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Old 11-23-2020, 04:30 PM   #1
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I'm officially tagged out. I sure have enjoyed hunting with my 457 Texan air rifle this season and killed three mature East TX bucks with it including two on a live thread a few days ago in two counties. That left me only a Houston Co tag and I have been pretty picky with it.

A few days ago I had a big mature buck show up at last light and I couldn't tell who it was. I pulled the camera card and learned it was a 7 year old ten that had been missing a month. Yesterday morning he was all over me the camera and I decided I would try to kill him. I started thinking about it and figured it would be great if Dad got a whack at him. He got Covid the week before season opener and is just now recovering. I mentioned it to Dad but he said he just wasn't strong enough yet to try getting on stand. I decided then that I would hunt a different spot and give Dad a few more days to recover.

I chose a stand about 1.5 miles away for the evening hunt. It is a tent blind watching a corn pen right in the middle of a thicket . I have only one large framed deer on camera there and he is a huge 8pt. By 330 I had two does in. One of them ate but the other spent an hour pacing around before both leaving south.

30 or so minutes later I saw glimpses a deer walking swiftly through the youpons about 75yds out. Binos showed it was a doe. Seconds later the other doe came through but she was hunkered down with tail straight out behind her. I knew there was a buck behind them as they bolted. Seconds later I picked him up through the brush with glasses. First glance and I saw it was a huge bodied and big framed buck that I presumed yo be the big 8.

I grabbed my air rifle and got on the last little opening the does went through. Seconds later horns, neck, shoulder, Poof! I heard the bullet make a hollow thud and the deer just vanished. I immediately got out of there and went home. I felt good about the hold but the deer was moving quick quartering away and I didnt like the sound of the hit.

I gave him 1.5 hours and sneaked back in. It took me a bit to find the direction he left but then the blood was frothy and easy trailing. He went about 100yds and there lay the big ten that was coming in my food plot on the other side of the place! I'm thrilled with him as he had as giant body. I'll just have to get Dad on another one when he feels better.

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Old 11-23-2020, 04:33 PM   #2
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Old 11-23-2020, 04:34 PM   #3
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Old 11-23-2020, 04:37 PM   #4
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Awesome! Can't wait to see him! I had to google what weapon you were using, looks neat!
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Old 11-23-2020, 04:37 PM   #5
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Old 11-23-2020, 04:39 PM   #6
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Old 11-23-2020, 04:39 PM   #7
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Congrats again, Steve! You have had an East Texas beat down this year! Been fun to follow
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Old 11-23-2020, 05:07 PM   #8
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Congratulations to you again. I bet your freezer is FULL.


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Old 11-23-2020, 05:12 PM   #9
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What a way to go out ! congrat's
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Old 11-23-2020, 05:15 PM   #10
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Old 11-23-2020, 05:42 PM   #11
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Awesome. Been enjoying your posts. Hopefully i will learn E Tx one day.
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Old 11-23-2020, 05:45 PM   #12
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Awesome! Can't wait to see him! I had to google what weapon you were using, looks neat!

I did a live thread last week called. I'm Gonna Keeeel Something live .

Check it out since you are interesred in air gun hunting.
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Old 11-23-2020, 05:47 PM   #13
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Great buck!!
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Old 11-23-2020, 06:53 PM   #14
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Old 11-23-2020, 06:55 PM   #15
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Hey, tell us about that Air Rifle.
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Old 11-23-2020, 07:06 PM   #16
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Nice buck GG! Congrats!!
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Old 11-23-2020, 07:14 PM   #17
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Heck of deer to cap off a great season for you. Congrats !!!!
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Old 11-23-2020, 07:17 PM   #18
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Hey, tell us about that Air Rifle.
457 Texan. Shoots 290gr hollow points about 900fps. Deadly to 125yds or so. Plenty energy well beyond 200 but I dont shoot deer that far.. good range finder and trajectory chart really opens it up though.
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Old 11-23-2020, 07:18 PM   #19
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Nice buck GG! Congrats!!
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Old 11-23-2020, 07:30 PM   #20
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Awesome!!!! Congrats!!!

