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Old 10-21-2006, 07:07 PM   #1
Joshua Flournoy
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Talking Big 8-Point Goes Down!

He's not a Texas buck, he's from my now home state of Ohio, but I thought ya'll might be interested to see him just the same!

Last evening I was set up in a staging area that I've been learning better how to hunt this season. I was hunting at the edge where several habitats come together and all feed into a big oak hillside where the deer have been eating acorns before heading out to the fields for the night. This was the 6th time I've hunted it since season opened. I've seen bucks every time I've hunted there - no less than 2, and several times as many as 7-8, including several shooters. Yesterday I felt very confident that I had their pattern "down", and the last two times I'd hunted there I saw a nice non-typical buck but couldn't get a shot at him either time, even though one of the times he ran right under my stand chasing a doe! I told my wife that I felt so confident about what might transpire last evening that I was taking my tripod out with me - to take pictures after the kill Well, I guess I've said that so many times that it had to work at least once, right?:biggrin:

I thought I would get in there "early" (3 pm) but when I got there I spooked a buck that was already there munching on acorns. I got set up in my tree and waited. Through the course of the evening I saw 3-4 does and a young 8-point. I kept watching for the non-typical buck again, since I saw him the last two times I hunted this spot. About 6 p.m. I decided to do a little rattling. Since it's getting on into the pre-rut pretty good, I did a pretty good session, nice and loud, for about 1 minute. Ten minutes later I still hadn't seen any reaction. A few minutes later, though, I noticed movement in the exact spot the NT came from a few days ago, so I figured it was him - but it wasn't. By the way, whether the buck was coming to my rattling, or just coming anyway, I can't say. I'd like to think it was because of my rattling, but who knows

Well, he walks out of this overgrown grass field into the woods and immediately starts rubbing saplings in his way. Then he does the wrong thing - he starts angling away from me. Pretty soon, though, he started angling back my way. He beat up on a few more trees and then went right to a scrape, gave it about 5 good swings of the hoof, played with the licking branch, and then started coming closer to me still. At this point he was about 25-30 yards, but was walking through a bit of brush. Shortly before he got into the open, he stopped to work another scrape that I didn't even know was there. Then he continued my direction. As he went behind a big tree, I went and drew my bow, and when he came out the other side he was in the clear, quartering just slightly towards me, and a measly 12 yards away. I bleated at him and he stopped. I put my pin about 6 inches above his belly line, right above his leg, and let it fly. I saw the arrow hit right where I was aiming and disappear. He did a little jump forward, and then half-jumped, half-hopped up the hill. He was favoring his front end a little, but other than that didn't appear to be mortally wounded. He went about 100 yards and still wasn't swaying or anything. When he walked out of my sight and still hadn't fallen, I was starting to get a little worried. I played the shot back in my head and wondered if maybe I had shot too low and hit only brisket. I climbed down to the ground and found the arrow covered in blood with air bubbles in it, so I had my fingers crossed that it was a lung shot. Well, over the next 100 yards I followed an increasingly heavy trail, and then I saw him, laying down, dead. He must have just lay down and died, because I never heard a crash or anything like that. He had gone about 100 yards, total.

He's not the biggest buck in the woods, but I'm very happy with him. My wife is due with a baby in about 3 weeks, and I determined this year to shoot the first good buck I had a chance at and hopefully be done before the baby came. This buck is also special to me because I've been watching him since mid-summer. I watched him come out and feed in a clover field practically every evening for several weeks in the summer, and I also got some trail camera pictures of during that time. Early fall he disappeared from view, but I still got many trail camera photos of him coming to my food plots. I ended up killing him about 600 yards through the woods from where I've been watching him for several months. Several months ago I gave him the nickname of "tall 8". Can you guess why?

We weighed him at the taxidermist this morning and he was right at 200 lbs., field-dressed.

I shot him with GoldTip 55/75 arrows from my Diamond Machete bow, using Wasp SST Hammer 3-blade 100 gr. broadheads.

Here's a few pictures of him last night, and one from this morning, miscellaneous shots, plus pictures I've gotten of him the last several months.

ashridge










the whole bloodtrail looked like this


my kids were very happy with him









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Old 10-21-2006, 07:33 PM   #2
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that is one heck of a buck GOOD JOB!!

I nominate for a VE
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Old 10-21-2006, 07:45 PM   #3
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Breat buck Joshua, every time I seeone of those northern bucks it makes me want to make a road trip.

Congrats.

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Old 10-21-2006, 07:56 PM   #4
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Congrats Joshua! That's a pretty buck.
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:06 PM   #5
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Great buck and great story!

What part of Ohio were you hunting in? Tejashunter is planning a trip up there in a week or two. He's hunting in south Ohio.
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:36 PM   #6
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Thats one nice buck congrats.
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:39 PM   #7
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Nice Buck
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:50 PM   #8
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Very nice buck.

