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Old 10-20-2006, 12:11 AM   #1
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OK guys….I have not been around much because I have been HUNTING! I won’t be around much for the next few days because I will be getting caught up at work because I have been HUNTING. This hunt started about a month ago when I was looking for time in my calendar to go bowhunting. I picked this week and invited a new friend of mine. After church last Sunday we met up at my house and was rolling to my parent’s ranch around 1:00. We get to the ranch and unpack and I show him his stand setup. We clean up, get dressed and hit the stand.

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The last few years we have been seeing more deer and my goal was to take a doe this week with my recurve and a cedar arrow and put Tom on a hog or two. If I could accomplish this, it would be my first kill with a cedar arrow. I settle in the stand Sunday evening and await the feeder slinging those golden nuggets. It did not take long for a few deer to come in. I had a small five point come in and a longhorn spike that came by but did not come into the feeder. Monday morning I was in the stand well before light. Once the feeder went off I had the same small five point and his twin (almost identical antlers) at the feeder along with a small 8 point. I was still a little disappointed because I wanted to take a doe and I still had not seen a doe……four small bucks and no does! Monday evening the small five point was there and then the longhorn spike came in…..it was go time.

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I waited for the spike to work his way into a quartering away position in a shooting lane.

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He finally got into position quartering away and I drew back my recurve. When I reached anchor and was focused behind his shoulder I released only to see him completely duck the arrow. He ran off about 30 yards and came back in but never offered a shot.

On Tuesday morning it was cool and foggy and I was foggy and cool….I was PUMPED. The small 8 point came in and made a scrape at a mesquite about 25 yards away. It was cool….he scraped, peed, licked and rubbed on branches. That was the first time I have seen that live. He made the scrape, grabbed a bite or two and moved on quickly which is what he did all week. Two does then came out of the thick stuff and looked at the feeder for a minute and then moved on. The first does I have seen and they would not come in. I was a little bummed. I was worried that the stillness was allowing my scent to settle in too much. Shortly after that I see a deer coming in from the other direction. I then see his antlers as he clears a mesquite tree……he was a nice buck for my area. I knew that I would take a shot if he offered one. He came in and would eat a bite or two and then sniff the air. He would eat another bite or two and then move off a few yards. He kept this up for about ten minutes until he worked his way into a shooting lane but was quartering to me at about 7 yards….no shot. He finally got mostly broadside with his forward leg forward and I started to raise my bow and he stops, sniffs, and jumps back. Man this is getting to me. It is foggy and still and I just know that he could scent me at any minute if the wind breathes in his direction. He is now at 17 yards and starts to quarter away from me with his front leg forward. I thought about how jumpy he was, how my recurve is not the fastest bow, and how the spike who was calm had ducked my arrow the night before. I focused on a spot right in the white hair on his lower chest far enough back to get the exit would around his opposite shoulder. I was focusing on a spot where if he does not drop all I’ll do is give him a shave. I told myself “I make this shot every day in my back yard” and drew back. When I reached anchor and was locked in on that spot I let the cedar arrow fly. I see him duck and hear the thump, but did not see where the arrow hit. As he runs straight away from me I can see my arrow sticking out of his side at a sharp angle right below his spine. I cannot tell where the arrow hit left and right, but I know that it’s higher than I wanted. I hear some brush busting and then what sounds like some thrashing. I made a few phone calls and decide to back out and give him two hours.

That was the most painful two hours. I tried to fill it with camp chores and phone calls. I had called my uncle who had offered to come help me look. With no exit would and a very high entry wound there would be minimal blood. I was confident that if the shot was far enough forward the angle that I saw would get me at least one lung. My uncle showed up and we drove his Jeep to look for the buck. We found his tracks, but found no blood just as we expected. I told my uncle where I thought I heard the thrashing and we spread out about 20 yards. Just minutes into our search I hear my uncle say…”there’s an ear…..there’s an antler….he’s down!” I raised my bow up in victory and we hugged and then drug the buck out. Now the work began. Upon checking him out. The arrow had entered high and far back and went through the liver and then down through his right lung. There was some ground shrinkage on this buck, but for my first bow buck and to take him with a recurve and cedar arrow out of a stand location I selected and a stand that I built, I am satisfied.

