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#3044975 - 11/22/12 02:19 PM Twas the day before Thanksgiving . . .
Southern Sportsman
8 Point

Registered: 09/18/11
Posts: 1129
Loc: West TN

Got to take my Thanksgiving holiday a little early this year, so I headed to our farm Tuesday afternoon. I've had a couple of people ask me for deer to eat, so I tried to oblige them . . .

With my obligatory doe kills out of the way, I decided to head to a different piece of property the next morning where we had some good deer on trail cams. I decided to hunt a new stand I've never hunted, and had deer moving at first light. Around 7:00, I had two does come through the woods in front of me and then a buck appeared behind them. One quick look with binoculars and I knew he was a shooter, but he had already gotten into thick woods so I watched him through my scope as he walked away never giving me a clear shot. A few minutes later ,as I cussed myself for not getting my gun up immediately when I saw him, I looked up to see him 200 yards to my right in a logging road, but walking straight away and out of sight. Another few minutes passed and I saw 2 does run across the logging road near where I had last seen the buck, and to my delight, he was right behind them, but he never stopped to give me a shot. At this point I though he was gone for sure, but moments later I heard deer running towards me. Two does appeared in the logging road right in front of me, both visibly tired and panting. They stood for just a second and then they were off again. I assume they were trying to lose the buck, and they picked the right path to do just that because seconds later he entered the logging road 40 yards away. Best deer hunt I've ever had, and my personal best buck.

Edited by Southern Sportsman (11/22/12 02:29 PM)

#3044982 - 11/22/12 02:27 PM Re: Twas the day before Thanksgiving . . . [Re: Southern Sportsman]

Registered: 07/03/06
Posts: 29042
Loc: signal mountain

Nice. Congrats.
Any day above ground is a good day.

Why do I carry a gun? Because cops weigh too much to carry and are difficult to conceal.


#3044988 - 11/22/12 02:31 PM Re: Twas the day before Thanksgiving . . . [Re: strutandrut]
6 Point

Registered: 01/20/12
Posts: 674
Loc: Dickson, TN

Great story and awesome buck... Love the character!
#3045062 - 11/22/12 03:41 PM Re: Twas the day before Thanksgiving . . . [Re: lpo1981]
Treestand Troubadour
4 Point

Registered: 11/11/11
Posts: 382
Loc: Carter County

makes it even better when he walks away 2 or 3 times and you think youve lost him, happens to me a lot except my deer never come back
And there she was.... corndog in one hand, budweiser in the other. it was perfect

#3045074 - 11/22/12 03:53 PM Re: Twas the day before Thanksgiving . . . [Re: Treestand Troubadour]
mountain man 71
10 Point

Registered: 10/08/09
Posts: 2683
Loc: Talbott Tn.

congrats nice buck
#3045078 - 11/22/12 03:58 PM Re: Twas the day before Thanksgiving . . . [Re: mountain man 71]
Andy S.
TnDeer Old Timer
14 Point

Registered: 07/26/99
Posts: 8090
Loc: Atoka, TN

Congrats on a great buck and thanks for sharing your awesome story.
Andy S.

If I had saved all the money I spent on hunting, I'd spend it on hunting.

#3045090 - 11/22/12 04:13 PM Re: Twas the day before Thanksgiving . . . [Re: Andy S.]
8 Point

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 1656
Loc: Maryville, TN

#3045118 - 11/22/12 05:03 PM Re: Twas the day before Thanksgiving . . . [Re: Nhill]
Bone Collector
14 Point

Registered: 09/09/09
Posts: 9646
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

Thats a great buck Congrats!
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

#3045177 - 11/22/12 05:55 PM Re: Twas the day before Thanksgiving . . . [Re: Bone Collector]
4 Point

Registered: 11/07/12
Posts: 344
Loc: coffee county, tn

way to go and awesome story
#3045260 - 11/22/12 07:34 PM Re: Twas the day before Thanksgiving . . . [Re: buttercup&daisy]
Dagger Buck

Registered: 11/16/12
Posts: 20
Loc: Madison County

Great Buck..congrats!
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