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Old 01-30-2018, 06:24 PM   #1
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Default Story of Stubby

Kind of a slow Tuesday night so here's a deer story.

This deer first showed up on camera in late November. I got this one single picture of him and it wasn't very good.

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We were looking for bucks to add to the cull list and the ranch owner said if I thought he was old enough, go ahead and shoot him. I named him MF Stubby (MF because after that he disappeared for a month and ended up being a pita to hunt .)

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In late December he started showing up again on camera again but only at night and I'd usually just get one picture of him at a time. He continued to be somewhat of an elusive buck. It seemed he was cruising through at odd hours, picking up a kernel or two of corn and moving on.

I took a couple weeks off for the holidays and returned to the ranch in early January. I was glad to see Stubby showing up on camera more regularly and during daylight hours. He wasn't there every day but he was coming in every 2-3 days. I guessed him to be 4.5...possibly 5. He seemed to travel with other 5-6 year old bucks. His short tines and beams were certainly not characteristics this ranch was managing for and I knew if we just put enough time in eventually someone would have an encounter with him.

The problem was this particular blind wasn't good in a north wind and there were so many days we couldn't hunt that spot because of the wind. Then I got the flu and the only hunting I did for several days was from the kitchen window. Even when I felt well enough to get out of the house my cough made it impossible to sit in a bow blind with deer at close range.

We had hammered the bucks pretty hard and MF Stubby was the last hit list buck remaining on that side of the ranch. And we had yet to see him in person.

One evening when we had a north wind and I was still struggling with a cough, I sat in tower blind on a pipeline r.o.w. where I could corn 300 yards and rifle hunt. I caught a glimpse of a deer I felt almost positive was MF Stubby crossing the pipeline with two other mature bucks. They went straight across without stopping. I thought they might come back out later, but I didn't see them again.

A couple days later, the wind finally got right and I felt like I could sit in a bow blind without hacking up a lung. According to the trail cam, Stubby hadn't been at his usual spot in two days so I felt he was due to make an appearance. I had a couple young bucks come in right after the feeder went off but they were gone by 4:30 and it got dead quiet. By 5:45 I was convinced I wasn't going to see anything else.

I had about 5 minutes of shooting light left and two bucks slipped in from the right. They were like ghosts just floating over the dead leaves. I never heard them coming. The second buck I immediately realized was MF Stubby.

I drew my bow and he presented me with a perfect quartering away shot. At the shot, I heard two loud cracks. The first was the Slick Trick slamming in to his ribcage. The second was his opposite leg breaking as he wheeled away. He only made it 40 yards before piling up.

Everything finally came together...right wind, right place, right time. Though somewhat of a small-bodied deer, his teeth showed 5.5 and he scored 115 and change.

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The hard to find bucks are always the most fun to hunt and I definitely enjoyed hunting for this deer, even though he's not much to look at in the antlers department. If I didn't already have a bunch of other animals at the taxidermist he would have been honored with a shoulder mount.

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Old 01-30-2018, 06:32 PM   #2
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It's always a great feeling to get one you've been after all season! Congrats!
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Old 01-30-2018, 06:39 PM   #3
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Congratulations! That's determination. Hope you are feeling better now.
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Old 01-30-2018, 06:47 PM   #4
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Sure is a pretty cape��Are you sure you want to pass up making a wall mount?I would at least get the cape&hide tanned on that purdy one��
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Old 01-30-2018, 06:51 PM   #5
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One persons cull is another persons trophy, lol. That would be considered a good Deer on our lease, glad you ended up getting him!!


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Old 01-30-2018, 07:06 PM   #6
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Nothing beats the challenge of hunting a certain elusive buck. Congratulations!!
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:11 PM   #7
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Congrats! Nice write up.
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:14 PM   #8
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Great buck and awesome story! Congrats
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:16 PM   #9
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:23 PM   #10
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Nice work! Cool bowbuck too.
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:23 PM   #11
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:49 PM   #12
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Nice deer! Congrats
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:54 PM   #13
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Thrill of the hunt


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Old 01-30-2018, 08:00 PM   #14
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Old 01-30-2018, 08:22 PM   #15
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Enjoyed the write up and congrats!

