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Old 10-01-2017, 08:27 AM   #1
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Default Opening day buck, brought me to tears...

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This past December the day after Christmas my grandad passed away after a long fight with pulmonary fibrosis. It was super tough on all of us even though we knew he was in a better place and could breathe on his own again. Growing up he owned his own business so he could come and go as he pleased and anytime I didn't have school him and I were going hunting or fishing. He was my best friend to say the least. My dad has hunted and fished with me my whole life too but has always been a workaholic so I spent more time with Bpa which made him and I so much closer. Fast forward to yesterday's bow opener. Sitting in my tripod just enjoying nature and the thought of him not being here this hunting season really hit me. I looked up to the heavens and had a long talk with him and told him how much I missed him and how the deer lease just didn't feel the same without him. Tears started to well up in my eyes and it was like he told me to quit being upset and get my head in the game. I wiped my eyes and not even 30 seconds later I hear hooves running my way from the left. I look up and all I saw was a wide rack through the cedars! I grabbed my bow off the hook and clipped my release on the loop. He was at a full blown trot as he got in front of me and then he stopped right in my last shooting lane and instantly looked straight away from me. I drew back , anchored, and then watched as the ramcat buried in his off side shoulder. He just dropped in his tracks! I couldn't believe how it all happened so fast! I instantly knew that Bpa had sent that buck to me. And I knew he was up there looking down with that great big contagious smile of his. The tears came back and I just sat there and let everything soak in, smiling up at him. I'm sorry for the long sappy story but I had to share it with my TBH family . Anyhow here's a few pics. Good luck to everyone out there and enjoy every second you can in the outdoors with the ones you love.

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Old 10-01-2017, 08:29 AM   #2
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:29 AM   #3
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Don't apologize for anything, brother! Great story and great deer!
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:29 AM   #4
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Congrats and sounds like a divine hunt.
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:30 AM   #5
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Not sappy, just honest feelings.

Congrats on a great deer and an even better Grandfather!
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:32 AM   #6
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Awesome buck buddy! Happy for you!
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:33 AM   #7
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Nice buck. Congrats.
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:33 AM   #8
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Great deer, congrats!
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:33 AM   #9
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Nice deer!

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Old 10-01-2017, 08:33 AM   #10
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Awesome story and amazing buck
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:36 AM   #11
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Great buck and story congrats
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:36 AM   #12
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Great deer and even better story!
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:38 AM   #13
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Your story is in line with so many people on this site. Alot of us are missing those passed this year. Your Bpa is proud of you and with you always. From past memories to the new one. Awesome right up and a great buck. Congrats!!!

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Old 10-01-2017, 08:39 AM   #14
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Congrats, good story thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:04 AM   #15
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Beautiful trophy. Congrats and thanks for sharing.your story.
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:11 AM   #16
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Wow. Looks like your Bpa sent you a dandy. That's a great buck and an awesome heartfelt story to go with it. I just shot a buck myself this morning and I feel like my departed brother was right next to me in the stand when I shot.
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:16 AM   #17
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Awesome stuff man! Congrats!


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Old 10-01-2017, 09:16 AM   #18
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Congrats! Bpa was there!
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:17 AM   #19
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Nice buck! I enjoyed the write up
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:21 AM   #20
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Congrats and great write up!
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:24 AM   #21
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Awesome.

oh look...what is that?
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:26 AM   #22
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Cool story....congrats on a nice buck.
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:27 AM   #23
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Very nice. Congrats!

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Old 10-01-2017, 09:29 AM   #24
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Congrats!!
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:29 AM   #25
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Nice buck! Congrats
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:29 AM   #26
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Congratulations brother- enjoyed the story!
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:34 AM   #27
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Great story and deer!
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:42 AM   #28
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Big Congrats!
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:49 AM   #29
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:51 AM   #30
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I know exactly what you mean. I used to hunt with my grandpa when I was little and McAuthur park in San Antonio wasn't even there. We would go by the Wetmore store and have a coke and he would have a Lone Star. We'd play shuffle board while our 8pt was strapped to the hood of his Chrysler. He would drive around all proud. Great mentor, friend and hunting buddy. I remember him often. Man of little words but huge on action. WWII marine, Guadal canal, pelilu, Okinawa........ Thanks


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Old 10-01-2017, 09:55 AM   #31
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Great buck and even better story. I really enjoyed the read and understand how you feel. No doubt our loved ones are watching over us and send us happiness and BLESSINGS!

Put that nice buck on the wall with a pic of you and your grandpa under it so you will always cherish those memories!
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:56 AM   #32
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Congrats! Great to spend time in the woods especially when you know the ones you miss are sitting there with you....
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Old 10-01-2017, 10:01 AM   #33
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Congrats! Nice story.

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Old 10-01-2017, 10:01 AM   #34
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Great story! Bpa was smiling down on you! Congrats on a nice buck!
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Old 10-01-2017, 10:59 AM   #35
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Great story and awesome buck! Congrats
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Old 10-01-2017, 11:06 AM   #36
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Awesome story, congratulations!
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Old 10-01-2017, 11:08 AM   #37
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Awesome buck!! Congrats!!


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Old 10-01-2017, 11:09 AM   #38
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Congrats on a great buck! Your Bpa was right there with you!
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Old 10-01-2017, 11:28 AM   #39
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Congrats on the nice deer!

Grandpas are special. I think about mine often and wish he was still with us.
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Old 10-01-2017, 11:40 AM   #40
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Congratulations, just keep the memories alive.
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Old 10-01-2017, 11:45 AM   #41
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congrats
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Old 10-01-2017, 12:11 PM   #42
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Great story and buck. Congrats!

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Old 10-01-2017, 12:22 PM   #43
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That's some good bull!!!! Congrats brother !
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Old 10-01-2017, 12:29 PM   #44
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That is a great story Chicken! Congrats to you and to Bpa for the buck and building such a great relationship!


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Old 10-01-2017, 12:32 PM   #45
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I like it.
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Old 10-01-2017, 12:36 PM   #46
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thanks for sharing that story. Great deer!
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Old 10-01-2017, 12:44 PM   #47
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Awesome story and great buck.
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Old 10-01-2017, 12:48 PM   #48
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Congrats and a good read!!!


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Old 10-01-2017, 12:48 PM   #49
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Awesome! Congrats!


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Old 10-01-2017, 12:50 PM   #50
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Cool story, congrats!
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