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#5416646 - 11/12/14 06:57 PM An 8-point That's Special To Me
Novemberyet Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 07/08/06
Posts: 6242
Loc: Eastland Co.
My first year hunting this property (2004) was the last year before I deployed to Afghanistan. I missed the '05 season to a deployment and have been blessed to have hunted the same family land for 10 years now. As if hunting here wasn't enough, I've had the honor of sharing hunts with other veterans over the past several years as well.

I scout, put up stands, blinds, fill feeders, check cameras and build pens all by myself. Hunting an 80 acre farm, it's difficult to "manage" to any capacity. But I still throw corn year-round and started protein last year. I try to give the other family members my best advice on where the deer are moving, what time they're feeding and what works. I get more excited than the other hunters when they get something because I feel like I've helped the cause. Hopefully someday, my daughter will reep the rewards to the work that goes on out here.

Yesterday's hunt was uneventful for a solid 2 1/2 hours, but I kept busy on Facebook looking over pictures of the guys I was in Kuwait and Afghanistan with. Stories I went over in my head: walking up the ramp of a C-130 at 3 o'clock in the morning in Bagram headed to Kandahar, setting poles all day in a mine field (unbeknown to us at the time), seeing the thermometer pegged out at 10 o'clock in the morning, eating, showering and training with the same guys for 16-months. We even got up in the middle of the night to watch the Texas-USC national championship game. I had a man tell me once: "the hunting is always good, but the shooting is sometimes slow."

I grunted and wheezed him up blind with 7 minutes of legal light left and thumped him with a 7mm mag using Core-Lokts. He piled up 50 yards from impact. I was worried because I didn't see much blood at all. I could and should have followed my nose instead of my eyes because when I found him, he was rank and heavy....good gosh he was heavy.

We don't have anything special out here, but it's ours. I've seen bigger, called up and rattled bigger, have pictures of bigger and tried to put other hunters on bigger deer....but this one is mine. He's my 10-year anniversary buck out here and got him on Veteran's Day.

Now I know what a real "trophy" is. My wife asked me if I was going to get him mounted....I obliged, not soley for the deer, but mainly for the memories of the past 10 years.

Remember Benghazi, Extortion 17, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

#5416661 - 11/12/14 07:02 PM Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet]
dogcatcher Online   content
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Registered: 07/17/06
Posts: 76341
Loc: Abilene or on the road...
Combat Infantryman, the ultimate hunter where the prey shoots back.
"Illegitimus non carborundum est"

_______ Old style calls for today's outdoorsman_________

#5416670 - 11/12/14 07:06 PM Re: An 8-point That's Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet]
Western Online   content
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Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 23207
Loc: Wise County Texas
Not one thing wrong with that buck, everything is good up You earned him and what a VD treat up
Friends don't let Friends drink and post.......

The first 5 day's after the weekend, are the hardest....


#5416672 - 11/12/14 07:06 PM Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet]
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Registered: 12/28/12
Posts: 1703
Loc: East Texas
Thank you Sir.

#5416693 - 11/12/14 07:18 PM Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet]
stxranchman Online   content
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 51829
Congrats on great buck with special meaning to you cheers

#5416694 - 11/12/14 07:18 PM Re: Special To Me [Re: SheepHunter]
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Registered: 06/26/13
Posts: 4665
Loc: Nevada, TX
Originally Posted By: SheepHunter
Thank you Sir.

Thank you for your service. Great right up and buck. Congrats. cheers


#5416756 - 11/12/14 07:45 PM Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet]
LandPirate Offline
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Registered: 08/18/09
Posts: 10543
Loc: Buda
Congrats on your special buck. You earned him. Thanks for your service.
Buda, Tx
Hunt near Freer

#5416762 - 11/12/14 07:48 PM Re: Special To Me [Re: SheepHunter]
jdk1985 Online   content
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Registered: 08/15/11
Posts: 11669
Loc: Waco, TX
Originally Posted By: SheepHunter
Thank you Sir.

And congrats!

#5416767 - 11/12/14 07:50 PM Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet]
Texas Tatonkas Offline
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Registered: 09/14/12
Posts: 1513
Loc: Las Cruces, NM
Cool deal, congrats!

#5416772 - 11/12/14 07:53 PM Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet]
dlrz71 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 8802
Loc: Arlington, Tx/Coke Cnty
Congrats and great memories.

#5416790 - 11/12/14 07:58 PM Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet]
rattler03 Offline

Registered: 02/22/14
Posts: 640
Loc: Richardson - Archer County
Great story and a great buck! And thank you for your service, sir. flag
Walk the night, travel light, cross the Rio Grande
Someone strums a mandolin, soft gulf breezes blow
My new life is waiting in old Mexico
-Robert Earl Keen

#5416792 - 11/12/14 07:59 PM Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet]
trjscout Offline

Registered: 10/10/10
Posts: 718
good job and thank you !

#5416840 - 11/12/14 08:11 PM Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet]
wtr Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 09/25/12
Posts: 477
Loc: West COMMA Texas
First thank you. Second awesome buck and congrats.

#5416844 - 11/12/14 08:12 PM Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet]
Stompy Offline
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Registered: 06/13/10
Posts: 3689
Loc: Breckenridge Tx
Congrats buddy up great story
Cabin Rentals on the ranch for Hubbard Creek Lake

#5416886 - 11/12/14 08:31 PM Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet]
goodoboy Offline
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Registered: 08/05/08
Posts: 1923
Loc: Midland Tx.
Attaboy Mudddd!! Some great memories were had "over there" but I'm glad you were able to create this awesome memory on Veterans Day! Congrats bud you deserve it!

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