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Old 10-26-2014, 09:32 PM   #1
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Unfortunately the story of this Native Born Buck did not have a happy ending. I have been watching this deer since he was a 2 yr old. Through the years I had many encounters with this monarch. I decided this was the year to take this 9.5 yr old buck. I have been bow hunting him since September 27 this year and I saw him that weekend for a brief second. I never saw him alive again. This past weekend I started checking ponds to look for him and to my disspointment I found his remains by a pond. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. Not sure what caused his death.
At 3 yrs old 3rd pic he was 157", At 4 yr 1st pic he was 170", At 5 yr 2nd pic we figured 205", at 6yr old 4th pic did not find sheds score ?, at 7 yr old 5th pic he dissapeared to neighbor ranch in April and came back end of December. By the way my ranch is sort of high fenced as about 3 miles only has a 6'6" fence, the rest is 8'. At 8.5 yr last pic I figured he was 180".
The second to last last pic of him dead at 9.5 yr old he scored 196"
Hope you enjoy pics, I sure did enjoy watching this deer develop over the years.
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:34 PM   #2
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What a shame
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:36 PM   #3
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What a buck!!
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:36 PM   #4
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What an incredible deer and life history. Shame you could not seal his fate instead of Mother Nature and Father Time.
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:37 PM   #5
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Wow. That's an amazing buck. Any clue what killed him?
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:38 PM   #6
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What a monarch! Man that's a shame, at least he lived a long life and spread his genes far and wide!
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:43 PM   #7
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Nice deer great to see the pictures you still have the horns
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:45 PM   #8
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That's a shame but at least you have the memories and pictures and you eventually got the skull to remember him by
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:46 PM   #9
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I think I'm gonna be sick

Seriously I think I would puke if I went through that.
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:48 PM   #10
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Just threw up
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:51 PM   #11
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Is that a high shoulder wound in the 5th pic? If so it may have led to infection and eventually his fate. Hate to see a giant like that go down that way
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:52 PM   #12
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Man what a beautiful deer. What a shame......but like stated by others, at least he got to spread those genes over the years
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:53 PM   #13
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:55 PM   #14
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The #2 and #5 pics of him are awesome!
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:55 PM   #15
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I think I'm gonna be sick

Seriously I think I would puke if I went through that.
Man you know that is how I felt, like I had been kicked in the gut.
When he got out for a half year or so I figured he was dead and then from out of the blue he was back. I was hoping he had pulled another Houdini act this year. I am going to mount him.
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:56 PM   #16
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Dang. Tuff break
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:57 PM   #17
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Man you know that is how I felt, like I had been kicked in the gut.

When he got out for a half year or so I figured he was dead and then from out of the blue he was back. I was hoping he had pulled another Houdini act this year. I am going to mount him.

I totally agree on mounting him. A buck like that with that much history between the two of you should be mounted!
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:07 PM   #18
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What a Stud! Glad you found him!
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:09 PM   #19
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Great buck. To bad he didn't make it
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:11 PM   #20
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He may be gone, but his Genetics will be around for years...
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:12 PM   #21
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heck of a deer sorry you didnt get him
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:22 PM   #22
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Dang Tom, sorry. It is cool to see all the history you had with him.
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:33 PM   #23
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Great journey with him. You were blessed to have crossed paths like you did with him. I don't think I could have shot him after that length of time.
Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-26-2014, 11:02 PM   #24
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Sorry you did not get your shot at a tremendous animal!!!. Thanks for sharing the pics and story. Those are the real heartbreaks of land stewardship with managment as the focus.
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Old 10-27-2014, 12:10 AM   #25
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Wow, what a buck. Glad you found his rack and going to mount it.
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Old 10-27-2014, 12:14 AM   #26
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What a buck!
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Old 10-27-2014, 12:39 AM   #27
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Very nice deer .. Do you think it could have been EHD ?
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Old 10-27-2014, 05:16 AM   #28
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Very Nice Buck...Too Bad
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:02 AM   #29
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Very nice deer .. Do you think it could have been EHD ?
No, never had it in the 9 years I have had the ranch. I believe he either broke his leg somehow or got injured fighting and the coyotes finished him off.
His teeth showed him to be much younger than he was.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:11 AM   #30
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Ha was a stud for sure.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:24 AM   #31
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That was one great deer. Too bad you couldn't run an arrow through him.
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:27 AM   #32
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Get him mounted anyway
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:20 AM   #33
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That's terrible.....Man what a Buck!!!
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:23 AM   #34
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Hate that you found him that way but what a great story the way you were able to track his life.... Really cool
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:25 AM   #35
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Dang shame right there! beautiful deer!
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Old 10-27-2014, 12:04 PM   #36
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Great post!!
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Old 10-27-2014, 12:14 PM   #37
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Bad deal. They do have a rough life. Awesome buck.
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Old 10-27-2014, 03:21 PM   #38
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That sucks
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Old 10-27-2014, 03:42 PM   #39
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I hate it, but what enjoyment you've had for a long time watching him!
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Old 10-27-2014, 03:54 PM   #40
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What a sequence!

It's a shame when Monarch's like him die so obscurely and alone...nature is one tough customer!!

Thanks for sharing...and how you held off on him is more than I could imagine!
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Old 10-27-2014, 03:55 PM   #41
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Wow that's awesome
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Old 10-27-2014, 05:01 PM   #42
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What a deer and what a shame.
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Old 10-27-2014, 05:10 PM   #43
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No, never had it in the 9 years I have had the ranch. I believe he either broke his leg somehow or got injured fighting and the coyotes finished him off.
His teeth showed him to be much younger than he was.
Maybe that's one of his offspring & He's still out there hiding
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Old 10-27-2014, 05:22 PM   #44
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Glad that you found the horns, too often we put tons of blood, sweat and tears into the animals and some scrub "customer" that don't really care shows up at the ranch next door and pops him.

If you hadn't, you would have always wondered...
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Old 10-27-2014, 05:26 PM   #45
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Sorry to hear about that, I sure would be sick.
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Old 10-27-2014, 05:55 PM   #46
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Hate to hear that... I think I'd cry
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:16 PM   #47
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What a beautiful deer
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:29 PM   #48
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Finding sheds is awesome. Finding deads sucks. But at least u ended up with him. Now look forward to the offspring
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Old 10-28-2014, 08:59 AM   #49
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Here is a cool pic I forgot I had of him at 5.5 out of velvet.
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:02 AM   #50
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Very impressive.
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