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Old 06-16-2008, 09:25 PM   #1
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Default axis quest...week three..attack of Rage

As the rumors have said there was blood spilled, I guess there's no point in putting this part off. However, as chronology goes, this was pretty much the beginning.

Bobby and I got in bed by 2 AM from Houston, an improvement of an hour and a half from week two. All our stuff was there and we had little to do. Bobby was planning on killing the long beamed 8 that I had passed twice and he had passed in his first 15 minutes of his first hunt.

JamesL had kept our road in front of the blind corned for us during his stay, so the animals were still in the same mode we had left them. We chummed with corn and chaffehay and I was getting ready to pull our and run the road feeder and Bobby was messing around. I told him he better get in the blind because in the short time I had been running the road feeder, the deer had already associated it with groceries. He jumped in the blind and within minutes whitetail, hogs, and axis poured in.

He said before the hunt that he wanted a big bowed buck. He liked the long beam deer and its mass, but when this rascal came into his shooting area, he made his mind up that he was the one. It took quite some time to get a clear shot, but when he did, he sent a 3 blade Rage quartering up into the opposite shoulder. The deer ran about 75 yards and piled up. The hole was too graphic for civilized folk to look upon, but let's say it was about fist big. A quick measure showed him to be 30 outside, 34 and 35 inch beams. His tines were longer than we thought, but I can't remember the measurements. We figure upper 40's at least.

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Old 06-16-2008, 09:29 PM   #2
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He is a beauty! Congrats!
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:31 PM   #3
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NICE axis right there. congrats to the hunter.
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:33 PM   #4
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congrats on a great trophy!
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:33 PM   #5
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That what I'm talking about, Awesome

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Old 06-16-2008, 09:38 PM   #6
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Man that deer has a big frame! Heck of a buck!
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:41 PM   #7
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That is a beautiful buck. Congrats Bobby. He's going to make an awesome mount. You need to tell your brother to hurry up and make up his mind.
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:42 PM   #8
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Whooooo Big Ole Congrats!!!!
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:42 PM   #9
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Cool, dead stuff.

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Old 06-16-2008, 09:45 PM   #10
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very nice, I want one of those pretty bad. Congrats.
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:47 PM   #11
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good stuff
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:48 PM   #12
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Very nice my friend, very nice. Now If I could just seem some like that..
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:48 PM   #13
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Here's some TC pics of the deer and of what it looked like in the chum. Axis, whitetails and pigs all devouring the hay and corn.

I had hoped to get this baby. Big bow and long beams. With Bobby out of the way, if he came in, I would definately take him. Only problem is, looking at it closer, the right beam has the same little "squiggle" that Bobby's deer had. It IS Bobby's deer. Drat. He started coming in between week two and week one. He made his mistake coming in on Friday the thirteenth to a manned blind.

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Here's a series of TC's showing how early the herd came in and how many animals he had to contend with to get drawn for a shot and to get a clear path. It took a while. He's in the blind in the cedar thicket to the left of the pics. Also, there's a similar amount of activity to the left of the camera in his other shooting hole.

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Old 06-16-2008, 09:49 PM   #14
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Awesome axis buck..well worth the wait! Congratulations!
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:49 PM   #15
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Nice axis for sure!
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:52 PM   #16
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Nice!! Congrats.
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:54 PM   #17
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Way to go, Bobby!!! Congrats on a great Axis!

Nice write up, John! Now I wanna see your LDP...
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:55 PM   #18
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very nice congrats
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:57 PM   #19
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Congratulations to Bobby. Now we need "the rest of the story"
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:58 PM   #20
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What a trophy. Congrats!
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:00 PM   #21
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Nice axis!!! Congrats to the hunter.
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:01 PM   #22
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awesome buck...
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:04 PM   #23
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Mark, the amount of my pickiness is not a drop in the bucket to Krivoman. Wait til you see the pics of the deer (plural) that he passed this morning. The man is insane. That 36 inch, 30 inch wide, long browed and cottle tined buck was a little to thin for him. LOL If he says "go with me", then you GO!

Now, my plan this week was to hunt my "hill" every morning and explore other spots in the evening. Most of my deer have come through in the morning and I haven't seen much up there in the evening. So, while Bobby was covered up with good'uns, I went up the hill and had these visitors.

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This week marks the mid point in my quest. There are 3 more weekends. However, one is a Junco weekend and one is the 4th and my grandson's birthday party. That leaves one. I intended to hunt like it was my last hunt and try and kill a good one, not wanting to have it come down to the wire. I wanted to give the big nontypicals a chance, but not box myself in by limiting myself to just those. After the first couple mornings, I began to worry. I could always ease over to the fence and see the group of bucks grazing and lounging. However I've heard a lot of shots back in that area and after the second morning of looking for the group, they seemed to have moved or "disappeared". My hill strategy changed after the second morning.
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:15 PM   #24
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Greatness! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:18 PM   #25
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Dude, that's great! Congrats.
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:19 PM   #26
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Tuth is the man, but he is rubbing off on me.

