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Old 04-21-2017, 09:59 AM   #1
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What trophy is your proudest moment and why?

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I will never forget the day this ole boy was harvested. Not because the hunt was intense, exciting and dangerous......... Because my wife harvested it!

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Old 04-21-2017, 10:03 AM   #2
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That is an awesome pedestal.
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:08 AM   #3
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Mine is this one.
I know he's not much, but it was my first Buck...

I had been scouting this location for quite some time, and never saw a buck, only does. That being the case, I went to this spot with the intention of taking a fat old doe. The girl I had my eye on came out and presented me with a perfect shot, and not even 2 minutes later, the 9 point actually stepped over her laying on the ground, and I dropped him right beside her.
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:13 AM   #4
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Awesome story and trophy T_S.

That is my point, it's not about the biggest or even a personal harvest. Its the memory forever Ingrained (All persons involved) that truly counts.
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:17 AM   #5
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This is by far one the best experiences so far. Not only did I get to share the hunt with my Dad, but was also lucky enough to get drawn for this tag on White Sands Missile Range while living in New Mexico for a short couple years. He wasn't the biggest but the meat was great and the hunt was a blast.

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Old 04-21-2017, 10:24 AM   #6
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What trophy is your proudest moment and why?

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I will never forget the day this ole boy was harvested. Not because the hunt was intense, exciting and dangerous......... Because my wife harvested it!

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That is awesome. Animal, mount, pedestal and you wife took it.
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:27 AM   #7
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What trophy is your proudest moment and why?

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I will never forget the day this ole boy was harvested. Not because the hunt was intense, exciting and dangerous......... Because my wife harvested it!

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That's an awesome pedestal! Congrats to your wife!
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:38 AM   #8
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I can't post a photo, but my wife's and daughter's low fence trophy bucks when I was with them were "my" best trophies
My personal best was my low fence book deer in '94. Seems small now compared to the monsters I see here!
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:00 AM   #9
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Mine would be a toss up between these two...

My first mule deer...


My Wife's first mule deer....
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:02 AM   #10
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Hunting with DAD or WIFE, priceless memories!
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:06 AM   #11
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Mine would be this old East TX buck. First bow buck after 15 yrs of bowhunting and split second shot I had to get off to take him. Very exciting hunt in the last minute of daylight.
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:10 AM   #12
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Biggest Mule Deer I'm likely to ever shoot


First elk


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Old 04-21-2017, 11:11 AM   #13
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It isn't me, it is my little brother. The kid shook like a leaf, missed one deer earlier that morning, and still managed to figure it out for his first ever deer. He is one of the regulars at camp now because of this trip.


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Old 04-21-2017, 11:17 AM   #14
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Mine was this one with my Dad and it was also our last hunt together. We hunted together from Mid November till late December when he finally took this buck. At 86, it was his biggest buck he ever took in all his years of hunting and it was to be his last hunt. He passed away 2 yrs and 3 months later. I had it mounted and put in my parents home.
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:18 AM   #15
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Really proud of this ole guy I shot a few years ago. Man he sure was hard to kill, I chased after him for years! I think the money I spent trying to kill this deer I could have bought a +150" class buck somewhere.


