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Old 11-15-2017, 07:56 PM   #1
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First Adirondack Buck

This afternoon I harvested my first ADK buck! He is not a smasher by any means but nonetheless he is a great buck. He will easily dress out to 160 lbs. Crotch horn with one side completely broke off from a fight I assume. No pics but I am working on a camera for X mas. I was watching a series of scrapes, 8 to be exact, the last scrape was the most intense and the the freshest. It reeked like a scrape should smell like I guess. So, I punched the coordinates into my GPS put a few drops of doe in estrous and made a huge loop around the area. I also found good moose sign where I was which was super cool.

Fast forward to 3:00 PM or close to it. Made it back to my coordinates and hunched down next to a big beach and decided to text my friend while I was waiting for sunset. Chatted for 5 minutes put the phone down and there he was heading towards the hot scrape! I raised my 270 and squeezed! He jumped from the hit and ran 50 and said no more. I was one mile back in from my vehicle. The longest drag to this date, not an easy task getting him to the motor vehicle but worth it guys. Clean heart shot with nothing but jelly left inside.

So, two this season and a tag for southern tier left. Good feeling inside people knowing I harvested my deer for the winter ahead. Delicious organic venison is hard to beat.
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:04 PM   #2
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Congratulations and fine hunt!
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:06 PM   #3
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Nice!
I harvested my first buck on my own last week. Had to change my routine up, he was a few minutes behind a doe. Rushed the shot out of excitement (first horns in 4 yrs), but everything from setup to the freezer I managed on my own. Grampa would be proud!
Like you said, good feeling!
That's a pretty good size buck at 160 dressed!
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Nice work guys. Jealous as all hell that I can't go back.
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:18 PM   #5
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Edb 46er,
Like I told CP, the stories we get to read from this forum will always make a day when I cant get out alittle bit more special.Congratulations on a fine adk. buck and a great story to go with it! Cant beat fresh venison!
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Oh man... it's really getting exciting. Congratulations Edb and skillzman1!

It seems like a bumper season...

I'm heading north for the next three weekends... hopefully the ice will only be forming in the bays and thin enough for the boat to break apart.
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On a side note:
Not far from where I was a 10 point 193 lb deer was taken this past Monday! The deer are moving like mad right now, plenty of other sign as well. Get out there now if you can, the next week and a half will be bumping.
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Nice work guys. Jealous as all hell that I can't go back.
Next year for you?
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Nice!
I harvested my first buck on my own last week. Had to change my routine up, he was a few minutes behind a doe. Rushed the shot out of excitement (first horns in 4 yrs), but everything from setup to the freezer I managed on my own. Grampa would be proud!
Like you said, good feeling!
That's a pretty good size buck at 160 dressed!
Congratulations on your deer!

Guesstimate on the weight, the only reason I say 160 is he was more heavy dragging then the first buck I bow killed that officially dressed at 149 lb. Just seemed harder to drag but maybe I was more tired.
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Oh man... it's really getting exciting. Congratulations Edb and skillzman1!

It seems like a bumper season...

I'm heading north for the next three weekends... hopefully the ice will only be forming in the bays and thin enough for the boat to break apart.
Time to score for you I hope!
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:24 PM   #11
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Congratulations on your first Adirondack buck Edb 46er. They are amazing creatures. Enjoyed your account of the hunt. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:30 PM   #12
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Way to go Skillzman1. Better to take a rushed shot than wait for the perfect shot and never get it off. Good job on the whole field to freezer process. It is very satisfying.
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Congratulations on your deer!

Guesstimate on the weight, the only reason I say 160 is he was more heavy dragging then the first buck I bow killed that officially dressed at 149 lb. Just seemed harder to drag but maybe I was more tired.
I can see the mile long drag adding to the effort!
I was about a mile in but my boss took mercy on me and let me use the wheeler to retrieve it....that and the heart attack 6 months ago would have meant he would have had an additional dead body on his property..lol
Now the focus turns to trying to help my sister harvest her first ever....lots of work and walking ahead!
We went out last Saturday and couldn't find anything, too windy and noisy or something.
I remember minutes before I shot thinking I'm giving up on the whole idea. Can't go like I used to and am therefore forced to hunt alone most of the time, all I ever see are tails flying....then there's a doe...then there's a buck.
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I can see the mile long drag adding to the effort!
I was about a mile in but my boss took mercy on me and let me use the wheeler to retrieve it....that and the heart attack 6 months ago would have meant he would have had an additional dead body on his property..lol
Now the focus turns to trying to help my sister harvest her first ever....lots of work and walking ahead!
We went out last Saturday and couldn't find anything, too windy and noisy or something.
I remember minutes before I shot thinking I'm giving up on the whole idea. Can't go like I used to and am therefore forced to hunt alone most of the time, all I ever see are tails flying....then there's a doe...then there's a buck.
Never give up!
When I took him to the processors we weighed him at 156 lbs. 7 lbs more heavy then my bow kill buck. Good year hunting! I had no wheeler or boss to give me mercy though, lol.
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A good alternative if you do not have ability to use a machine or have help is to bone out the buck in the woods. This is easy to do and saves a ton of wear and tear. I did it on my deer this year and it was a big time and work saver.
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Old 11-16-2017, 05:28 PM   #16
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Believe it or not I have a deer cart and didn't have it with me. I did think of quartering him and would of if I was any further in than where I was. I have a couple of game bags I have been saving for a elk hunt someday but would rather have them for elk. Pillow cases work well too I was told.
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When I took him to the processors we weighed him at 156 lbs. 7 lbs more heavy then my bow kill buck. Good year hunting! I had no wheeler or boss to give me mercy though, lol.
Wow...good guesstimate!
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A good alternative if you do not have ability to use a machine or have help is to bone out the buck in the woods. This is easy to do and saves a ton of wear and tear. I did it on my deer this year and it was a big time and work saver.
I've never seen that done, would be interesting to learn how.
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Field boning is pretty straight forward especially if you are use to butchering your own deer. If you do it the same day you get the deer you do not even have to gut the deer. Since I left mine overnight I field dressed the deer and came back in the morning with the larger frame pack, limb saw and boning knife. It went very smooth and took about an hour to get all of the meat off of the carcass. Here is a link to a nice article on it. If you google field boning there are plenty of how to videos and other articles. Saves a lot of work.

http://www.biggamehunt.net/articles/...ssing-big-game
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I did not bother with cloth meat sacks since the meat had cooled over night. I simply put the meat in large clean plastic bags until I got back to the place I was staying and got it on ice.
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