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#3028579 - 11/11/12 10:10 PM Reelfoot NWR dandy pics
tickweed
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[IMG]http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz237/tickweed/IMG_1105.jpg[/IMG OK guys, I just got time to post some pics, and several want the story. Several friends as well as myself drew Long point for this past Fri, thru Sun. We went up and scouted last weekend, finding very little sign. I did however jump a nice ten point at twenty yds.,probably a 130 class deer. After finding very little sign on our scouting trip, I decided to just try and hunt the area I had seen the buck. I knew he was staging about 200yds from a cut corn field, because the day I had jumped him, it was late in the evening. The first morning of the hunt, this past Fri.,I checked the wind and slipped into the spot an hour before daylite, knowing the deer would probably be already well back into the bottom. I was right. I never seen the first deer, and spent untill dinner in my climber. At noon ,I decided to move deeper into the bottom looking for any buck sign. After about a two hour walk, I found the biggest fresh rub I have ever seen, on a tree the size of a five gallon bucket. I also found several other decent fresh rubs, and marked the spot on my gps.
I began my walk back to my stand towards the edge of the bottom, climbed back up, and just at dark had five does come under me, but no bucks. We drove home that nite, and I was worn out. The following morning we left the house at three AM, and headed back. I decided
I was going to start in really early, take my time, and find my spot I had marked the day before near the buck sign. It was a long, tough walk in the dark, a stand, backpack, and gun on my back, trying to get through an endless stand of buck brush. Finally, after over an hour I hit more open ground and eased into my area. I found my tree,attached my Ol Man, and climbed up and waited for daylight.
As it slowly began to break day, I could hear the duck hunters on the lake calling, and then all the shooting started. It was the opening day of duck season on the lake, and it was a solid roar in the distance towards the south. About 630,
I caught movement, and the first of three big does came by, headed north, away from all the shooting on the lake. Now,I thought, if only a nice buck would follow. Fifteen minutes went by, and I happened to look to my left thru the timber, and I saw a buck walking thru a small opening, and he was going to cross a decent clearing about 60 yds in front of me. I thought he looked decent, maybe a little better than average, and I eased my rifle up on my shootin rail. The buck stopped behind a big oak, and started back walking across the opening. I decided to take him, put the crosshairs on him, and touched the trigger. He lunged foward, his rt. front shoulder flopping, and ran about thirty yds. before plowing into some small saplings. When he fell, I couldnt see him for some tall grass, but I knew he was down. I remained im my stand, knowing I had four hours before I had to meet my buddy, and wondered if maybe I should have shot the first buck I had seen. I felt like the deer was a decent eight, maybe 130 lbs, but this was a bonus deer. After an hour or so, I decided to get down and pull him at least to a spot I could keep an eye on him. As I began to walk in the direction he had fell, I couldnt see him. As I got closer, I could see the top of a rack sticking up above the grass. I thought he had fell on a log, and his head was propped up. Man, was I in for a shock. He was propped up alright, but it was his rack that was holding up his head. I couldnt believe what I was seeing. Twelve inch G3s, Hugh mass, ten points, and a hugh body. Guys, I"ve been lucky in my life, and have taken several big deer, and believe me, I think I know a mature, better than average deer when I see one. I am still puzzled on how I didnt realize how nice this deer was. I sat down, thanked God for letting me take such a great animal, and just enjoyed the rest of the morning reflecting on what had happened. Like they say, luck beats skill anytime. It took us untill late Sat. evening to get him out, but worth all the hard work. He was aged at 5 1/2, He ended up weighing 190lbs field dressed, and after a quick score of the tape he is around 155 inchs more or less gross, and has about ten inchs of deductions. A deer of a lifetime for me. Sorry fot the long post. Hope you all get a good one.


Edited by tickweed (11/11/12 10:17 PM)
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#3028597 - 11/11/12 10:28 PM Re: Reelfoot NWR dandy pics [Re: tickweed]
Cache
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What a stud! Congrats!
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#3028604 - 11/11/12 10:41 PM Re: Reelfoot NWR dandy pics [Re: ]
easy45
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Registered: 11/06/07
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Wow man, that deer is incredible , Congrats
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#3028606 - 11/11/12 10:45 PM Re: Reelfoot NWR dandy pics [Re: easy45]
cfmartin1833
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Registered: 09/26/10
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What a body.....that dude is huge!
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#3028621 - 11/11/12 11:13 PM Re: Reelfoot NWR dandy pics [Re: cfmartin1833]
TNGunhunter
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Registered: 09/29/12
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I'd be proud too...good deer and story
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#3028626 - 11/11/12 11:25 PM Re: Reelfoot NWR dandy pics [Re: TNGunhunter]
AlanH
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Registered: 12/24/11
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wow
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#3028634 - 11/11/12 11:39 PM Re: Reelfoot NWR dandy pics [Re: AlanH]
catman529
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Registered: 11/10/10
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very nice buck, congrats!
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#3028641 - 11/11/12 11:56 PM Re: Reelfoot NWR dandy pics [Re: catman529]
plinker22
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Is it legal to kill a horse with antlers in TN? \:\) \:\) \:\)

What a Beast!!! Congrats.
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#3028678 - 11/12/12 03:47 AM Re: Reelfoot NWR dandy pics [Re: plinker22]
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Mud Dauber
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Wow!
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#3028683 - 11/12/12 04:02 AM Re: Reelfoot NWR dandy pics [Re: Poser]
rastubbs
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Congrats!!!!!
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