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    2018 Success

    Some of you may remember me from the past. I've always hunted with Marlins, but primarily I hunt my bucks with a bow. In contrast to much of the topography around my area, I do have some rather closed in areas on my farm and enjoy the challenge and benefit of being able to go out looking for my quarry for 3 months out of the year. It affords me the chance to be picky and figure out exactly what I want to do. I bought my farm back in 2004 and have since developed it primarily for deer and bird hunting. I have planted food plots as some of you have seen and try to create a haven for surrounding deer. I have practiced quality deer management practices (thought I am not a member) and have a food plot continuously supplying deer with food.
    I have not purposely passed up on this buck, but rather have been in the position to never find him out during legal hunting hours. I've seen him twice before in the flesh over 4 years. Once in July and once a week and a half before I got him.


    I couldn't quite get him last year, but was able to get his closest buddy, who was actually at the time the dominant male in the forest.

    Two weeks ago today I rattled with big antlers and finally caught a break. I could see 120 yards or so on the other side of my swamp. Motion in the woods. I large animal crossing the stream and crashing out into the open. Finally a break and he busts out into the opening. This is the area that doesn't quite look like this right now.

    He came straight towards me with nostrils flared and grunting and hissing the whole way. I let go on a couple of grunts with my Tru talker and the rest is history.
    A 20 yard shot with my old Bowtec Guardian and muzzles. He only went about 45 yards. Most go and dump themselves in the creek. (15 feet straight down). Fortunately, I was able to get him to the side of the field and move him with the tractor with ease.
    He is a pope and young, and measures 192 inches as far as I can tell.



    Please forgive the self taken pics, but where I hunt, that is my only choice!

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    Great buck!

    Cooto's on your own farm and private hunting spot!


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    Congrats you have some great genetics running around Age wise 5 1/2??
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    Good Grief Dr A! That's one heck of a buck!!!

    Congratulations! Your hard work & patience paid off. Nicely done on an outstanding buck. My goodness.

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    Incredible, congratulations. I have never seen anything like that in the wild.
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    Believe it or not, this one lost 20 inches (estimated), since last year. He was 8.5. He was nocturnal every year till this one. He was smooth mouthed, so we really aren't positive. He was on the downward trend. I surely didn't have anything to do with his genetics. Merely feeding him.
    Last edited by Dr. A; 11-17-2018 at 09:04 AM.

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    Seems like your are doing it right Doc ....I mean everything!

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    That's a very nice coat, hat and gun rack you have there. I appreciate your sharing the pictures and commentary.


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    Well done Dr A. Almost a shame to see a wiley old buck like that fall. But as you noted, he was closing in on his twilight.

    Envious of your layout and the time you get to spend in it. Hope you enjoy it for many more years.
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    Very nice buck! Congrats.
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