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Old 04-21-2017, 11:20 AM   #16
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The kid's and Dad stories are the best. Thanks for sharing. I have to admit, a few of these have really touched my heart.
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:22 AM   #17
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:24 AM   #18
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I think mine would have to be this hoss. DIY hunt just me and the mountains in NM. Glassed him from a ways away, gambled and decide to make a stalk and get on the same ridge as he was. Made the trek, found him and missed an off hand 75 yard shot in the cedars. Ran my butt off and squeezed off a miraculous shot (I was breathing so heavy I couldnt keep the crosshairs on him) on him coming up the next ridge. Folded him with a between the hips shot
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:38 AM   #19
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Here is a recap I wrote(on another forum) about the hunt with my Dad back in 2012:
Let me start this post by telling you about my Dad. He is 88 yrs old and still loves to deer hunt. Just at his age it comes with limitations. We have not been able to hunt much the last 15 yrs due to my work and his health. He was forced to retire due to an accident in the oilfield that left him without use of his left arm/elbow and loss of vision. Imagine being shot in the face with a shotgun but only with gas and rust from a gas well valve that blew apart after repair. I made sure this that we would hunt this year, that we would hunt together again. It was not so much about the size of the buck or his score but more of the hunt with my Dad. I built some blinds that he could get into without having to use steps/ladders. I was disappointed in TC pic with very limited buck sightings till late Oct. Then a buck showed up that was really a nice buck. I finally was able to see this buck and then we started to hunt evening for him.
Weather turned hot and the buck moved late or at night. We did not see him. I would hunt mornings and he would show few times but no evenings. I had hunts planned for West Texas and Kansas for Mule Deer so I left for almost 3 weeks in late mid-November. My cousin brought my Dad out 3 times but they did not see much movement at all with high temps. I returned home and immediately went to get my TC and found pics of the buck up until late November then he disappeared. About the end of the first week of December a new buck showed up that was a twin of the first buck. He was a really nice 8 point with matching kickers on his G2's. I sat and looked for this buck for few days but not a glimpse of him. My Dad came and hunted a few times but we did not see the buck. TC showed an occasional visit at night every few days. The weather turned colder and he appeared one morning.
I called my Dad and told him we needed to hunt that afternoon. We hunted but buck was a no show. "No Show Jones" was now his name after another try. Then I sat again the next morning and he was back again. This was Saturday the 22nd. My Dad could not hunt that evening and I sat. Buck did not show but I heard a shot at 5:10 in the neighbors. My heart sank. I just new that they had killed "No Show Jones". My Dad came back out and we continued to hunt for any buck that was legal(AR county), but nothing legal showed. On Thursday morning of this week I went to hunt and he was back. I was elated to say the least. I called my Dad and we hunted that evening, but No Show lived up to his name again. I told my Dad that we needed to hunt him the next morning on Friday if he was up to it since No Show was only showing up in the mornings it seemed. He said he would call me back and tell me if he would hunt. He called back and said he was ready. We got to the blind early Friday morning and it was heavy cloud cover making it very hard to see. I put out a lot corn with the road feeder and could see deer in the slow to get light morning. No Show as a show this morning along with about 12 other bucks and does. I asked my Dad when it got a little better light if he could see well enough to shoot. He said why and probably? I said the buck was there at 90 yrds. I got him on the right buck but he looked at me and said, "I can't hold the rifle steady on him, you shoot him". My heart sank. I said no let's wait for better light and him to get closer. Well the deer moved around and he started to get closer, then a bad thing happened. 3 does started to run on a ridge angling away from us. No Show saw this and thought another buck was after them. Off he ran and my heart sank again as I thought he was gone. But he came back. I told my Dad to get ready. He came back to corn and stopped broadside at 60 yards with no other deer around. I asked my Dad could he see him good in the scope and was he steady? He said yes. I said when you are ready and comfortable kill him. Buck took a step and then stopped. He squeezed off a shot and the buck dropped in his tracks! First thing he said was, take the rifle and if he moves shoot him again! He was excited and so was I. He grabbed his binos and kept watching the buck. We talked a bit and remember old hunts together. This was a special hunt in many ways. My Dad is 88 yrs old and not sure how many more hunts we have left together. It was his biggest buck ever. He shot it with his first rifle he ever owned, a Remington 722 which he has owned for 50+ years now. It is also the first buck taken off of my new place.
Sorry but no pics of my Dad, he did not want to be all over the internet. I can't put down what he said exactly since it would be [censored].
Here is the first buck we were after and then the one he finally was able to kill the last week in December, 2012.
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:48 AM   #20
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Tossup between my best rifle deer and my best bow buck...

