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88 Bound 11-29-2021 01:38 PM

180 Proof - a deer story (long read)
 
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Like most everybody, my plans were in place to hunt the long Thanksgiving weekend. The weather forecast was about as good as could be expected and anticipation was high. I have had a certain deer on my mind since about mid-July when his growth really started to explode. Texts were flying between the LO and I about his progress, almost daily. We ended up naming him 180 proof, because all through velvet we thought he would scare 180". I put in some hunts in October and I always seemed to just miss him. This buck has always had a tight home range so the only real fear I had was of him breaking up before I could catch up with him. As the days grew near, the LO was seeing him regularly and my hopes were up that we would cross paths. Friday morning finally arrived and on the way in to the blind he's been seen the most at, he crossed in front of us in the dark. I couldn't believe how big he was. Game on!

I get dropped off and settled in. 10 mins later the feeder throws....what? The time is 6 AM. Fantastic! Not 5 mins later I hear about 8 shots fire off in the direction the LO went. Then a text: wife coming back by, IA's were by her blind and she's headed to a different one. No sooner after I read it I see the headlights and she buzzes by. I sit back and chuckle thinking, at least my luck is consistent. Daylight breaks and several does filter in to feed. I watched the awesome sunrise and was just happy to be in the brush again. About 45 minutes later I see a big dark deer trotting in about 400 yards away. Sure enough, it's 180 proof. He proceeds to gather about 5 does and pushes them in like a herd of elk, putting on one heck of a show. In what seemed like an eternity he's finally about 120 yards away. I was ready for him and let him have it. He fell in sight. I couldn't believe it. My largest buck was finally mine. He busted off an estimated 3" of his G4 and still stretched the tape at 168 7/8. It was a bit bittersweet not officially clearing the 170" mark but for a low fence brush country buck with the character he has, I'm on cloud 9.

Oh, and come to find out the shots fired were warning shots to keep the IA's away from the girls in the blind. No one was harmed. On to the pics!

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Pstraw 11-29-2021 01:54 PM

My goodness what a buck. He has a lot of character. Congratulations!

txoutdoorsman24 11-29-2021 01:55 PM

Whoa, what a nice buck. Congrats bud!!!

DUKFVR 11-29-2021 01:58 PM

Congrats on a Great buck!

ClayW 11-29-2021 01:59 PM

Awesome buck!

kenith_rowe2004 11-29-2021 02:04 PM

Wow, Congrats on a monster.

goldtip5575 11-29-2021 02:08 PM

Congrats on an awesome buck. It's usually the times we think, no way is this going to happen, that it actually does.

BrianG 11-29-2021 02:11 PM

Great buck! Congrats!

jshouse 11-29-2021 02:16 PM

dang good deer right there

kruppa24 11-29-2021 02:31 PM

Heck of a buck, congrats

BlackHogDown 11-29-2021 02:40 PM

Woah. Congrats on a heck of a deer.

lanceodom 11-29-2021 02:42 PM

great buck!

mzurovec 11-29-2021 02:45 PM

That's some kind of buck! Congrats!!

mpotts 11-29-2021 02:46 PM

what an eventful day! Congrats

texan16 11-29-2021 03:06 PM

Interesting morning to say the least...congrats on a hell of a deer !!!

flinger 11-29-2021 03:08 PM

Awesome buck congrats!

Rwc 11-29-2021 03:18 PM

That's a good one sir.

Rwc

Dusty Britches 11-29-2021 03:22 PM

Nice! Congrats!

Gumbo Man 11-29-2021 03:24 PM

That’s a stud. Congrats sir

Buck_jane 11-29-2021 03:29 PM

Congrats. Love the character

ccbrown50 11-29-2021 03:30 PM

Nice one. It seems to always happen when you least expect it. Congrats!

Exit110 11-29-2021 03:39 PM

Stud congrats

flywise 11-29-2021 03:42 PM

What a great buck, waydago!

stxbowhunter 11-29-2021 03:57 PM

Heck of a buck, congrats!

Bone Thug 11-29-2021 04:42 PM

Wow!!!! Heck of a bucků.I like him.

Big congrats on your personal best. ;)b

RS3 11-29-2021 05:37 PM

Great buck! Congrats!

louieagarcia 11-29-2021 05:50 PM

Supercool buck! Congrats!!!

stickman 11-29-2021 06:13 PM

Great buck! Looks like a river bottom deer.

wheels 11-29-2021 06:26 PM

Great Buck

Chew 11-29-2021 06:38 PM

Great write up and even better buck!


3ChordTruth 11-29-2021 07:31 PM

Congratulations, an outstanding buck.

WTN 11-29-2021 07:46 PM

88 is my hero. Congrats!

rjtkdplus 11-29-2021 09:13 PM

Heck of a buck! Congrats!


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