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Old 12-19-2017, 01:17 AM   #551
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Thanks! I really appreciate that. Unfortunately, the prior date is too well remembered because it marks the date my former wife of 23 years decided to file for divorce. Needless to say, there's been a few years where killing a deer, no matter how big, was pretty meaningless. But God is good, and He can restore our happiness to us! So, I can enjoy a nice buck, my best so far, in spite of the recent past.
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Old 12-19-2017, 05:03 AM   #552
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Dropped the hammer (ie. gun kill) on a 10 point this last Saturday evening. Grossed at a little over 144. Prior to a little breakage, he grossed between 146 and 147. My best so far and blessed to have taken him though I wish I could have gotten it done with the bow. Actually tried to draw on him a few days prior but my arrow fell off by string and clanged onto my riser scaring him away. After several hunts, I got kind of tired of waiting, not to mention that it's been almost 4 years since I've chosen to shoot anything.
Congrats, Heron! Post up some pics!
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Old 12-19-2017, 12:00 PM   #553
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I finally killed ole High Hat Harry. We have been after him for several years. He wonít score much but he is a old warrior.


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Old 12-19-2017, 12:03 PM   #554
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That dude has some mass! Congrats!
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Old 12-19-2017, 12:03 PM   #555
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I finally killed ole High Hat Harry. We have been after him for several years. He wonít score much but he is a old warrior.
Good grief..
That buck is awesome.
Big congrats Duzy!
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Old 12-19-2017, 12:07 PM   #556
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Geez, what bases. Congrats, Duzy!
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Old 12-19-2017, 12:16 PM   #557
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Lots of nice bucks. Congrats to all hunters.
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Old 12-19-2017, 12:47 PM   #558
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Good job duzy!

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Old 12-19-2017, 02:30 PM   #559
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HA! High Hat Harry. Haven't heard that in a long time.
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Old 12-19-2017, 02:42 PM   #560
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Bases just above the burr 6 7/8


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Old 12-19-2017, 04:43 PM   #561
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Nice buck! That mass is incredible!


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Old 12-19-2017, 05:32 PM   #562
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congrats! That guy has an awesome rack on him
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Old 12-19-2017, 06:28 PM   #563
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Great buck Duzy! Congrats! I definitely would have shot him also. Do not see many bucks like that!
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Old 12-19-2017, 08:11 PM   #564
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What a "duzy"!!! Great mass on that dude....congrats!
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Old 12-19-2017, 08:20 PM   #565
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Unbelievable mass...congrats!
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Old 12-19-2017, 09:19 PM   #566
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Great thread guys!


Hell of a buck, Duzy! I love that deer, crazy mass, and looks like an old war horse.


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Old 12-19-2017, 11:53 PM   #567
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Apologies for the picture quality but here's a few shots from my phone:
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Old 12-19-2017, 11:54 PM   #568
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Amazing mass, Duzy!
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Old 12-20-2017, 12:04 AM   #569
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I finally killed ole High Hat Harry. We have been after him for several years. He wonít score much but he is a old warrior.


Not this Cowboy...
Well I didnít catch it on the first look but thatís the best use of a yuca that I have seen!
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Old 12-20-2017, 12:53 AM   #570
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Awesome, Heron. Thanks for posting and congrats again!
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Old 12-20-2017, 08:04 AM   #571
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Well I didnít catch it on the first look but thatís the best use of a yuca that I have seen!


We typically forget to bring string or zip ties. In our neck of the woods we call yuca beargrass. Itís held many tags over the years. Thanks everyone. Congratulations to you Heron, beautiful buck.


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Old 12-20-2017, 10:25 AM   #572
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Duzy, that buck has a very similiar shape to one a good friend of mine killed over between Briscoe and Allison 8-10 years ago. High and tons of mass. It easily had the most mass I have ever seen on a deer. The bases on it were just a hair under 8".

