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Posted: 21 November 2011 02:10 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Its been a bit quiet around here for a few days.  I am curious how the first weekend went for everyone around.  In our neck of the woods Friday morning started out well with good movement.  But we had high winds that seemed to keep everything on edge.  Past opening morning, things quickly went downhill fast as nothing moved until Sunday morn.

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Posted: 21 November 2011 08:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Yea pretty much the same deal where i hunt.  Real slow until Sunday.  We have ten hunters gun hunting and had only shot one decent buck Fri-Sat, along with a few does.  On Sunday afternoon all that changed!  While i did not bag a buck, i did see 22 deer this weekend, most close enough to get a good shot, i did not fire the.  Of those 22 deer only one was a buck, a decent one at that, but he didnt present the best shot, and he was heading toward a stand that i thought the landowner was sitting and i really wanted him to shoot his first deer.  Before seeing that buck, i realized why i was having a slow weekend in a typically productive stand.  On Friday i noticed something red about 70 through the timber behind my stand, but i didnt pay much attention, thinking this was a piece of garbage or a red leave.  On Sunday, a coyote came though and started chewing on something.  I got down to investigate and possibly get a shot at the yote, i got down to find a dead, impressive 10 pt buck 70 yds from my stand.  The buck was freshly eaten, and nothing left but skin and bones.  There was no arrow or evidence to say whether this was a hunting wound or a vehicle injury.  I moved stands for the beautiful sunday afternoon hunt, weather was great, finally no wind.  One of the hunters on the property, the owners brother has 40 years of hunting experience and he shot an absolutely beautiful 12 pt, split brow tined buck, an real great buck and the definition of a “buck of a lifetime”.  About an hour after that, the landowner text me and said when i got down from the stand, he wanted me to come help him with a big buck.  I kind of thought he was B.S. ing me, but once i found out he was serious, i was just as excited for him as if i would have shot the buck.  His first deer kill was an awesome 8pt with an impressive rack and an even more impressive rack.  This buck weighed 210 field dressed and was a real monster.  The opening season quickly turned very exciting on our farm.  I can not express how grateful i am to the landowner to let me be a part of the hunt on this land, so fun.  This afternoon all that happiness turned into true anger for me.  I went out to the farm to cut the rack off of the yote buck and the landowner and his brother were there investigating an attempted break in to the shed holding all of the deer shot.  Someone must have got word of the 3 great bucks hanging in the shed and attempted to break in.  I live in a small town area where everyone knows everyone and i am nearly positive i would know the person is we found out who did this.  It just amazes me how stupid, and unbelievably mean people can be.  This attempt was to rob a 55 yr old man of his first deer kill and a 60 yr old of his biggest buck of his life after 40 years of hunting.  How much would a 210 field dressed buck weigh on hoof?

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Posted: 22 November 2011 08:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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That’s pretty screwed up.  I usually just hang my deer in the back yard, so anyone could take them pretty much at will.  I may have to rethink that. 
Congrats, though, to those guys for taking two awesome bucks.

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Posted: 23 November 2011 12:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Carroll…some say to add 1/3 of the dressed weight for live weight.  I say no way though.  That’s to much weight added.  I’d say the 210lb. dressed buck was about 245lbs. on the hoof.

Disgusting that someone would steal a buck.  What would they even do with the racks?  Brag as though they were their’s?  Unbelievable.  Almost worse than poaching….or maybe worse.

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Posted: 23 November 2011 10:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Disgusting is right hugger, Why any hunter would THINK of stealing anothers deer is beyond me…This kinda B.S. is what gives hunters a bad name….........

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Posted: 23 November 2011 12:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Yea part of me thinks these attempted robbers were not interested in keeping the racks but done out of jealousy and they wanted to at least come in and steal or break the racks of a couple of hunters who bagged the best deer of their lives.  I absolutely cant stand the thought of people poaching, but without a doubt i think this would have been worse.  The best buck was killed by a 60 year old man who has been chasing whitetails for 40 years and it is his best buck to date and the other was the guys first ever buck kill.  Thanks for the deer weight estimate, that is kind of what we were thinking, although he seemed heavier half way through dragging him out!!

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Posted: 25 November 2011 02:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I have often been curious as to how much the deer weighs on hoof before dressed…i usually thought adding 30lbs was a fair guess..As for the attempted robbery, not to reiterate the other posts too much but I agree that is a disgusting act by some terribly idiotic people…i know in the small town i hunt in, if someone from my group bags a nice one, we try to keep it quiet. Poachers/idiots are in abundance it seems…

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Posted: 26 November 2011 09:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I think field dressed deer lose about 15%.

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