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#5982789 - 10/18/15 03:24 PM The hound saves the day.
Hirogen Offline

Registered: 07/18/13
Posts: 676
Loc: Ontario, Grey County
On Friday I headed out to friends farm and got set up about 3 pm. I was on the edge of a ravine overlooking a run that feeds into a field of winter wheat. The weather was nasty (37F, 20 mph wind, rain squalls) but this seems to be when I connect the most frequently.

At 6:54 pm (7 minutes of legal light left) a nice doe comes down the trail and I grunted her to a stop for a nice broadside shot (I have two anterless only tags that need filling). She takes the arrow straight to the boiler room, does an impressive donkey kick and I know she is going down. I saw the first 10 yards of her run but the bush is pretty thick and I quickly lost sight of her. The temperature has now dropped to 34F and the rain is beginning to mix with snow plus with all the red fall leaves on the ground finding the blood trail will be a challenge.

I cased my bow and packed up my knapsack and headed back to my truck to stow my gear. Got back to where I hit her about 25 minutes later and by then it was pretty dark. I Started looking with the flashlight and after getting turned around multiple times in the thick stuff and with all the red leaves on the ground I quickly determined that help was required.

I called my wife and 20 minutes later she arrived with my 16 year old son and the hound. The hound is a 3.5 year old mostly treeing walker coonhound but has a little rottweiler mixed in somewhere. He has done me proud 3 times in the past and I was counting on him once again.

Took the dog to the where the deer was hit and took him off the leash. He immediately took off and minutes later was baying (meaning he found something). We caught up and the doe was laid down about 70 yards from where I hit her. She was double lung hit.

I had passed within 3 yards of her earlier when I was blindly thrashing around. She was 2 yards from a distinct tree I recognized. Eventually I probably would have found her but the dog sure made easy work of it.

If you are wondering about the yellow tag it is not a HF tag. Upon recovery and prior to transporting a hunted deer we are required to put a validation tag through the ear (doe) or on the antlers (buck).
Never violate a woman, nor harm a child. Do not lie, cheat or steal. These things are for lesser men. Protect the weak against the evil strong. And never allow thoughts of gain to lead you into the pursuit of evil.

-The Iron Code of Druss the Legend

#5982976 - 10/18/15 06:08 PM Re: The hound saves the day. [Re: Hirogen]
Dalee7892 Online   content

Registered: 05/04/15
Posts: 730
Loc: Denton County
Great event and good looking friend & companion.

#5983008 - 10/18/15 06:39 PM Re: The hound saves the day. [Re: Hirogen]
dogcatcher Offline
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Registered: 07/17/06
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Loc: Abilene or on the road...
Combat Infantryman, the ultimate hunter where the prey shoots back.
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#5983050 - 10/18/15 06:58 PM Re: The hound saves the day. [Re: Hirogen]
Michael W. Offline
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Registered: 11/22/10
Posts: 2573
Loc: Central Texas / Comal County
Hard to beat a good dog. Congrats on the hunt.

A clear conscience is often the sign of a fuzzy memory.

#5983078 - 10/18/15 07:16 PM Re: The hound saves the day. [Re: Hirogen]
Slimpickin Offline

Registered: 12/14/07
Posts: 841
Loc: DFW, Texas
Great Story and good looking Hound!

#5983149 - 10/18/15 08:08 PM Re: The hound saves the day. [Re: Hirogen]
Halfadozen Offline
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Registered: 10/29/09
Posts: 7577
Loc: Parker County
Cool story brother.
Freedom is a fragile thing ...Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.
-- Ronald Reagan

#5983507 - 10/19/15 06:37 AM Re: The hound saves the day. [Re: Hirogen]
Stub Online   content
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Registered: 04/27/05
Posts: 12069
Sounds like a fun challenging hunt, way to go Hound Dog cheers
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer Davis

#5983531 - 10/19/15 07:04 AM Re: The hound saves the day. [Re: Hirogen]
colt45 Online   content
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Registered: 08/19/06
Posts: 5190
Loc: bastrop county
nothing like a great dog no matter the breed
hold on Newt, we got a runaway

#5983810 - 10/19/15 10:28 AM Re: The hound saves the day. [Re: Hirogen]
dkershen Online   content

Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 14859
Loc: Denton/Argyle
Thanks for sharing. Good dog for sure!! up

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

#5984091 - 10/19/15 01:53 PM Re: The hound saves the day. [Re: Hirogen]
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Registered: 03/26/12
Posts: 20280
Loc: Nurturing Biosphere Mothership
Outstanding up

#5984159 - 10/19/15 02:44 PM Re: The hound saves the day. [Re: Hirogen]
TEXASLEFTY Online   content
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Registered: 10/26/07
Posts: 6236
Loc: The Island Cres
Yep, thanks for posting it up
leftytex, NOT!

#5984638 - 10/19/15 07:57 PM Re: The hound saves the day. [Re: Hirogen]
Erathkid Offline
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Registered: 01/19/11
Posts: 14512
Loc: Dollas,Taxes Bluff Dale Tx
Great story, Hirogen. Great hunt too. Wish we could get a little 'cold snap' to help the deer move...That's a BIG doe, unlike some Texas deer.
Life is too short, as is. Don't chance it.
Don't text and drive.

#5984651 - 10/19/15 08:04 PM Re: The hound saves the day. [Re: Hirogen]
Wilhunt Offline
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Registered: 07/26/13
Posts: 2203
Loc: New Braunfels, San Saba county

#5984781 - 10/19/15 09:02 PM Re: The hound saves the day. [Re: Slimpickin]
bucksnbass357 Offline
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Registered: 12/20/09
Posts: 6326
Loc: Grapevine, TX USA
Originally Posted By: Slimpickin
Great Story and good looking Hound!


#5984869 - 10/19/15 09:35 PM Re: The hound saves the day. [Re: Hirogen]
NDN98 Offline
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Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 8372
Loc: McKinney, TX

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