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#5443586 - 11/25/14 09:06 PM Well, that's it....
booger Offline
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Registered: 11/01/06
Posts: 2647
Loc: central Texas
I've reached that point in my hunting career where I no long see decent animals and don't automatically pull the trigger! I've had 4 really, really nice bucks the last 2 morning come by and didn't pull the trigger. I remember the time when if its brown it's down was my motto, but man has time changed!!! Love seeing my boys harvest an animal and see/feel their excitement. Don't get me wrong, I still get excited but it takes a lot for me to pull the trigger today. I remember reading about this years ago and thought that will never be me..... Guess what???

Who's with me?
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#5443612 - 11/25/14 09:15 PM Re: Well, that's it.... [Re: booger]
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Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41102
Loc: Metroplex
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#5443647 - 11/25/14 09:29 PM Re: Well, that's it.... [Re: booger]
booger Offline
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Registered: 11/01/06
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Loc: central Texas
I call it catch and release hunting!
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#5443657 - 11/25/14 09:33 PM Re: Well, that's it.... [Re: booger]
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Registered: 01/09/11
Posts: 2084
Loc: Mesquite
yep, same boat. I like to go out and just watch what is going on, then knock down a pig IF its not to dark.
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#5443661 - 11/25/14 09:34 PM Re: Well, that's it.... [Re: booger]
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Registered: 08/25/06
Posts: 12973
Loc: Azle,Tx /Hunt Jack Co.
Happens all the time. You wake up one day & you're not mad at the deer anymore. up
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#5443705 - 11/25/14 09:59 PM Re: Well, that's it.... [Re: booger]
Elkhunter49 Offline
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Registered: 06/21/11
Posts: 3249
Loc: Oak Harbor, Slidell La
Yep, welcome to the club! It's nice to just sit and take a few photos, Baker
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#5443817 - 11/25/14 11:05 PM Re: Well, that's it.... [Re: booger]
MikeC Offline
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Registered: 08/09/05
Posts: 11729
Loc: Grayson County
I still love to watch the deer but haven't killed one in years. Places I've hunted recently really didn't need any does taken off and I haven't seen that special buck that would make me pick up the rifle. That being said I would like to have a doe and a hog to make sausage.
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#5443901 - 11/26/14 05:24 AM Re: Well, that's it.... [Re: MikeC]
tlk Offline
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Registered: 07/25/13
Posts: 1983
My Dad was hardcore hunter - he wrote an outdoor column for the newspaper and was eaten up with it all. One day we went to the lease and he had a camera in his hand and spent rest of his life taking pictures only. I am 61 and not to that point yet - I am still mad at them - time will tell but I could see grabbing the camera one day too
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#5443928 - 11/26/14 06:17 AM Re: Well, that's it.... [Re: booger]
Dave Davidson Offline
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Registered: 06/24/06
Posts: 4283
Loc: Hurst, Tx
I'll be 72 in 4 days with no real health problems. A couple of years ago, I saw a real monster on my place that I had never even seen on cams. It was an easy shot. I lined up on it and decided that it would be a shame to kill the best of the breed. I now take four 16 year olds and don't really have a place left for me to hunt. With those guys around, I don't have to even gut a deer, much less cut it up and get in an ice chest. I often laugh about maybe not remembering how to gut a deer.

I am now hunting for a specific deer that I've seen a couple of times but haven't had a good shot. And, I may or may not shoot it. Not really sure. I kinda understand the Indians who counted coup on another one but didn't kill him. Being retired, I can hunt anytime I want to but just don't seem to get around to it like I used to. It's only a 70 mile drive with a house, ponds, etc. I know the time will come when I can't physically do it.

I have one buck on the place with a broken front shoulder. He's about 3.5 YOA, 10 points and about 16 inches wide. I've told the Kids not to shoot Gimpy.

Yeah, I've changed.
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#5443934 - 11/26/14 06:23 AM Re: Well, that's it.... [Re: Hunt n Fish]
gary75758 Offline
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Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 977
Loc: Chandler/Kosse
Originally Posted By: Hunt n Fish
Happens all the time. You wake up one day & you're not mad at the deer anymore. up

+1 texas

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#5443941 - 11/26/14 06:33 AM Re: Well, that's it.... [Re: booger]
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Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
I still go with the same drive and passion about hunting I had 45 yrs ago. Still pull the trigger when I see something I like and what I don't like. grin I have started hunting Mule Deer the last 8 years now and really look forward to that annual trip out to West Texas. I have also gotten back into photography the past 10 yrs. This year I tagged out early in archery season, so I am stuck with using my camera to hunt. If I had not tagged out then I would have shot this buck. Instead I got to witness a fight and get it on camera.





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#5444022 - 11/26/14 07:38 AM Re: Well, that's it.... [Re: booger]
splash556 Offline
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Registered: 03/15/11
Posts: 1181
Loc: Grimes County, TX
Those are some great photo's ranchman. I especially like the first one. Thanks for sharing.
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#5444142 - 11/26/14 08:40 AM Re: Well, that's it.... [Re: splash556]
ZK-315 Offline
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Registered: 10/11/13
Posts: 1559
Loc: Temple...Hunt in Freestone Co.
Originally Posted By: splash556
Those are some great photo's ranchman. I especially like the first one. Thanks for sharing.

Agreed. That's one dandy of a buck and that first picture is simply stunning.


Edited by ZK-315 (11/26/14 08:41 AM)

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#5444220 - 11/26/14 09:21 AM Re: Well, that's it.... [Re: booger]
JRJ6 Offline
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Registered: 03/13/14
Posts: 3899
Loc: Dallas, TX
awesome pics!

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#5444242 - 11/26/14 09:31 AM Re: Well, that's it.... [Re: booger]
Wilhunt Offline
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Registered: 07/26/13
Posts: 2335
Loc: New Braunfels, San Saba county
I am 72 and still get excited...we don't have a lot of deer on our lease so when I see about any deer I still get antsy.

stxranchman, that is the best picture of a buck (the Sheriff) I have seen in a long while. Thanks for sharing.

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