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    I got another one, a big buck this time about 5 minutes before the end of hunting time.





    Last edited by Andy; 11-19-2017 at 10:11 AM.

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    8 points.

    You should leave a few for Bruce, m'ok?
    Ceterum censeo, delenda est Daesh.

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    Well, since they walk right out to Andy, and he doesn't have to work much to see and find them, it's cool that he is having such success. This one walked up your driveway at Tree Stand 1 Uwe. I sat there all morning - no deer except the 4 that passed as I sat down long before first light. Could hear them eat, breathe, walk, see their silhouettes but could not take such a shot. Could see nothing but black in the scope. But then, I was sleepy so maybe my eyes were still closed?

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    Yep, 8 pointer with some signs of damage on the main beams presumably from battling other bucks.



    I measured the rack this morning at 15 inches. A bit smaller than the 16.5 rack on the 10 pointer above the camp dining table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    I measured the rack this morning at 15 inches. A bit smaller than the 16.5 rack on the 10 pointer above the camp dining table.
    Have ya told Megan yet that this one is going to be overlooking her dining table?
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    I removed the antlers and will be doing a mount kinda like the one in my office. Probably also in my office rather than at home.

    Bruce and I just dropped the buck off at the butcher looking very much like a side of beef and it weighed 98 lb, figure 150 lb when it was walking around yesterday. Definitely the biggest buck I have ever seen while hunting.

    I paced off the distance at the tree stand it couldn't be more than 15 yards.

    A is for Andy and D is for Deer:



    I think the bullet actually impacted an inch or so lower than I aimed due to parallax between the bore center and the center of the scope. .30-06 is more than enough firepower for a shot like that but there doesn't seem to be much of a downside to using it. The bullet went in between two ribs on the right side and broke a couple ribs exiting on the left side after going through the heart/lung. There was no damage to any usable meat and I asked for neck roast, shoulder roasts, backstrap, and the rest as ground mixed with beef fat.
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    ^^^ Neat. Assuming it dropped where you shot it, no dragging it up the hill was needed (unlike the doe on Friday).
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    The buck walked/ran about 50 yards behind me and to my right. I was afraid he had bolted down the hill over the barbed wire where I would need to contend with an agitated farmer and/or cow to retrieve him. It turns out, there was a very obvious blood trail that I was able to follow to find him, still on your property.

    From where I found him, Bruce and I had to drag him 20 yards or so up the hill through thorns to get to your driveway where Bruce had the Tiguan waiting. So far, all three deer I have ever shot, have disappeared from view shortly after being shot, only to have me find them dead not too far away.

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    Final deer camp update for now ... Bruce and I are done hunting and I will be heading back home tomorrow morning. The butcher shop has the doe and the buck and should take 2-3 weeks to process. I'm splitting the venison with Bruce since I certainly couldn't have done it without him (and he'd probably insist on the same if our roles were reversed). From both deer, I removed the inside tenderloins (also called the inner loin) which are very tender and delicious muscles inside the ribcage, with a form pretty much like small pork tenderloins. Bruce is going home with some and I'm bringing some up to a friend's for Thanksgiving. Thanks to Uwe for letting us hunt his land and for the hospitality of his totally-not-roughing-it camp experience.

    Lesson for next year ... sharpen my knife. I had to borrow Bruce's.

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    Send it to Buck.. while it will cost a few bucks, it will help with the next bucks!

    Was a great hunting trip. 25+ deer interactions for me.. seeing their butts as I jumped them, pushing them around, having muzzleloader rifle fails, learning the problems with these..., but, I unfortunately did not enjoy the luck Andy had. Some would be bummed by the lack of luck. Others will say it is a lack of skill and it may be. Me, I say, the trip has been awesome. I am not disappointed. Each time I go to the woods, I learn. That is fun!

    Taking a day to relax, clean up "camp", and then drive home tomorrow. Back to grind on Wednesday.

    To Uwe and Linda, thank you for the use of your home, your property, but most important, you hospitality and kindness. Ross Mountain is an awesome asset! May you enjoy many hours in these woods for years to come!

    To Andy, thanks for the camaraderie. I hope you had a blast too!
    Last edited by Bruce; 11-20-2017 at 09:10 AM. Reason: some words needed clarification...

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