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#3392035 - 10/07/13 06:04 PM My Buddy Shot a Monster!
SAR Swimmer
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Registered: 12/08/08
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Loc: Pleasant View, TN/ Jacksonvill...

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Well, I had theis deer at 55 yds last year and chose to not take the shot(see first photo). We have nicknamed the deer "Traveler" because we get pictures of him 3 miles apart on two separate pieces of ground that we hunt. I had another encounter with him later that same week as I watched him breed a doe in a beanfield at about 70 yards.

My buddy and I both agreed that we would practice at 50 yards all Summer long and should he give us the opportunity from that distance, we would try it.

Last week, my buddy climbed a tree over the same bean field where I had both encounters last year. The deer that we call "Traveler" comes strolling out. He made a turn that would put him at his closest point of approach to my buddy in his stand.

He decided that 50 yds was as close as he was coming and opted to give it a whirl. He put one in the boiler room and the buck took off. They left him overnight just to be safe but the old monarch probably died shortly after the shot. This buck was 6 1/2 and we have all pf his sheds since he was 1 1/2. He has always been an 8 pointer and he had an enormous body as he weighed 245 lbs dressed. Kinda sad to know that he is dead but hopefully a new heavyweight moves in as the rut approaches.






Last year's sheds are not included in this pic but here are his first years of antlers


Edited by SAR Swimmer (10/07/13 06:43 PM)
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#3392039 - 10/07/13 06:09 PM Re: My Buddy Shot a Monster! [Re: SAR Swimmer]
northeasthunter
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Registered: 10/04/09
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congrats to him
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#3392040 - 10/07/13 06:10 PM Re: My Buddy Shot a Monster! [Re: SAR Swimmer]
Wes Parrish
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Registered: 06/12/02
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Loc: Knoxville-Dover-Union City, TN

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Very cool.

Just a couple things that really stand out as being often overlooked by many hunters . . . . .
 Originally Posted By: SAR Swimmer
. . . . . we get pictures of him 3 miles apart on two separate pieces of ground that we hunt. . . . . . This buck was 6 1/2 and we have all pf his sheds since he was 1 1/2. He has always been an 8 pointer.

It's my opinion that most hunters don't realize just how much "their" bucks travel around the countryside. We may be hunting a particular spot, getting pics regularly there of a particular buck, not realizing that same buck is being regularly photographed by some other hunter 3 miles away, thinking that's "his" buck, too.

The other thing is that being an 8-pt mainframe is the norm. They may develop stickers and abnormal points, but if they are a mainframe 8 at 3 1/2, likely will be a mainframe 8 at 6 1/2. Particularly cool you found all his sheds. You must have more fields than woods?

IMO, that is tremendously more a "trophy" buck than a much higher scoring 10-pt mainframe 3 1/2 having score but comparatively no mass. Your mature 8 is MASSIVE and a heck of a trophy buck in my book.

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#3392043 - 10/07/13 06:13 PM Re: My Buddy Shot a Monster! [Re: Wes Parrish]
bbuck14
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Registered: 01/01/13
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Loc: West Tn.

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Nice deer, congrats!
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#3392048 - 10/07/13 06:18 PM Re: My Buddy Shot a Monster! [Re: bbuck14]
Southern Sportsman
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Registered: 09/18/11
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You have all of his sheds ever? Love to see those pictures.
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#3392050 - 10/07/13 06:19 PM Re: My Buddy Shot a Monster! [Re: bbuck14]
Wes Parrish
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Registered: 06/12/02
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Loc: Knoxville-Dover-Union City, TN

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And is that about a 20" outside spread?
Going to look very nice on the wall.

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#3392057 - 10/07/13 06:24 PM Re: My Buddy Shot a Monster! [Re: Wes Parrish]
Mike Belt
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Registered: 03/26/99
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Great buck! Congrats!
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#3392060 - 10/07/13 06:26 PM Re: My Buddy Shot a Monster! [Re: Wes Parrish]
Vermin93
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Registered: 12/11/10
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Loc: Dallas, TX & Signal Mtn, TN

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Good gosh, what a buck. That is awesome.
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#3392063 - 10/07/13 06:28 PM Re: My Buddy Shot a Monster! [Re: Mike Belt]
in the dog house!
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Congrats to you and your buddy on a great deer!
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#3392068 - 10/07/13 06:30 PM Re: My Buddy Shot a Monster! [Re: in the dog house!]
easy45
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Registered: 11/06/07
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awesome buck
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