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Old 10-18-2006, 11:45 AM   #1
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Default Big 7 down at Rancho Paraiso!

There are times in life and hunting when everything just seems “right”, this particular weekend was one of those. I was invited down by the Bone family to hunt their ranch in South Texas and do some herd thinning with several folks that I consider to be some of my closest friends.

After a couple of successful hunts were in the books by the others in the group I figured that I need to get with the program and stick something to help out the management plan.

Saturday morning found me in a box blind with shoot through vertical windows (as shown)
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on each side over looking a food plot to my north and east and a feeder to my west.
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I spent the majority of the morning in awe at the number of bucks I was seeing.I had several great buck in front of me but there was an awesome 8 that I had my eye on but he was at about 30-32 yards but never gave me a good shot


.......wise move because Mary had her eye on this particular buck!

You can see why!!
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After I turned my eyes from the Big 8, I noticed a huge bodied buck with what looked to be a broken G2 on his left main beam....after further review he didn’t have one at all and definitely fit the management plan! After about 30 minutes of watching this buck run off other bucks and generally act like King Kong, he worked his way into my video frame at 15-18 yards. The comedy of errors that took place with my 275 pound self in that box blind ensued from that point. The large vertical window that I needed to shoot out of was not a possibility because of my chair placement, which left me with one option....shoot out of the small 6” x 6” window on the right side of the blind. To pull off the shot I would have to semi-stand knees bent as shown and make the shot WITHOUT hitting the blind or window!

Like this.....
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Okay now I lean waaaaay left and ensure the buck is in frame...check....draw without being seen...check.....stand, anchor, crouch just a little, find the crease just behind the shoulder, sqeeeeeeeeze the trigger, THWACK!! Right were I wanted it!

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I put my bow on the floor, while watching the buck and grab my camera move it to the window in front of me. He runs for about 100 yards and stops with a WIDE stance and begins to seriously sway!! Makes a few more steps and stops again and then begins to run about another 60 yards or so and ducks in the brush just off the road. The time was 7:50 a.m., I waited until the crew came and got me before getting to as to not spoil Steven’s hunt in a big mesquite just 300 yards to my east.
The crew arrived and Mary and Wade helped me track the buck to the last place I saw him,
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I had a great blood trail but when it got to the fence where I last saw him it stopped!! Wade looked on the west side of the fence while Mary and I tried to see if he may have walked down the fence and crossed elsewhere. Looking at the blood trail I knew the buck had to be dead!! As I searched the road for signs of him crossing again I spotted the white belly of the buck laying just 10 yards off the road. Needless to say I was absolutely elated!! It was my first South Texas buck and he was down and out!! After a few high fives and hugs,
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Wade recorded my LDV and Steven did the honors on the LDP’s.
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The buck aged out at 5½ years and was 190 lbs on the hoof, my heaviest buck taken by a long shot. I’m very proud of the buck, he has a lot of character and I couldn’t be happier with him.

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It was an absolutely awesome weekend, I would like to thank the Bone family, Jamie, Mary, Justin and Travis, for having me at their ranch and Steven, Wade, Casey and Michael for sharing the weekend with me. This was definitely one of the best trips I have ever been on and thanks so much for reading along.


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Old 10-18-2006, 11:57 AM   #2
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Great video ABM! That's a great looking buck...love the deep chocolate horns on 'em. Congrats!
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:57 AM   #3
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great job on the write up! now, get back to work will you.



I'm your boss...so zip it!! Aggiebowman

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Old 10-18-2006, 11:57 AM   #4
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Let me the first to say congrats! Nice buck.
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:58 AM   #5
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Nice job as always Jason, love the video and pictures as well. I always wondered if there was much room in those blinds for a bowhunter, I guess we now know, HOW BIG AN OLE BOY ARE YOU????
Congrats again!
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:58 AM   #6
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Congrats on a great management buck.
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:02 PM   #7
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Sweeeeet, Congrats!!!!
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:03 PM   #8
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Awesome write and vid. jason. Heck of a shot too. I thought that deer was going to go down. But that shows you how tough a whitetail deer is.
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:13 PM   #9
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Nice buck congrats
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:15 PM   #10
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Great buck, video, its all good.
And Steven totally hooked you up on the pics.
Very, very nice.
Congrats
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:20 PM   #11
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Excellent video and write up. Congrats to all of you for a successful weekend spent with great friends. Can't ask for much more!!!!
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:24 PM   #12
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Congrats on a great looking 7 point Jason,great writeup as well
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:26 PM   #13
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Great video. Congrats on the great management buck.
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:30 PM   #14
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Awesome report. Almost feels like I was there!

Congrats to the Grande Bohemian
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:32 PM   #15
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Congrats Jason awesome all the way around!!
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:33 PM   #16
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Awesome job on the video, Jason! Very impressive!