What is up with that beautiful food plot behind you!? Donít look like no thicket to me!


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Old 11-23-2020, 07:42 PM   #21
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Awesome!!!! Congrats!!!

What is up with that beautiful food plot behind you!? Donít look like no thicket to me!


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Turnip, Mustard, Collard and Rutabaga greens! Steve's dad grows an incredible patch every fall.

Congrats again Steve! One heck of a season.

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Old 11-23-2020, 07:43 PM   #22
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Enjoy the Kraken....good stuff and my womans choice of drink. Loved the live hunts bud.

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Old 11-23-2020, 07:48 PM   #23
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Awesome!!!! Congrats!!!

What is up with that beautiful food plot behind you!? Donít look like no thicket to me!


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Lol. That's a human food plot
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Old 11-23-2020, 08:07 PM   #24
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Thatís a heck of one either way!


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Old 11-23-2020, 08:12 PM   #25
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Great deer. Congrats


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Old 11-23-2020, 08:31 PM   #26
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Dangit double post... Not sure how I got that in there.
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Old 11-23-2020, 08:36 PM   #27
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Heck of a season Steve! Congrats. Hope your Dad gets back on his feet soon and gets a chance at one of those east Texas trophies. I have no doubt you can find him one with your skills!
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Old 11-23-2020, 08:44 PM   #28
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Congrats! Heck of a season!
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Old 11-23-2020, 08:48 PM   #29
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Congrats!
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Old 11-23-2020, 08:52 PM   #30
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Great deer. Congrats!
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Old 11-23-2020, 09:15 PM   #31
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Very nice Steve! Way to go!
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Old 11-23-2020, 09:42 PM   #32
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Congrats!
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Old 11-23-2020, 10:00 PM   #33
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East Texas legend.
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Old 11-23-2020, 11:11 PM   #34
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Congrats on killing some whoppers..

Get Mr David feeling better. Those last couple weeks could get real interesting this year!!
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Old 11-23-2020, 11:30 PM   #35
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Good story and nice buck. Hope your Dad recovers soon.
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Old 11-24-2020, 02:19 PM   #36
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Taking a mature buck in east Tx is a heck of an accomplishment...killing 3 in 2 weeks is unreal


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Old 11-24-2020, 03:13 PM   #37
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Heck of a wrap up Steve! Congrats on another fine buck. And with air power!
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Old 11-24-2020, 03:15 PM   #38
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Congrats on taking 3 awesome buck.
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Old 11-24-2020, 03:17 PM   #39
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Old 11-24-2020, 03:21 PM   #40
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Another great East Texas buck for GG! Congratulations on your success this year. All tagged out and it ain't even December yet. Now what you gonna do??
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Old 11-24-2020, 03:23 PM   #41
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Good buck ! I hope your Dad gets better quickly so he can bat mop-up for you !
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Old 11-24-2020, 03:25 PM   #42
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Beautiful buck, Steve! Congratulations again!! Looking forward to seeing Mr. David holding up a great buck as well
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Old 11-24-2020, 06:29 PM   #43
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What a beautiful buck, great way to end the season. Congrats to you!
Glad your not closer or I would get arrested for stealing greens.
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Old 11-24-2020, 07:30 PM   #44
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Nice one! Congrats again!
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Old 11-24-2020, 07:50 PM   #45
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Way to go congrats!
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:22 PM   #46
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Outstanding and congrats! I sure like following your threads!
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:41 PM   #47
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Good stuff.. Great bucks.. Congrats..
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:57 PM   #48
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That's a pretty dang good season! Congratulations!
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Old 11-24-2020, 09:22 PM   #49
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What a beautiful buck, great way to end the season. Congrats to you!
Glad your not closer or I would get arrested for stealing greens.
You would be welcome to get a load.
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Old 11-24-2020, 09:23 PM   #50
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Congrats, Garguy.
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