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StrikeTrue 11-08-2008 11:35 AM

Success. Buck Down!
Well guys, to say the least it has been a somewhat tough season so far. I have been hunting hard since bow season opener here on October 1st. I mainly hunt a small piece of private property that a good buddy of mine owns and shot my first archery deer there last year. So far i havent had any luck with my bow this season. Needless to say, i had high hopes coming into the November shotgun hunt. I knew a couple does were moving through this piece of timber and if i stuck it out it would only be a matter of time before i got my chance, or so i hoped. I was hoping for a doe, i would be passing a fawn if i saw one and was not aware of any bucks that were using this timber. Opening day came and went and i was able to take a coyote out of this timber on tuesday,which provided some optimism. I saw a doe and a fawn wednesday at 70 yards but couldnt get a good shot. Due to the thick brush i just wasnt comfortable with the shot so i passed the doe.

Friday night comes along and i get settled into my stand for the evening sit. Not feeling too optimistic at this point and to make things worse i see the neighbor walking around in his side of the adjoining woods at about 315 and by 330 hes gone. Talk about taking the wind out of my sails. This followed by 3 consecutive trains has me feeling worse about my chances of connecting with a whitetail.

5:25 rolls around, meaning i have about 5 minutes left of shooting light. At this point, i stand up slowly and very quietly begin packing my stuff up. I reach up to undo my safety harness and hear footsteps behind me. I slowly grab my gun and turn around to see a nice little 6 point buck squeaking out of the timber and onto the trail just to the left of my stand. He keeps walking and literally walks a foot from the ladder on my stand and keeps walking straight away from me. Its decision time. He's trotting nose to the ground and is going out of my life as fast as he came in. I am confident i can make the shot i am planning, on the fly and shoot him heading directly away from me at about 15 yards. Turned out the shot worked out perfectly, nicked his spine and destroyed the off side lung before getting lodged in his shoulder. No more than 20 seconds before he was out cold. Not the ideal shot, but hunting in reality is far from perfect, i was confident in the shot, and not willing to let this beauty walk away on me. This is my first real buck, not counting the spike i shot when i was 13. I am super proud of him and once again all the hard work payed of ten fold.

Gun: Remington 870 Magnum: Fully Rifled Barrel
Ammunition: Hornady SST Sabot Slugs

I had decided to stay out of the one section of this timber during the season because i felt it was sensitive because of its close proximity with the doe bedding area. Today after i skinned him out and got him in the cooler i decided to go for a walk and see if there was any sign of this guy in the woods. About 80 yards behind me i found what you see in these pictures.

Picture from my stand. He died right before the two little ponds of water on the trail!

Goodluck this season guys!

GOOSEBUSTER80 11-08-2008 11:45 AM

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StrikeTrue 11-08-2008 11:49 AM

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I edited his reflection out, thats why they look blue, freaky though i know.

Bocajnala 11-08-2008 11:54 AM

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nice deer!! and good story and pictures!

robert4570 11-08-2008 11:59 AM

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Congrats on the buck !
Persistance does pay.

sjsfire 11-08-2008 12:36 PM

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Nice buck, he should be a good eater. I thought you had shot him in the a$$ until I read your story.....:D

StrikeTrue 11-08-2008 12:41 PM

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The blood makes it look that way!

wis_rifle_hunter 11-08-2008 02:00 PM

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congrats. nice job

jim1966 11-08-2008 03:31 PM

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Congrats on the buck.

bushanic 11-08-2008 03:55 PM

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Nice 6. he looks like he should be more then just a 6 by the body size. feels good dont it? now you need to go to malmart or what ever and get one of those antlers mount plaques. this is what I did with my first buck.

StrikeTrue 11-08-2008 04:05 PM

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His body was actually huge, but i believe he is a 1.5 year old. Hes definately a big boy though and has good character for a young deer.

MTairman 11-08-2008 04:06 PM

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nice one

allmightyhunter13 11-08-2008 04:28 PM

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hey thats meat in the freezer...:D

tim03b 11-08-2008 05:56 PM

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Congrats on ur deer.

1shotkill1993 11-08-2008 06:25 PM

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great job.

not downing you but, be real careful with your shots from now on, that could of ended bad

Sangster 11-08-2008 06:37 PM

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I believe he said that he was confident taking the shot, which means he WAS careful with his shot.

Nice first buck!

SWThomas 11-08-2008 06:57 PM

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Nice buck!!

Centauri 11-08-2008 07:01 PM

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A great example of why a Remington 870 with a buck slug will destroy anything in front of it. Nice deer!

TRACKER 11-08-2008 07:48 PM

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Way to go .
Nice bodied buck .

StrikeTrue 11-08-2008 11:13 PM

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I know my gun, i am confident in my ability and i know the anatomy of a deer. Was it an ideal shot? No. But it was a shot i was confident i could make. 15 Yards with a 870 Fully Rifled barrelwith Sabots and a Scope, I was as sure as humanly possible i could place the shot exactly where i wanted it. Thanks for your concern though.

ORIGINAL: 1shotkill1993

great job.

not downing you but, be real careful with your shots from now on, that could of ended bad

1shotkill1993 11-09-2008 05:46 AM

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sorry i wasnt trying to stur up anything, but i cant understand how anyone could be comfortable with that shot.

Stoningtonwhitetail 11-09-2008 06:53 AM

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good buck, congrats.

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