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Old 08-11-2017, 10:07 AM   #1
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Default Progression of an Old East Texas Buck

Just wanted to share a few pics of a buck I've had on camera since 2014... figured him for a 5.5 yr old then, and have had him on camera every year since. Thot some folks would like to see it. He's been about the most unkillable deer I've ever hunted. Until yesterday, I've only gotten one daylight pic of him since 2014. I've done everything possible to get him killed (hand corn, hunted him in his bedroom, sat daylight to dark, sprayed down, hunted the right wind....) I honestly believe some deer turn nocturnal once they reach a certain age here in East Texas and the only way to kill one, is to be at the right place at the right time when he chases a doe by you.

If he keeps coming into this setup tho in daylight hours, he's gonna be in trouble. Time will tell i guess. Meet "Stumpy"
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:11 AM   #2
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He looks good this year, I hope you smoke him down!

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Old 08-11-2017, 10:17 AM   #3
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Good luck. I love having history on a deer for; especially when you do make the shot count...that will be a "real" trophy!
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:18 AM   #4
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I had a deer on our east Texas lease we called grandpa. You could tell he was old, and just a 120" 8 point, but man I wanted that deer bad. He would come to the feeders at all hours up until the weekend before bow season would start then completely disappear until late January. None of us ever saw him in person.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:19 AM   #5
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He looks good this year, I hope you smoke him down!

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Thanks man I appreciate it. The crazy thing is, this buck has a completely different home range during the summer and winter. I own some land about 2.5 miles away on the West side of Lake Nac and around Mid October, he comes over there and stays until about March. The spot hes staying in now is on a big MLD hunting club on the East side of the lake. ( i guess when those rifles start popping he makes a beeline for my side and crosses a lake to do it)
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:21 AM   #6
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He has got some good mass this year good luck
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:24 AM   #7
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ahh the joys of east texas trophy hunting Lol !
if you don't get lucky during the rut i would hunt hard late season especially muzzle loader season the woods are settling down not a lot of hunting pressure and the old boys get hungry and hit the corn in daylight
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:30 AM   #8
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AHHHH! he is younger this year than in 2015! Ten year old stud right there. He very well may just get killable as all get out this year. we have had that happen several times when deer got really old.

Check out the age thread i posted a couple days ago.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:33 AM   #9
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Very nice, thanks for sharing. It wouldn't surprise me if Stumpy was a few years older than you've figured. Good luck getting him.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:35 AM   #10
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Heck of a deer! Good luck this year!
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:38 AM   #11
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Nice. Cool seeing the year progression.

I love the history on deer. It's by far my favorite way of hunting. I enjoy the chase when I single out a buck that I've been watching for years.
If it wasn't for history giving me a big clue....I'd be off more on most of my age guesses.

Good luck this season.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:57 AM   #12
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Very nice, thanks for sharing. It wouldn't surprise me if Stumpy was a few years older than you've figured. Good luck getting him.
Yep. I bet he is ten plus. If the recent pic was posted without history,, there would be a bunch of 4 year old guess.
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Old 08-11-2017, 11:09 AM   #13
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Yep. I bet he is ten plus. If the recent pic was posted without history,, there would be a bunch of 4 year old guess.
Kinda why I posted it. I figured there'd be alot of people underage him. I know it's hard to age one this time of year, especially on just one pic.
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Old 08-11-2017, 11:45 AM   #14
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That's pretty cool.
Seeing those pics in the woods reminds me of watching hunting shows.Sooo different from looking at 6' tall mesquites for miles!

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Old 08-11-2017, 11:51 AM   #15
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he is OLD
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:13 PM   #16
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ahh the joys of east texas trophy hunting Lol !
if you don't get lucky during the rut i would hunt hard late season especially muzzle loader season the woods are settling down not a lot of hunting pressure and the old boys get hungry and hit the corn in daylight

Been there and done that too. I went as far as hiring a mulcher to clean up a little bit of cutover for me and I ended up planting a 4 acre food plot and building a 27 paneled feed pen. (overkill I know but it's nice to have a dozen deer inside the pen and no hogs cleaning your corn pile out). I planted late October hoping he would come in a few mins early or stay a couple mins to long, but he never did. He was in there nearly every night for almost two months straight and would always show up after dark and always be gone before daylight. Even at his age last year, he was very aggressive with any buck that came in the pen and he kept a known 7 year old (close to 200 lbs) at bay from the corn pile any time he was inside the pen. He ended up breaking a left g4 and half his left main beam just past the g2.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:22 PM   #17
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Pretty sure in that first pic he's older than 5. Betcha he's 9 or 10 this year. Good luck man.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:54 PM   #18
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He's a Dinosaur for sure
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Old 08-11-2017, 11:03 PM   #19
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Is he swimming across the lake or walking around it? Curious How far would he have to travel if he walked around the lake? Nice history on this old bruiser.

