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Old 11-18-2020, 09:44 PM   #1
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Thumbs up I finally arrowed (and recovered) a good buck!

Went to KS a few weeks ago to set stands, burn a steak, & kill a few beers.

Succeeded in all 3 and actually hunted a couple times. Slow, to say the least.

Was planning on going for a week starting on the 7th but warm weather kept me from going til the 10th.

When I arrived at about 1:00 pm I stopped by a place & checked my main camera. No bucks over 100", but lots of does.

Disappointing.

I called my buddy and he told me to hunt the stand we had hand corned a couple 100 yds behind his house.

So.... off I went. Didnt check the cam, just climbed in about 3:30. After about 30-45 min of nothing. I picked up my rattling apparatus (dont recall brand) and worked it a few seconds. Before I had time to hang it back up I heard crunching leaves, coming fast.

When I saw him he was less than 40 yds and closing. And he was big enough for me! I hung the rattler up, grabbed my bow, hooked my release, drew and fired, nearly all in one motion. 23 yd shot.

I've lost deer before that I "thought" were "smoked". And I just "smoked" this one!

He trotted off down a hill and I mouth bleated at him. Not sure why. But.... he stopped (after only going 25-30 yds), wobbled, and dropped with a "thud".

I could see him lying there about 40 yds from me. I had no idea how big he was because it happened so fast. I knew he was big, but he had massive "ground growth" !

I waited a few min to get my s**t together then went to him.

The body! He looked like a bull ! When I stood in front of him and grabbed his right main beam to straighten him up I realized this deer was way better than I'd thought.

I knew he had a little mass & decent tines, at the shot. But I was thinking 15-16" wide & short main beams.

I was wrong. And I was done 1st day, less than 1 hr in!

I stayed 4 more days just enjoying life, good company, and the deer woods/grass (KS). I could have stayed through Monday but I seized the opportunity to take my 8 yo grandson hunting Sunday (he x-bowed his 1st deer that Sun eve).

It was cool watching deer that I would have normally been trying to shoot. 130's -140's. No pressure. I even filmed a couple reacting to my decoy.

I should be horse whipped for not taking good pics but I am having him mounted.

These first pics are where he fell, as I found him.

My buddies screamed "Oh no"! "Not a borderline buck the 1st day"!
I got news for them. This is a shooter in my book any day, lol. They thought he was a non 1st day shooter, per these pics.

I'll post hanging pics next.

Long read, but thanks for following along.

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Old 11-18-2020, 09:47 PM   #2
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Old 11-18-2020, 09:47 PM   #3
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Awesome buck! Congrats on getting it done.
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Old 11-18-2020, 09:53 PM   #4
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Very nice deer, congrats!!!!
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Old 11-18-2020, 09:54 PM   #5
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Great buck!


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Old 11-18-2020, 09:56 PM   #6
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Congrats!!!!
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:05 PM   #7
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Congrulations on a fun hunt.
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:05 PM   #8
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Great deer! Congratulations!!

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Old 11-18-2020, 10:10 PM   #9
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Hanging pics and score please . Those pics dont do justice
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:11 PM   #10
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Thats an over the borderline sexy crittter! Well done Mr12ring.
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:15 PM   #11
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Quote:
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Hanging pics and score please . Those pics dont do justice
Agreed.......need more pics.

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Old 11-18-2020, 10:16 PM   #12
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Awesome buck!

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Old 11-18-2020, 10:16 PM   #13
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Waydago, great buck
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:16 PM   #14
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Nice one, congrats
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:17 PM   #15
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Default Hanging.

The ground pics dont do him justice.

Field dressed 210# after hanging 18 hrs.

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Old 11-18-2020, 10:18 PM   #16
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Wow!!! Nice work!!!
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:18 PM   #17
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Come on with the better pics already

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Old 11-18-2020, 10:20 PM   #18
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:23 PM   #19
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Awesome deer Derek! Congrats!

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Old 11-18-2020, 10:24 PM   #20
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Monster. What did he score ?
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:24 PM   #21
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Did you cape him that way? Congrats on a nice one!!
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:25 PM   #22
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Wow! You’re right. He’s way bigger than the first pics showed. Congrats
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:28 PM   #23
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That’s a toad congrats
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:32 PM   #24
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Nice Big Buck, Congrats!
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:33 PM   #25
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Scored him twice (only once sober).

163 & 4/8" 1st time. 162 & 6/8" 2nd time.
Gross. Nets are for fish.
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:37 PM   #26
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Yes sir, you did good! Congrats
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:42 PM   #27
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You did good on your first day to me. Congratulations
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:43 PM   #28
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Congrats on a great buck. Thanks for telling the story too.
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:46 PM   #29
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Great buck and story.
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:48 PM   #30
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What a toad! Congrats!
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Old 11-18-2020, 10:52 PM   #31
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Darn nice for spur of the moment decision. Congratulations!
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Old 11-18-2020, 11:01 PM   #32
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Old Kansas white horn! Congratulations on a mighty fine buck!
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Old 11-18-2020, 11:04 PM   #33
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Congrats on a great looking buck!
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Old 11-18-2020, 11:10 PM   #34
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That’s a heck of a buck no matter what day it was on! Congratulations!
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Old 11-18-2020, 11:11 PM   #35
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Deer is huge!
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Old 11-18-2020, 11:16 PM   #36
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Great buck...congratulations!!
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Old 11-18-2020, 11:18 PM   #37
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Very nice buck! Congrats!
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Old 11-18-2020, 11:21 PM   #38
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Nice deer! Congrats!
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Old 11-18-2020, 11:27 PM   #39
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Awesome! Was supposed to be in Kansas this week


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Old 11-19-2020, 02:11 AM   #40
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Congrats Derek on your buck, and a big congrats to Ethan on his first!
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Old 11-19-2020, 04:32 AM   #41
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Congrats!
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Old 11-19-2020, 04:45 AM   #42
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Nice buck congrats!
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Old 11-19-2020, 04:59 AM   #43
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Congrats, awesome deer.
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Old 11-19-2020, 06:17 AM   #44
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Good one. Congratulations.
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Old 11-19-2020, 06:36 AM   #45
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Borderline shooter my ashe. He77 of a deer buddy. Good work. What huge body those deer have
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Old 11-19-2020, 06:36 AM   #46
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Great Buck, congrats
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Old 11-19-2020, 06:48 AM   #47
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Congratulations.

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Old 11-19-2020, 07:04 AM   #48
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To say you were due is a gross understatement....lol
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Old 11-19-2020, 07:09 AM   #49
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Congrats!!
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Old 11-19-2020, 07:22 AM   #50
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Congrats, nice one!
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