Sanilac county buck - story

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  1. protectionisamust

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    As many of you might remember, 2 weeks ago i shot a big 8 point in huron county, tracked blood for 125 yards then nothing. That night i called in a dog that advanced the track another 250 yards and then the dog lost the trail. Needless to say, that knocked the wind right out of me. I stopped hunting for 2 weeks taking a break to rethink wtf i was doing wrong...

    Well, like any passion, it drove me back to the woods for round 2. Fast forward to this past Friday, i worked the am and then beelined straight to my port sanilac farm for the first sit of the year there. Its a 10 acre crp land with 1 small treeline cutting it in half.

    I arrived to stand at 2pm anxious and full of excitement again! At 5.15pm, i had 2 does come by at 8 yards. As i flipped the safety off, centered the cross hairs on the small window and waited. As soon she got to the opening, i mouth bleated to stop her and she took off instantly!! She must of heard that before! I flipped my safety back on and started getting pissed at myself again and felt like i screwed up yet again.

    For the next 20 min pondering the wtf again, i look up and see horns coming up out of the creek bottom and making his way accross the crp field. He was walking straight at me!! I started shaking like a leaf. He cut into the treeline i was sitting on and stopped 12 yards in front of me. After what seemed like an eternity, he made his way left and popped out of the treeline. Once off the treeline, if he turns right, walks straight away = no shot. To my surprise, he turns left and closes the distance to 10 yards he proceded to make a scrape right below me. Raking his antlers in the apple tree, digging dirt etc... it was awesome and made my shakes even worse!

    Once he was done, he turned quarting toward me and i placed the crosshairs high on his front shoulder and pulled the trigger. He mule kicked and landed 5 yards under my 10' stand. He ran like a bat outta hell for 60 yards into the crp field, stopped and fell down. I was freaking pumped!!!

    Looked at my clock it was 5.30. I reloaded and waited as there was plenty of time. At 6pm, i was looking at the area he fell and to my surprise, he stood and fell again. My heart sunk. My full focus was on that area now. For the next hour, i didnt see grass move, him get up, anything. I then got pumped again!! At 7pm, i look over, 1.5 hours after the shot, he stood and fell again. I my heart sunk. Being only 10 acres, i didnt want to try and stalk close because it wouldnt take much to bump him off the property plus with the crp height, i would need to get super close and im no.hunting public zach if you kmow what i mean, lol

    I quietly got down and backed out. With the forcast going down to the 20's, i decided to let him lay overnight. At 7.20am, i was back at the property and headed out to look. Once i got to his last known bed, found no body, my heart sunk yet again. Looking in disbelief, I took 4 more steps and i see a white belly! BOOM! He only moved 10 yards throughout the night and was laying there in the am. I called my 72 old father over and we started to celebrate! What a relief to find him! Goes to show you that you dont need a big chunk of property to have great opportunities! just got to hunt it right and backout when needed.

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    Thx for reading!
     
  2. protectionisamust

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    Side story, when we drug him out for pics it was awesome! Unfortuantly a damn yote took part of his front shoulder which is a first for me. Rest was completely untouched and his cape is still perfect. Which i thought was weird because i thoughylt theyd hit the hind quarter first but this was my impact shoulder. Yote? Fox?

    Im going to process as normal and just not use this area. Anyone else have this happen like this?.
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    In a nutshell, this sport has constant up and downs and is 1 hell of a rollercoaster of emotions and i wouldnt give it up for the life of me.

    And the chance you taking playing it safe and backing out!
     
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  3. sniper

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    Way to get back on the bike! Good job and you did the right thing backing out. Congrats.


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  4. caj33

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    Congrats on a great buck!!
     
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  5. What a great hunt. I bet your glad you didn’t get the shot on the doe now. The opportunity on the buck may have never happened. Awesome hunt and replay. Thanks for sharing your hunt. Beautiful Michigan buck! I always love the stories from the hunt. You never know what someone might say during there experience that could help you in the moment of truth. Congratulations!


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    Congrats!!!

    Yes a buddy shot a buck this season. Left it overnight 1 night, and the body was toast. I think it depends on your location, but coyotes are soooo bad this year it's hard to leave them overnight. If you have to you have to. It's just tough anymore to leave em, not like it used to be. Used to be able to leave them and find them next day, no coyote issues.
     
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  7. Craves

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    Great buck and story...Thanks for sharing!
     
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  8. bigbucks160

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    Great hunt congrats on the buck!
     
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  9. protectionisamust

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    Ya, once i sae him, completely forgot about the doe, lol
     
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    Great story and an awesome buck. Congrats! I was forced to leave this buck overnight a couple years ago and the coyotes took care of the hind quarters pretty fast.
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  11. That’s a bummer and exactly why you never let a coyote go if given the opportunity.


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  12. vsmorgantown

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    Great story and congrats again. Thanks for the awesome recap.
     
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  13. bowhunter426

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    Great buck. Maybe a pack of hungry opossums got him
     
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    Congrats on great buck and great write up
     
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    Congratulations on a nice buck!!
     
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