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Old 10-24-2022, 11:58 AM   #1
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Walked into the woods about 3pm. Walked up on a few does that were moving around which I thought was odd considering how warm it was yesterday. Finally got in my stand about 4:30 and really didnít expect to see anything. Itís been two years since I was able to bow hunt so I was eager to get in the woods anyway. About 6:30 I was standing and kind of letting my mind wander when I see something walking straight at me. Buck! Heís 60 yards and closing in, then takes a hard left turn and headed towards an opening I knew was 40+. I grab my bow and he begins to veer right along the inside edge of a thicket. As he slowly approaches another opening at 25 I draw back and he steps further into the thicket then quickly disappears behind some thicker brush, directly behind my tree. I have no shot. Now I canít see him, so I stand with bow in hand for about 3 minutes. Thinking heís caught my ground scent I assume he quietly left town. I hang my bow up again and stay standing. I have a buddy hunting about 150 yards south of me on the other side of this thicket so I text him ďbuck headed your wayĒ. Since I last saw the buck about 5 minutes have passed. Iím a little upset I wasnít better situated but really hoping my buddy can shoot his first public land buck. Then like he popped up out of the ground, he took a few steps forward and is now 10 yards from the bottom of my tree on the wrong side. Still no shot. He stands under me for 3 minutes barely moving, I think he could smell my tracks and was trying to decide what to do or which way to go. He finally breaks his stance and turns back to head the way he came from. I grab my bow, draw back and let an arrow fly at 20 yards. He takes off like a bat out of hell, I see the arrow pop out of his other side and watch him run about 150 yards and pile up. Couldnít be more thankful than I am right now!






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Old 10-24-2022, 12:01 PM   #2
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:01 PM   #3
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:02 PM   #4
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:02 PM   #5
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:13 PM   #6
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:23 PM   #7
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:24 PM   #8
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:26 PM   #9
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:26 PM   #10
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:27 PM   #11
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:30 PM   #12
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:32 PM   #13
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:38 PM   #14
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:40 PM   #15
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Well done! Quite the accomplishment.
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:42 PM   #16
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:44 PM   #17
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:47 PM   #18
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:52 PM   #19
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Nice buck! Those high shots don't leave a great blood trail, but man is there a ton of room to still grab both lungs. Great outcome!
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Old 10-24-2022, 12:55 PM   #20
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Old 10-24-2022, 01:00 PM   #21
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Man thats awesome! We are not supposed to ask which public land right? Still trying to figure out some of unwritten rules.
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Old 10-24-2022, 01:01 PM   #22
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Old 10-24-2022, 01:10 PM   #23
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Nice buck! Those high shots don't leave a great blood trail, but man is there a ton of room to still grab both lungs. Great outcome!

Yes sir. Ended up putting my black Eagle carnivore and rage trypan all the way through him, nicked one lung and tore up far side lung. Blood trail wasnít great but wouldíve been easy tracking in daylight. I did see him fall so that helped


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Old 10-24-2022, 01:11 PM   #24
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Man thats awesome! We are not supposed to ask which public land right? Still trying to figure out some of unwritten rules.

The Davy Crockett is 160,000+ acres and this is the biggest buck Iíve seen/shot out here. If you go out this weekend and shoot one even bigger Iíll be just as excited for you lol.


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Old 10-24-2022, 01:12 PM   #25
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Old 10-24-2022, 01:14 PM   #26
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Old 10-24-2022, 01:14 PM   #27
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Old 10-24-2022, 01:15 PM   #28
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That's a great way to get back after a 2 yr layoff. Congratulations!
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Old 10-24-2022, 01:15 PM   #29
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Heck yeah always love to see the public land kills
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Old 10-24-2022, 01:22 PM   #30
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Old 10-24-2022, 01:41 PM   #31
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Old 10-24-2022, 01:48 PM   #32
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Old 10-24-2022, 01:50 PM   #33
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Congrats. Those pine groves hold some good deer.
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Old 10-24-2022, 01:52 PM   #34
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Old 10-24-2022, 01:56 PM   #35
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Congrats on a nice PL buck.
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Old 10-24-2022, 02:00 PM   #36
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Old 10-24-2022, 02:07 PM   #37
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Old 10-24-2022, 02:10 PM   #38
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Old 10-24-2022, 02:34 PM   #39
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Public land or not, Great deer, fantastic shooting. Congratulations!!
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Old 10-24-2022, 02:35 PM   #40
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Old 10-24-2022, 02:37 PM   #41
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Walked into the woods about 3pm. Walked up on a few does that were moving around which I thought was odd considering how warm it was yesterday. Finally got in my stand about 4:30 and really didnít expect to see anything. Itís been two years since I was able to bow hunt so I was eager to get in the woods anyway. About 6:30 I was standing and kind of letting my mind wander when I see something walking straight at me. Buck! Heís 60 yards and closing in, then takes a hard left turn and headed towards an opening I knew was 40+. I grab my bow and he begins to veer right along the inside edge of a thicket. As he slowly approaches another opening at 25 I draw back and he steps further into the thicket then quickly disappears behind some thicker brush, directly behind my tree. I have no shot. Now I canít see him, so I stand with bow in hand for about 3 minutes. Thinking heís caught my ground scent I assume he quietly left town. I hang my bow up again and stay standing. I have a buddy hunting about 150 yards south of me on the other side of this thicket so I text him ďbuck headed your wayĒ. Since I last saw the buck about 5 minutes have passed. Iím a little upset I wasnít better situated but really hoping my buddy can shoot his first public land buck. Then like he popped up out of the ground, he took a few steps forward and is now 10 yards from the bottom of my tree on the wrong side. Still no shot. He stands under me for 3 minutes barely moving, I think he could smell my tracks and was trying to decide what to do or which way to go. He finally breaks his stance and turns back to head the way he came from. I grab my bow, draw back and let an arrow fly at 20 yards. He takes off like a bat out of hell, I see the arrow pop out of his other side and watch him run about 150 yards and pile up. Couldnít be more thankful than I am right now!






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Old 10-24-2022, 02:38 PM   #42
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Old 10-24-2022, 02:40 PM   #43
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Congrats, enjoyed your recap.

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Old 10-24-2022, 02:46 PM   #44
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Atta Boy!
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Old 10-24-2022, 05:10 PM   #45
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Old 10-24-2022, 05:51 PM   #46
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Awesome, congrats!
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Old 10-24-2022, 06:14 PM   #47
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Great deer and a great shot. I shot my first buck in seven years last week. Had adrenaline pumping for days
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Old 10-24-2022, 06:51 PM   #48
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Old 10-24-2022, 09:21 PM   #49
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That's a dandy!
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Old 10-24-2022, 09:59 PM   #50
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