I enjoyed the trip, as well. Looking forward to the next one!

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Old 10-18-2006, 12:36 PM   #17
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Primo video, Machala - and a heck of a deer!
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:38 PM   #18
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Great recap and an AWESOME video.

You are truly blessed to have friends like the Bones and those mad video skills!

Congrats on an awesome hunt!
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:39 PM   #19
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great buck and vid.
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:40 PM   #20
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Nice job on the story and great video Jason. I couldn't believe it when he stopped and started swaying and then threw up his tail and started running. One tough critter is all that I can say. I will bet you were wondering what the heck?
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:44 PM   #21
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Bien hecho Bohemian!
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:45 PM   #22
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TOP NOTCH!Congrads and Thanks for sharing Jason!
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:46 PM   #23
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Jason is my idol! Way to go!
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Old 10-18-2006, 01:03 PM   #24
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Great shot and a great video dude!
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Old 10-18-2006, 01:10 PM   #25
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Cool, cool video....

and you're "good people", Jason. We can't wait to have you back.

Oh, and I pounded the doves last weekend at that same spot that your buck fell. You made a good recommendation
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Old 10-18-2006, 01:21 PM   #26
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Great thread, great pics, great video, great deer. This is the type of Hunting Report I look foward to reading. Congrats.
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Old 10-18-2006, 01:27 PM   #27
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Very nice, congrats.
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Old 10-18-2006, 01:39 PM   #28
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Great recap, Congrats!!
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Old 10-18-2006, 01:41 PM   #29
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Thats how you do it! Great deer and great video.
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Old 10-18-2006, 01:53 PM   #30
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Great recap and awesome job on the video!!!
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Old 10-18-2006, 02:02 PM   #31
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sweetness right there!! great job!!
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Old 10-18-2006, 02:11 PM   #32
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Thanks alot everyone, the LDP's were really my first "quality LDP" that I've ever had, can't thank Steven enough. I tried to play around with a few different camera angles on the outtakes of my draw and I think it turned out well. I likey!

DoubleL, I was wondering what the heck is he doing?.....could have sworn he was going down!

Jamie, I'm glad you dusted the doves there, they really like that little area for some reason.

Thanks again.
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Old 10-18-2006, 02:13 PM   #33
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I like the "heavy breathing" after the shot

Awesome buck, and video, Jason. Certainly was a great weekend!
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Old 10-18-2006, 02:26 PM   #34
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When I quit the "heavy breathing" I'll put the bow down!
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Old 10-18-2006, 02:26 PM   #35
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Great Shot and Video, Jason.

Congrats
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Old 10-18-2006, 02:46 PM   #36
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Excellent!
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Old 10-18-2006, 02:49 PM   #37
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Congrats on a nice management buck. Enjoyed the video.
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Old 10-18-2006, 02:50 PM   #38
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Nice job Machala.
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Old 10-18-2006, 03:05 PM   #39
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Congratulations again on a nice buck!! Excellent video and great shot!!!
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Old 10-18-2006, 03:07 PM   #40
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That's one tough buck! Like I've been telling you, that 15-18 yd. shot takes all the guess work out of it.
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Old 10-18-2006, 03:12 PM   #41
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good one ..
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Old 10-18-2006, 03:15 PM   #42
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Congrats on a great buck. I love the dark horns. They always make the horns look better to me. Enjoyed the story, pics and video...
Congrats again
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Old 10-18-2006, 03:15 PM   #43
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Awesome buck, Jason! Great job on the video as well. Well done ya big Bohemian.

Now, pose that shot stance one more time for me, would ya?
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Old 10-18-2006, 03:26 PM   #44
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Nice buck! Loved the pics.
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Old 10-18-2006, 03:31 PM   #45
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WOW,WOW,WOW. Great job on the video. Congratulations.
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Old 10-18-2006, 03:42 PM   #46
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Finally I get to see the video.

Great shot Jason and good story. I like the "like this" photo.
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Old 10-18-2006, 03:57 PM   #47
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Congrats on the buck Jason. Great shot and video.

I am glad you explained that one picture. You looked just like Casey about ten miles down the road from Bill Miller's Bar-b-que.

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Old 10-18-2006, 04:01 PM   #48
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Great shot and great video Jason!

How do you like those blinds? I've been looking for some new box blinds. Who makes these? Are they big enough? Are the windows placed well. Can a deer see thru the mesh? Can you block out the mesh behind you?
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Old 10-18-2006, 04:06 PM   #49
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Great recap, video and pics. Congrats on a heck of a mature whitetail buck.
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Old 10-18-2006, 04:21 PM   #50
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Congrats Machala! Great Video. Hope to see more during the season.
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