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Old 12-06-2015, 09:43 PM   #1
texas shag
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My grandfather bought 100 acres in far northwest Anderson county in the mid 1970's, on an escarpment above the trinity river bottom. As a family, we have groomed this property to be a sanctuary for wildlife. We founded a wildlife cooperative with a few neighbors in the late 90's and now have over 2000 acres of conjoined participating neighbors, which is a challenge in an area loaded with small properties. Since this occurred, we have slowly seen the quality of deer increase.

Fast forward to two years ago, and I decided to enroll in grad school. Since then, I have had to sneak in hunting trips between full time work and school, which included Saturday morning classes. As you can imagine, hunting trips have been few and far between, and it has been taxing on my mental health. But the end of the horizon was in sight in September when I started my semester, as I would finish my degree just before thanksgiving.

I hunted hard the last two weekends with my bow, knowing that we had some quality deer and some less than desirable mature bucks that needed to be harvested. My main goal was a mature buck with the bow, as releasing an arrow would be good for the soul. After hunting trails leading to feeders and watching activity last weekend, It was clear that the deer were paying no attention to corn, as the acorn crop was incredible in our area. I spent last Sunday afternoon brushing in a pop up in greenbrier thicket 35 yards from a very large oak in our pasture that was loaded with acorns.

This Saturday morning arrived with a southeast wind, which was wrong to hunt that pop-up, so I went and hunted a tripod near a pinch point, and saw quite a bit of activity, but not a mature buck. The wind prevailed Saturday afternoon, which forced me to another stand. Rinse and repeat, same story. This morning, as I stepped out on our deck, The wind had shifted to the southwest. Not ideal for my new setup, by passible. I climbed in not knowing what to expect, but hoping for the best.

Small bucks and does meandered under the oak vacuuming up acorns all morning, making the time pass quickly. About 830, the lone 3 year old buck under the oak snapped his head up and his body language told me a deer he wanted no part in was coming in. I instinctively secured my release to my d-loop, and readied my bow. A beautiful basket racked nine point with a kicker came in started scent checking the does and pushing off the younger bucks. I was back and forth between 4 and 5 on age, but regardless he was mature and a high quality deer for our area. I estimated his range at 30 yards, moved my slider, pulled the bow back and settled my pin. My instincts kicked in from years of practice and everything occurred in slow motion. I watched the arrow dig in just behind the shoulder, and the buck run off out of view with solid blood pumping out of him.

It was a cathartic weekend for me personally, and I was blessed with a wonderful buck and a great weekend with my father. My mind is now refreshed, and I will move to quail hunting with my Setters in west Texas.



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Old 12-06-2015, 09:44 PM   #2
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Congrats that is an awesome deer.
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Old 12-06-2015, 09:48 PM   #3
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Congrats on a great buck
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Old 12-06-2015, 09:50 PM   #4
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That is a fantastic late-season Anderson County buck.

Is yall's place mostly wooded, or do y'all have a pretty fair amount of pasture land?
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Old 12-06-2015, 09:56 PM   #5
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Etxbuckman, its 50-50. We don't hunt the woods very hard, as we leave it as a bedding area. We have a spring-fed creek that separates our deep woods from our pasture. In the pasture, we have many treelines that split up our pasture areas. We have let the grasses go completely native, which has helped draw in deer......they don't like coastal bermuda. We selective mow around oaks and pecans in the pasture, allowing them to mature, while keeping the majority of it pasture.
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:30 PM   #6
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Nice. Hoping next summer when the flood waters recede I can get some bucks back. I have four I hope survived the season
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:44 PM   #7
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Great looking deer!
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:48 PM   #8
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Awesome story and congrats on a beauty
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:59 PM   #9
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Very nice
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Old 12-06-2015, 11:09 PM   #10
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Great buck man!
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Old 12-06-2015, 11:45 PM   #11
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Congratulations on the buck. And thanks for writing a awesome write up.
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Old 12-06-2015, 11:51 PM   #12
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Tagged to read tomorrow... Good looking deer!
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Old 12-07-2015, 11:09 AM   #13
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Nice one!

Congrats!


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Old 12-07-2015, 11:19 AM   #14
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nice buck
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Old 12-07-2015, 12:10 PM   #15
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Congrats an a great buck.
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Old 12-07-2015, 12:18 PM   #16
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Heck of a deal and very nice buck for the area.
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Old 12-07-2015, 12:19 PM   #17
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Congrats!
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Old 12-07-2015, 12:37 PM   #18
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thanks everybody! and thanks for the new avatar snake!
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Old 12-07-2015, 12:43 PM   #19
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Great buck. Congrats
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Old 12-07-2015, 01:29 PM   #20
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Etxbuckman, its 50-50. We don't hunt the woods very hard, as we leave it as a bedding area. We have a spring-fed creek that separates our deep woods from our pasture. In the pasture, we have many treelines that split up our pasture areas. We have let the grasses go completely native, which has helped draw in deer......they don't like coastal bermuda. We selective mow around oaks and pecans in the pasture, allowing them to mature, while keeping the majority of it pasture.
That is great information, thank you.
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Old 12-07-2015, 03:10 PM   #21
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Congrats!
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Old 12-07-2015, 05:31 PM   #22
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Fantastic buck! Congratulations on your deer and on your degree!

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Old 12-07-2015, 10:35 PM   #23
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Congrats!
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:42 PM   #24
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Congrats on a very good buck..
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:45 PM   #25
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is it just me or is there a lot of basket ball racked bucks in Palestine
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:57 PM   #26
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is it just me or is there a lot of basket ball racked bucks in Palestine
I really haven't seen too many wide one's myself.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:59 PM   #27
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Congrats.
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Old 12-08-2015, 12:17 AM   #28
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Congrats.
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Old 12-08-2015, 01:00 AM   #29
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Congrats nice buck
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Old 12-08-2015, 01:21 AM   #30
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Awesome buck, congrats
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Old 12-09-2015, 09:00 AM   #31
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Congrats!
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Old 12-09-2015, 10:42 AM   #32
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Congrats
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Old 12-09-2015, 11:10 AM   #33
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Very nice buck. Congratulations.
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Old 12-09-2015, 11:14 AM   #34
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Well done! Congrats on a much deserved trophy!
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Old 12-09-2015, 11:21 AM   #35
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Nice buck
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Old 12-09-2015, 11:38 AM   #36
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Congrats on a great buck.
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Old 12-12-2015, 08:33 AM   #37
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Nice buck!
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Old 12-12-2015, 08:41 AM   #38
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Sweet looking buck!
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Old 12-12-2015, 08:58 AM   #39
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great deer. Congrats
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