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Old 01-16-2020, 11:40 AM   #1
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You never know what will show up. Had cameras going year round and we spent a lot of time in the field this past season and we had never seen this deer before. My son shot this dude the morning of January 3rd. We hunt on a fairly small tract of family land in Schleicher County and there is pretty heavy hunting pressure all around. No clue where he may have came from. Game cams are awesome tools, but just because you arent seeing good deer on them, doesnt mean they arent around.........
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Old 01-16-2020, 11:41 AM   #2
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Nice!
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Old 01-16-2020, 11:42 AM   #3
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Good for you! Got to love low fence for that reason!
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Old 01-16-2020, 11:43 AM   #4
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Same happened to me this year, I shot a buck nobody had ever seen. Congrats to him!
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Old 01-16-2020, 11:45 AM   #5
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Holy cow what a great buck to take at the last minute of the season. Congratulations to your son.
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Old 01-16-2020, 11:49 AM   #6
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Hunted in Schleicher County for 6 years and never saw anything that big.

Congrats on a great Buck, no matter where it came from.
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Old 01-16-2020, 11:49 AM   #7
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Definitely a cool buck!!
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Old 01-16-2020, 11:52 AM   #8
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Sweet, what a great buck
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Old 01-16-2020, 11:52 AM   #9
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Very nice, congratulations! That's a great LDP also!
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Old 01-16-2020, 12:32 PM   #10
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Very nice...cool buck!

This'll get your attention....

Buddy of mine had a good buck on camera in ENE LA....2 days later his buddy had the same buck on camera 8 miles away, yes 8 miles. From memory SFA/Kroll found in east TX up to 3.5 miles....TTU study said up to 7.5 miles in the more open areas of west TX....but I could be off as I read tus stuff 15 - 20 years ago.

It does explain 100% why you'll see a buck on camera all the time and then he disappears....or....you see a buck once and never see him again.....or a "new" buck just appears.

BTW, sorry if I hijacked your thread.....just thought this would explain why you guys hadn't seen your son's buck before....

https://www.clarionledger.com/story/...ey/3077706002/

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Old 01-16-2020, 12:50 PM   #11
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That is an awesome buck! Congratulations to your son! Also, that is a GREAT photo too!! Beautiful pose highlighting the buck, great smile/pose of your boy, and what a background!! ...as they say, "Suitable for framing!"
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Old 01-16-2020, 01:03 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the nice comments on his deer. He is a senior at A&M and this was the first chance we had to deer hunt together in the last two years. This was really a cool deer. Had 11 scorable points and had two others broke off. Heck of a deer...
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Old 01-16-2020, 01:27 PM   #13
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Hunted in Schleicher County for 6 years and never saw anything that big.

Congrats on a great Buck, no matter where it came from.


I hunt in Schleicher west of Eldorado. We have bucks this size and better
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Old 01-16-2020, 01:40 PM   #14
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Stories like these are what keeps many of us going to the stand for the umpteenth time when we haven't even seen a shooter on camera. You truly never know!
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Old 01-16-2020, 01:45 PM   #15
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Niiice!
Way to go!
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Old 01-16-2020, 02:48 PM   #16
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Bonus buck. Congrats to your boy.

Several years back I was tracking a deer on my cams. Other hunters to the N and S of me had regular pics of him. The linear distance was around 3 miles. You never know what will show up, especially in the late season. Limited food sources and late doe estrous can pull them in from a long ways off.
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Old 01-16-2020, 03:27 PM   #17
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Congrats to your son on a great buck.
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Old 01-16-2020, 03:31 PM   #18
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Congratulations to your son!
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:21 PM   #19
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Great! Congrats to your son!
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:48 PM   #20
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I have such mixed emotions towards game cameras. They are great tools, but they start to really effect your actual hunting. The past two years I have been running 6 cameras from Late May/Early June until February. I also haven't shot a mature buck in those two years because I find one specific deer and focus on it. The 4 years before that I killed a Pope and Young deer and ran maybe two cameras and not very consistently. I went out and just hunted, hunted a mature buck. Two of those deer I shot I had never seen before until the day I had them walk under my tree, a 14 point that was nearly 160" and an 8 point that was high 140s.

This year alone I passed up 3 deer that would have scored higher than the deer that I was hunting and were "mature" 5 year old deer. I'm determined to go back to hunting for maturity and not just a specific deer. And not rely on what the cameras are "seeing" because I let it effect whether I even want to bother with hunting too often.

Also, congrats to your son on a cool and unique deer!
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:52 PM   #21
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nice congrats
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:04 PM   #22
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That's a very cool buck! Congrats to your son!
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:47 PM   #23
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Nice buck, congrats
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Old 01-16-2020, 06:31 PM   #24
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I have such mixed emotions towards game cameras. They are great tools, but they start to really effect your actual hunting. The past two years I have been running 6 cameras from Late May/Early June until February. I also haven't shot a mature buck in those two years because I find one specific deer and focus on it. The 4 years before that I killed a Pope and Young deer and ran maybe two cameras and not very consistently. I went out and just hunted, hunted a mature buck. Two of those deer I shot I had never seen before until the day I had them walk under my tree, a 14 point that was nearly 160" and an 8 point that was high 140s.

This year alone I passed up 3 deer that would have scored higher than the deer that I was hunting and were "mature" 5 year old deer. I'm determined to go back to hunting for maturity and not just a specific deer. And not rely on what the cameras are "seeing" because I let it effect whether I even want to bother with hunting too often.

Also, congrats to your son on a cool and unique deer!
I agree the game cams can be both good/bad, have positive/negaive impact on your hunting and even limit the places you may choose to hunt..... all I use the camera for is to see what has been showing up and see if I can develop any type of pattern with certain deer. When we get out there to hunt, I am going to hunt regardless of what is on the camera.
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