The Bachelor Buck party was out this evening. My dad and I have watched this buck for multiple years now and finally had an opportunity to take him. I was beginning to think I had missed the deer when we were looking for him. We walked everywhere around him looking for blood. He ended up crashing through a thicket within 10 yards of where I shot him. We did a big circle around him and we were about to back out and come back in the morning when I just happened to shine my light on him laying just a few yards from us. Not a record book buck but the fact of watching a deer year after year on camera and finally have the chance to take him makes the deer so much more special. It's made my season, now I can focus on some doe's!
My father and I had watched this buck all summer. We both had chances at him during bow season. My dad even shot him and connected with him. We trailed him for almost half a mile, finding the arrow covered in blood. We spent hours looking him but came up empty handed. It had been a little over a week since he had shot him and at 7a.m. monday morning out walks an 8 point. I wasn't sure just who this buck was since we hadn't got any pictures of a buck like him except the one my dad had shot. I took the shot and dropped him. When my dad and I went to load him he goes you shot this deer in the neck! I said there ain't no way and we looked closer and sure enough he had a pass through shot in his neck area right above the shoulder along with where I'd shot him. Turns out this was the deer my dad had shot a week or so before. The only thing we we can figure is the deer ducked the shot and nothing vital was hit. Either way it was good to know a buck didn't go to waste. It is a shame he suffered but thankfully his meat and rack didn't go to waste.
Well my dad was able to take the deer he's been after yesterday evening (12-10-11). The second rut is starting to kick in around here and around 4:30 yesterday afternoon this deer was on the move. I was set up in a long field about 600 yards from my dad and this buck stepped out to cross the field in front of me. He was about 200 yards from me and I was able to watch him for about 10 or 15 minutes before he disappeared into the woods towards my dad. I knew that it should be about 10 minutes before he walked by my dad stand. Sure enough about 10 minutes later I heard my dad shoot. It was close to 5pm then and I still had 30 minutes left to hunt but I was excited for my dad as if I had shot the deer myself so I went ahead and climbed down.
My dad had shot the deer at 20 yards with buckshot and he ran about 60 yards before collapsing. I will say this though, my dad is one lucky man. About two weeks ago this deer came in on him while he was bow hunting. The deer was at 15 yards and when my dad went to draw back the deer spooked and ran out to 25 yards. The light was getting low in the woods and my dad let him walk rather than take a shot he couldn't see well. He went back again last Saturday and saw him but he didn't have a shot. Well yesterday he went and hung a stand in a new location on the bucks trail and 5 hours later he had him on the ground. The buck was taken in Wake county.
I went out this morning to my usual tree that I like to sit at. (I've been doing a lot of ground hunting this year and I've seen more deer sitting on the ground then I did in the stand.)I got to the woods a little after 7 this morning and got settled in around 7:15. I ended up falling asleep for about half and hour. I woke up and was stretching a little and happened to look over and 25 yards away I had a buck just standing there staring at me. I didn't really have a whole lot of time to think about it except I knew he was a shooter. It was a now or never situation so I raised up and pulled the trigger. The 3inch 000 dropped him in his tracks. He actually turned out to be a buck I had seen about a week or two ago while rattling. I couldn't get him to come in any closer then 60 yards that day though. I would have to say this was one of the shortest hunts I've had in a long time.
Hows everyone been doing? Bow season is just around the corner and it's looking like there is going to be a new female bow hunter this year. Buddy of mines girlfriend got herself a bow this year! Best of luck to her!
A friend and I went fishing a bout a week or so ago at her pond and had pretty good luck. We caught several good bass, some nice crappies and a few brim. Unfortunately she actually out fished me when it came to the bass...kinda a humbling moment. She caught hers on a white and a black spinner and I was using a green and orange spinner. Here are a few of the ones caught.
This might have been discussed before but I thought it would be interesting to talk about and try to pull a collage into one post. I have seen people talk about this here and there but this way everyone can have everything together in one feed to compare to. What taxidermist do y'all use and what are the prices? Pictures of some of the finished mounts would be really cool to see too! And if you have them horror stories of mounts gone bad.
Thought it would be interesting to hear some comments on this story after reading the comments on NPR's comment board.
And for those wondering about corn I think they will be hitting your corn before long. They ate about 40 pounds last night which is getting expensive!
I've seen more one horn bucks this year than I have in years passed. All of them young but we don't usually have any broken racks or broken tined deer. Here is a new one that I have never seen before to add to the count. I had one last year that must have really messed his whole antler up because it looked to be a bad break last year and this year he only grew one horn.
I found this video while watching some hunting videos on youtube. On one hand it's funny at how ignorant some people really are but on the other hand it really is sad. So many people out there actually believe this stuff.
