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Old 11-11-2017, 02:01 PM   #1
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On the morning of Thursday, November 9th I found myself 25 feet up an oak tree that I'd hunted several times a few weeks before where some good activity had taken place. To my dismay I discovered someone had stolen my trail camera. The morning hunt produced only a six point that busted me with his nose and a lone doe with no buck behind her. After getting smelled by several deer a few weeks before out of the same tree, I concluded it was time to move on to another area. Luckily, I had a camera that was 1/4 mile closer to the truck and on my walk out that morning I checked it. Two evenings before this bruiser walked through 3 minutes before legal shooting light ended and I was ready to set my sights on him:



At that moment I left my climber on the tree I was going to hunt out of that evening. I arrived back at the tree at 2:15 and was not satisfied with the tree position for the wind we were having. After an hour of clearing limbs and clanking the stand around I climbed up 20 feet and got settled in for the evening. Around 4:30 I caught some movement to my west about 120 yards away and saw him -- an absolute stud. He was simply eating acorns and making his way through the forest. A young spike was hanging around him and they both bedded down for some time. I lost sight of him for about 30 minutes or better when I suddenly saw him appear again, this time he'd cut the distance to me to about 75 yards. With sunset creeping closer I decided I needed to give him an incentive to cross a ditch and come to me. I let out a few grunts followed by a couple turns of a doe bleat can. That was all he needed to come investigate.

I was actually holding my binocs and bow on the left side of the tree and he was making his way in on the right side. Because I incidentally blocked my own view of him coming in he surprised me when I caught movement out of my peripheral on the other side of the tree. He was at 25 yards and now I'm in a slow scramble to get my knocked arrow around the tree without him seeing me. If he moved I moved, and if he stopped I stopped. He slowly moved into a shooting lane where I gave him a "mehhh" to stop him and I released the Rage Hypodermic. I did not have a lighted nock on this arrow but I did hear a loud pop when the arrow hit. I felt great about the shot and could only mutter, "Did this just really happen"? to myself over and over. I called a few buddies and climbed down to find an arrow that penetrated about 10 1/2" before it broke off. Being very confident in the shot but not being able to make visual confirmation of the hit, I decided to simply mark the first spot of blood and back out. Morning couldn't come soon enough.

I found myself back on the trail around 6:45 the next morning, and the blood confirmed my decision to back out was the right one. Very little blood to start out the trail and even when it picked up it was not the "red carpet" by any means that you'd like to see. After about 150 yards the blood started getting very thin. The last 50 yards of this blood trail were hands-and-knees type blood, but I looked up and saw the classic white belly we all want to see. Upon inspection of the buck I realized I had found his left side antler back in March which makes the story even more complete for me. It had been about 1,850 days since my last buck harvest and this guy was worth every day of the wait! Steaks on boys!

-Brandon









His shed I found back in March of this year:



His one trail camera appearance back in early October:

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Old 11-11-2017, 02:23 PM   #2
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Amazing public land deer, congrats!


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Old 11-11-2017, 02:31 PM   #3
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Awesome buck! Congrats


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Old 11-11-2017, 02:33 PM   #4
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He's a good'un! Congratulations to you and a neat background story.
Keeep on grinnin. It's well deserved.
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Old 11-11-2017, 02:37 PM   #5
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Wow!!!stud! Congrats.
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Old 11-11-2017, 03:41 PM   #6
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love the character!
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Old 11-11-2017, 03:50 PM   #7
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Dude! That's awesome. Job well done.

I keep looking at that first trail cam photo. I'm not convinced that those are the same bucks... am I crazy or what? The G2s on the harvested buck seem different..

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Old 11-11-2017, 03:56 PM   #8
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great deer and great read
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:10 PM   #9
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Awesome deer!
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:13 PM   #10
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Congrats...he’s a toad!
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:34 PM   #11
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Ok I gotta ask: is that TX public land? I mean either way that’s a helluva deer. Congratulations!
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:47 PM   #12
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Dude! That's awesome. Job well done.