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Old 12-20-2017, 01:30 PM   #573
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Duzy, that buck has a very similiar shape to one a good friend of mine killed over between Briscoe and Allison 8-10 years ago. High and tons of mass. It easily had the most mass I have ever seen on a deer. The bases on it were just a hair under 8".

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Old 12-20-2017, 06:28 PM   #574
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Bases just above the burr 6 7/8


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Old 12-22-2017, 05:18 PM   #575
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Got a doe this morning.
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Old 12-22-2017, 06:23 PM   #576
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Looks delicious
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Old 12-23-2017, 02:12 AM   #577
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Got a doe this morning.
Congrats! A buddy of mine is out at my place right now with his dad who took a fat doe yesterday.
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Old 12-24-2017, 09:06 PM   #578
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Merry Christmas to guys from Santa! Remember if you don't get what you asked for then you were probably on my list. Here are a couple of deer that made my naughty list in the past. Credit duzy for the Rudolph pic. I would have shot Rudolph with my bow but me and him went to the dirt last year and I came out with a hernia. I couldn't draw my bow after surgery so I broke in my new ar 15 on him.


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Old 12-24-2017, 10:38 PM   #579
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HA! Now wonder Santa has been skipping my house.
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Old 12-24-2017, 10:49 PM   #580
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Merry Christmas to all you good folks who hunt the panhandle
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Old 12-25-2017, 02:09 AM   #581
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FrŲhliche Weihnachten, y'all!
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Old 12-25-2017, 02:54 AM   #582
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Merry Christmas to guys from Santa! Remember if you don't get what you asked for then you were probably on my list. Here are a couple of deer that made my naughty list in the past. Credit duzy for the Rudolph pic. I would have shot Rudolph with my bow but me and him went to the dirt last year and I came out with a hernia. I couldn't draw my bow after surgery so I broke in my new ar 15 on him.


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Old 12-28-2017, 08:57 PM   #583
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The cold has the deer moving. Went out yesterday evening and saw well over 50 deer. Thinned out a couple of does to get meat in the freezer. Went back to my bow tonight and saw lots of deer but nothing i can shoot. Lots of young bucks and no does. They are fun to watch but it's getting frustrating that all these young bucks keep the does chased off. One of the spikes may get it just because.

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Old 12-29-2017, 12:40 AM   #584
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Brother, I think you may be the only Panhandler still at it. I know it's frustrating, but all those young bucks are a good problem to have. At least that attitude kept me sane during my season.

Congrats on the does and best of luck for the rest of your season.
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Old 12-29-2017, 09:51 PM   #585
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I took my little hunting buddy up and we hunted the last few days. Wednesday was dang cold! Just like coldgas said, lots of deer moving but just young bucks and does. I canít wait for my little guy to pull the trigger but for now heís just tagging along. These trips with him are my favorite!


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Old 12-30-2017, 01:42 AM   #586
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I'm still at it, though only of the quail-bird variety. Was limping around tonight as proof. Nothing major, just sore muscles and an aging, out of shape man. Managed 2 quail partly due to lack of shooting skills and partly due to lack of quail. Was good to get out, though.

Wanting to kill another deer. Should I shoot a doe? Our ratio is fine if not a little buck heavy, and our numbers are still recovering. But, I'd like to actually kill something with my bow.
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Old 12-30-2017, 01:54 AM   #587
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I'm still at it, though only of the quail-bird variety. Was limping around tonight as proof. Nothing major, just sore muscles and an aging, out of shape man. Managed 2 quail partly due to lack of shooting skills and partly due to lack of quail. Was good to get out, though.

Wanting to kill another deer. Should I shoot a doe? Our ratio is fine if not a little buck heavy, and our numbers are still recovering. But, I'd like to actually kill something with my bow.
That's what my delima is. I want to shoot one with my bow. I could have shot a deer almost every time I go but they are all small bucks. The does that I want to shoot skirt around me just out of range because the small bucks run them off. I had a big 8 come in tonight that never gave me a shot though I think I let him go because he has a g2 broke off. 2 does came in after the bucks left and never gave me a shot either. Seemed there always facing away or behind a tree.

