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4 hours ago, specialist said:

I've been hitting it pretty hard since day 2.  First sit of the year my buddy Rich took one of two tri-beam bucks we have been watching. 9 pointer dressed around 168lbs.    Ive heard a bunch of deer from the stand, kicked a bunch in the dark but hadn't seen any from the stand so after a couple of weeks I too a small doe for the freezer on a Friday evening.  I hunted all day that Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, and on Wednesday I was getting to the point where I was going to head out after lunch and take a mental break.  Was talking to some friends who were telling me to keep at it, it could change any second, so I checked a cam at a stand I had been leaving alone.  there was a nice buck in the middle of the day on it.   This stand is a high ground  pinch point between a bunch of swampy areas and they love that travel corridor , there is also a bedding area surrounding it.   The wind was perfect for this stand so I decided to sit it. Around 4pm I heard an epic buck battle behind me, they were really going at it in this swamp.  I decided to try some calling, and let out a long aggressive tending grunt.  This stopped the battle immediately, everything went quiet.   I waited a couple of minutes, and threw the grunt again, this time with some bleats.   Within a few minutes I could hear one walking toward me from the swamp battle area.  I caught a good glimpse of him, and saw he was sporting a big rack, then realized it was the same buck from the camera.    He was about 90 yards behind me and crossing, so I followed his trail ahead and found my opening, ranged it at 43, and set the sight.   As he started walking , I was getting myself calm with some combat breathing.   About 15 yards from the opening the deer stops, and starts sniffing the air and looking around.  all of a sudden he turns toward me on another trail, and is coming quick.  I looked at that trail and found one opening at 23 yards, so I adjusted the sight, and he was close heading behind an oak, so I drew. As soon as he hit the opening I drilled him, he was slightly quartering too, but the shot was near perfection.  I usually stop my deer, I don't like to shoot them walking, but I didn't want to spook this one .   The deer spun around, and took off back towards where he came from.  I watched him him bounding and then doing turns before I lost sight of him in the thick swamp.   I eventually thought I heard him crash.  It was about 15 minutes till sunset and I could see my arrow, so I decided to check it.  When I got to the arrow, there was 1/3 of it there with no blood on it, or the ground.  My stomach sank, but I replayed it all in my mind and still felt confident. I decided to follow his track in the swamp mud, till I got to the high spot before the other swamp and see if I could see him down, hear him bump of find some blood. I got to the high spot, no  blood, no deer, and he hadn't bumped so I backed out to get some help.  I got my friends grandson Bruno, and another friend  Tim was coming from Cambridge where he was working.   Bruno and I got after it, in the pitch black, we got upto the last spot there were tracks and started looking for blood, as we got into the thick swamp we lost his track, and still hadn't found any blood.  We were doing small circles in the dark and after about 45 minutes, I suggested we back out and I would go in the am.  While we  were in there we used my OnX to get us back to the stand, and we went over a dry hump , down into calf deep water, over the next dry hump and into knee deep water and came up on another hump.  I was looking at the OnX when Bruno remarked I was standing in a shitload of blood, and I certainly was.   We saw the blood going toward the stand, so we turned around to follow it, but we looked first with the lantern, and sure enough he was piled up tangled in some swamp trees.    10 point and 170lb dressed.   The neighbor up the street also owns a farm 1 1/2  miles away and they had this guy on camera back around October 22nd, I shot him on the 10th of November.  The reason the arrow snapped off was the deer was walking and he pinched it, preventing a complete pass through, the broached was poking through the other side but not enough to get a good blood trail. 

 

 

 

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Very nice work.

I enjoyed reading your post. 

The specialist :th:

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Got this guy last week at 430. He was chowing acorns and with light running out I didn’t think I’d get a shot due to distance and obstructions. For whatever reason he started in my direction and stopped at 15 yards just as he caught my wind. I was able to duck down and shoot under a branch for a good double lung hit.   He went about 60 yds and crashed. 
 

The picture is terrible but he’s a good 8 point. 

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3 hours ago, WorcBoy said:

My son Colin with his first deer ! 

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Awesome Bill. Congratulations Colin.  Perfect shot placement in the pump house

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9 hours ago, specialist said:

I was very fortunate to tag out on bucks this am. Grunted this one in around 9am.  What started out as a very slow year really turned itself around

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Wow

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^^Wow is right. Deerzilla. :eek:

 

Lot of hunting activity at and near the chu yesterday. Saw some guys haul out a deer near gate 35.

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10 hours ago, bdowning said:

^^Wow is right. Deerzilla. :eek:

 

Lot of hunting activity at and near the chu yesterday. Saw some guys haul out a deer near gate 35.

Any snow out there?

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