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Old 11-18-2013, 09:25 AM
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My normal hunting spot has been great to me the last couple years, but this year it had cattle on it and I wasnt seeing anything. So, i went and asked for permission on some land and was granted it. This past Saturday I hung a tree stand at 2:00 and was in it with my wife at 3:00. I hit the rattling antlers and I had a monster on me within a couple minutes. The first pic is a zoomed in shot of a trail cam pic taken at 3:08! 30 seconds later he gave me a 20 yd shot with my bow and I dropped him in his tracks. He looked to be paralyzed and the shot was a little high so I assumed he was. I snapped one more pic while he was down (second pic, filtered to see antlers better). I didn"t shoot another arrow at him. Looking back I wish I would have! He got up about two minutes later and walked off. Good blood at shot site where he laid down, but 75 yds later no trace. Looked for two days with no luck. Absolutely sick to my stomach. I am just wondering what you guys think he may have scored. I am not real familiar with how to score racks.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:26 AM
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His frame was a 10 with an extra brow tine on the right side. Sorry for the blurry photos.
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:33 AM
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Nice lookin' rack!
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:11 PM
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Hey guys, any help on guessing age or score on the deer from pictures above? I know they are grainy, but it was going to be my first archery buck and I would really like to have an idea of what it would have scored. I got so lucky and so unlucky at the same time. I am going back up to my grandfather's for Thanksgiving to look again and hunt again. I never introduced myself to the board either. I am from Dodge City. I work as a teacher and football coach. I do most of my deer hunting on family land in Belleville, KS where my grandparents live. I grew up in Concordia, KS but it wasn't until 4 yrs ago that I started deer hunting. How stupid was I to waste all my youth not out in the woods!?!? Hope to be an active member of the board! I have immersed myself in deer hunting and can't get enough of it! Anybody have an idea on that brute though?
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:16 PM
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Hard to see but it looks to be a 4.5 5.5 year old giant of an old buck. I'm not great with my scoring but looks to be about a 170. That close you should have had another arrow ready to fly if needed but heck he dropped like a rock so I can see why you wouldnt. To bad you couldnt find him. That kind of thing happens though, keep hunting hard you will get another chance and know just what to do.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:31 PM
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I forgot to mention that my great uncle has been hunting that property for a number of years now. He decided for some reason not to hunt this year. He is just as sick to his stomach as I am. He said he had seen this same buck each of the 3 previous years but it never presented a shot for him. I am planning on taking my grandpas bird dog out next time I am up there. She might be better at finding dead things than birds! Every time we go out she gets into something rotten! Any other ideas on finding it?
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:36 PM
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dogs, buzzards, helicopter... I have a flashlight with a red led beam. It picks my deer right out when I kill one and have to go find it after dark. Maybe even sneaking around at night you could spot varmits on the deer. Deer usually go for really thick cover or straight to water. Most of the time straight down hill for me also.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:38 PM
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If hes hurt bad but is mobile I think he would go lay in a creek for sure though.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:50 PM
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Thanks for the help!
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:53 PM
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He should be around there somewhere... The first 8 I shot this year with my bow... I hit him a few inches higher than I would have liked. He didnt drop but did the same thing "just walked off" He went about 75 yards to the woods, walked in the woods for about 10 minutes, came back out and started feeding and dropped dead a few minutes after that. I was just looking around a few days later and didnt see where he had bled anywhere.
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