I think he is talking about this little guy. He just needs some mass and he would have been good to go.

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Old 06-16-2008, 10:27 PM   #27
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Tuth is the man, but he is rubbing off on me.

I think he is talking about this little guy. He just needs some mass and he would have been good to go.
Mitch, stay right there. Iím on my way over to knock some sense into that brain of yours, shoot that sucker
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:29 PM   #28
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You guys are killing me!!! Bow, video camera, and slr packed and ready to go. I can't wait!
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:35 PM   #29
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Way to go, Bobby! Great looking axis!
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:47 PM   #30
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beautiful axis, congrats
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:49 PM   #31
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awesome axis!
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:50 PM   #32
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Congrats Bobby! Great Axis Buck! Tuth - time to let the Rage eat! Mitch - I got nothing. Mark - It's time! Good luck to you guys!
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:57 PM   #33
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I think trickyolgus or sean might relieve of the burden of staring at that little rascal anymore.

True to my plan, I decided to hunt a treestand that evening. Now, bobby and I had been pouring the corn to the center road out of the Ranger/All Seasons combo feeding machine. Krivoman didn't bring his Ranger back after the first weekend because the animals were spooking. That was soon to change. After a couple of weeks of road chumming, now the whitetails run to greet us and the axis, while not running to the roads, make their appearance after the Ranger passes pretty quickly. We had been seeing a group of axis near a water trough and windmill. We really poured the corn to the area, and it became normal to see them in the area pretty well any time of day. The area is open with no underbrush. Only option was a treestand. We worked during the middle of the day to get one up and that's where my vigil for Friday evening occurred.

Now, whitetails are spooky, but axis make a whitetail look like their on sedatives. I could not move. I stood in that stand for HOURS. It was my normal wait to hunt for years. That's before I became old. Dang, was that a long evening. I had axis around me and things were looking good. This buck was the one that interested me, but I needed to see him better and see how he compared to the long beam deer in the back. I got these pics before he wandered off toward the water trough. Looks pretty good now, but from that tree, it was hard for me to judge them.

May haps this one might have needed more attention. I think he's bigger than he looked from the tree. I think I know where he goes. I think I have trail cam pics of him.

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Old 06-16-2008, 11:04 PM   #34
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John! You and Mitch both should be demoted to cameramen only! Jeesh! Get r' done! Good luck guys, although I don't think you need it at this point - unless it's finding your releases.
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:25 PM   #35
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Bruce, you told me to hold our. Well, that's what I'm doing. LOL
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:29 PM   #36
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Awesome
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:32 PM   #37
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My congrats to Bobby on a super Axis! Hope you get to lay a big-un open Doc.
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:44 PM   #38
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Doc,

That's some serious patience you got going on!
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Tuth, you should have shot that deer from the tree. He is a realy good deer. Long beams and good mass.
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:56 PM   #40
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Tuth, you should have shot that deer from the tree. He is a realy good deer. Long beams and good mass.
Ditto!
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:58 PM   #41
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Congrats to Bobby and good luck when you finally decide to take one of em down. Can't wait to see the results!
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Tuth, you should have shot that deer from the tree. He is a realy good deer. Long beams and good mass.

Man, talk about the pot calling the kettle black!
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Old 06-17-2008, 12:02 AM   #43
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Hey Trickolgus,
I am Starting to have a hard time remembering where I have seen all them bucks...
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But on a serious note, Bobby killed a very nice deer. Made the perfect shot and showed us all how it is done. I am a little afraid to release an error. he set the bar pretty darn high.. Nicely done bobby, Very nice!
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Tuth, you should have shot that buck!
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Old 06-17-2008, 12:10 AM   #46
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Tuth, you should have shot that buck!

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Old 06-17-2008, 12:27 AM   #47
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You said the rage did a number on the axis and it was to graphic to post but is there any you could email that to me tuthdoc? I have not been able to find any pics of the aftermath of a 3 blade rage only the 2 blade. I just want to see what one does since that is what i switched to late last season. Again congrats to Bobby and I hope to see what your holding out for.

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Old 06-17-2008, 01:25 AM   #48
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Hey Bobby, great to see a bow in your hand as well a heckuva an Axis. You Lee boys are always in a GOLD MINE. Fishing or hunting, I'm envious.....John, it's always good to sit back and read your writeups and browse the pics. Thanks for sharing you guys adventures with us here, on TBH.....
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:06 AM   #49
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Good job Bobby, that is super nice axis. Glad to see the plan come together.
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Mitch,
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