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#3039192 - 11/18/12 05:19 PM Last Couple of Days
Mud Dauber
16 Point

Registered: 07/28/10
Posts: 12881
Loc: Tennessee

Oh man, I've had a great extended weekend of hunting. First of all, I've been very fortunate to have been extended some invitations to hunt private land of a couple of TN Deer members and have had a great season that has been way more relaxed and fun focused than my near 100% public land ventures since I started hunting.
Also, I haven't been singularly focused on a mature buck this and have enjoyed not beating my head against the wall. Furthermore, I'm going to be out of the country during the South West TN rut, so my primary goal was to fill the freezer.

Thursday night, I headed up to BuckWild's place in Madison county. Last time I was there I took a look at a ridge back in the woods and thought it was a great funnel so I set up there. Neither of us saw deer that night, but on a errand that night, we saw tons of deer in fields and even had a deer broadside Buck Wild's truck. We returned and ate stewed venison and cabbage (in venison stock) with some buttermilk cornbread.

Friday morning, I wasn't feeling it and had a hard time getting motivated. Right at shooting light, I see a buck facing me at 30 yards. Its fairly hazy out and my muzzleloader scope was a bit foggy so I couldn't not quite make him out, but he looked pretty full bodied. He stood there for a moment and then turned broadside, without thinking I took my shoot and heard him go down. An hour later, 7 does came moving through. I focused on one of the larger ones and shot her at 40 yards.

The buck turned out to be the first 2.5 year old I have killed since my first season hunting. I'm not making excuses or apologizing for that. BuckWild wasn't worried about it and neither was I. It was cool buck and he went down quick.

My doe managed to fall down a ravine:

Perfect shots, great blood, expedient deaths, and venison galore:

Friday afternoon, I drove back to Memphis, worked for a few hours and then went to a T-giving party. My plan for Saturday was to get up, hunt rifle opener in MS and then head up to a TN Deer lurker's place in Lauderdale county. Unfortunately, my ol' lady had a falt tire about 12:30 that night and I was summoned to reseolve the situation. As I went back to bed about 2 am, I nixed the Saturday morning hunt.

I slept until 9, got up, threw some groceries together for dinner and headed North with a pit stop at Andy S's favorite BBQ joint, Post Office BBQ in Atoka:

I wolfed my sandwich down, headed on North, threw a pot of my venison chili on and we headed out for a evening hunt. Last time I was there, I had scouted a great looking feature that sits on the corner of the property. It was risky being on the property line, but it looked like a great so I asked them to put a trail cam on it. As turns out, a scrappy headed 3.5 year old was using the funnel most every morning as well as some does and a 4 point. I put my rope on steps up on a tree for Sunday morning and headed over to hunt a field edge, which is something rarely, almost never do:

I didn't see any deer that night, but my buddy shot a doe. We got her loaded up and over to a processor where I saw this buck that I thought was exceptional:

On a side note. standing at a processor on opening day, something I've never really done, not a single deer brought in was gutted. I watched deer after deer pile up and none of them were gutted. I thought that was odd.

We returned, piled on some venison chili and crashed. This morning, I settled in early and waited for the sun to come up. A little after first light, I see a doe on the other side of the fence. Immediately, I see a BIG buck. I'm talking 140 inches of bone. He comes strolling through, stops broadside at 30 yards and stand still for 5 minutes. Biggest buck I've ever had a real opportunity with. Ethics....

I watched that buck for the next 20 minutes. He was standing next to the cedar tree in the pic:

He stood next to the cedar for another 20 mintes before the doe led him off. They did cross the line onto the property, but it was too thick to shot. Oh well. A couple of more bucks came through on the doe's trail including the 4 pt from the trail cam. About 8, the scrappy headed 3.5 shows up, comes right in at 20 yards and stops. Compared to the big buck I had seen, he looked like a 2.5 year old. I debated for a moment and then, without thinking, pulled the trigger. As this is my first season hunting with a rifle, this was my first rifle kill. Unfortunately, he fell over in a very deep, steep ravine with no easy way in or out.

Normally, I would have packed him out, but the other guys insisted upon helping, so we got him out with some effort.

So yeah, I'm good and loaded down with venison now, had a great weekend, drove around scenic West TN backroads, ate BBQ and venison, killed some deer, filled all of my coolers up.... you could spend a lot of money and not have that much fun.
It doesn't have to be fun to be fun.

Wild & crazy, can't be stopped. Only the strong will survive.

Keep your knife sharp and your skillet greasy.