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I photographed the rest of the week and came home today. I had several visitors to my stand including a few yotes, a bobcat, and a lizard

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We ate good

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We had a good time, but the sun has set on DH30’s bow season…..what a bow season.

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Old 10-20-2006, 12:18 AM   #2
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Way to go DH!! Thanks for bringing me into your hunting world. I really enjoyed the read and congrats on a very nice buck, with a trad bow and cedar arrow at that! Good going man.
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Old 10-20-2006, 12:33 AM   #3
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Nice. Congrats on a fine animal and getting to spend some time HUNTING!
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Old 10-20-2006, 12:43 AM   #4
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Congratulations. Nice buck.
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:30 AM   #5
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Great deer ! and I thought that was you today on the Beltway!

I actually got behind you guys at I-10 and Eldridge, but you didn't see me til 20 mins later.
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Old 10-20-2006, 06:47 AM   #6
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Congrats on a nice buck
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Old 10-20-2006, 07:09 AM   #7
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Great story and recap. Congrats on getting it done your way...
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Old 10-20-2006, 07:10 AM   #8
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Congrats!!

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You've been missed around here, Kevin. With all the changes, I think we've been sort of lax in the VE department and you were kind of one of the main folks keeping that going. Heck, I don't even know how to lay down a VE at this new place, but for what it's worth...

I nominate for VE!

Great write-up and awesome buck! Doin' it the hard way! Much congrats!
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Old 10-20-2006, 07:27 AM   #9
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I second the nomination. Thanks for a great recap and congrats on the great recurve buck.
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Old 10-20-2006, 07:47 AM   #10
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Congrats on a nice buck
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Old 10-20-2006, 07:52 AM   #11
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Great job and congrats!
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Old 10-20-2006, 08:00 AM   #12
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That is an awesome buck with trad gear.

Congrats on getting it done with a real stick and string.
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Old 10-20-2006, 08:10 AM   #13
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Great job Kevin, congrats! That's one to be proud of.

Do we even have a VE pic anymore? It may have gotten lost in the crash!
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Old 10-20-2006, 08:11 AM   #14
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What an accomplishment! It doesn't get any better than that. Congratulations!
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Old 10-20-2006, 08:25 AM   #15
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CONGRATS!!!!!!!! I like the set-up, you have a nice tree to set in!!!!
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Old 10-20-2006, 08:27 AM   #16
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Well done Kevin.

Not real sure if we have the VE pic or not....but I am going to be the third nomination.

Congrats on the VE!!
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Old 10-20-2006, 08:35 AM   #17
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Congrats on a fine buck with the trad gear.
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Old 10-20-2006, 08:41 AM   #18
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Way to go with the stick and string Kevin!
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Old 10-20-2006, 08:52 AM   #19
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Thanks guys. I'll try to get caught up on my TBH reading in the next week or so. I'll be busy so it will take a while. I'll try and get the VE's going again as well. I bet Legdog has the image somewhere. For some reason I cannot see any of my images or my profile from here at work.....I'm not sure what's up with that.

DJS,
I was running over 90 at times around BW8 to try and catch you.
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Old 10-20-2006, 09:16 AM   #20
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Excellent write up as usual. Congrats on a fine traditional gear buck.
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Old 10-20-2006, 09:17 AM   #21
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Congrats! That's quite an accomplishment with a recurve and cedar stick! Nothing to be ashamed of ground shrinkage or not.
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Old 10-20-2006, 09:18 AM   #22
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Way to go DH30!!!! Congrats on great buck. He will look great on your wall.
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Old 10-20-2006, 09:24 AM   #23
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Good job, great buck, nice CJ how about some more pics of it.
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Old 10-20-2006, 09:29 AM   #24
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Great job, Kevin. Congratulations!
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Old 10-20-2006, 09:30 AM   #25
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Nice buck and nice story, Kevin...congrats.
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Old 10-20-2006, 09:43 AM   #26
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Very nice buck. Congrats!
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Old 10-20-2006, 09:52 AM   #27
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Great write up! Congradualations on the accomplishment and Buck!

