at 15' and I put my old Loc-On base at that height. I guess the seat was about 17'.

I only use very simple things. No trail cams or food plot or any of the other BS they sell. I mix my own cover scents and use a wind puffer (well that's what i call it anyway). Which by the way fell out of my pocket while I re positioned in the tree lol.

So, I was in my tree and waiting and waiting expecting to maybe see a small doe or yearling. About 35 minutes before calling it, this guy pops out from the brush about 10 yards away feeding towards me. I recognized him right away as the brute I've caught a glimpse of from time to time. He worked his way until just under the stand about 2 yards off the base of the tree. I had the perfect shot and I took it. He ran about 175 yards and collapsed in the cattails. I had good blood and found him quickly. I was relieved.

We did have quite a time getting him. I enlisted a friend and his son and they offered to go in with the Kubota. I agreed. We were able to make it out by way of some recently cleared power lines and walked in the rest of the way. All three of us dragged him to the power lines. From there we struggled to get this brute up onto the Kubota. Once we did there was a pause to take in the simple magnificence of this giant old deer. We wondered just how many years this guy has ducked hunters and staved off starvation. What a life he must have lived.

It was quite the adventure and I am glad for it. I am also thankful to the deer for filling the freezer on a fine fall day.

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Old 10-02-2013, 09:06 PM   #14
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Awesome!!! What a funky rack. Those super close encounters don't happen very often. Congrats!!
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:07 PM   #15
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Congrats great buck.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:50 PM   #16
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Must have taken your breath away when he popped into view, Awesome hunt...
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:56 PM   #17
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Your heart must have been pounding when he came into view, with that and dragging 245 lbs out of the woods , you won't need a medical stress test for a while. Awesome buck.

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Old 10-03-2013, 08:29 AM   #18
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Great report, got my hunting blood flowing, thanks!
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:52 AM   #19
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Nice Bag.....!!! being its been 75-80F this week I'll say its warm but deer still move.. I've already seen a scrape open up.....
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:10 AM   #20
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Nice, huge body!! Cool rack. He was a fighter probably. Good start to the season and meat for the grillin.
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