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Old 12-10-2017, 09:29 AM   #1
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I meant to share this last week but got busy at work after being off for two weeks. Let me start off by saying that I broke out the smokepole for this hunt. After Harvey, I haven't had the time to practice like I normally would. So I decided it best to leave the bow behind. I had been seeing a large buck for a few days in a row but I never could tell exactly how big he was. He was always in the cedars and judging him through the trees isn't very easy but I could tell he was nice. I decided to throw some alfalfa out by the feeder and see if I could interest him in a fine dining experience. My feeder is set up in a very small clearing of thick cedars so there is not a large area to worry about viewing. You can see movement away from the feeder but you never really know what is coming until they step out. This was my last chance hunting before returning to work and my fingers were crossed. I got to the stand late and rushed to get everything in order. I was only there a few minutes when I started seeing movement. First in was four axis does. They came in behind the feeder and to the far left. I had my rifle trained on the spot they came out of hoping the buck would accept my dinner invitation. After a long wait I saw him slowly making his way into the clearing. A few steps in, I had him in the scope and broadside. I am thinking "I got you now sucker". That's when I hear the worst sound ever, CLICK. I immediately thought the rifle must have misfired but then I remembered how late I was getting in the blind and that my dumb butt just didn't load it. I didn't mention earlier how close my blind is to the feeder but the buck informed me quickly of my mistake. This is when the stare down begins. Now I am in quite the pickle. Do I try to load the gun quickly and take advantage of every possible second knowing that thick cover is only a few steps away or do I wait him out and hope that he doesn't recognize danger and bolt? I decided that waiting would be my best option. I start to formulate a plan in my head of the next few critical moments while also cussing myself at the mistake I made. This is your typical seemed liked forever stare down but he eventually did start eating and I started the slow methodical process of loading a bullet quietly. This turned out be a harder task than I planned with deer close by and on alert. Once I closed the bolt, I placed the cross hairs on target and the plan turned into success. His mains taped out at 32-6/8" and 33-2/8" with an inside spread of 26-5/8". He even has an extra point on each side between the brow tine and main beam.
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:31 AM   #2
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Very nice
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:34 AM   #3
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Nice axis. Glad it all came together
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:35 AM   #4
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Dang nice animal. Congrats!
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:36 AM   #5
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VERY NICE!! If no one else says it, we ALL have done that. "This is perfect" click... NOOO
I thought from the first line you were hunting with a muzzle loader, that's where my mind goes with smoke pole. So obviously when you said you were considering loading there with the buck close I was interested in how you pulled it off. OBVIOUSLY not a muzzle loader. Congratulations again on a really nice Axis.
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:58 AM   #6
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Great axis.... congrats!
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Old 12-10-2017, 10:04 AM   #7
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Nice... glad it worked out for ya!


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Old 12-10-2017, 10:10 AM   #8
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Congrats.
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Old 12-10-2017, 10:11 AM   #9
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Nice.
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Old 12-10-2017, 10:23 AM   #10
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Congrats! Nice save! I like a happy ending to a good story!
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Old 12-10-2017, 10:28 AM   #11
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Alls well ends well. Congrats on a fine lookin critter!
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:13 AM   #12
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I thought from the first line you were hunting with a muzzle loader, that's where my mind goes with smoke pole. So obviously when you said you were considering loading there with the buck close I was interested in how you pulled it.
Sorry for the confusion. It was difficult enough I can't imagine pulling it off with a muzzle loader.
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:32 AM   #13
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Nice one! Congrats! Glad it worked out.
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:55 AM   #14
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Very nice...Congratulations
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Old 12-10-2017, 12:03 PM   #15
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Nice
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Old 12-10-2017, 12:19 PM   #16
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I lol at “fine dining experience “ great read and great axis!


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Old 12-10-2017, 12:53 PM   #17
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Nice axis I've had the "click" moment myself except mi e was on a big 8 he looked directly at me after the click then up and over the hill found out a week later the neighbor shot him. Glad it came together for you
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Old 12-10-2017, 12:58 PM   #18
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Nice axis I've had the "click" moment myself except mi e was on a big 8 he looked directly at me after the click then up and over the hill found out a week later the neighbor shot him. Glad it came together for you
This was my fear as well. You normally don't get a second chance on a mature animal
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Old 12-10-2017, 05:40 PM   #19
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I will admit that I have done it myself before too. Congrats on getting him on the ground. Heck of an axis !!!
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Old 12-10-2017, 05:50 PM   #20
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Been there that’s for sure! Congrats on a great axis!!


Sierracharlie out…
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Old 12-10-2017, 06:00 PM   #21
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His mains taped out at 32-6/8" and 33-2/8" with an inside spread of 26-5/8". He even has an extra point on each side between the brow tine and main beam.
Are you not supposed to reduce fractions when scoring animals?
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Old 12-10-2017, 06:33 PM   #22
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Congrats on a hoss!
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Old 12-10-2017, 06:41 PM   #23
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Nice, congrats
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Old 12-10-2017, 07:21 PM   #24
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Congrats! Gonna look great hanging on your wall
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Old 12-10-2017, 07:49 PM   #25
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This was my fear as well. You normally don't get a second chance on a mature animal
Funny how they don't hear a click from the safety but when it's a dryfire they scatter congrats on a heck of an axis
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Old 12-10-2017, 07:56 PM   #26
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Old 12-10-2017, 08:03 PM   #27
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How far away was he?


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Old 12-10-2017, 08:05 PM   #28
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Are you not supposed to reduce fractions when scoring animals?


All measurements are by the 1/8th of an inch not sure why but that is the "official" way


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Old 12-11-2017, 01:21 PM   #29
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Happened to my son yesterday morning. 40yds away and click! had to put one in the chamber while trying not to alert the 5 deer in front of us was tricky, but it all worked out just like you.
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