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#5450432 - 11/30/14 07:51 PM 2 Bucks, 2 Days, Howard County (Pic Heavy)
ltsheets Offline
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Registered: 11/12/11
Posts: 648
Hey everyone. I was fortunate to be able to tag 2 different bucks during Thanksgiving week. Here are the stories for both of them...

This first deer has been named Hollywood due to his love of the camera. I have more history with him than any other buck on the ranch. I've hunted him for 3 yrs and had a shot at 30 yds with a bow last year but had a button buck jump in front of the arrow (got it on video or I wouldn't have believed it either) and saved Hollywood. My first time shed hunting this past spring, I found his set of antlers from 2 yrs ago. Thanksgiving morning during my first sit of the trip, I passed on the biggest deer I've ever passed, a big 3.5 yr old 8 point and about 45 mins later, Hollywood stepped out. I'm very happy to have taken this deer and plan on mounting his sheds next to a euro of him. Here are his picks from the past few years.
2012

Sheds

2013

2014



Next is the best buck I've ever killed. When we got to the ranch on Tues, I had a chance to run over to a portion of the property that hasn't been hunted in years and do some glassing of the winter wheat field to see what was coming out in the evenings. I saw lots of deer including a few shooters and this deer that I eventually killed the morning after Thanksgiving. I came back to the house and told everyone I'd seen the biggest buck I'd ever seen in person at about 450 yds. I made a plan based on that scouting and snuck to a tree that I thought would be about 200 yds from where I saw him but still give me a shot at a large portion of the field. At the start of first light, I could see a good buck on the edge of the field but he left the field before shooting light. 15-20 mins later, a big buck walks back into the field in the same area. It took what felt like forever before I could get a good enough look at him to determine if he was a shooter or not. Eventually it was obvious he was and I got into a comfortable position to get a good solid rest on my shooting sticks for the 210 yd shot. I took some extra time to calm myself down and then squeezed off the shot. Watching the buck leave the field, I felt like the shot was good and it appeared that he was acting hit. After a 10 min wait, I quietly walked down to look for blood and after an hr, still hadn't found a drop. I was really starting to doubt my shot and decided to drop some of the heavy clothes as I was getting hot and then start a search pattern in the direction he ran. After hanging all the extra clothes on a fence, I turned around to start looking and there he was, 20 yds from me, stuck in a tree. I could not believe it. I had walked within 10 yds of him 4 times searching the gravel road I knew he had crossed for blood. I then realized he was bigger than I originally thought. I feel so blessed to have inlaws that allow me to hunt a place like this. I still can't believe it happened. I put a tape to him yesterday and rough scored him at 148 4/8 gross with 40" of mass. I can't wait to see him on my wall in the future. Here he is...






Thanks everyone and I hope you enjoyed the stories.

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#5450439 - 11/30/14 07:55 PM Re: 2 Bucks, 2 Days, Howard County (Pic Heavy) [Re: ltsheets]
SWtexashunter Offline
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Registered: 11/28/14
Posts: 192
Loc: Uvalde, TX
Great hunt! Great deer! Certainly better than the rest of us! eeks333
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#5450456 - 11/30/14 08:00 PM Re: 2 Bucks, 2 Days, Howard County (Pic Heavy) [Re: ltsheets]
DQ Kid Offline
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Registered: 02/20/12
Posts: 4801
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Yup, getting it done there, good job. That big one is rutted down on his weight pretty good.

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#5450458 - 11/30/14 08:01 PM Re: 2 Bucks, 2 Days, Howard County (Pic Heavy) [Re: ltsheets]
wtr Offline
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Registered: 09/25/12
Posts: 595
Loc: WestCOMMATexas hunt Comanche
Awesome. cheers

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#5450472 - 11/30/14 08:06 PM Re: 2 Bucks, 2 Days, Howard County (Pic Heavy) [Re: ltsheets]
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Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 9648
Loc: Arlington, Tx/Coke Cnty
Congrats!!!

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#5450476 - 11/30/14 08:07 PM Re: 2 Bucks, 2 Days, Howard County (Pic Heavy) [Re: ltsheets]
Erathkid Online   content
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Registered: 01/19/11
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Loc: Dollas,Taxes Bluff Dale Tx
Great write up to a great story. And a couple of beautiful bucks. You definitely married into the right family, for sure....Given the choice , I'd always pick the right family over the diametrically opposed one.
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#5450484 - 11/30/14 08:10 PM Re: 2 Bucks, 2 Days, Howard County (Pic Heavy) [Re: ltsheets]
HCGedge3 Offline
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Registered: 11/07/14
Posts: 106
Great stories man. Congrats on both of the deer!

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#5450485 - 11/30/14 08:10 PM Re: 2 Bucks, 2 Days, Howard County (Pic Heavy) [Re: Erathkid]
ltsheets Offline
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Registered: 11/12/11
Posts: 648
Haha thanks. It wasn't always sunshine and daisies but we're all doing well now and I'm very thankful to be a part of their family.

Originally Posted By: Erathkid
Great write up to a great story. And a couple of beautiful bucks. You definitely married into the right family, for sure....Given the choice , I'd always pick the right family over the diametrically opposed one.

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#5450769 - 11/30/14 09:45 PM Re: 2 Bucks, 2 Days, Howard County (Pic Heavy) [Re: ltsheets]
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Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 35148
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Great bucks and story to go with them. Congrats up
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#5450947 - 12/01/14 08:58 AM Re: 2 Bucks, 2 Days, Howard County (Pic Heavy) [Re: ltsheets]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 25948
Loc: Wise County Texas
Couple of great deer, what a weekend up
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#5450981 - 12/01/14 09:09 AM Re: 2 Bucks, 2 Days, Howard County (Pic Heavy) [Re: ltsheets]
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Registered: 08/15/11
Posts: 12188
Loc: Waco, TX
nicely done! I really like the second buck!

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#5450994 - 12/01/14 09:12 AM Re: 2 Bucks, 2 Days, Howard County (Pic Heavy) [Re: ltsheets]
PMK Offline
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Registered: 09/10/12
Posts: 7157
Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
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#5451006 - 12/01/14 09:14 AM Re: 2 Bucks, 2 Days, Howard County (Pic Heavy) [Re: ltsheets]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
Posts: 27772
Loc: Texas
Damn!

I like my inlaws and after this I'm just a tad bit jealous!
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#5451130 - 12/01/14 10:02 AM Re: 2 Bucks, 2 Days, Howard County (Pic Heavy) [Re: ltsheets]
postoak Offline
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Registered: 08/19/09
Posts: 2942
Loc: The Woodlands, Tx
Good write-ups! How many acres do your in-laws own?
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#5451196 - 12/01/14 10:33 AM Re: 2 Bucks, 2 Days, Howard County (Pic Heavy) [Re: ltsheets]
JRJ6 Offline
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Registered: 03/13/14
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Loc: Dallas, TX
congrats!

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