I hope your health has returned to 100% as well.


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Old 01-30-2018, 08:25 PM   #16
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Thanks for sharing. It's nice to read about a legally hunted deer for a change
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:37 PM   #17
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Nice write up and great cull! Congrats!

Last year, I hunted a 10 yo plus 10 point for over 2 months in Laredo. Killed him with my bow at 15 yards and he scored a whopping 87". His rack looks like a head shrinker got a hold of him.

I called him the head shrinker buck!
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:57 PM   #18
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I thought this story was going to be about Rod!


Nice cull and good story!
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:12 PM   #19
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Congrats Courtney! It's always nice when things finally come together on an elusive mature buck. You put a great shot on ole' MF! Well done.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:28 PM   #20
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Great write up and I call that a cool buck !
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:36 PM   #21
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Well done Courtney...cool story.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:39 PM   #22
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Atta girl. Glad you got him with the bow.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:46 PM   #23
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Great job and cool story!
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:49 PM   #24
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Always love hearing when persistence wins, great deer!
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:53 PM   #25
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Congrats and thanks for sharing your story! You’ve had one heck of a season!


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Old 01-31-2018, 08:00 AM   #26
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Congrats and a great story. Worthy of an old fashioned Velvet Elvis if anyone still remembers them.

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Old 01-31-2018, 08:11 AM   #27
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Congrats. Great write up
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:23 AM   #28
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Nice story. Congrats.
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:30 AM   #29
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Good write up Courtney, congrats on the bowkill buck.
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:58 AM   #30
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Supercool! Congrats Courtney, and great writeup
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Old 01-31-2018, 09:08 AM   #31
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Thanks for sharing and congrats. He did not make it easy on you.
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Old 01-31-2018, 09:12 AM   #32
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Awesome.
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Old 01-31-2018, 09:15 AM   #33
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Way to stay after him, very nice deer. Congrats !!
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Old 01-31-2018, 09:29 AM   #34
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Good job and thanks for the actual hunting thread, good read!

This place needed it.
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Old 01-31-2018, 09:31 AM   #35
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Great story. Congrats on the ghost.

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Old 01-31-2018, 09:44 AM   #36
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Nice write up. It is always fun to hunt a particular deer and finally out smart him. Congrats.
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Old 01-31-2018, 10:05 AM   #37
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Congrats and thanks for the write up!
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Old 01-31-2018, 10:22 AM   #38
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Nice story.
Those bucks in your pics have a dark colored hide especially on their faces. What county do you hunt?
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Old 01-31-2018, 10:39 AM   #39
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Nice Job.
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Old 01-31-2018, 10:52 AM   #40
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Yes, the rewards for the challenging animals are always the best. Nice!
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Old 01-31-2018, 11:21 AM   #41
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I thought this story was going to be about Rod!


Nice cull and good story!


Nice story Courtney
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Old 01-31-2018, 12:59 PM   #42
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Way to go! Great patience on hunting, too.
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:51 PM   #43
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I thought this story was going to be about Rod!


Nice cull and good story!
lol! congrats!
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:58 PM   #44
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Thanks for sharing the story and congrats on the buck. It extends hunting season to read a good story after it has closed.
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Old 01-31-2018, 03:02 PM   #45
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Great story and very nice buck to take. Congratulations on getting him with your bow. I can totally relate to trying to bow hunt with a persistent cough. My last few hunts were plagued with the dreaded cough that I just couldn't shake. Turns out I had pneumonia. No amount of cough syrup would let me go more than 30 minutes without having to cough. Glad you got him after hunting him for so long.
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Old 01-31-2018, 03:09 PM   #46
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congrats, nice one to take out
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Old 01-31-2018, 05:00 PM   #47
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Nice write up. It is always fun to hunt a particular deer and finally out smart him. Congrats.



What he said^^^^^. Congratulations.
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:07 PM   #48
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Enjoyed the story. Thanks for sharing. Congrats
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:22 PM   #49
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Nice cull and good story!
I thought the exact same thing.



Great story, Courtney.
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:28 PM   #50
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Congrats, great story and thanks for sharing!
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