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What is one of your favorite deer hunting memories? Like most, I have way too many to ever write anything less than a book about:D One that comes to mind is when I was still at home, maybe 18 years old, prime of my life...I hiked maybe 2 miles over several ridges behind my parents (it was a glorious place to grow up) house to a spot that had a great rub and a scrape that had been used over and over. It was PITCH black the whole way and when I somehow got there, I sat on the ground maybe 15-20 yards from the scrape. It was so dark you couldn't see the hand in front of your face. Well this buck came in shortly after blowing like a freight train toward that scrape. I mean he was worked up, just thrashing and making a ruckus all of 15 yards away and I never saw the bugger it was so dark. 30 years later I've never heard anything quite like it. A month later I shot what is still the best buck of my life, a 9 point that weighed around 180 dressed just a ridge over. I'm getting deer on the brain lately...what stories do you have?
 

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I won't repeat the story I think I have posted it on here twice. But last year Nov. 15 @ 7:45 a.m. my daughter Val shot her first deer during her first hunt. A nice 7 point that she was soooo proud of and I was the proud papa!! We may have our disagreements during the year but when hunting season comes around, she is my hunting partner!! You dads out there know that feeling with your sons or daughters. Be safe and good luck!!

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Sitting with my sons during the 2000, and 2004 youth hunts as they took their first deer!
My daughter taking her first deer on October 1st, 2005!
Tracking and recovering my dad's first deer in the early 90's during an extreme November blizzard!
My own? I would say that incredible 1.5 year old spike I took on October 1st, 1983! It was my first deer ever and this experience seems to be especially etched in the memory banks!
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To me, this is exactly what hunting is, and should always be about. Ted nug. once said, "thats why they dont mount chickens, theres no memories there"!! He is right!

Its really hard to pick a favorite, first buck was awesome. Biggest buck so far was really a cool mem. But its not always about the kill. I went to Col. a few years back with family on an elk hunting trip. Only one of us got a bull elk, but the memories are still vivid in my mind. Also memories of other family members getting their deer, and celebrating with them!!
It doesnt get any better than great memories!! dont get me goin.....
Thanks for this thread!:)
 

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Yes, this is indeed what deer hunting is all about and what makes up an important part of our heritage. I had started a thread last week about just this theme however no responses. I wanted to find out if anyone had any deer camp memories from the 1920's or so right up thru the 80's. Of course these hunts mostly took place in the U.P. or northern lower Mi.
As many hunters that there are that post to these sites I'm sure a few have grandfathers, fathers, uncles and others that have told them stories of this era.
I myself started hunting in the mid seventies and I have a favorite memory of my first deer hunt. Although unsuccessful, I fondly remember the sights, sounds and excitement felt on opening day "up north"!
 
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