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Old 02-05-2018, 03:36 PM   #1
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The 2017 season started off with high expectations around my place. We had a number of bucks reach maturity that we have passed for several years. After much discussion, we picked a deer for dad to hunt and I had a couple of no brainers. Every year, I try to hunt a mature deer that will score over 150 although score means little around our house. There was this GIANT eight point on camera. 7.5 years old and well known to me. I showed him to a friend and his first words were, " Theres a buck fiddy right there for sure." Buck Fiddy became his name right then and eventually shortened to "Fiddy".

Now Fiddy consumed my thoughts. I bow hunted him every time the wind was right but just never got it done although I had some great sightings and close calls. More about Fiddy in another story at another time. On the same property, I was getting pics of several other good deer including an obviously mature buck with a split main beam. I named him LowBeam. I never thought much about him as ..well... I was consumed with Fiddy.

In Late November, Fiddy just dropped off the map. A crap load of nice deer were still coming to the hand corn pen, most of which I had already passed by Christmas. LowBeam was still coming and gathered him a large group of buddies and suddenly Fiddy was back running with them! The wind wouldnt get right as regular season ran out. I made a quick call and borrowed a traditional muzzle loader from a friend.

I didnt even check cameras until a frigid front blew through and finally conditions were right. My truck showed 7 degrees on the way there. I sneaked in with no light a full two hours before day break. With zero moon, daylight came slow to the frozen woods. As it lightened, i could make out bucks in both corn pens as well as some just milling around 40yds away. Big yellow horns! Finally its legal shooting time and i can tell one is a giant 8. It had to be Fiddy even though his tines leaned in more than I remembered on Fiddy. He started walking away... i can finally barely make out the sights.... maybe I could have killed him but I didnt risk it as he strolled out.

The good news was there were still bucks everywhere as it got lighter. Three or four had left but there were still five there including LowBeam. One by one they ambled into the thicket to bed. About ten am I sneaked out with plans to be back early for the afternoon hunt. I kept thinking about how good LowBeam looked and considered whether I had done right watching him walk away.

Around 3pm,, two does came in. They barely ate a few bites when bucks started rolling in! FatForker, Lucky, Passer, HighFive, Nineball,LowBeam, etc! Man, I knew Fiddy was coming any second; after all this was his group of buddies. I saw a high horned 8 coming. It wasnt him! It was a giant 10yr old 8 I called LongBeam and have posted on here for several years. I immediately realized he was the deer I had seen that morning instead of Fiddy. Fourteen bucks came in and argued over positions in the two corn pens. Some sparred, some hooked trees. Six of them were over 6 years old. LowBeam alternated between eating corn and thrashing trees. I considered shooting him but what if Fiddy was close? Surely he was...

Around 445, LowBeam just picked his head up and walked straight away and out of sight. I was hurt. I still had the rest of the bucks there including a 40s 8 (longBeam). I decided right then that if LowBeam came back I was shooting him. A long ten to 20 minutes later, I saw him coming back. Still no Fiddy and it was after 5pm. He walked straight in and claimed a pen at 35yrds. Boom went the smoke pole.. When the smoke cleared,, he was laying right there and the rest of the bucks didnt have a clue what happened. I sat in the stand and txt a couple of friends. Finally i got out and ran the group off to look at my deer.