#3039204 - 11/18/12 05:34 PM Re: Last Couple of Days [Re: Poser]
6 Point

Registered: 10/15/10
Posts: 977
Loc: To the right of the mississipp...

Excellent story and even better fun! Nothing like a full freezer. I'd just like to put one in my freezer but, I'm after a particular deer for at least 1 more week then, I'm gonna get a doe I reckon. Congrats on your great season!
#3039224 - 11/18/12 05:57 PM Re: Last Couple of Days [Re: geezer]
4 Point

Registered: 09/18/12
Posts: 152
Loc: Smith County, Tennessee

great pics and congrats on the deer
#3039248 - 11/18/12 06:19 PM Re: Last Couple of Days [Re: OnceMoreIntoTheFray]
16 Point

Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 16634
Loc: Franklin TN

Awesome story poser and good pics. Thanks for sharing
Haven't been this excited about deer season

...since last deer season

#3039277 - 11/18/12 06:46 PM Re: Last Couple of Days [Re: catman529]
4 Point

Registered: 08/22/11
Posts: 403
Loc: Morgan County

Great story, pictures, and sounds like a fun weekend hunt. I got a good chuckle out of your shirt and the dickel hat. If I actually owned property, I'd be more than happy to share with you any time.
#3039304 - 11/18/12 07:06 PM Re: Last Couple of Days [Re: catman529]
Carlos Viagra
16 Point

Registered: 11/20/04
Posts: 13819
Loc: Cumberland Plateau

content Online
Do not be slothful- for yesterday and tomorrow are thieves of today.

#3039330 - 11/18/12 07:23 PM Re: Last Couple of Days [Re: Carlos Viagra]

Registered: 11/06/07
Posts: 29402
Loc: Chester County

Work to live, Live to hunt

#3039376 - 11/18/12 07:51 PM Re: Last Couple of Days [Re: easy45]
16 Point

Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 10565
Loc: Harrogate, TN

God Bless, Carl

Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

#3039384 - 11/18/12 07:52 PM Re: Last Couple of Days [Re: encore06]
8 Point

Registered: 10/04/09
Posts: 1571
Loc: brentwood

#3039416 - 11/18/12 08:01 PM Re: Last Couple of Days [Re: northeasthunter]
6 Point

Registered: 01/05/09
Posts: 528
Loc: Dyersburg, Tn

#3039430 - 11/18/12 08:03 PM Re: Last Couple of Days [Re: northeasthunter]
8 Point

Registered: 02/04/08
Posts: 1541
Loc: Collierville, TN

Nice shooting, looks like you shot that first does head off!
#3039494 - 11/18/12 08:32 PM Re: Last Couple of Days [Re: westtntoms]
18 Point

Registered: 11/15/02
Posts: 20687
Loc: south fulton

NO1 Greater- Ky Wildcats!!

Its not what happens in life, but how you react to it that matters.

#3039504 - 11/18/12 08:37 PM Re: Last Couple of Days [Re: westtntoms]
12 Point

Registered: 12/11/10
Posts: 5749
Loc: Dallas, TX & Signal Mtn, TN

Great story. I have some college buddies that would buy your drinks if they saw you in that Dickel hat.
“The more I read and the more I listen, the more apparent it is that our society suffers from an alarming degree of public ignorance” - Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

#3039534 - 11/18/12 08:57 PM Re: Last Couple of Days [Re: rastubbs]
Bone Collector
14 Point

Registered: 09/09/09
Posts: 8976
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

Good Deal Poser. Glad you got the freezer filled up. gool looking deer too. Keep it up and you will be addicted to the big guns. nothing like shooting one with a bow, but the big guns are fun too.
Semper Fidelis!

“There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.”
General James Mattis

#3039545 - 11/18/12 09:00 PM Re: Last Couple of Days [Re: Bone Collector]
16 Point

Registered: 07/20/05
Posts: 19203
Loc: Rutherford / Wilson County Lin...

Sounds like a fun filled busy few days. Congrats!
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

#3039703 - 11/18/12 11:14 PM Re: Last Couple of Days [Re: Gravey]
4 Point

Registered: 09/24/11
Posts: 164
Loc: LaVergne, TN

Sounds fun!
#3039726 - 11/18/12 11:51 PM Re: Last Couple of Days [Re: Poser]
Bayou Buck
10 Point

Registered: 05/11/09
Posts: 2691
Loc: Spring Hill / Perry Co

Sounds like a great time!
#3039728 - 11/18/12 11:57 PM Re: Last Couple of Days [Re: rastubbs]
10 Point

Registered: 12/03/10
Posts: 4461
Loc: jonesborough, TN

Enjoyed the read and the pic's. Congrats!!!
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