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#3104530 - 01/01/13 02:53 PM New Year Buck
Redfred16
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Well to be honest I was close to not going out this morning. But like someone said in that thread, "A bad day in the woods is still good". So despite not seeing a deer since Thanksgiving and not seeing a buck since the opening weekend of muzzle loader season I went out and sat in the drizzle.

There were deer there right away, I saw 4 bucks, but let them walk. I could make out 2 forks and a 6 pointer, but due to the mist and fog I just didn't feel good about shooting one of those.

2 hour pass by and I see some does walk way down the creek bed, barely in sight.

Another hour goes and I am trying to get a signal on my phone to text my wife that I'm sitting for another 30 minutes and then heading home. Suddenly I hear a noise next to me. 15 yards away in a buck staring at me. We look at each other, look away, then look again to make sure neither of us is dreaming. I drop my phone and he starts to trot away. Not the full on whitetail leap. He makes it a bit down the hill, so I have to stand to see him. He begins to cross the waterfall and climb the hill I was watching. I have him in my sight, just waiting for him to go broadside and give me the shot. He begins to quarter away and I begin to check my breathing and squeezing the trigger. At that very moment its like something clicked in his head and he does the run leap thing. The rifle goes bang, and his disappears over the spur. I wasn't sure if I got him, I even figured I missed. But I decide to drop my chair, shooting stick and jacket off at the truck before I go looking for him.

Well I got him. The weird angle, has the bullet entering his back, 8" from where the ribs meet the spine, but hit no guts. Somehow it must have bounced off a rib, cause for the first time ever I found the bullet, in his trachea when I was gutting him. He ran about 40 yards and then fell about 70 to the creekbed at the bottom of the hill.


The standard solo hunting kill picture.


View #1 after the 2 hour drag out of the creek and up the hill.


View #2


The processor was nice enough to take this picture of me and my first Tennessee buck.


The bullet, Federal Premium .308, 180gr Trophy Bonded Tip.


And what could be more fitting to celebrate than a sip of this while watching the Badgers in the Rose Bowl?


I'm so glad I made the choice to hit the woods this morning. What a great way to kick off 2013 and end the 2012 deer season. He's not the biggest, but he's going to be the first of many to come I hope.


Edited by Redfred16 (01/01/13 02:55 PM)
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#3104535 - 01/01/13 02:59 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: Redfred16]
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Congrats!!
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#3104536 - 01/01/13 02:59 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: Redfred16]
cecil30-30
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Nice deer.You west tn guys don't know how good you got it.
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#3104621 - 01/01/13 03:48 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: cecil30-30]
easy45
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congrats
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#3104629 - 01/01/13 03:54 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: easy45]
300wby
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Registered: 09/12/08
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congrats
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#3104635 - 01/01/13 03:58 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: easy45]
rem270
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Registered: 11/15/02
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congrats man.

I was thinking when i was reading your story if it was your first Tn buck. Then i seen where you said it \:\)
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#3104656 - 01/01/13 04:12 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: rem270]
catman529
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Registered: 11/10/10
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Dang lucky shot, congrats on a fine buck
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#3104669 - 01/01/13 04:24 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: catman529]
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Great deer man, congratulations. \:D