Rifle in 1999 long before LDPs were popular..

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My best bow deer killed this year.

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Old 04-21-2017, 11:54 AM   #21
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Our desert sheep ewe hunts, mine then hers the following year. I couldn't decide which one to post as they are both cool and unique trophies.

On my wife's hunt, our daughter was riding in my pack and I was carrying our son as they both watched my wife shoot. This was also my wife's first big game animal.
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:55 AM   #22
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My hunt wasn't as cool because I was alone....but it was cool none the less

It was almost a bow kill, but they were too bunched up while I was within bow range.
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:57 AM   #23
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Mine was this one with my Dad and it was also our last hunt together. We hunted together from Mid November till late December when he finally took this buck. At 86, it was his biggest buck he ever took in all his years of hunting and it was to be his last hunt. He passed away 2 yrs and 3 months later. I had it mounted and put in my parents home.


Wow!! What a memory. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-21-2017, 12:14 PM   #24
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My black coyote.



And my daughters first deer.






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Old 04-21-2017, 12:18 PM   #25
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First animal i ever killed with a traditional bow


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Old 04-21-2017, 12:25 PM   #26
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Here is mine prolly never top it.
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Old 04-21-2017, 12:26 PM   #27
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Ether this one


Or this one



The first one was probably a more memorable hunt because I was with my two best friends. But man it's hard to say I'm prouder of that first deer than I am of the monster i shot this year lol


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Old 04-21-2017, 12:29 PM   #28
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East Texas buck. Hunted him a full season on trails. Ended up killing him at a feeder 2 days before season closed.

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Old 04-21-2017, 12:30 PM   #29
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Not a great pic but my son's first deer.


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Old 04-21-2017, 12:42 PM   #30
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All great stories. @HIX- I have had the pleasure of guiding many kids hunting. My ritual and talks before and after the hunt is very educational and spiritual. But your picture increased my level of educating said youth from now on. I never thought of having the "New Hunter" fill out their own tag! That's a very important step! THANKS FOR SHARING.
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Old 04-21-2017, 12:43 PM   #31
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My most proud moment was when I invited my dad out to hunt on my home place. We saw deer every day and the big ones seemed to skirt us by each time. He connected on a decent younger deer the last afternoon for his very first buck EVER. He didn't care the size. It was time he got to spend hunting with me that mattered. Its something i will never forget, especially now that he is gone. Love you Pop.

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Old 04-21-2017, 12:52 PM   #32
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I killed this deer this year on family land. He is my best archery buck to date and I killed him on a place with many memories of hunts from when I was just a kid. I grew up hunting this property with my cousins. From numerous first deer to now this deer, I have had some good times with friends and family, and I hope I only get to continue it.


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Old 04-21-2017, 12:54 PM   #33
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I have a few but I'll start with my zebra
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Next would have to be my first bow buck I killed with my buddy in goldthwaite
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Then it would be every critter my dad has killed with a bow, he gets really excited about sticking something with a bow. I wish I had more pictures
But here is his latest deer he killed opening weekend last year after not being able to hunt for 4 years so he was ready to kill something. This one is was memorable because it was hell getting this one recovered
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Old 04-21-2017, 01:02 PM   #34
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First season after Ashley passed away. My brothers lease where they'd been after this old cull for a while. I watched that deer come off the ridge for 400 plus yards on a string. I swear Ashley steered that deer into that pen for me to shoot.




