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#3048955 - 11/25/12 10:46 PM My first doe... I mean buck!
tennesseejb
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I know my story won't be as exciting as many, and my deer doesn't compare to what I see many posting here, but a couple weeks ago I bought a climbing stand from Saltman here and said I'd post back when I had some success.

The story is a little long... but since it is my first deer ever I'm pretty excited. Anyway... here it goes...

Over the past year or so, I've become more and more interested in deer hunting. Many of my family in NC hunt, but my dad didn't, so I'd never really had a good opportunity to explore whether I liked it or not. I told my buddy Jesse last year that this was going to be the year, and he's put in a good bit of time helping to get me started. Over the past few months I acquired all the necessary (or in some cases, desired) accessories. I picked up a Savage Model 11 .308 rifle with a Nikon scope, a ladder stand for a spot we were going to hunt in Wayne county, a climbing stand for everything else, and all my clothes, hats, base layers (I hate being cold), knife, etc. I talked to family and went out with my uncle and cousin to sight in my rifle and absorbed as much as I could from them. And then I waited, while many friends and family went out hunting with bows and muzzle loaders, all the while sending pictures of their kills. I couldn't wait to get out to a stand, and by the looks of all the pictures I was receiving, I fully expected to go out, climb a tree, and find myself faced with the difficult decision of which deer among all of those that chose to line up in front of me, I would shoot.

So you can imagine my frustration when we took our first trip to Wayne County on opening (rifle) morning, and all I saw were a couple doe walk under the stand. Now, I should be clear here and let you know that I'm not too proud to shoot a doe for my first deer. In fact, I was fully prepared to shoot one if they crossed in front of me. But unfortunately, I found out a couple days before the hunt, that Wayne County is "Unit A" land, and I can only take a doe in mid december... and even then, only one.


We went out the next afternoon after church to the same location. I figured let's give it another try... maybe the bucks weren't "morning deer", but this time I saw nothing but squirrels. The thing about squirrels is that my ear is not trained well enough to easily tell the difference between a deer walking through the leaves, and a squirrel, pretending to be a deer walking through the leaves. I will say that it was frustrating enough that I've decided to take up squirrel hunting as well though.


So here I am O for 2, and no hunt's planned in the immediate future. Then my buddy calls and asks what I'm doing the Wed before Thanksgiving. He was hunting some land where they saw does all over the place. I knew I'd be off work around lunch, so I planned to hunt the afternoon with them. When I arrived, they told me about all the deer they passed on, and that they were putting me in a ladder stand where they saw 5 does earlier that morning. I was excited and even more so when, as my buddy is showing me where the stand is, we spook 3 does out of some nearby brush. I had one in my crosshairs, but didn't have a good shot, and even as anxious as I was, I wanted to make sure I didn't take a bad shot. The three deer disappeared down the hill and into some more brush. I climbed the stand, and sat for the rest of the afternoon without seeing another deer. When we called it around dark, the guys recounted how they had seen 20 or so deer that day... including the three we spooked, but still no luck for me.


My father in law was coming in a few days though and we plan to do some hunting with a friend of his up in Dickson, so I figured maybe I'll have some luck there. But then my buddy called back again and said they were going out Saturday morning to a farm in Rutherford County. I figured even with family in town for Thanksgiving, I could get out for a morning hunt, and be back before lunch, so I said count me in.

It's probably no surprise to say that I've started to develop an appreciation for deer hunting that was a little different than what I went in thinking. The deer don't line up for you... well, at least not yet for me. So my first deer was going to be sweet and hard earned. We headed out around 4:30 Saturday morning from his house, and he leads me to a wooden stand about 10 feet off the ground over looking a field. There were some food plots and everything I could see was within my comfortable shooting range, so I was optimistic.

Around sunrise, some turkey walk into the field, and for the next hour or so they scratch around in front of me. I figured this was a good sign. If they turkey weren't spooked by me moving around a little, then maybe I was good from a deer perspective as well. Eventually the turkeys headed back into the woods and I started to get the feeling I had missed the best opportunity to get a doe.


