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Old 10-03-2020, 04:53 PM   #1
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Default Opening Morning Success... after a tough blood trail.

This may get a little wordy and I apologize up front. This one is no Booner but he is special to us. We made the decision earlier this year to look for some property of our own. I wasn't quite ready but it has always been a dream of my dad's to have a family place and we knew we needed to do it now while he still had a few good years to work and enjoy the place. So in January my wife and I began the search, fully expecting to view many ranches for multiple months but wouldn't you know, I fell in love with the first one we looked at, never thought it would be down South.

We closed in February and have been WORKING hard to get things set up and start pulling some deer in. (Bugging the South Texas and McMullen county threads with many questions) Fast forward to this morning, I was covered up with does and fawns and got a text from my dad. "He jumped string on me and I hit him back", he was sick - ready to pack up and go home. We left him alone, I put in a request for a dog on the GS but decided to ease in and take a look after 3 hours. No blood on arrow and it smelled like guts, I wasn't very confident. We looked and swept for about 20 minutes, was just about to back out and just blindly stumbled across blood about 100 yds in the brush. It was steady and getting better as we went, followed it about another 100 yds and right into the thickest mesquite/cactus flat on the place. It started getting spotty and we started getting nervous walked around a big bunch of cactus and right up on him.

I'm not gonna lie, I got pretty emotional. My dad killed his best buck to date on OUR property, the first morning we hunted it. By the way, these are some big bodied deer down here - WOW. Like I said he's not a monster but he is special to us and will be the first one on the ranch wall.

Thanks for following along and thanks for the suggestions the AM, I'm glad we didn't have to make the call. Good luck to everyone the rest of the weekend. I have no idea why those images posted like that, will add a better one of the deer.
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Old 10-03-2020, 04:58 PM   #2
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Old 10-03-2020, 05:02 PM   #3
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That's awesome, congrats!

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Old 10-03-2020, 05:03 PM   #4
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That is awesome!!!

Not sure how much y’all are supplementing, but McMullen has tons of native browser that’s just as good or better than anything you could ever feed them.
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Old 10-03-2020, 05:05 PM   #5
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Wow! Glad y’all found it. Congrats to your father for setting the bar high.


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Old 10-03-2020, 05:08 PM   #6
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Wow...good job. That looks like a big healthy buck!
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Old 10-03-2020, 05:12 PM   #7
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making some good memories....nice
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Old 10-03-2020, 05:14 PM   #8
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Old 10-03-2020, 05:14 PM   #9
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Very nice buck
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Old 10-03-2020, 05:15 PM   #10
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That's a nice lookin' buck. Congratulations to the 'young' man!
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Old 10-03-2020, 05:28 PM   #11
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Great buck! Congrats
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Old 10-03-2020, 05:29 PM   #12
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Old 10-03-2020, 05:31 PM   #13
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Goodness son! Nice buck
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Old 10-03-2020, 06:53 PM   #14
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Heck yeah! Very nice!
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Old 10-03-2020, 06:56 PM   #15
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Congrats!!! I sure miss my days of hunting in McMullen Cty!!!!

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Old 10-03-2020, 06:57 PM   #16
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Congratulations on a beautiful McMullen buck. Welcome to the neighborhood!


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Old 10-03-2020, 07:09 PM   #17
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Heck Yeah........Good Job fellas
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Old 10-03-2020, 07:13 PM   #18
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Nice buck and congrats to your Dad!
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Old 10-03-2020, 07:13 PM   #19
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Beautiful buck and congrats on y'alls own place!!

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Old 10-03-2020, 07:19 PM   #20
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That's some good bull !!! Congrats to all!!!
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Old 10-03-2020, 07:30 PM   #21
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That’s a great looking deer! Tell him congrats!


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Old 10-03-2020, 07:31 PM   #22
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Congrats to your Dad and all of you ! Nothin like making it happen on your own place!
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Old 10-03-2020, 07:34 PM   #23
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Lot more than the score that make a deer a trophy. Congrats to you both on a fine deer!
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Old 10-03-2020, 07:42 PM   #24
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Congrats...he’s a monster in my book!
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Old 10-03-2020, 08:20 PM   #25
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Congratulations to you both, that'll be something for both of you to remember for a long time
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Old 10-03-2020, 08:36 PM   #26
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Good memories. Congratulations
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Old 10-03-2020, 08:43 PM   #27
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Old 10-03-2020, 08:51 PM   #28
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Thank you everyone! We threw a tape on him, 23" beams, 4 1/2" bases, 17 1/2" inside. his brows and G2's hurt him but we are more than pleased.

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Old 10-03-2020, 08:54 PM   #29
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Congrats to you and your Dad!
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Old 10-03-2020, 08:56 PM   #30
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Good job! Congratulations!
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Old 10-03-2020, 08:59 PM   #31
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Congrats! Beautiful deer, and really great to be on y'all's place and right off the bat!
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Old 10-03-2020, 09:00 PM   #32
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Nice one! Congrats!
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Old 10-03-2020, 09:20 PM   #33
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That's some great stuff. Keep on enjoying that place as long as you can.
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Old 10-03-2020, 09:52 PM   #34
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Great deer & congrats to y’all!
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Old 10-03-2020, 09:57 PM   #35
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Congrats to Dad!
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Old 10-03-2020, 10:08 PM   #36
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Congrats to your Dad. Good job on finding him and not giving up.
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Old 10-03-2020, 10:12 PM   #37
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Old 10-03-2020, 10:13 PM   #38
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That’s a nice deer. Makes it even better being on your own place especially opening day. Congrats!!!
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Old 10-03-2020, 10:20 PM   #39
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What an awesome accomplishment for your family. Congrats.
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Old 10-03-2020, 10:24 PM   #40
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Congratulations! Great buck.
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Old 10-03-2020, 10:32 PM   #41
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Congrats. Nice Buck. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-03-2020, 10:33 PM   #42
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Great buck and for "pop's" even better.
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Old 10-03-2020, 10:41 PM   #43
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Old 10-03-2020, 10:53 PM   #44
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Good job, he's a nice one for sure.
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Old 10-03-2020, 10:54 PM   #45
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Wow that's a great way to start the memories with family. Congrulations.
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Old 10-03-2020, 10:54 PM   #46
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Nice buck, congrats to your dad
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Old 10-03-2020, 10:57 PM   #47
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Dig it
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Old 10-03-2020, 11:52 PM   #48
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Awesome
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Old 10-04-2020, 12:12 AM   #49
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Congrats in ALL aspects!
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Old 10-04-2020, 12:12 AM   #50
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Congrats on a great first buck on your new property.
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