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#3114302 - 01/08/13 08:58 AM DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later
tellico4x4
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Opening day bow season 2010:
One of our members shoots a drop tine buck in a food plot. The hunter is self videoing his hunt and is able to review film, but the angle is bad and he can't tell exactly where he hit the buck. Three days later during daylight, the buck returns to the plot and we get another pic of him with arrow still dangling.

The deer is searched for by several people and never found. While looking for sheds and during turkey seasons (2011 & 2012)the hunter continues to search for the skeleton, but never finds it. The area is close to camp and we never see any buzzards circling. We all figure he'll never be found...

January 5, 2013
While searching for another deer, a member finds the skull of the droptine buck! It is laying on top of a pile of dirt next to a creek that is about 1/8 mile from where he was shot. Since there was no other bones laying around, we suspect that a coyote dropped the skull there.

Needless to say, we had a very happy hunter! Jawbone was still intact and buck was aged to be 3-1/2.


Randy and Droptine by Bullet Hunting Club, on Flickr


Edited by tellico4x4 (01/08/13 08:58 AM)
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#3114317 - 01/08/13 09:08 AM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: tellico4x4]
Hunter 257W
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Wow, talk about completing a story..... You were sure lucky to be able to find such a rare buck after so long!
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#3114323 - 01/08/13 09:11 AM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: Hunter 257W]
RiverBuck10
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That's a great story!!
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#3114333 - 01/08/13 09:14 AM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: RiverBuck10]
WestTn Huntin'man
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Cool surprised the rats hadn't chewed it up.
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#3114334 - 01/08/13 09:15 AM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: RiverBuck10]
SharpEyeGirl
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That's awesome!
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#3114335 - 01/08/13 09:15 AM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
catman529
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that's pretty cool!
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#3114356 - 01/08/13 09:21 AM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
tellico4x4
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 Originally Posted By: WestTn Huntin'man
Cool surprised the rats hadn't chewed it up.


One tine had a crack in it and had been slightly chewed. The rest were untouched.
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#3114373 - 01/08/13 09:32 AM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: tellico4x4]
Jarred525
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Cool story!
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#3114377 - 01/08/13 09:32 AM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: tellico4x4]
hunter drew
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Awesome. And very lucky
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#3114381 - 01/08/13 09:38 AM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: hunter drew]
Andy S.
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Awesome story, congrats to all that were involved.
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#3114461 - 01/08/13 10:37 AM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: Andy S.]
easy45
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Awesome
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#3114595 - 01/08/13 11:46 AM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: easy45]
mathews338
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nice!
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#3114892 - 01/08/13 03:23 PM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: mathews338]
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What year do you figure the buck died?
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#3114904 - 01/08/13 03:33 PM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: bowriter]
tellico4x4
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 Originally Posted By: bowriter
What year do you figure the buck died?


2010. He was shot in late September while it was still hot. We figure that infection probably got him.
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#3114951 - 01/08/13 04:15 PM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: Andy S.]
Bone Collector
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Congrats! lucky find!
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#3114980 - 01/08/13 04:49 PM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: Bone Collector]
tarsalgland
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cool!
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#3115002 - 01/08/13 05:15 PM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: Andy S.]
in the dog house!
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WOW!!! Great story! Nice buck! Congrats of your long awaited trophy!
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#3115003 - 01/08/13 05:18 PM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: Andy S.]
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I'm not sure what is more than "cool" but whatever it is that is what this is...I wouldn't mind hearing the complete/full story
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#3115021 - 01/08/13 05:39 PM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: Coach]
reloadxx
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Very cool right there
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#3115060 - 01/08/13 06:12 PM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: Andy S.]
tickweed
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Great! very lucky
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#3115217 - 01/08/13 07:42 PM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: Andy S.]
Zac
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Congrats. That's a dandy.
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#3115365 - 01/08/13 08:50 PM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: tickweed]
stryker
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That's awesome. As the old saying goes better late then never.
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#3115372 - 01/08/13 08:53 PM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: Andy S.]
ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER
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thats a awesome buck
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#3115952 - 01/09/13 09:52 AM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
REM7
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nice one
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#3116926 - 01/09/13 07:49 PM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: REM7]
Phil1979
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Awesome.
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#3118240 - 01/10/13 06:46 PM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: Phil1979]
BowGuy84
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great story...trail cam wounded pic makes it real (as in yesterday) feeling when you read it
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#3118377 - 01/10/13 08:13 PM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: Andy S.]
Jim H
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Wow!
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#3119819 - 01/11/13 08:43 PM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: Andy S.]
thick woods
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Great story.
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#3120988 - 01/12/13 07:30 PM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: Andy S.]
strshooter;)
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Glad you found him.
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#3126294 - 01/16/13 09:39 AM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: strshooter;)]
102
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Congrats on the find.
Was this a Tennessee deer?
Did he check in the deer?

Just curious?
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#3126303 - 01/16/13 09:47 AM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: Andy S.]
double browtine
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That is cool! Its amazing the rack is still in good condition and the squirrels haven't chewed it up.
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#3126391 - 01/16/13 10:51 AM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: double browtine]
ChippewaPartners
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No GREAT story ever got started by somebody eating a salad.....whoops, this story is truly an example of "WINNING"....

Congratulations to the hunter. I bet he couldn't begin to count the minutes he spent thinking about what ever happened to that buck. Nice buck.

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#3126408 - 01/16/13 10:59 AM Re: DropTine Buck Recovery - 2 Yrs Later [Re: Andy S.]
Tomahawk
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Very good story. Congrats to the hunter!
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