A little while later, I saw some turkey come back into the field, and I started scoping them. Boredom kicked in though and I figured I'd try to take a picture of the turkey, through my scope. It wasn't until after I took the third picture that I saw something larger jump the fence behind the turkey. I put the phone down quickly and there she was standing just a few yards in the woods next to the fence. She seemed to be a good size doe, so I wasted no time lining up a good shot. She turned broadside, and before I knew it... BOOM! She hopped once, ran toward me a bit, and fell. I had taken my first deer!

Now, if I was on a hunt like you see on TV, I imagine this would be the appropriate time to do some fist pumping, recap (in a whisper voice) how the hunt went down, maybe cry a little (or at least choke up) and talk about how this one is for my little girl at home... but since I'm alone in a stand, I settled for sending some texts to my buddy and family letting them know I had shot my first doe and checking her every minute or so in the scope to make sure she was still there. I told my buddy that the monkey was off my back, to which he responded that the gorilla was off his. I waited in the stand another 45 minutes or so to give my buddy and his cousin more time to hunt, and just in case more does or heck, even a buck came along. Then I got down as my buddy was pulling his truck around, and I walked anxiously over to see the result of my effort.

We noted that she was good sized, and then walked off the distance from where she fell to the fence where we found the first blood trail... about 40 yards (making the total distance for the shot about 165 yards.) Then we inspected the shot... she had been turned a little toward me, and my shot entered near her right shoulder (later confirmed to have hit heart and both lungs before exiting. A few high fives, and I laid my gun across her in preparation to take the stereotypical hunter photo pose. I grabbed her by the ear and pulled her head up only to realize that she had an antler!!! A BUCK!

My friends and I had totally missed it because she... scratch that... HE, was missing the right side of his rack, and the left side was banged up (from fighting?) and hidden in the grass where he fell. In good condition, we are guessing he would have been a 6 point.

I was super excited, and proceeded to update my friends and family via text on this surprising turn of events, and then it was time to field dress. I had viewed enough videos online that I didn't expect anything would surprise me about it, but my buddy gave me instructions along the way. Ten to fifteen minutes later (and after 4 hunting trips and about 20 hours in the stand) I'm standing there with my first field dressed buck, and needless to say I'm hooked.

We drove him to the house for the family to see. My little girl (5yo) was super excited to see my first deer, and didn't gross out when she got a little blood on her hand. We took some pictures, shared the story, and headed to the processor. Now it's just a matter of waiting a few days to enjoy the meat, and a few more before I head out again with my father in law.


Thanks to Jesse for putting in so much time helping me get my first kill. Thanks to my uncle for his help getting started, and his encouragement. And thanks to my wife for being so supportive of both my desire to hunt and with the time and money I've put into it. And thanks to you guys... I've learned a lot from reading posts here. I'm looking forward to future hunts, and can't wait to share the results.


