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#3078181 - 12/13/12 09:04 PM QDM Success in East TN
String Music
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Some of you that have followed my posts may know that the land I hunt and manage (with my father and uncle) is located in East Tennessee. We have taken some truly special deer off our property the last few years.

When my father and uncle purchased the property 13 years ago, the only deer sign we saw the entire first year was a single deer track. We didn't see the first deer until the second year.

Anyways, this year we had our first potential booner on our property. I've been following this buck since he was 2 1/2 years old. I have his sheds and hundreds of trail cam pics of him.

Unfortunately, I found out yesterday that one of the members on the lease adjoining our property killed him a week ago. As a 17 pointer, he scored 170. I'm sick over it, but this just goes to show that patience and the proper management techniques can produce great bucks even in areas where the odds are stacked against you.

He has a split G3 on the left side and a split G2 on the right side. He was 5 1/2 and it appears his left eye has been knocked out. I'd like to think the first buck I killed this year knocked his eye out, but who knows...

Here are the last pictures I have of him before he was killed (*sigh*).



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#3078303 - 12/13/12 10:32 PM Re: QDM Success in East TN [Re: String Music]
BowGirl
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Good grief what a deer.
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#3078329 - 12/13/12 11:05 PM Re: QDM Success in East TN [Re: BowGirl]
lpo1981
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Wow that's a stud!!!
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#3078540 - 12/14/12 07:29 AM Re: QDM Success in East TN [Re: lpo1981]
BSK
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Holy crap! 170 from East TN. That's a truly unique and rare buck.
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#3078557 - 12/14/12 07:40 AM Re: QDM Success in East TN [Re: BSK]
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nice buck for sure
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#3078586 - 12/14/12 07:54 AM Re: QDM Success in East TN [Re: BSK]
String Music
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Extremely rare. That's why it's incredibly difficult to swallow that someone else killed him! I feel like I lost a best friend...

Genetics played a HUGE role in his size. I could tell when he was a 3 yr old that he had potential. With our inability to provide high-quality food, we can usually tell which bucks have potential when they are younger.

This was him two years ago:



And then him last year:



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#3078624 - 12/14/12 08:18 AM Re: QDM Success in East TN [Re: String Music]
BSK
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I fully agree String Music. Rarely do I see a buck that was small for his age at 3 1/2 end up being way above average at maturity. A smaller than average 3 1/2 may turn into an average or slightly above average mature buck, but not one of the "WAY above average" mature bucks. The "way above average" mature bucks were almost always way above average 3 1/2s and even 2 1/2s.

In fact, this plays heavily in Wes' high-grading theory. We are greatly reducing the number of top-end mature bucks by killing a high percentage of the top-end 2 1/2s.
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#3078655 - 12/14/12 08:34 AM Re: QDM Success in East TN [Re: BSK]
Bayou Buck
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Sucks you didnt get a chance at him! He was definately a stud! how many acres is your family's farm?
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#3079419 - 12/14/12 03:25 PM Re: QDM Success in East TN [Re: Bayou Buck]
smstone22
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That is amazing. You certainly can produce great bucks even over here in the rough terrain, no major ag areas.
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#3079438 - 12/14/12 03:33 PM Re: QDM Success in East TN [Re: Bayou Buck]
bigtex
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 Originally Posted By: Bayou Buck
Sucks you didnt get a chance at him! He was definately a stud! how many acres is your family's farm?


A stud for sure!! I'm curious as well about how many acres you have.
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