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Old 10-17-2022, 05:45 PM   #1
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I got my biggest buck this morning on some public land I have been hunting for about 8 years now. It is also only the second buck I have killed out there but not for lack of trying. The first was in 2017 and the hunting was pretty good back then. I moved to South Texas for 2 seasons and when I came back in 2020 it wasnít the same anymore. It seemed there was a lot more pressure and the deer just werenít in there like they were before.

I tried a different area last year and I had 2 really big deer on camera but after the first week I wasnít seeing much and started seeing more people out there. I hunted hard for 2 months and just couldnít get in range of anything decent. Both big bucks ended up getting killed on private land.

This year I decided to try one of my old spots again. I knew of 3 shooters in the area that I had history with. None of them would score very high but very mature bucks. I ended up finding one of them dead before the season opened. The season started out awful and I was starting to get a little worried.

Yesterday I decided to change things up with the changing weather and wind direction. I got a new spot set up where I felt I could slip in undetected and avoid getting winded. I slipped in this morning without spooking anything and as soon as it got light enough to see a small 8 point and this wider buck came in. At first I thought it was a wide 8 point I was after then I realized it was a new buck. I knew it was the biggest buck Iíve ever had in bow range and he looked mature so I decided to go ahead and take him. He only ran about 60 yards and I heard him crash into a fallen tree. Quickest hunt of my life. I rough scored him at 133 and 18.5 inches wide.
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Old 10-17-2022, 05:46 PM   #2
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That is awesome. Congrats!
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Old 10-17-2022, 05:47 PM   #3
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Awesome!!
Very nice buck and good shooting. Congrats on your biggest bow buck.
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Old 10-17-2022, 05:49 PM   #4
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Congratulations, he’s a great buck!
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Old 10-17-2022, 05:49 PM   #5
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Awesomeness
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Old 10-17-2022, 05:50 PM   #6
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Awesome Buck!
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Old 10-17-2022, 05:50 PM   #7
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Congrats! Heck of an accomplishment.
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Old 10-17-2022, 05:51 PM   #8
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Congrats!!
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Old 10-17-2022, 05:52 PM   #9
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Super Buck! Congratulations
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Old 10-17-2022, 05:52 PM   #10
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Great Buck, especially on Public Land. Congrats on a Good'Un
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Old 10-17-2022, 05:52 PM   #11
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Awesome buck! Congratulations
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Old 10-17-2022, 05:52 PM   #12
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Helluva public land deer! I have a few friends who've nailed nice deer on public land (deer that would be nice anywhere) and I'm always far more impressed by that, that y'all got it done on public land. hoythunter02 on here is one who has taken some good deer on public land. I think it's awesome.
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Old 10-17-2022, 05:53 PM   #13
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Awesome deer!
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Old 10-17-2022, 05:53 PM   #14
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Awesome! Congrats on a heckuva bow buck! Thatís a good looking deer!
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Old 10-17-2022, 05:56 PM   #15
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That's a very nice buck to find anywhere. Congratulations to you on a great accomplishment!!
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Old 10-17-2022, 05:57 PM   #16
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nicely done! Great deer!
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Old 10-17-2022, 05:59 PM   #17
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Dang! Big congrats!
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:00 PM   #18
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Heck yea! That's a well-earned trophy. Great shot and congrats on a heck of a public land buck
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:01 PM   #19
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Impressive deer, but a public land 30’s buck is very impressive!

Congrats

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Old 10-17-2022, 06:02 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by cstrey18 View Post
I got my biggest buck this morning on some public land I have been hunting for about 8 years now. It is also only the second buck I have killed out there but not for lack of trying. The first was in 2017 and the hunting was pretty good back then. I moved to South Texas for 2 seasons and when I came back in 2020 it wasnít the same anymore. It seemed there was a lot more pressure and the deer just werenít in there like they were before.

I tried a different area last year and I had 2 really big deer on camera but after the first week I wasnít seeing much and started seeing more people out there. I hunted hard for 2 months and just couldnít get in range of anything decent. Both big bucks ended up getting killed on private land.

This year I decided to try one of my old spots again. I knew of 3 shooters in the area that I had history with. None of them would score very high but very mature bucks. I ended up finding one of them dead before the season opened. The season started out awful and I was starting to get a little worried.

Yesterday I decided to change things up with the changing weather and wind direction. I got a new spot set up where I felt I could slip in undetected and avoid getting winded. I slipped in this morning without spooking anything and as soon as it got light enough to see a small 8 point and this wider buck came in. At first I thought it was a wide 8 point I was after then I realized it was a new buck. I knew it was the biggest buck Iíve ever had in bow range and he looked mature so I decided to go ahead and take him. He only ran about 60 yards and I heard him crash into a fallen tree. Quickest hunt of my life. I rough scored him at 133 and 18.5 inches wide.


Great buck, great shot! Congratulations!
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:03 PM   #21
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Congrats. Nice buck!
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:05 PM   #22
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That’s awesome. Congrats on a great public land bow kill.
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:05 PM   #23
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Thatís awesome. Congrats


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Old 10-17-2022, 06:06 PM   #24
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Congratulations on a beautiful buck!! Getting it done on public land makes it even sweeter.
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:07 PM   #25
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Great buck congrats!
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:10 PM   #26
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Nice work!
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:11 PM   #27
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:12 PM   #28
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Big congrats!
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:17 PM   #29
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Killing a nice buck on public land is a huge accomplishment. I enjoyed the write up also. Big congrats to you sir.
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:21 PM   #30
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Beautiful. Congrats.
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:23 PM   #31
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Awesome story and a Great Buck!

you put a hurt on him with that shot placement
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:23 PM   #32
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Congrats! Great shot on an awesome buck!
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:23 PM   #33
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Awesome deer with a bow.
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:23 PM   #34
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Great buck!! Congratulations!!
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:27 PM   #35
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:27 PM   #36
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Beautiful buck. Congrats!
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:32 PM   #37
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Very nice! Great buck anywhere, but especially public! Congrats!
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:34 PM   #38
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Very nice buck, congrats.


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Old 10-17-2022, 06:44 PM   #39
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Man that's a good one!Big Congrats
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:46 PM   #40
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Nice one!!


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Old 10-17-2022, 06:47 PM   #41
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Congratulations

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Old 10-17-2022, 06:51 PM   #42
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Great buck, congratulations!
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:53 PM   #43
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Nice buck for any place! You should be proud!!
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Old 10-17-2022, 06:54 PM   #44
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Absolutely epic!!
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Old 10-17-2022, 07:02 PM   #45
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Very nice Congrats!

God Bless
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Old 10-17-2022, 07:14 PM   #46
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As others have said, nice buck anywhere. Public land makes it even sweeter! Outstanding sir!

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Old 10-17-2022, 07:15 PM   #47
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congratulations! Great deer
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Old 10-17-2022, 07:16 PM   #48
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Thats awesome! Great shot placement too!
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Old 10-17-2022, 07:20 PM   #49
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Heck yea!!! Thatís awesome!! What a fine deer and even better being on public land.
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Old 10-17-2022, 07:22 PM   #50
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Congrats on a great buck!
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