I got this picture of what appears to be a mink. I've been told they were around but never have seen one. What do y'all think? Or could it be a weasel?
My dad finally was able to get him a good buck this year. He hunted hard early season but never had a shot at anything except some small bucks. The past couple weeks he has been limited to just how much he could hunt. He was lucky to get one or two hunts in a week and due to his work load, and it was looking like he might not even get to hunt at all in the coming weeks.
Around 7:45 this morning my mom comes into my room and goes; your dad got a buck. Needless to say it didnt take me long to run down stairs to go and see what he had. As soon as I saw the buck I recognized him as one I had seen earlier in the season that came into some calling. I had wanted to shoot the deer then but I only had one tag and was hoping for the one I shot Thursday. That evening my dad was hunting a couple hundred yards from where I was at and I saw the deer working his way and I hoped he would get a shot at him. Well about 30 minutes after I saw him my dad shot! I thought for sure he had put him on the ground. To my disappointment he had only seen a doe and thats what he had shot. He went back to the same stand this morning he shot the doe out of and fortunately at 7:20am the buck stepped into an opening at 20 yards. My dad put 12 gauge 00 buck into him and dropped him in his tracks.
The deer is a main framed 7 pointer who would have been an 8 but the end of his main beam is broken off at his G3. Even so the deer is still a great buck and would be close to perfectly typical if it hadnt been for the broken beam. It has real good mass all the way through and good height and width. I think my dad had about given up on taking a buck this year but things turned around for him and he ended up being able close his season in a perfect way, even if he doesn't get any more time to hunt.
I finally was able to take the buck I've been after all year. I just found out last Saturday that this buck had moved his home area to another part on our property. My grandpa had seen him a few days before and Saturday afternoon while I was working I saw him cross the field at 2:30 in the afternoon. I had been seeing big scrapes in the area but had no idea the buck I was after was doing them. It didn't take much for me to figure out that I needed to change my setup.
I got up this morning at 5:20 and was running behind schedule for getting in my stand. I had my stand positioned about 20 yards into the woods on the top of the ridge line that parallels the field I was hunting. In order to get to it however, I have to cross the field I am hunting, and I knew I needed to get in early so as not to bump anything. Well my early idea didn't work out so well this morning and I headed to my stand a little after 6am. As I crossed the field I see a deer that looked like a buck run from where the scrape line I was hunting was. I figured that I had just bumped the buck I was after but there wasn't anything I could do about it then so I just continued on walking.
Finally, after what seemed like forever, I got settled in around 6:15 to 6:20ish. It wasn't long before I had several yearlings out on the field eating and cutting up. Finally they moved on off and I started doing some grunts and bleats. No more than 2 minutes after that I look up and there about 30 or 40 yards in front of me stands the deer I've been looking for and he looks like he's ready to show what he thought was another buck grunting, who was the boss. I had no more than 5 seconds to get the shot off on him though because 2 more steps he would have been out my shooting window. Everything happened so fast I don't even remember cocking my muzzle loader or even looking through the scope, but I squeezed of and put a bullet right through his heart at 6:50am. The buck ran maybe 75 to 100 yards and collapsed right next to the path in the field. It took me a good five minutes after shooting to even get excited since everything had happened so fast.
This is the best deer I've ever killed and I've been praying all season to take him. Everyone says moments like that are luck but honestly I believe it all comes down to whats meant to be and prayer. I thanks the Lord for this deer.
I just wanted to share this story with everyone. A friend of mine shot her first deer this morning. I got a text from her around 9:30 this morning say 'I SHOT A BUCK!' She was hunting with her brother in a two man ladder stand, and it was her first time ever being in a stand. She shot the deer at 15 yards with her 12 gauge using slugs in Johnston county. It's always neat when someone takes their first deer. She told me later that she is hooked now and she can't wait until next weekend to hit the woods again.
I was wondering how everyone's hunts last week went? I hunted all week and I have seen little to no movement which were only a handful of doe's yesterday day morning. The deer are hardly even hitting my corn which the week before I couldn't keep enough out. Thought it would be interesting to know if maybe I was just stinking exceptionally worse than usual or if everyone had a slow week.
Dad had a good afternoon yesterday. He didn't get in the stand til around 5pm and by 6pm he was back at the house with 3 doe's on the ground. Good eatin!
Shot my first deer with a bow this year thanks to my dad talking me into getting a bow over the summer. It might have just been a doe but I'm hooked on bow hunting now.
Shot this deer at 7:05pm yesterday in Wake County. I've only killed one other buck with my muzzle loader and this one is by far the best.
Just thought I would share this picture after I saw Dpm's photo of a buck that looked similar to this one. I had the same thought as he did, that maybe it got damaged in velvet. After seeing Dpm's pictures from multiple years though I'm beginning to think maybe not. Prob take him out if I get the chance