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Old 12-30-2017, 01:55 AM   #588
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I took my little hunting buddy up and we hunted the last few days. Wednesday was dang cold! Just like coldgas said, lots of deer moving but just young bucks and does. I canít wait for my little guy to pull the trigger but for now heís just tagging along. These trips with him are my favorite!


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Old 12-30-2017, 03:12 AM   #589
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I took my little hunting buddy up and we hunted the last few days. Wednesday was dang cold! Just like coldgas said, lots of deer moving but just young bucks and does. I canít wait for my little guy to pull the trigger but for now heís just tagging along. These trips with him are my favorite!


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Old 12-30-2017, 03:14 AM   #590
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I'm still at it, though only of the quail-bird variety. Was limping around tonight as proof. Nothing major, just sore muscles and an aging, out of shape man. Managed 2 quail partly due to lack of shooting skills and partly due to lack of quail. Was good to get out, though.

Wanting to kill another deer. Should I shoot a doe? Our ratio is fine if not a little buck heavy, and our numbers are still recovering. But, I'd like to actually kill something with my bow.
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That's what my delima is. I want to shoot one with my bow. I could have shot a deer almost every time I go but they are all small bucks. The does that I want to shoot skirt around me just out of range because the small bucks run them off. I had a big 8 come in tonight that never gave me a shot though I think I let him go because he has a g2 broke off. 2 does came in after the bucks left and never gave me a shot either. Seemed there always facing away or behind a tree.

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Old 12-30-2017, 08:47 AM   #591
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Im still at it as well freezing my butt off this weekend. My goal is to take a doe or 2 to fill the freezer. Have a lot of young bucks as well. Havent seen a mature buck in the daylight yet this year.
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Old 12-30-2017, 09:34 AM   #592
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Headed up this morning to do some work and pull camera card.
Iíll sit tonight hoping I cross paths with that boar.

Iíd appreciate a weather/road report.
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Old 12-30-2017, 09:43 AM   #593
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Headed up this morning to do some work and pull camera card.
I’ll sit tonight hoping I cross paths with that boar.

I’d appreciate a weather/road report.
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Roads were fine this morning no wet stuff here yet just cold and windy
I am in Collingsworth county
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Old 12-30-2017, 12:22 PM   #594
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Roads were fine this morning no wet stuff here yet just cold and windy
I am in Collingsworth county
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Pretty wet in Abilene now.
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Old 12-30-2017, 03:16 PM   #595
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I'm still at it, though only of the quail-bird variety. Was limping around tonight as proof. Nothing major, just sore muscles and an aging, out of shape man. Managed 2 quail partly due to lack of shooting skills and partly due to lack of quail. Was good to get out, though.

Wanting to kill another deer. Should I shoot a doe? Our ratio is fine if not a little buck heavy, and our numbers are still recovering. But, I'd like to actually kill something with my bow.
I can't think of any portion of the TX Panhandle where killing a whitetail doe would be wrong. Granted, serious population control is site specific and should involve some data, but to fill the freezer and feed the family...fire away. We typically put up around 10 per year. A buck maybe every other year or every third.
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Old 12-30-2017, 05:46 PM   #596
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I have no problem with killing does. I grew up hunting in the Hill Country and have seen what overpopulation can do. But I've also enjoyed seeing deer this year and wouldn't mind having more around. Probably wont hurt anything if I take just one.
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Old 12-30-2017, 06:42 PM   #597
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My wife bought me a kegerater for Christmas so I think a big ol brew and a warm house sounds good this evening.


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Old 12-30-2017, 07:12 PM   #598
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I will be closing out the season by going down probably Thursday. Cull on the menu!
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Old 12-30-2017, 07:21 PM   #599
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Pretty wet in Abilene now.
Man I would watch the back roads was slicker than hell for me just south of there Quitiquae to Estellene. Got puckered up at least 3 times. Once to 287 it was good.
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Main roads were still good this evening backroads were a little slicker. Have a solid dusting of snowbin Shamrock right now
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