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#3048959 - 11/25/12 10:52 PM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: tennesseejb]
WestTn Huntin'man
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Enjoyed your story keep atit, bet you're hooked now.
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#3048964 - 11/25/12 10:56 PM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: tennesseejb]
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Great story congrats on your first deer
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#3048975 - 11/25/12 11:24 PM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: fourwheeler431]
catman529
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Congrats man, and that story was worth reading. You won't forget your first, mine was just last year, also a little buck, getting a deer on the ground is awesome any day and I bet you are hooked for good now.
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#3049011 - 11/26/12 12:50 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: catman529]
stryker
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Great story... Congrats!!!
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#3049023 - 11/26/12 01:35 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: stryker]
bigtex
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Congrats on your first kill!! Good luck on all of your future hunts.
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#3049025 - 11/26/12 01:40 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: stryker]
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Congrats on deer #1 that is a great story thanks for sharing.
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#3049028 - 11/26/12 02:25 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: stryker]
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Congrats on deer #1 that is a great story thanks for sharing.
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#3049030 - 11/26/12 03:31 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: WGK]
Mike Belt
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Congrats on number 1. Nothing quite like it. Hope you have great hunting ahead of you.
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#3049039 - 11/26/12 04:08 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Mike Belt]
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Congrats! You're hooked now!
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#3049093 - 11/26/12 06:05 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: tn droptine]
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Congrats!
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#3049134 - 11/26/12 06:43 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Mike Belt]
buttercup&daisy
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way to go hope you've got many more to come
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#3049240 - 11/26/12 08:12 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Mike Belt]
JGreg
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Congrats, hope its a first of many!
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#3049261 - 11/26/12 08:24 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: JGreg]
tennesseejb
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Thanks guys... Definitely hooked. Hoping to get back out this weekend!
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#3049270 - 11/26/12 08:30 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Mike Belt]
oneidabowhunter2
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Congrats and a great story .
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#3049301 - 11/26/12 08:43 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Mike Belt]
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Great story and congrats!! Welcome to the brotherhood.
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#3049303 - 11/26/12 08:44 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Mike Belt]
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Congrats
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#3049331 - 11/26/12 08:57 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Mike Belt]
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Congrats and good story
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#3049409 - 11/26/12 09:55 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Mike Belt]
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Congrats!

Edited by Bone Collector (11/26/12 09:59 AM)
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#3049414 - 11/26/12 09:58 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Mike Belt]
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congrats but if your gonna get hooked at it, you gotta try and down one with a bow,its ten times more action and less chance for error,cause typically you only get one shot,and you gotta pull and aim without getting spotted,trust me youll love it,it's alot more fun
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#3049415 - 11/26/12 09:58 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Mike Belt]
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congrats but if your gonna get hooked at it, you gotta try and down one with a bow,its ten times more action and less chance for error,cause typically you only get one shot,and you gotta pull and aim without getting spotted,trust me youll love it,it's alot more fun
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#3049436 - 11/26/12 10:20 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: ]
tennesseejb
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Yeah, I was able to talk the wife into the initial investment, including the rifle. I figure next year, I'll ease into muzzle loader, bow, or both. The toughest part was hearing all the stories from friends when I couldn't hunt. Bow is definitely on the list.
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#3049444 - 11/26/12 10:25 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: ]
waynesworld
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Congrats I got my first TN deer on opening day I thought it was a doe tell I picked up the head and had one small 3 in spike. The GW said it would be classed at an antlerless.
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#3049507 - 11/26/12 11:03 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Mike Belt]
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Nice job!!!
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#3049514 - 11/26/12 11:07 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Mike Belt]
northeasthunter
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Congrats
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#3050458 - 11/26/12 07:47 PM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Mike Belt]
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Congrats and great story ! Hope you have many memorable hunts in your future !
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#3050714 - 11/26/12 09:31 PM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: feathersandfur2214]
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Awesome ! Really enjoyed reading your story, thanks for sharing !
Congrats and best of luck on future hunts. Thats what its all about \:\)

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#3050733 - 11/26/12 09:41 PM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Mike Belt]
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Congrats on your first kill!
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#3052770 - 11/28/12 06:53 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: AllOutdoors]
Jackman
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Congrats
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#3053874 - 11/28/12 07:02 PM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: BigD_625]
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#3054898 - 11/29/12 10:59 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Mike Belt]
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Congrats!
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#3054915 - 11/29/12 11:10 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Winchester]
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Congrats and Wayne co is unit L.....3 does a day... ;\)
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#3054968 - 11/29/12 11:50 AM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Mike Belt]
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great story and congrats
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#3055624 - 11/29/12 06:20 PM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: jeff034fun]
tickweed
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congrats
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#3055884 - 11/29/12 08:35 PM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: Mike Belt]
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nice!
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#3056029 - 11/29/12 09:51 PM Re: My first doe... I mean buck! [Re: tennesseejb]
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Cool story & congrats !
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