I nominate this for a VE
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:53 PM   #9
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I knew it was just a matter of time before you posted an old bruiser from up there. Nice deer, Joshua!
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:54 PM   #10
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Oh, and nice looking family as well.
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:57 PM   #11
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Awesome - congratulations!
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Old 10-21-2006, 09:05 PM   #12
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great read and congrats on a nice 8pt
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Old 10-21-2006, 09:06 PM   #13
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Congrats, Joshua! Very nice buck!
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Old 10-21-2006, 09:07 PM   #14
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Congrats on a beautiful 8 point Josh,way to go
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Old 10-21-2006, 09:08 PM   #15
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Outstanding buck! Congrats.
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Old 10-21-2006, 09:28 PM   #16
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Great looking buck! Very good story. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-21-2006, 09:52 PM   #17
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Great buck Joshua, congrats!
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Old 10-21-2006, 10:23 PM   #18
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Way to go Josh...
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Old 10-21-2006, 10:47 PM   #19
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SUPER JOB my friend!
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Old 10-21-2006, 11:04 PM   #20
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WoW great buck congrats
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Old 10-21-2006, 11:08 PM   #21
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Great job Joshua!
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Old 10-21-2006, 11:29 PM   #22
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Congrats, Joshua! Very nice buck it don't matter where the buck is from!! looks like the kids are happy.
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Old 10-22-2006, 07:15 AM   #23
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Great buck! Congrats !
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Old 10-22-2006, 07:34 AM   #24
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Good Job, Congratulations!
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Old 10-22-2006, 07:42 AM   #25
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Great buck, Joshua!
Congrats.
(Where'd all those kids come from?)
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Old 10-22-2006, 10:56 AM   #26
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Awesome! I knew it would happen sooner than later. It's cool how those tines all sweep forward. Great write-up and pics, as always.

So we have a baby coming in three weeks. When and where is the next stop for the Diamond Machete?

Guess you could sell a few hunts for that non-typical now!
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Old 10-22-2006, 12:48 PM   #27
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Nice! Congrats1
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Old 10-22-2006, 02:13 PM   #28
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Have been enjoying your scouting all summer Josh. Thanks. Knew it was just a matter of time with you. That pickup full of smiles says it all. Good job and congrats.
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Old 10-22-2006, 02:15 PM   #29
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Great writeup and great buck!
Thanks for sharing with us.
Best of luck to you and your family with the baby.
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Old 10-22-2006, 02:48 PM   #30
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very nice deer
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Old 10-22-2006, 02:58 PM   #31
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That's an awesome buck Joshua! Congratulations!
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Old 10-22-2006, 03:20 PM   #32
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Great buck...almost perfect symetry, and nice write up. Good job of patterning and getting pictures of him before AND after the harvest! Excellent LDP's...someone knows how to take pictures.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-22-2006, 05:22 PM   #33
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Two great bucks in one year. Awesome and Congrats.
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Old 10-22-2006, 05:38 PM   #34
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excellent buck
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Old 10-22-2006, 06:05 PM   #35
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Monster Ohio Eight!

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Magnificent Ohio 8pt on Ice Courtesy of Joshua Flournoy!
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Old 10-22-2006, 07:25 PM   #36
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Thats a great buck. Congrats
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Old 10-22-2006, 07:41 PM   #37
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Thats a NICE buck!
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Old 10-22-2006, 07:55 PM   #38
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Looks like you put your time in. Great deer, I’m jealous …
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Old 10-22-2006, 10:09 PM   #39
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Nice buck how much did that sucker weigh ?
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Old 10-22-2006, 10:58 PM   #40
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That is a beauty. Congrats.
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Old 10-23-2006, 02:13 AM   #41
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Great buck!! Congrats!!
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Old 10-23-2006, 07:19 AM   #42
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Great buck Joshua! Congratulations and best wishes on the new addition to the family.

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Old 10-23-2006, 09:03 AM   #43
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That is a great 8 point! Congrats!
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Old 10-23-2006, 12:25 PM   #44
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that sure is a big un but you need to get another just like him to feed all your kids.
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Old 10-23-2006, 12:52 PM   #45
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Joshua, I look forward to your deer every year and you never fail to perform. Great buck, great read, and beautiful family. The kiddos have grown since the Shield.
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Old 10-23-2006, 01:17 PM   #46
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Thanks for the comments. I killed this buck near my home in southeast Ohio.

My wife and kids were definitely happy for me. My wife is always happy to have more meat in the freezer, and she also knows how much time I invested this summer/fall in scouting/hunting to take a good buck. The kids get excited when dad brings something home from the woods no matter whether it's a deer, hog, duck, turkey, whatever! My two oldest girls are shooting bows and want to be out bowhunting with me in a few years. I'm looking forward to that time.

Here are a few more pics of the buck that I pulled off my camera today.

Joshua

p.s. this is deer #4 for me this year - 2 in Ohio, 1 in North Dakota and 1 in West Virginia, so the freezer is getting very full. In fact, we're probably going to buy a 2nd chest freezer because I've still got another doe tag in Ohio and I may hunt an adjoining state before the season is over. My kids love venison and they'll get plenty of it this year!




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Old 10-23-2006, 02:03 PM   #47
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awesome job right there!!
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Old 10-23-2006, 02:03 PM   #48
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Congrats on a beautiful buck.
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Old 10-23-2006, 02:55 PM   #49
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Now those are two awesome bucks and a great write up . Congrates.
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Old 10-24-2006, 01:49 PM   #50
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Congrats again Josh! I'm very jealous right now! You've taken two great bucks already and I haven't even loosed an arrow at a buck yet! Can't wait to get there and hunt with you in a couple of weeks!
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