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Old 02-21-2017, 07:05 PM
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Last year, I regularly got trail camera pictures of a pretty decent buck. Although he wasn't quite as big as my sister's monstrous 9-point from 2015, he was still quite respectable:





One morning during muzzleloader season, I finally encountered him. He stepped out broadside over 100 yards away from my blind; an easy shot for a muzzleloading rifle or my 300 Encore, but not for the new CVA Optima pistol that I had only fired to 50 yards maximum. In spite of the most territorial grunts I could muster with my grunt tube, he turned tail and left the plot. My sister wasn't sympathetic, telling me I would have had him if I hadn't been messing around with a muzzleloading pistol. Considering he was the only decent buck any of us saw that season, I began to wish either she or my dad was with me so they could take him.

Until now, that is. I got around to checking my cameras, and to my pleasant surprise the deer I though had long since fallen to someone else's bullet has returned:





Based on these images, I don't think he's as old as I originally thought. I had guessed 4.5, but now I'm convinced he's 3.5. I'm really excited to see what he's going to look like next year. Talk about good motivation to see if I can stretch the Optima out to 100 yards or longer.
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Old 02-25-2017, 08:19 PM
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Nice looking buck. I had five bucks on my camera after season so far.. Three that I've never seen before.
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Old 02-26-2017, 07:45 AM
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He is going to shed pretty soon, might be fun to check out his bed and collect a shed.
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Old 02-27-2017, 11:36 AM
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If you're from TN, you now know it's possible to run into a 312 inch non-typical.
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Old 02-28-2017, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by BarnesX.308 View Post
If you're from TN, you now know it's possible to run into a 312 inch non-typical.

Very true. Realistically, I'm hoping he winds up looking like one of these:

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Old 06-23-2017, 07:02 AM
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Nice looking pics. Thank you! I also want to buy a trail camera
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Old 06-23-2017, 08:34 PM
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He had a lot of weight on him in the fall, but sure looks a lot thinner in that last photo.
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Old 06-25-2017, 10:32 AM
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He's back, I think:


There's another one running around that has potential:
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