He aint Fiddy but Im liking him better all the time. Im glad to have him as the camera cards showed that Fiddy was MIA again and hadnt been with the group in four days. I made the right call.
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Old 02-05-2018, 03:38 PM   #2
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Great write up thanks for sharing. That is a stud in my book.
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Old 02-05-2018, 03:40 PM   #3
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Congrats on a Great buck!
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Old 02-05-2018, 03:40 PM   #4
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Very nice!
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Old 02-05-2018, 03:41 PM   #5
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Awesome buck awesome story. hard work pays off.
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Old 02-05-2018, 03:41 PM   #6
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Heck of an East Texas buck. Congrats
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Old 02-05-2018, 03:46 PM   #7
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Congrats on a stud of a deer. Thanks for sharing and taking us along for the ride.
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Old 02-05-2018, 03:48 PM   #8
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Great story and awesome buck GG! Congrats.
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Old 02-05-2018, 03:50 PM   #9
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Nice buck, congrats!!!!!
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Old 02-05-2018, 03:55 PM   #10
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That's a great buck ! Congrats !
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Old 02-05-2018, 03:56 PM   #11
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Beautiful buck! Congrats
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:03 PM   #12
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Worth the wait. Congrats Steve. Heck of a buck.
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:05 PM   #13
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Yea Steve, he might not be "fiddy", but MAN he's a whopper and a beautiful mature East Texas Monarch!! congratulations!
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:14 PM   #14
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Worth the wait. Congrats Steve. Heck of a buck.
It was a heck of a hunt watching all those old studs interact. Crazy how much they hooked trees and sparred even though they had been grouped up two weeks. I probably should have killed LongBeam instead of LowBeam as he is a known 10yrs old. LowBeam was no baby either though.
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:15 PM   #15
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Yea Steve, he might not be "fiddy", but MAN he's a whopper and a beautiful mature East Texas Monarch!! congratulations!
Fiddy is 7.5. I cant imagine how its possible but he could be bigger next year!
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:19 PM   #16
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Congratulations, Steve! great write-up, and a beautiful buck! Love seeing a new story from you, sir...here's hoping that Fiddy made it thru the season and shows back up next year better than ever
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:20 PM   #17
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Having a bunch of old warhorses in front of you is the stuff dreams are made of! Congrats on Low Beam. He is a toad for sure.
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:23 PM   #18
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Great buck Steve. Congrats
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:24 PM   #19
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Wow! Stud!


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Old 02-05-2018, 04:25 PM   #20
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Maybe have to call him Seventy Five next year
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:28 PM   #21
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Maybe have to call him Seventy Five next year
He was definately bigger than "Fiddy" this year! LOL
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:31 PM   #22
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Supercool! Congrats buddy
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:32 PM   #23
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You got any pics of "fiddy" since season closed?
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:35 PM   #24
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WOW - very nice buck!!
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:38 PM   #25
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You got any pics of "fiddy" since season closed?
Havent even gone back to pull my cameras. Of course there wont be much to see on them after those corn piles run out. Most of my home bucks shed last week though and i need to go make a shed horn hunt really bad! if i could find even one of fiddys horns to measure...
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:41 PM   #26
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Well good luck! Post up pics if you find any good sheds...
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:59 PM   #27
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Old 02-05-2018, 05:01 PM   #28
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Always a good read Steve. Congrats and thanks for sharing!
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Old 02-05-2018, 05:07 PM   #29
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Congrats. Heck of a buck!
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Old 02-05-2018, 05:12 PM   #30
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Great story and even better deer. Congrats!!!
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Old 02-05-2018, 05:14 PM   #31
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Great buck and story, thanks for sharing! Fiddy looks ancient and run down.
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Old 02-05-2018, 05:21 PM   #32
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Great buck and write up
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Old 02-05-2018, 06:35 PM   #33
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Decisions, decisions. Man what a problem to have. That's a great deer.
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Old 02-05-2018, 06:41 PM   #34
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Nice buck....That extra beam is too cool.
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Old 02-05-2018, 06:56 PM   #35
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Super buck and great story.
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:07 PM   #36
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Congrats! You are a big buck serial killer. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:10 PM   #37
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Congrats. Fiddy is one heck of an 8


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Old 02-05-2018, 07:18 PM   #38
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Awesome!


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Old 02-05-2018, 07:18 PM   #39
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Nothing wrong with that!! Congratulations!

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Old 02-05-2018, 07:42 PM   #40
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congrats on the smokepole buck!
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:56 PM   #41
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Heck yea glad you got low beam posted! Love the mass on those east Texas bruisers..

Looks like long beams on fiddy.. Plenty of room for some 7" G4's

Congrats my friend!!
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:35 PM   #42
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:43 PM   #43
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Personally I really like the buck you shot. Most likely that would have been my target. Just unique. Like something not typical, but not trashy.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:47 PM   #44
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Good looking buck thanks for the story.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:47 PM   #45
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Congrats!
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:57 PM   #46
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Awesome write up and buck!
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:00 PM   #47
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Great story and buck.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:07 PM   #48
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Great deer Steve!!
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:15 PM   #49
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Congrats!!!
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Old 02-06-2018, 02:54 AM   #50
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Heck, I like lowbeam better. Nice buck and he isnt broken up any at all. Congrats
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