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#3104686 - 01/01/13 04:42 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: RUGER]
BigPete357
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Registered: 12/01/12
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nice rack and likker
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#3104696 - 01/01/13 04:46 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: BigPete357]
ImThere
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Cool congrats
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#3104699 - 01/01/13 04:48 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: BigPete357]
Mike Belt
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Good deal and you're right...great way to bring in the new year.
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#3104712 - 01/01/13 04:58 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: ImThere]
ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER
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congrats
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#3104924 - 01/01/13 07:02 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: ImThere]
tickweed
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nice
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#3104934 - 01/01/13 07:07 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: ImThere]
hunter drew
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Congrats on a fine buck
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#3104969 - 01/01/13 07:22 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: hunter drew]
tarsalgland
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nice buck!
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#3105043 - 01/01/13 07:52 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: ImThere]
northeasthunter
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#3105062 - 01/01/13 07:59 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: Redfred16]
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...awesome start to the new year!!
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#3105063 - 01/01/13 08:00 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: ImThere]
Jim H
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How about sharingwhts in the jar:)
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#3105092 - 01/01/13 08:08 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: ImThere]
Bone Collector
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Congrats!
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#3105266 - 01/01/13 09:39 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: ImThere]
Treestand Troubadour
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congrats dude, glad it worked out the way it did
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#3105299 - 01/01/13 10:16 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: ImThere]
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Registered: 11/29/12
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congrats
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#3105535 - 01/02/13 07:21 AM Re: New Year Buck [Re: ImThere]
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#3105543 - 01/02/13 07:29 AM Re: New Year Buck [Re: REM7]
Andy S.
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Congrats on a great buck and thanks for taking the time to share with the group.
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#3105545 - 01/02/13 07:31 AM Re: New Year Buck [Re: cecil30-30]
Andy S.
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 Originally Posted By: cecil30-30
You west tn guys don't know how good you got it.
I don't follow this?? Pretty sure OP hunts middle TN, which is typically good deer hunting too.
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#3105595 - 01/02/13 08:26 AM Re: New Year Buck [Re: ImThere]
Bayou Buck
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Congrats man!
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#3105638 - 01/02/13 09:11 AM Re: New Year Buck [Re: Bayou Buck]
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Man, I am SOOOO glad you didn't take my advice and abandon your spot to go somewhere else. I'll eat crow when I have to...I was wrong! \:D

Congrats - I know what it feels like to get the "I'm skunked" feeling and not feel like going, but "good on ya" for sticking with it. The mark of a dedicated hunter to stick with it in the face of adversity \:\)

After that experience, I guess you are especially bummed to be losing access to the property. I hope something else opens up for you.
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#3105659 - 01/02/13 09:35 AM Re: New Year Buck [Re: Crosshairy]
Redfred16
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 Originally Posted By: Crosshairy
Man, I am SOOOO glad you didn't take my advice and abandon your spot to go somewhere else. I'll eat crow when I have to...I was wrong! \:D

Congrats - I know what it feels like to get the "I'm skunked" feeling and not feel like going, but "good on ya" for sticking with it. The mark of a dedicated hunter to stick with it in the face of adversity \:\)

After that experience, I guess you are especially bummed to be losing access to the property. I hope something else opens up for you.


Thanks everyone.

Yeah after finally seeing some bucks I'm disappointed to be losing access. And to imagine what it would be like with just a bit of work, food plots, minerals, lane clearing, a few more stands/blinds. Of the first 4 bucks, 2 were just young, the six may have been an 8 with broken times, but with the fog/mist it was hard to tell, and the last one had a nice body, but never got a good look at him again fog/mist and him hugging the thicket the tightest. That alone almost made me shoot him, figured that habit, might mean he was the most mature.

Also, there was so many tracks, and poop was everywhere. I had been hearing less and less early morning shots when I was out there and maybe everyone else got thier fill of venision so the deer were not feeling the other pressure, who knows deer are wierd creatures.

I do know if I was there again, I'd lag bolt some pulleys in select spots to help with creek bed drags. That was an agonizing 2 hours. I am definately feeling old today .
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#3106354 - 01/02/13 05:50 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: ImThere]
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Cool deer!
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#3106770 - 01/02/13 08:50 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: BigD_625]
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Congrats ! Like the character !
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#3107085 - 01/03/13 06:01 AM Re: New Year Buck [Re: feathersandfur2214]
mathews338
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nice buck, congrats!
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#3107106 - 01/03/13 06:27 AM Re: New Year Buck [Re: Redfred16]
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Congrats !
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#3107318 - 01/03/13 09:06 AM Re: New Year Buck [Re: ImThere]
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Very nice,congrats!
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#3108065 - 01/03/13 06:12 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: ImThere]
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Nice buck! Congratulations!
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#3108788 - 01/04/13 08:15 AM Re: New Year Buck [Re: ImThere]
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\:\)
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#3108841 - 01/04/13 08:55 AM Re: New Year Buck [Re: Redfred16]
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Congrats Fred! Dandy!
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#3109543 - 01/04/13 06:16 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: ImThere]
thick woods
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Congrats! Hope that works for me this weekend LOL
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#3110598 - 01/05/13 05:28 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: ImThere]
stryker
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Congrats.
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#3112764 - 01/07/13 03:07 PM Re: New Year Buck [Re: Bone Collector]
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Congrats!
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