I keep looking at that first trail cam photo. I'm not convinced that those are the same bucks... am I crazy or what? The G2s on the harvested buck seem different..
Yeah two different bucks. Thats a heck of a first public land buck. Ill probably never kill one like that because Im too inclined to shoot dinks. You have found a real honey hole.
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:51 PM   #13
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Great deer! Congrats on the hunt
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:53 PM   #14
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That is a real nice buck. Congrats
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:57 PM   #15
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OMG. Congrats.

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Old 11-11-2017, 04:59 PM   #16
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I thought they looked like 2 different bucks as well
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Old 11-11-2017, 05:01 PM   #17
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Really nice buck. Congrats Sir !
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Old 11-11-2017, 05:20 PM   #18
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Way to put in the work, congrats!
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Old 11-11-2017, 05:26 PM   #19
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Hellz yeah! Congrats!
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Old 11-11-2017, 05:36 PM   #20
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I should clear up that the 12 point on the trail camera photo above is not the buck I shot, but he certainly was the reason I sat where I did! So I tip my hat to that ole boy and I’ll be catching up with him next year!

Thanks everyone! Appreciate the kind words.
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Old 11-11-2017, 05:36 PM   #21
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Heck of a deer
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Old 11-11-2017, 05:39 PM   #22
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Awesome public land deer
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Old 11-11-2017, 08:44 PM   #23
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Man that's quite an accomplishment for public land! Huge congratulations on your trophy.
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Old 11-11-2017, 08:47 PM   #24
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Nice buck man! Congrats!
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Old 11-11-2017, 08:50 PM   #25
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Congrats ! Great buck !!!
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Old 11-11-2017, 08:59 PM   #26
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Congrats! Super nice buck!
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Old 11-11-2017, 09:03 PM   #27
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Great buck.. Was that on National Forest in Texas?
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Old 11-11-2017, 09:04 PM   #28
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Wow, what a buck! Congrats!
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Old 11-11-2017, 09:08 PM   #29
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Man that's a great buck.Big Congrats
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Old 11-11-2017, 11:50 PM   #30
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What a trophy congrats!

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Old 11-12-2017, 09:03 AM   #31
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I should clear up that the 12 point on the trail camera photo above is not the buck I shot, but he certainly was the reason I sat where I did! So I tip my hat to that ole boy and Iíll be catching up with him next year!

Thanks everyone! Appreciate the kind words.
That's awesome man. Something else out there to look forward to!
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Old 11-12-2017, 09:16 AM   #32
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Congrats on a Great Buck

But the one you killed looks like the last cam trail pic . But it doesn’t look to be the same Buck as the first set of pics. Either way Congrats again
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Old 11-12-2017, 09:20 AM   #33
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Awesome hunt and great buck. Even better that the first one is still out there for you next year.

I’ve gota ask....do you think you would have had an easier time with a different broadhead?
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Old 11-12-2017, 12:48 PM   #34
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HELLUVA public land buck!! Way to go! Public land brutes are remarkable achievements!
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Old 11-12-2017, 12:52 PM   #35
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Enjoyed the story, crazy public buck. Congrats sir
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Old 11-12-2017, 12:57 PM   #36
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Congrats, great buck!
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Old 11-12-2017, 07:27 PM   #37
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Outstanding buck man. Especially for public. Nice work. That first 12ver is even better. Go get that sucka next year when he's an all timer!
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:54 PM   #38
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Congrats on a trophy for sure


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Old 11-12-2017, 09:07 PM   #39
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Congrats. Hard work generally pays off!
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Old 11-12-2017, 09:13 PM   #40
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Congrats on a good one!
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Old 11-12-2017, 09:13 PM   #41
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That’s very impressive.
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Old 11-12-2017, 09:16 PM   #42
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Gosh darn that's a great deer...and on public land to boot. Good on ya,
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Old 11-12-2017, 11:19 PM   #43
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Congrats Brandon ! You earned this great buck !
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:12 AM   #44
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Congrats on a outstanding deer. Awesome story!
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:16 AM   #45
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amazing deer !
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:20 AM   #46
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Great Stuff!
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:26 AM   #47
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Great write up and even better deer! Congrats!
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:32 AM   #48
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WOW that's all I can say....just WOW
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:33 AM   #49
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congrats
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:10 PM   #50
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My goodness, That is an amazing buck..
What it took on public land to get that buck on the ground.......much respect
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