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#5410459 - 11/10/14 10:37 AM 385 lb 4 point buck in Foard County
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Foard County, Thursday (Nov. 6) I'm sitting in my tower blind watching for deer and see only a few does and a big 8 point in the morning. In the evening just before dark I see movement at my far feeder 325 yards away. There's a nice 10 point hitting the corn. While I'm looking at him through the binoculars, trying to size him up and make sure he's not a young buck something large comes in to the area. Now it's almost too dark to tell much about them. The second animal was definitely larger bodied but I couldn't see the rack much at all. It got near the feeder and the first buck and was WAY bigger. I thought to myself, what the heck is that thing, it's a monster. Very big compared to the short whitetail. Darkness sets in and I leave wondering if that big huge buck will show up again.

Back in the tower Friday hoping for the mystery monster buck to return. He's a no show morning and evening. Saturday is the same. I'm still seeing the does, a couple of 8's and the decent 10 but no monster buck yet. Maybe he was just passing through. Maybe he was harvested by another hunter on the surrounding properties. No telling what happened to him. Oh well. It's fun to hope anyway.

Sunday morning I'm in the tower at 0530. I've decided to go for a doe when the sun starts up and hoping they show up at my closer feeders, one at 140 yards and the other at 175 yards. Light starts over the horizon and I'm looking all over the place for movement. I've got my rifles ready for them. Being as I hate to have to choose just 1 gun to play with, I have my set of 3 with me. Remington 700's. 30.06 which I love to use on everything really, .270 just because, and my .243 to play with hogs and coyotes now and then. I've taken my best buck (220 lbs) with my .243 too. Anyway, 0700 and I'm glassing the fields and see something at the farthest feeder moving around. I put the binoculars on it and "what the hell is it"? It's huge. It's not a whitetail. It's not a mule deer. WTH is it?

Well, I quickly think what ever this is doesn't require a season or a tag and I'm getting it. I grab the .270 topped with a Zeiss Rapid Z 800, pull it up and get this monster in the sights. Still wondering what I have in front of me I pull off my shot. DRT. Bang Flop. It's over. I have something on the ground just not sure what. I wait about 10-15 minutes, watching to make sure it doesn't jump and run. I get out of the tower to go have a look.

It's a young Red Stag. NO WAY. Yep, and it's down and done. One shot, 325 yards, .270 Hornady 130 grain soft point right into the neck. Ground weight is 385 lbs. feet like a cow. He must have escaped nearby but he's mine now. Fabulous day for me. This old man was like a 6 year old with a brand new bike. Very excited.



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#5410472 - 11/10/14 10:40 AM Re: 385 lb 4 point buck in Foard County [Re: TxYoteHunter]
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WhTAS UP WITH the straps worried he was gonna hop back out?
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#5410479 - 11/10/14 10:41 AM Re: 385 lb 4 point buck in Foard County [Re: TxYoteHunter]
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You're gonna love the way it grills up!
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#5410483 - 11/10/14 10:42 AM Re: 385 lb 4 point buck in Foard County [Re: TxYoteHunter]
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I had to hoist that sucker up into the truck. Not as young as I used to be ya know.

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#5410493 - 11/10/14 10:44 AM Re: 385 lb 4 point buck in Foard County [Re: TxYoteHunter]
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Glad you got your animal. The shoot and ask questions later could have gotten you in a bit of trouble. Dodged a pretty good bullet AND sent one right on target

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#5410506 - 11/10/14 10:48 AM Re: 385 lb 4 point buck in Foard County [Re: TxYoteHunter]
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Sweet. Manna from heaven. Congrats.
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#5410659 - 11/10/14 11:35 AM Re: 385 lb 4 point buck in Foard County [Re: TxYoteHunter]
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That is awesome! Any chasing going on up there? headed to Foard this Friday
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#5410664 - 11/10/14 11:36 AM Re: 385 lb 4 point buck in Foard County [Re: TxYoteHunter]
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Congrats!!
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#5410673 - 11/10/14 11:43 AM Re: 385 lb 4 point buck in Foard County [Re: TxYoteHunter]
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#5410680 - 11/10/14 11:44 AM Re: 385 lb 4 point buck in Foard County [Re: TxYoteHunter]
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#5410725 - 11/10/14 12:00 PM Re: 385 lb 4 point buck in Foard County [Re: TxYoteHunter]
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I just kinda cringe when I hear people say they shot at something and they didn't know what it was. Glad you are pumped on your stag, but scary as hell to think people do investigative shooting and at 325 yards. Sandhill crane, whooping crane - look similar, both can be dinner - but only one sends you to prison. I think rule number one or two of hunting is know your target? Maybe I am wrong.
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#5410748 - 11/10/14 12:09 PM Re: 385 lb 4 point buck in Foard County [Re: TxYoteHunter]
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Originally Posted By: TxYoteHunter
I had to hoist that sucker up into the truck. Not as young as I used to be ya know.


Haha nice work then Im sure 385. Jus tlloked tied down.
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#5410792 - 11/10/14 12:25 PM Re: 385 lb 4 point buck in Foard County [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Tatonkas
I just kinda cringe when I hear people say they shot at something and they didn't know what it was. Glad you are pumped on your stag, but scary as hell to think people do investigative shooting and at 325 yards. Sandhill crane, whooping crane - look similar, both can be dinner - but only one sends you to prison. I think rule number one or two of hunting is know your target? Maybe I am wrong.


I was thinking young elk, young stag, or some other exotic from the area. Wasn't sure what type of exotic. I ruled out man, cow, horse, family dog, etc...... So, knowing I wasn't looking at a stretch in the big house, I went for it. I've hunted long enough to think before I shoot. A 325 yard shot isn't that difficult either with some practice which I've done to that exact spot just in case an opportunity presents itself. That's why the .270 was handy. That's the one I've practiced that shot with.

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#5410795 - 11/10/14 12:28 PM Re: 385 lb 4 point buck in Foard County [Re: AdvTX]
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Originally Posted By: AdvTX
That is awesome! Any chasing going on up there? headed to Foard this Friday

I only saw 2 does running the fields and an 8 pt trailing slowly with his nose in the air but he wasn't in any hurry.

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#5410828 - 11/10/14 12:41 PM Re: 385 lb 4 point buck in Foard County [Re: TxYoteHunter]
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Originally Posted By: TxYoteHunter
Originally Posted By: Texas Tatonkas
I just kinda cringe when I hear people say they shot at something and they didn't know what it was. Glad you are pumped on your stag, but scary as hell to think people do investigative shooting and at 325 yards. Sandhill crane, whooping crane - look similar, both can be dinner - but only one sends you to prison. I think rule number one or two of hunting is know your target? Maybe I am wrong.


I was thinking young elk, young stag, or some other exotic from the area. Wasn't sure what type of exotic. I ruled out man, cow, horse, family dog, etc...... So, knowing I wasn't looking at a stretch in the big house, I went for it. I've hunted long enough to think before I shoot. A 325 yard shot isn't that difficult either with some practice which I've done to that exact spot just in case an opportunity presents itself. That's why the .270 was handy. That's the one I've practiced that shot with.
And, had you have been wrong, we wouldn't reading about it on THF. Two words: Camp Meat!
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