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Killed an 8 point on 11/13 at 3pm...first ever time hunting with a crossbow due to a shoulder injury. Also first time using expendable broadheads. I'm sold. I'm not a big user of scents, but I hung a scent wick with a deer scent made by a trapping company in Indiana about 10 yards in front of my stand (one of my guests brought it and swears by it). Buck came on a dead run from 150 yards out, and put the brakes on at 30 yards while facing me. After a brief stare down, his nervousness waned and he continued to walk toward the scent wick. Shot him at 12 yards broadside on the walk, as he emerged from behind a tree, and he ran about 80 yards and tipped in my CRP field.

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Had a few more guys show up for the gun opener. Guest killed this 10 point at 8:30 opening morning after I let him walk by within 50 yards. I have a 1 buck per person limit on my property, and it took every bit of restraint I had to abide by it, but I knew this buck was headed to an area where I had posted my guest. It went where I hoped, and he hit it at 40 yards with his .44 Mag.
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This 10 point was chasing some tail about 30 minutes before sunset on opening day, and met up with my guest and his 12 gauge.

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Here are their bucks and my cape in my truck at the processor.

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Two guys did not connect on bucks, but each saw 40+ deer and several small bucks over the 3 days.
 

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That 10 took a whole lot of restraint to pass on it. Kudos to you. And congratulations to the three of you.
 

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LOL...will you please quit sending your little bucks over to my property!

I have a few dozen pics of him from the summer and early fall too, mainly from the woodlot where I killed him. So I guess we know where he was spending his time this year...makes sense since he came off the property between us when I killed him.

Send me a bill for feeding him and I'll send you a bill for the taxidermy. And just note that I will take that trade every year!
 

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Congrats on some awesome bucks!
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Excellent JOB John. Hard work on your land shows. Well deserved. Awesome bucks.
Thanks Paul. Every season has different variables, and it just happened to be our year. Makes up a little for last year where we didn't kill a buck until Dec. 16. It's good to see that laying off the smaller bucks is showing up in the results for our area.
 

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Here’s one more pic Johnny of your/my buck in a recently pulled camera card. Hang this pic up next to the mount. View attachment 459797


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Mal's buck was no stranger to the West. I was very fortunate to have an encounter with that buck just two days before Mal killed him. Was awesome to have this buck stop by my Basswood licking branch I zip tied to a walnut tree at 4'high 20 yards from my stand.




 

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Provenance certainly adds a dimension to a buck..
 

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Mal's buck was no stranger to the West. I was very fortunate to have an encounter with that buck just two days before Mal killed him. Was awesome to have this buck stop by my Basswood licking branch I zip tied to a walnut tree at 4'high 20 yards from my stand.




Richie you have incredible patience. I’ve passed a ton of bucks over he years. I’m not sure I could’ve passed that one at that range. I know John didn’t. Lol. I need to remember where your hunting though.


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Mal's buck was no stranger to the West. I was very fortunate to have an encounter with that buck just two days before Mal killed him. Was awesome to have this buck stop by my Basswood licking branch I zip tied to a walnut tree at 4'high 20 yards from my stand.




If it's the same deer then he was a traveler...I killed him about 3/4 of a mile from that spot, and Sniper's property is a little over a mile. I take all my non-surveillance cameras down in mid-September, so I don't have any pics of him after that, but I did see what I'm pretty sure was him about 100 yards out from me in my alfalfa field early in the bow season. Of the 4 bucks killed on my property, the only one I didn't get in dozens of pics during the spring and summer is the 10 that my buddy from D.C. killed on the north end...he was a stranger.
 
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