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Melly gets a deer! (Looong post)

Old 11-23-2007, 04:27 AM
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I just started hunting last year, after my mom passed away. Her death was unexpected, and seved as my wakeup call. My new life motto is "No regrets!"
Last year I went out several tims, and never got anything, but still had a wonderful time. It's a very centering, grounding experience. I went out alog a few times also. Last day of deer season last year, I was by som power lines, and climbed up on a stack of lgs, and slipped down one level. That noise was enough to startle a deer out of its bed- all I saw was the white tail as it flipped me "the bird" as it ran. By the time I regained my balance, it was bedded back down somewhere, in the middle of that area which was rather swampy..
This year, opening day, I saw 4 deer- saw one, and got the shakes. I couldn't hold my gun 'cuz I was shaking so bad. I stood, squatted, laid down. Just couldn't steady myself enough to do it. It wasquite aways away, but was a completely unobstructed shot. Between Jay(fiance) and I, we have 3 DMPs and 2 buck tags. I took the shot, it ran. (Total miss!) As it ran one way, 2 deer I hadn't seen ran the othr way. After Jay met me back where I was, he figured out I had tried a shot at about 400yards. Yeah, lesson learned.
Later that day I saw a big boy run across a path in front of me- too fast, too far. (I expect he's the owner of the monster tracks we've been seeing.)
Thanksgiving morning, I went out along. Jay was sleeping, as he was on nights. As planned, I left the radio by the bed, so I could call him if needed. It was raining steadily.
I went in the woods in an area that I usually go. I sat for a little bit in one spot,knowing it wasn't where I was going to stay. Then I decided to go see if any were bedded in the pines- empty beds, with poops. I decided to sit near there. Figured there was a chance they might return and bed down- rainy, not much hunting pressure that day.
So I sat. I heard something coming tearass through the trees, and stood up- a deer cam through, saw me, and stopped up short. I drew up, and said "You're a small one, sorry to do this- but man, are you gonna taste good!" I couldn't see through my scoped- fogged up. So I lowered the gun, and the deer still stood there. So I figured it was meant to be, and took the shot, unscoped. The dang thing was so close, I knew I couldn't miss. (It was about 10yards!!!)
It jumped in a circle, did a semi-shoulder roll. Got up and tried to run, ran another 10-15yards, and down for the count.
Click on the radio: "Jay!"
Him: "mumble mumble...yeah?"
Me: "GETCHER @$$ down here- I FILLED A DOE TAG."

I was thinking it was a dow when I took the shot. Turned out to be a button buck, his nubs were a little over an inch and a half from skull to top. He'd been rubbing them a little, you can see in the pics.
I do feel a tiny bit of regret, about it being a buttonbuck, but the pride overshadows it. I was my first deer, clean shot- took out the top of the aorta. Dressed it myself, with minimal assist and coaching. Dragged it out to the truck myself.
Not sure who is prouder, me or Jay.
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Old 11-23-2007, 04:40 AM
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WTG Melly.....Sad/Happy story........Nice Doe...........Congrat's
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Old 11-23-2007, 04:57 AM
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Old 11-23-2007, 08:27 AM
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Good story!
My first deer was a button buck also!
It was very late in the year, so I was willing to take a small doe, and one presented itself.
I still didn't know it was a buck until I went to field dress it and pulled the legs open and thought, Does don't have B$*#S!!!

Congrats! Happy hunting and be safe!
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Old 11-23-2007, 09:01 AM
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nice job congrats.

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Old 11-23-2007, 04:19 PM
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Congrats on your first one. Many more to come.
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Old 11-24-2007, 06:43 AM
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Nice job congrats to ya
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Old 11-24-2007, 10:33 AM
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nice. congrats.
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