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Old 04-21-2017, 01:20 PM   #36
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Seems i broke the rules the OP gave

MY trophy that I'M most proud of is my very first archery buck.
My brother in law was an awesome host and invited me to take my first deer with a bow on his place.
Spotted a nice buck that was injured and has a history with and he let me harvest him. 15 yard shot, fell in sight. 8 scorable points with a goofy rack with some character.
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Cull buck, first deer killed with both of my daughters with me! They were the proudest hunters in the world that day and couldn't wait to call and tell their momma. -Proud Dad
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Old 04-21-2017, 01:42 PM   #38
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Old 04-21-2017, 01:53 PM   #39
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Probably this guy from 2013. Multiple night time pics of him for a year prior, with a few daytime shots. I physically saw him once in 2012, at flat dark, and no shot opportunity. I snuck out of work early on a Friday and hauled booty to the lease. Got in the blind and temps were in the mid-90's. Wasn't expecting much activity that day, and, 8 deer showed ; 5 does, 2 smaller bucks and this guy bringing up the rear. Hypodermic did a number on him.
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Old 04-21-2017, 01:54 PM   #40
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My youngest brothers buck at the end of the 2016 Season. He and I sat in the blind all morning while it rained and took turns waking each other up. But each time I fell asleep I'd wake up to see him dozed off. I woke him up when this 8.5+ yr old buck walked in- easily my favorite trophy.
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:02 PM   #41
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Proudest and best bow kill to date, is definitely the buck I killed this year.

I put a lot of time in the stand chasing this guy. I missed him the first opportunity I had at him, and finally was able to connect 4 days later.

It might be awhile before I can top this guy.





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Old 04-21-2017, 02:07 PM   #42
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:18 PM   #43
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:11 PM   #44
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Man some of you have posted some stud animals!

Mine is from Sept 2012

A bowhunt in the Southern Kalahari region of the Northwest Province for an African Lioness.

Ended up finding this lioness and her running mate midday on the first day of the hunt. They split and my lioness went and camped out underneath the shade of a giant Acacia tree right next to the trunk. When we got within 100 yards she started growling. WE had to get on the opposite side of the tree to have a shot. I got the shot off through a football size hole at 42 yards with her still growling and my PH telling me she is probably going to charge. Luckily the shot was perfect and she only made it 40 yards and died. A 100 grain Ramcat and 560 grain arrow did the trick! Talk about an adrenaline rush and I can relive it anytime I want because it is all on video! About a 400# cat! A lifetime of memories on this hunt.

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Old 04-21-2017, 05:12 PM   #45
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:47 PM   #46
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:58 PM   #47
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My most recent was this axis a week or so ago with the new Mathews bow. Not the biggest I've killed but any good axis buck with a bow is a plus
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Old 04-21-2017, 06:00 PM   #48
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This muley I took in New Mexico would be my most memorable . We glassed him at long range & had to cross a deep canyon & sneak through heavy brush to find him once we got over there. Actually we were on a different buck & I found that one & as I was waiting for some does to get out of the way this one stood up in the brush. As soon as he stepped clear I shot.

My bull comes real close ,because my wife was there & helped cut him up so we could pack him out & he came out while I was looking behind us. I had heard some cows. When I turned around my wife was trying to get my attention. She had seen him walk out & he was so close she couldn't say anything. Very proud of both of these ,because of the scouting & glassing to find them & then work in for a shot.





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Old 04-21-2017, 06:40 PM   #49
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It's really hard to just pick one of mine that I'm most proud of. I'm proud of each and everyone.

I can narrow it down I guess to my two favorite/unique bow bucks.

I have always wanted a big 9 point and was fortunate to kill a dream deer for me in 2015. His official P&Y score was gross 149" and net 137 5/8".
I know I'll never kill another 9pt like him.





My most unique bow buck was a deer I called "Trashy" ... 2014.
He has 14 scoreable points, an extra main beam and heavy...His lowest mass is 36 1/8".










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Old 04-21-2017, 06:42 PM   #50
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I killed this deer this year on family land. He is my best archery buck to date and I killed him on a place with many memories of hunts from when I was just a kid. I grew up hunting this property with my cousins. From numerous first deer to now this deer, I have had some good times with friends and family, and I hope I only get to continue it.
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Very cool buck, Hunter.

Congrats again....
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