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Old 10-23-2016, 09:40 PM   #1
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Guys, I thought I would start a thread for yall to tag along as I hunt a deer I call "Lopside". Got the idea from Lepperson (Lance), and thought it was so cool! Anyway, mine wont be near as cool, so bear with me I am terrible at posting pics, don't know how to do "live" feeds while I'm actually in the woods hunting, and don't have service where I'm at anyway. So, I will take "follow-along" pics on each hunt, and post them afterwards asap. Hope this works out, so don't be too hard on me! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 10-23-2016, 09:42 PM   #2
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This would be him... Ol Lopside
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Old 10-23-2016, 09:45 PM   #3
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This is him in 2014... Right side always been a little off/smaller than left, but as you can see from the 2016 pic above, he's evened out purty good.
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Old 10-23-2016, 09:54 PM   #4
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In. Good luck !
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:07 PM   #5
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Good luck Rusty! That is an awesome looking buck, and I hope you get a crack at him!

And your pics are right side up!!!!!

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Old 10-23-2016, 10:20 PM   #6
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Don't count your chickens yet Bisch!! Still lotsa time left for me to jack up MULTIPLE times! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:27 PM   #7
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Getting ready to unload the Ol Sarrells for the Friday eve hunt! (as in this past Friday, I know, I'm already behind!) Cool front has got it feeling right ! Also hunted Thursday eve when front was blowing in, saw 4 does, and had a nice 8pt making scrapes/feelin frisky. Grunted him to within 10 yds, gave him a pass. Was huntin Sand Hill, a place good to see does, bucks too, but not one of my "big buck" areas. This eve (Friday) I will be hunting the "Swamp Ladder", and yes, I do consider it one of my big buck haunts.
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:28 PM   #8
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Told ya Bisch!! Thanks for jinxing me...
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:28 PM   #9
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I like 'em wide. Good luck.
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:30 PM   #10
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Walkin in to Swamp Ladder...
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:31 PM   #11
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There she is..
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:32 PM   #12
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That's the sideways Rusty I know!!!!!

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Old 10-23-2016, 10:33 PM   #13
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He's a Beast. Good Luck
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:33 PM   #14
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Got er knocked and ready, this would be lookin WNW, you can see the edge of the natural spring in the pic. Always running, clean/cool, and its bout 20 yds to my west. They travel this a lot...
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:34 PM   #15
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lookin north...
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:35 PM   #16
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lookin east...
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:36 PM   #17
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lookin south...
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:37 PM   #18
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just thought this arrow pic looked cool...
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:38 PM   #19
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How do you guys in east Tx get those trees to grow sideways like that???

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Old 10-23-2016, 10:46 PM   #20
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Had some does working in from behind (south) at a little before 5:00, then they headed west to Sand Hill, guess I did decent on scent control. Bout 5:40 kept hearing somethin south of me, up the spring you can see in the "lookin south" pic. It is ULTRA thick in that direction, kept hearing it, finally saw the top of a sapling, through all the thick stuff, whipping back and forth. Think automatically; buck making a rub! Sure nuff, here in a min, I make out this guy working up the creek. Gave him a couple of bars of the "Grunt Tube Promenade", and here he comes, thrashing trees along the way. Once I figured out who he was, (Curly, buck I know), I quit callin to him, and just enjoyed the show. He ended up coming within 15 yds, stared around for the challenger, and moved on. Never gets old!!
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:48 PM   #21
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Pic of Curly in velvet... Named that cuz he has a good up-curl on the end of his beams...
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Old 10-23-2016, 11:01 PM   #22
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Well, it took Curly awhile to work his way out of sight, even with it as thick as it is in here. He just knew he heard another buck dadgummit! Fast forward bout an hour, getting to that magic time we all know, and I hear something from the same direction as earlier with Curly. Finally see what "it" is, big mature buck with some real "freaky" horns. He came in same way as Curly, but when he got almost due west of me along creek, he turned ENE, and walked by me within 12 yds. He was big bodied, heavy-horned, but really messed up. But, COOL!! After he left, I kinda wished I would have shot him, cuz I have a real soft spot for unique horns like that! it was too dark for phone pics, but here are trail cam pics of him at the "Community Scrape Cam". I put a camera on here every year, bout the 3rd week of October, cuz ALL the bucks will end up visiting it at one time or another. My huntin area, and deer, are not very patternable, so my use of cameras is just for "cool pics", and inventory. I don't know how many times I can "pass" this deer wainting on Lopside, cuz trust me, he is waaay more impressive in person!
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Old 10-23-2016, 11:10 PM   #23
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Ill be following....good luck sealing the deal on "ol lopside"!

