11 point / 250 pounds
Sort of downhearted over flood recovery, cost and work. I didn't clear anything as usual until just a few days ago. Walk paths were impossible to get through and my tree stands overgrown and shooting holes blocked. Almost two and one half days of clearing, mowing and more ouchies than I can count from thorn trees and "wait a minute" brush.Day one to hunt Oct. 23. Never went out until the 23rd and season opened Oct 1st. Even then I didn't go out until 3:00 pm. I wasn't in the treestand 20 minutes and here comes a 6 point buck. I thought about him, but didn't shoot or didn't want to at first. He wandered around for I don't know how long and temptation set in. He was in a different shooting lane and when I drew there was all these tangles I had missed. No shot, so he walked. He moved off and that took forever when I didn't have a shot. So I went back to house and got my long handled clippers. On the way back here's this huge doe just about where the buck was. She never moved, just watched until I got off my ATV. So much for day one.Day two, Oct. 24th; Up sort of late, but not. Got in the treestand by 7:00 am. Just got a arrow nocked when a young doe walks in. She is small, maybe a early fawn because she doesn't quite have the boxy head of fawns. I let her walk. After 8:00 am everything just plain got quiet so I ended the morning. That evening didn't prove fruitful at all. Nothing but one squirrel.Day three, Oct. 25th; Up in the tree again at 7:00 am. A few minutes pass and a nice doe comes in to my far right. She stops at the edge of clearing and just looks around. I thought I'd give a go. She didn't come in. She turns straight up this gob hill left over from old coaling mining days. At the top she looks back towards my left and away from me. She watches a bit and perhaps a indication I didn't pick up on. She then drops over the hill out of sight. Meanwhile, three squirrels come out of their hole and having a blast chasing each other around the trees. Comical as all get out. And then out of the corner of my left eye there is antler there. Sort of blocked by brush I can still tell he is more than a 6 pointer. He steps out and for sure he is a shooter. Rack isn't huge, but he is big body wise. I draw, aim and fire and my arrow glances off a tiny tree limb I couldn't see. Yeah, arrow passes completely under the buck and buries in the ground. All he did was jump a bit and turn to see what went thump. I didn't think about it at the time, but I have scent tag hanging just about where he stands and that may have held him up. I edge out another arrow, careful, slow and stopping when he looks my way. I finally get the arrow nocked and get drawn. I fire and the arrow is headed for his boiler. Just as the arrow gets to him he lurches away, but the arrow strikes "home." He takes off and as soon as he is gone I get down. Ain't no waiting because I know he's hit hard. Where he stood there is blood and blood trailing him. Unbelieveable he's gone more than a I thought he would. I keep going and I'm wondering if I did get a solid hit. I keep going and I'm not feeling good. I drop over a hill and there he lays, almost 250 yards from where I shot him . I start to him and wham, a buck bedded down beside him takes off. Now, trailing my buck I ran into two sets of hoof prints in the rain soften dirt. Evidently, the other buck was his traveling companion and why he went as far as he did. The desire to stay with his companion kept him going.The fixed NAP Braxe broadhead had blew a huge hole going in and a whopper hole going out. Though the buck was lurching sideways I couldn't have hit him and more dead center. If he hadn't lurched the arrow would have been a perfect straight through the lung area. As it was the arrow hit just a bit back, catching his left lung and perhaps just a bit forward of the center of his right lung. Lung tissue was even bulging out the exist hole.He looked in super condition and fat. Once I got through admiring him I counted points. 5 on one side and 6on the other side, a fork and that gave character to his small rack.And the work began. I can't drag him! I was barely able to turn him around to head home. I pulled him for about 10 feet and said; "I got something better." I get my ATV. Wrong. My ATV won't pull him up the hill. The front came off the ground time and time again. I lean forward, out across the handle bars and the ATV still climbs up in the air, but then spins out. Two more tries and I'm changing direction. Down the hill, into the neighbors adjoining field and down along side of our property. I go easy and finally get home.Took some pics. Not a outstanding 11 pointer, but still nice. And huge is this buck. I guessed him over 200 pounds. My wife guessed him 250. Grrrrrrr. Rig out of the buck, 36 hours hanging our cooled gargage and we go to work. Boned out completely he yields 120 pounds of meat. Back straps, roasts, fry meat and 23 packages of hamburger. By most write ups you get about 50% after head, hide and bone is removed. Never is stated the amount of fat. I removed near a half a 2 1/2 gallon bucket of fat. So my wife was right.Of this pics. Pic of the exit hole side. I stand 5 foot 10 inches and pack 280 pounds.
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Still of the old times, I wash my clothing in Arm&Hammer baking soda. Double wash if I think so. All is hung out to dry, no dang dryer. Once dry I use some sort of scent eliminator as a back up. This year I used Hunter's Edge's Earth Scent Silver Formula. After my camo is dry I give it covering the Earth Scent and let dry. Once dry all goes in a plastic bag and a shot of earth scent and close the bag.
I wear complete covering, gloves and screen face make with eye opening.
Other; Some 3 years ago I started using Mrs. Doe Pee Pre-Rut doe. I'm not selling the stuff, just saying it works. I don't know how many times I've had does, fawns and bucks draw to it. Remember my Buck of Laugh Time Post?
Those white felt key shaped tags is what I use. I don't really soak them, but they wet enough you can see the color. I hang them about 14 to 18 inches off the ground. Air circulates about that height even when the air is "dead." Warm goes up and cold down thing.... Old timer told me that when I first took bow hunting at the age 12 or 13 and it just sort of stuck with me.
Here's that NAP Braxe broadhead.
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Congrats Sonny, that's a heck of a nice buck! Sounds like he'll fill a freezer for you!
2006 Rytera Bullet X 60#---2008 Moab 70#
2008/12 Firecat 60#--- 2010 Warthog 70#
2009 Warthog 70#
2010 Strother SR-71 65# & 2012 Strother Rush 65#
2012 Strother SX Rush 60# & 2011 Strother Infinity 70#
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wow, what a huge body on that thing. nice rack too.
2013 PANTERA w/ cloaked cams, PINK Meta peep, PINK/BROWN BSD strings, PINK/BROWN BowJax, Truglo Range Rover Pendulum Site, Shockwave Stabilizer
2012 Onza III w/cloaked cams, Meta peep, Truglo Micro Brite, Shockwave Stabilizer
2010 G5 Quest Primal
True-Fire Hardcore and Winn Free Flight releases
Maxima's tipped w/ RAGE broadheads (some w/ PINK fletching)
Very nice Sonny! I haven't seen a deer that big in a long time, we don't tend to grow them that big over here (black tails are small lol). Even on the east side of the state the mulies and white tails don't normally get more than 150 it seems.
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2011 Onza 3: 70#, 28.25 draw (AMO), 384 gr arrow, 288 fps
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