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#5434703 - 11/20/14 11:52 PM High Tech Buck - Long
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Registered: 12/23/12
Posts: 1236
Loc: Denton or Knox County
A little background, we bought a family ranch in Knox County last year. The west property line is high fenced and the prior owner mentioned to me that some big bucks travel the fence line. I finally had some time this year to do some scouting back there, but because the pasture area at the west fence line is thick and has some rough topography, I was having a difficult time figuring out the deer travel patterns and where to exactly place a blind. That is where the high tech portion comes in. I used Google Earth to identify the heavily used game trails (we have no livestock, so there is no question you are looking a game trails). I then identified a strategic location near two parallel trails to place a feeder and found a good elevated spot to set up my blind. I got all the finishing touches finally completed in September and put out a game camera in October. I immediately had a couple of mature bucks show up and have since had five mature bucks visiting the feeder.

Last Thursday night I got to the ranch and pulled the camera cards. Sure enough, I had a couple of mature deer and in daylight to boot! The wind was perfect the next morning and all seemed to be going well until one of the mature bucks came from behind my blind on the little bluff where I placed it. I turned my head to look out the side window to see him staring right at me. As still as I remained, It was too late and he busted me. Snort, snort and tail flagging as he bounded off while another deer I had not seen, also ran off with him. Hunt over.

I was back Friday afternoon to give it another shot. The wind was still perfect. I could not have scripted it any better. At about 5:30, a huge ten point appeared out of the thick brush below the blind and circled the feeder. I immediately recognized him and waited for a good shot. Once broadside and in the clear, I put it on him. He stumbled and then ran a few yards before stopping and wagging his tail back and forth signaling he was hit hard. I kept watching for him to fall and he just stood there facing away from me wobbling back and forth. I had another round chambered and then he began walking away. I hastily fired off another round, but I guess my adrenaline had kicked in as I totally missed him as he walked out of sight. Even so, I knew he was most likely dead within yards of where he disappeared. Sure enough, he left a blood trail a blind squirrel could follow and was dead as a door nail about 100 yards from where he was shot.

Here he is before:

And here he is after:

He weighed an even 200 lbs,at least 6 1/2 years old and was 19" inside. He had already broke his left brow tine clean off. This was the first buck we have taken off the ranch. It's our second year feeding protein free choice and look forward to seeing how much bigger we can grow these deer. I also found a very useful new tool to identify game trails in Google Earth.

#5434708 - 11/21/14 12:01 AM Re: High Tech Buck - Long [Re: Big_Ag]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 25948
Loc: Wise County Texas
He sure is a nice one, congrats on that nice buck up
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#5434757 - 11/21/14 03:10 AM Re: High Tech Buck - Long [Re: Big_Ag]
pprince Offline

Registered: 05/01/12
Posts: 158
Congratulations, nothing better than taking a good one off of your own place.

#5434764 - 11/21/14 04:10 AM Re: High Tech Buck - Long [Re: Big_Ag]
jdk1985 Online   content
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Registered: 08/15/11
Posts: 12188
Loc: Waco, TX
awesome, congrats! Too bad that brow tine broke off

#5434910 - 11/21/14 07:48 AM Re: High Tech Buck - Long [Re: Big_Ag]
Jkd106 Offline
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Registered: 08/20/13
Posts: 1466
Loc: Fannin and Hall
Congrats on a nice deer. I also see you are using sunslinger, great timers

#5434920 - 11/21/14 07:52 AM Re: High Tech Buck - Long [Re: Jkd106]
Texasrebel649 Offline
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Registered: 09/08/14
Posts: 327
Loc: Azle,TX
Congrats on a really nice deer...
Life is about the choices YOU make...Good or Bad!

#5434932 - 11/21/14 07:57 AM Re: High Tech Buck - Long [Re: Big_Ag]
txshntr Online   content
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Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 35148
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Great buck!!! Satellite images are a great tool and looks like it worked pretty dang good for you. Congrats up

#5434944 - 11/21/14 08:03 AM Re: High Tech Buck - Long [Re: Big_Ag]
Deerhunter61 Online   content
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Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 7673
Loc: DFW
Beautiful buck! Congrats!

#5434967 - 11/21/14 08:16 AM Re: High Tech Buck - Long [Re: Big_Ag]
landsurveyor Offline
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Registered: 02/16/11
Posts: 4897
Loc: Annetta TX
Congrats on a great buck! Google earth has become a huge asset in my profession.
"A hungry dog hunts best.” Lee Trevino

#5434980 - 11/21/14 08:21 AM Re: High Tech Buck - Long [Re: Big_Ag]
TonyinVA Offline
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Registered: 03/24/14
Posts: 1983
Loc: Virginia, USA
nice buck .. congrats

#5435194 - 11/21/14 10:10 AM Re: High Tech Buck - Long [Re: Big_Ag]
stxranchman Online   content
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52559
Congrats on a great looking buck off of your own land cheers Going to make a great looking mount with that cape and face color. up

#5435351 - 11/21/14 11:22 AM Re: High Tech Buck - Long [Re: Big_Ag]
Pitchfork Predator Online   content
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Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 14077
Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
Beautiful buck. Congrats on your first buck off your land. Has to be a great feeling. cheers
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#5435454 - 11/21/14 12:17 PM Re: High Tech Buck - Long [Re: Big_Ag]
Erathkid Offline
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Registered: 01/19/11
Posts: 16403
Loc: Dollas,Taxes Bluff Dale Tx
Great buck. up
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#5435573 - 11/21/14 01:40 PM Re: High Tech Buck - Long [Re: Big_Ag]
slimpickens Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 07/04/06
Posts: 439
Loc: San Angelo Tx
Congrats. Nice buck

#5435588 - 11/21/14 01:53 PM Re: High Tech Buck - Long [Re: Big_Ag]
jim1961 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 12/02/08
Posts: 5987
Loc: Richmond, Texas

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