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#3132763 - 01/21/13 08:42 AM One of my trail cam bucks is dead...
infoman jr.
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I have quite a history with this deer this fall. I have captured 1321 trail camera pictures this season of him, had 3 encounters within 40 yards (twice with a bow), saw him spar with another buck twice, and finally passed him up with a rifle at less than 5 yards. He was one of 4 bucks I've been keeping tabs on this year.

This is the first pic I got of him.


This was the last trail camera pic I got of him. It occurred just minutes before he gave me a final look before he would disappear for months.


Here is a video I took of him on 11/11. He obviously had does on his brain. He had cedar limbs tangled in his rack and was panting heavily as he trotted by. I never got a trail camera picture of him after that encounter. I became worried but remained optimistic that he would show back up sometime in January as they tend to do on that particular property.
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After my last hunt of the year yesterday morning, I decided to walk through a wood lot and collect one of my trail cameras. As I made my way through the thicket, I found him... just 40 yards from one of my stands.


I'm going to make a euro mount of him. I'll have lots of great memories to reflect upon from this season when I see it. I also got his jaw bone. I had a post asking you guys to guess his age. It'll be interesting to see who got it right.
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#3132778 - 01/21/13 08:55 AM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: infoman jr.]
W.Seay
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That stinks I'd say he was 3.5
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#3132784 - 01/21/13 08:59 AM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: W.Seay]
mathews338
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Registered: 11/05/09
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good looking buck, hate that you found him dead though.
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#3132785 - 01/21/13 08:59 AM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: W.Seay]
REM7
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Hate that for you, he would been a nice one
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#3132818 - 01/21/13 09:23 AM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: REM7]
easy45
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Dang
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#3132828 - 01/21/13 09:31 AM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: easy45]
Football Hunter
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 Originally Posted By: easy45
Dang
yep
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#3132850 - 01/21/13 09:55 AM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: Football Hunter]
Winchester
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Any idea what killed him?
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#3132867 - 01/21/13 10:16 AM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: Winchester]
morgancountry
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^^^^^ that's what I was wondering
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#3132872 - 01/21/13 10:22 AM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: morgancountry]
Master Chief
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Man that sucks. You did the right thing letting him walk, he woulda been a good'n
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#3132873 - 01/21/13 10:23 AM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: morgancountry]
utfan1
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bummer man
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#3132961 - 01/21/13 11:38 AM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: utfan1]
Redfred16
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That sucks.

That video is awesome, I'm not sure I wouldn't have taken the shot there.
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#3133053 - 01/21/13 12:55 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: Redfred16]
lpo1981
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well that sucks you found him dead, but at least you found him and have his rack to keep. Id say thats much better than not ever seeing him and wondering what happened or where he went. id say by those pictures he is 4.5.
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#3133087 - 01/21/13 01:37 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: Winchester]
infoman jr.
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 Originally Posted By: Winchester
Any idea what killed him?

From where I found him, he could've been shot from the road or a neighboring property. I suppose he could've been hit by a car as well. He was lying right in the middle of a trail that went through a thicket. I hadn't walked the trail since last year, but I have stands at either end of it. I started to see an abundance of coyotes shortly after I took the video, but I attributed that to another road-killed buck a couple hundred yards from where I discovered this guy.
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#3133271 - 01/21/13 04:13 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: utfan1]
BlountArrow
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My guess: no more than 4.5
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#3133333 - 01/21/13 04:54 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: BlountArrow]
Gravey
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That stinks but at least you know he's dead instead of wondering when next season comes around and you don't see him or get any pics. Will make a cool euro mount.
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#3133484 - 01/21/13 06:30 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: Gravey]
Roost 1
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3.5 at most
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#3133547 - 01/21/13 07:00 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: utfan1]
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Hate to hear that
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#3133573 - 01/21/13 07:09 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: PinchPoint]
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cool story 3.5

Edited by Deer Assassin (01/21/13 07:12 PM)
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#3133620 - 01/21/13 07:38 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: Deer Assassin]
infoman jr.
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I don't know how to read these things. Any takers?
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#3133646 - 01/21/13 07:54 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: infoman jr.]
BARhunter
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God brought him home to you for a reason. Honor the memories you have of him the most fitting way you see possible. Glad to see you found him. You've got the pics, the rack and the memories. Neat story. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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#3133671 - 01/21/13 08:06 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: BARhunter]
TNDeerGuy
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4-1/2 to 5 1/2....I'm leaning more to the 4-1/2
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#3133751 - 01/21/13 08:53 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: utfan1]
HMHunters75
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All of my trail cam bucks are dead. I killed but one of them. Happens almost every year. Discouraging!
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#3134170 - 01/22/13 09:25 AM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: BARhunter]
plinker22
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 Originally Posted By: BARhunter
God brought him home to you for a reason. Honor the memories you have of him the most fitting way you see possible. Glad to see you found him. You've got the pics, the rack and the memories. Neat story. Thanks for sharing it with us.

x2.

You could have killed him and chose not to. I would hang that Euro on my trophy wall with Pride. Glad you found him. Great story.

BTW, I admire your willpower to let him walk. You amaze me sir.

FWIW, Jaw Bone pictures need to be "Straight down" and directly from the side.


Edited by plinker22 (01/22/13 09:27 AM)
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#3134476 - 01/22/13 01:06 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: BARhunter]
RiverBuck10
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Sorry that stinks but great story!!
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#3134853 - 01/22/13 05:36 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: RiverBuck10]
bbuck14
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I think alot of happens every year more then we know of. Sorry but thanks for the story.
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#3134870 - 01/22/13 05:43 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: utfan1]
Great White Stalker
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Do the tips of his antlers fall in the middle of his nose and eyes? If so I'm going to say 3.5. If just slightly past forward of his eyes I'm going to say 2.5. If the ends line up with the end of his nose 4.5. That's my guess.
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#3134902 - 01/22/13 05:58 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: Great White Stalker]
BlountArrow
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 Originally Posted By: Great White Stalker
Do the tips of his antlers fall in the middle of his nose and eyes? If so I'm going to say 3.5. If just slightly past forward of his eyes I'm going to say 2.5. If the ends line up with the end of his nose 4.5. That's my guess.


Interesting technique
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#3134906 - 01/22/13 05:59 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: Great White Stalker]
Tony USMC
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Sorry to hear this!
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#3135064 - 01/22/13 07:20 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: infoman jr.]
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#3135123 - 01/22/13 07:41 PM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: Snake]
infoman jr.
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Let's try these...

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#3135560 - 01/23/13 06:50 AM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: infoman jr.]
Andy S.
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3.5
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#3135621 - 01/23/13 07:49 AM Re: One of my trail cam bucks is dead... [Re: Andy S.]
TN Larry
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Pictures are still a lil blurry but 3.5 at most by jawbone and trailcam pics. Hate that he is dead but at least you have some closure.
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