Stickbow Cedar 8, The Kevin Way (aka. the Barta Way)!!
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Old 10-20-2006, 10:38 AM   #28
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Well played Chaplain and BRAVO ZULU! Quite the accomplishment!
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Old 10-20-2006, 10:58 AM   #29
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Death From Above,
That is my uncle's CJ and it is nice.....4.3 liter Chevy V6, auto tranny, limited slip in front and locker in the back, 2 1/2" of lift, 31s.....nice jeep.

Wassaw,
It's actually a 10 point buck.
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Old 10-20-2006, 11:17 AM   #30
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Nice buck. Way to go getting it done with the recurve.

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Old 10-20-2006, 11:27 AM   #31
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very nice congrats on your buck
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Old 10-20-2006, 11:33 AM   #32
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One day when I grow up...I want to kill a buck with a recurve!!! Congrats Kevin.
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Old 10-20-2006, 11:41 AM   #33
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Congrats!!!
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Old 10-20-2006, 11:46 AM   #34
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Since I have mainly been a lurker most folks on the trad thread don't know me but I have read and enjoyed many of your messages...this one is the best. Congrats on a very nice buck. It's good to know there are other christian trad hunters out there.
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Old 10-20-2006, 11:56 AM   #35
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Simply.... Awesome!

Congrats Kevin!
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Old 10-20-2006, 12:46 PM   #36
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Going Back to the Basics, 'Curve and Cedar 101!

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10pt on Ice Courtesy of Deerhunter30!

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Old 10-20-2006, 12:49 PM   #37
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Kevin You My friend just got yerself some lunch from me! Nice to take one by going back to the basics! When can I come over and see the rack????
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Old 10-20-2006, 12:55 PM   #38
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sorry about that.
that pic in front of the jeep, i remember thinking how much darker and shiny'r the horns are of yours than the 8 that i got last year. i must have subconsciously been jealous.
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Old 10-20-2006, 12:57 PM   #39
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Rob,
Thanks for the VE. The rack is at the taxidermist. He said that he would be caping it out today.
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:02 PM   #40
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Who did ya take it to? Someone local?
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:13 PM   #41
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Rob,
It's a guy my dad works with who does it part time. His first name is Mike....I'm not sure what his last name is.
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:16 PM   #42
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Ground shrinkage my ***. That's a BEAUTIFUL 10 point. Congratulations. Cedar arrows out of a trad bow? You hold the top spot so far this year in my book.

Again, Congratulations Kevin!
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:21 PM   #43
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Congrats on an awesome buck. Congrats on getting with your trad bow and cedar arrow. Thats awesome.
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:40 PM   #44
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Nice work DH30 what an exciting write up and pictures from hunt, a real enjoyable read! Heck of a trophy with a recurve or any bow for that matter, keep up the good work with the recurve.
Congrats!
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Old 10-20-2006, 04:49 PM   #45
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Well done Kevin.
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Old 10-20-2006, 05:02 PM   #46
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Great recap, Kevin!! Congrats on a beautiful trad buck!
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Old 10-20-2006, 05:13 PM   #47
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Yeah, what Trey said! Don't understate your accomplishment, Kevin! You have every right to be proud of that one! Congratulations on a well earned trophy!

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Old 10-20-2006, 05:53 PM   #48
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Great buck with the stick and string. Congrats
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Old 10-20-2006, 07:40 PM   #49
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That's a awesome buck, Kevin. Ground shrinkage or not! Congratulations!
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Old 10-20-2006, 08:29 PM   #50
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Great job on story and a fine buck to boot
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