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Old 08-12-2017, 07:51 AM   #20
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Very cool. Hope you get that old fart.
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:59 AM   #21
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Is he swimming across the lake or walking around it? Curious How far would he have to travel if he walked around the lake? Nice history on this old bruiser.
I'm not real sure to be honest. If I had to put money on it, I'd say hes walking around the north end of the lake between the main body of water and the highway. From one camera to the other, in a straight line it's 2.21 miles. If he's walking around the lake, it's 2.43 miles. (and you know he isn't walking a straight line around the lake, so it could be double that distance very easily.)
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:07 AM   #22
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Good luck, I hope you get him this year.
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:21 AM   #23
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Pretty sure in that first pic he's older than 5. Betcha he's 9 or 10 this year. Good luck man.
Here's a few more pics of him from 2014. And I agree with you he could possible by 9 or 10. At a minimum, he's at least 8.5 this year. I've got a lot bigger deer on camera, but nothing would tickle me more than to kill him with a bow first week of October in the spot I have the daytime pic of him from this year.

Most people would be amazed at how small of a bedding area these older bucks have once they reach a certain age too. He's literally bedding on a small hardwood knoll that's in a 15 year old pine plantation that they just thinned this past February. ( I hope it doesn't relocate somewhere else). He's got thick nasty lake bottom, 40 yards from his bed to the East, a drainage behind him to the North that's full of Swamp Chestnut Oaks "Cow Oak as my dad calls them lol", thick pine plantation to his West, and a 2 year old clearcut 75 yards to his South. His main bedding area is around 7-8 acres or so in size. He's in a position where it's virtually impossible to get right ontop of him with the way he's bedding without blowing him into the next county.
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:29 AM   #24
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I called him ten earlier. He was dang sure every bit of seven in 14. Great thread.
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:42 AM   #25
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Good luck! That deer was older than 5 in first pic IMO
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:47 PM   #26
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You think your wife will let you out of the house to hunt any this year? You can't kill him sitting on your couch...
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:19 PM   #27
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You think your wife will let you out of the house to hunt any this year? You can't kill him sitting on your couch...
Nah I doubt it. She'll prolly put her foot down after hunting just about everyday last year and the year before. Maybe I can make myself get off the couch long enough to give myself a fair chance of killing him this year.
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:26 PM   #28
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I know the feeling sir, good luck, great looking old buck
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:35 PM   #29
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AHHHH! he is younger this year than in 2015! Ten year old stud right there. He very well may just get killable as all get out this year. we have had that happen several times when deer got really old.

Check out the age thread i posted a couple days ago.
Agreed. It's crazy how some of the really old bucks show up more frequent once they get really really old. It's almost like they want to get shot. I've got a similar deer I'm after this year again.
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:42 AM   #30
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Cool buck hope you get him, is he wide enough or do you have antler restrictions?
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:36 AM   #31
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Cool buck hope you get him, is he wide enough or do you have antler restrictions?
Thanks. And I'm thinking hes over 13" but he's on a MLD place right now so there aren't antler restrictions
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:49 AM   #32
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good stuff thanks for sharing
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Old 08-13-2017, 12:02 PM   #33
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Good luck.

I took an east tx deer in 2015 after following him for 5 years. Not my biggest deer by any means but plenty history with him

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Old 08-13-2017, 12:07 PM   #34
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Definitely a cool buck! Good luck!

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Old 08-13-2017, 12:59 PM   #35
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Awesome deer. Thank you for sharing the pics. Gives you a new perspective on aging deer. Without your previous history pics I would have guessed 5+ too
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:35 PM   #36
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Nice!
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