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Old 10-23-2016, 11:11 PM   #24
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This morn I'm hunting Hardwood Hill, the only spot I have actually laid eyes on Lopside (last year mid Nov.) If I look through the thick stuff, I can see the "Community Scrape", its probably bout 75 yds ENE of me. Nice cool morn, 47*, good morn to be after em! All was quiet until bout 8:15, and I can hear somethin walking through the leaves...
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Old 10-23-2016, 11:13 PM   #25
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It would be hard to pass that fella
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Old 10-23-2016, 11:18 PM   #26
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Had a small 8pt, and this nice 8 come right by me at less than 10 yds, and work there way by me headed south, turn west, and cut across swamp. As the crow flies, Hardwood Hill stand is almost due east of Swamp Ladder stand I hunted Friday eve. One is on the west side of swamp, the other on the east side. Swamp Ladder is along spring with a lot of cedar, oaks, and birch trees. Hardwood Hill is on a rise that is almost all oaks and hickory, with some cedar. One of which is a big cedar that the Community Scrape is under. They will have several scrapes under this tree all year, every year.
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Old 10-23-2016, 11:19 PM   #27
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Good luck!!! Keep us posted, he looks a lot like the northeast Texas buck I'm after same right side has always been weak but it caught up lol
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Old 10-23-2016, 11:20 PM   #28
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Mine has always had that leaning right side too
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Old 10-23-2016, 11:29 PM   #29
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Well guys, that's it for this evening, as you can see, I ain't no Epperson! I will try and do better with pictorials, and being more current So, just try and bear with me. I didn't hunt today, trying to get caught up round the house, but should be back after em tomorrow eve. (Monday) I leave for a trip to Wilbarger County thursday eve, and won't be back till Sunday eve, so maybe I'll have something to post bout that in the 2016 trad harvest! And Bisch, I have to do all the uploading on the home computer, cuz iPad won't do that. When I look at most of the pics on the home computer, they're sideways, but right side up when I view them on the iPad? Anyway, as I said, I'll try and do better! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 10-23-2016, 11:45 PM   #30
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One more thing, any of you fellers that ever want to correct any of my "sideways" pics, feel free! Its about to drive me crazy!! Last thing, BCB, that is a hoss! Like those "bent tine tips" on his rt side. Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty

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Old 10-24-2016, 12:01 AM   #31
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I'm following. It's a blast to have one deer in mind and focus on him.
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Old 10-24-2016, 05:42 AM   #32
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Hope you get him.
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Old 10-24-2016, 06:11 AM   #33
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Good luck, and I'm stealing that bow holder behind the seat idea!
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Old 10-24-2016, 07:40 AM   #34
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Good luck Rusty

Just turn your phone 90deg clockwise before taking pics, that should make it come out straight
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Old 10-24-2016, 07:50 AM   #35
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Old 10-24-2016, 08:22 AM   #36
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Which county? Thanks
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Old 10-24-2016, 08:33 AM   #37
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That is a great looking buck. I hope you get him! Good Luck Rusty
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Old 10-24-2016, 08:34 AM   #38
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good luck on putting the target buck down buddy, take care, God bless, and good hunting
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Good luck Rusty. I sure hope you get him!!
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:25 AM   #40
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Great read and best of luck with your buck. I'm a bit dizzy though after looking sideways at your pics.

Hope you get him.

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Originally Posted by spidermonkey View Post
Getting ready to unload the Ol Sarrells for the Friday eve hunt! (as in this past Friday, I know, I'm already behind!) Cool front has got it feeling right ! Also hunted Thursday eve when front was blowing in, saw 4 does, and had a nice 8pt making scrapes/feelin frisky. Grunted him to within 10 yds, gave him a pass. Was huntin Sand Hill, a place good to see does, bucks too, but not one of my "big buck" areas. This eve (Friday) I will be hunting the "Swamp Ladder", and yes, I do consider it one of my big buck haunts.
First picture in and I already have another idea from you I need to steal.

Following along Rusty... great story so far... even if we have to crane our necks to watch it unfold.
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Old 10-24-2016, 12:25 PM   #42
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Thanks guys! And BT, I will try your idea on the pics. By the way, the "Swamp Ladder" stand is one of your old ones! Scott, real easy to do the "behind the seat" bow hanger, just some old stiff wire coat hangers, and some rubber hose to protect the string. Also, I use one of those micro bungees to wrap around handle and secure to my center console, to keep it from swinging back and forth. And lastly, Lance, SUPER GLAD to hear from you brother! Not gonna be as good as yours last year, but I'll do my best! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 10-24-2016, 12:35 PM   #43
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get em Rusty!!
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Old 10-24-2016, 09:32 PM   #45
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I have to turn my phone on it's side to take the pics to get them to post right.
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:25 PM   #46
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Headed out to the North Plot, stand here is called Taj Majl (East Texas version of Taj Mahal) One thing I ought to mention, I often opt to hunt edge/peripheral type setups when its hot, or not overly prime huntin conditions. This is one of those spots, I usually see does, sometimes bucks, even good bucks, but mostly hunt it cuz its a cool spot, that is very low impact. Hardly ever do I go "deep" into the woods when its this hot, the risk of messing up one of my prime spots aint worth it. I can go to either the South Plot, Middle Plot (Sand Hill), or North Plot, and can get in, and out most every time without spooking things for future hunts. I am overly **** (like yall cant tell!) about doing my best to keep the deer from knowing I'm after them. Such as, in August when I shred, I shred single shredder wide lanes through the tall weeds, and disc them, so I can come and go as quietly to these spots as possible. Using these tricks over the years where I leave briars, saplings, and such tall, plus discing to expose the soft sand, I have MANY TIMES gotten up into my tree with deer in the plot. I could go on, and on, about all my crazy ideas, but I better quit boring ya...
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:26 PM   #47
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That's it!! I gotta fix this sideways crap somehow!!
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:29 PM   #48
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Rusty, are you loading the pics off your phone, or the computer? And if the phone, what phone do you have?

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Still following. Good luck.
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Rusty I don't know what you did but the pics are straight now

Glad to see you are getting some use out of the stand

Nothing wrong with doing everything you can to try and outsmart a deer
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