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Old 08-01-2020, 11:36 AM   #1
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Never considered myself too serious of a bow hunter, try to get out 1-2 nights a week and full weekends During the rut. I use an older Hoyt that my dad gave me when he switched to crossbow. Grew up shooting and always enjoyed it, loved 3D shoots and leagues growing up, but moved away from it.
Drink a beer or two in the stand, do my best with the wind and always learning. Pretty much just enjoy the whole thing and don’t like getting too uptight about it all. Really just enjoyed the whole thing from shooting foam blocks, new stands and especially land, dirt and saw work. A 160” is probably as big as I’d ever expect off this spot and that’s still a big deer, but I never expected to see anything like this on this property.
Well, it just got real last night and I’m a wreck. Was out mowing trails down to some stand locations and I bumped the deer that’s got me all knotted up, I can’t think straight, I didn’t sleep. I’m a mess. Gotta get a new bow, new clothes, possibly a truck and side by side. Got up close and personal with this guy that appeared 2 times on camera last year. While I was excited about him last season, deep down, was convinced my hunting partner was pranking me, simply because he’s far beyond what we normally target. I think he’s grown a bit since the photos.
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Old 08-01-2020, 11:39 AM   #2
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Thats a whopper for sure, i wouldn't loose any sleep. If it happens it happens. Probably be a different story if he walked out on me while in the stand, i would probably fall out just starin at him. Lol
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Old 08-01-2020, 11:41 AM   #3
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Man that is a giant and if he’s bigger now then good luck and shoot straight. Would love to see pics of him from this year
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Old 08-01-2020, 11:43 AM   #4
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In for fall LDP's.

Listen just relax. A deer is a deer. Research what you need to change, set up a plan, then execute. Either you get him or you don't. Just don't get nervous when you pull back. Good luck!!

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Old 08-01-2020, 11:43 AM   #5
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Good Lord. Heís a giant. Iíd be shook up too


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Old 08-01-2020, 11:46 AM   #6
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Saskatchewan??? Holy mass. Good luck getting him dead.

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Old 08-01-2020, 11:47 AM   #7
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I would literally sleep in the stand, what a toad!!!!!!
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Old 08-01-2020, 01:10 PM   #8
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Theyíre out there but only the lucky get a chance at them. I have literally missed shooting this one by five minutes. If I had stayed five mins longer heíd be on the wall... Just hunt as much as possible and give yourself the opportunity to be a lucky one! Good luck OP

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Old 08-01-2020, 01:30 PM   #9
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Saskatchewan??? Holy mass. Good luck getting him dead.

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Minnesota- family friends are land developers. Itís a blessing in that they let us hunt some amazing properties close to home and ask little in return. This one is a few hundred acres behind a strip mall on the divide of suburbs to Ag. The curse is that each spot is temporary until it sells. We had a duck and deer spot a few years back that was ridiculous and I got the dreaded call that they closed a sale the night before archery/duck opener. Itís given me motivation to not pass up any opportunity to sit regardless of wind or whim.
So thereís season ticking down and the threat of it being gone at any moment. No complaints, just a challenging type stress and a concerted effort to keep the spot and itís possibilities quiet locally. I literally donít even tell my own dad.
The pressured deer are easy thread has been an eye opener and game changer and Iím grateful to @Garguy for that. Iíve seen deer behavior thatís almost beyond explanation in these little metro pockets. Short of climbing a tree, Iíve watched numerous deer avoid dog walkers, cars, a black bear and me. Iíve nearly stepped over deer, climbed in the stand, sat perfectly still, and spotted bedded deer staring up at me. Raspberries have created a lot of impenetrable areas that limit the options for getting into a stand. I mow 7í wide trails and see does and immature bucks most times out, but the big guys will barely cross a cut.
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Old 08-01-2020, 01:31 PM   #10
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Oh my! That's a heck of a buck.
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Old 08-01-2020, 01:39 PM   #11
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Awesome! Good luck!
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Old 08-01-2020, 01:39 PM   #12
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Holy crap. Can you feed corn legally? If so I would have a mega pile out right now and a camera on it. World class buck in that pic sir.
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:01 PM   #13
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Amazing animal !!
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:04 PM   #14
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Oh my... that’s some serious bone
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:08 PM   #15
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Holy crap. Can you feed corn legally? If so I would have a mega pile out right now and a camera on it. World class buck in that pic sir.
No legal bait or attractant allowed up here with a CWD ban on even backyard feeding.
Weighing staying out of this little sanctuary against scrambling to plant a food/kill plot. I have sugar beets, daikon radishes and clover chickory on hand.
Literally a strip mall on one side, a neighbor hood on two sides and corn and sod fields the other direction. Leaning heavily towards tilling and planting!!
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:09 PM   #16
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Very nice deer.
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:13 PM   #17
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Fever is a covid symptom. You may need to call into work!
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:18 PM   #18
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Yea I would be dang shook up myself.. That is a true giant.. A once in a lifetime for most..
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:19 PM   #19
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I would plant it right now. Set a stand then get out.
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