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#6054756 - 11/28/15 02:43 PM My first deer!
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Bird Dog

Registered: 10/27/13
Posts: 254
I took my first deer yesterday morning. No bait, no blind, no stand. No special camo or scent blocker or any of that. Just spot and stalk, hunting into the wind.
This was my fourth hunt this year, and it was the first legal deer I'd seen. I'd been hunting pretty hard all morning, and I had already heard three shots nearby. I figured most of the deer had probably run into another training area, and I was about to call it a day. Before heading home, I decided to hunt a draw in the far north end of the training area (wind blowing north by northeast.)
When I found the draw, I could smell the deer in it. It smelled almost like horses, i swear, only very faint. I thought my mind was playing tricks on me, I wanted a deer so bad! And the tracks, there were tracks everywhere in every direction, probably a dozen different animals. I thought, they must be rutting down here. I found a place to hide in a cluster of scrub oaks downwind of the draw, where i had a nice open field of fire and I could see the hillside on the north end of the draw. I tried to be patient and wait, but I needed to get home and do Christmas decorations, among other things, and my patience was wearing thin. About 10 AM, I decided to push down into the draw to see if I could jump one.
He was bedded down in the bottom of the draw with a couple of does where I jumped him. As soon as I saw the antlers, my heart jumped into my throat and the adrenaline flowed like crazy! I backed out uphill to the south so I could see where he ran, and it was so hard to keep my eyes on him. I lost sight of him a couple of times, but the draw was so thick i could hear him ripping through it. Then he stopped on the hillside to the north and tried to smell me. Luckily I had a perfect view. He stretched his neck out, head held high, and I shot him in the neck with my .243. He fell dead where he stood.
I still get the shakes just thinking about it! I don't know how I was able to hold steady when I shot him. I was calling on the Lord when i put the crosshairs on his neck, and I had tunnel vision when I pulled the trigger.
Thank the Lord! I feel so blessed for my first deer to be such a nice buck. He weighed 146 pounds and was about 3.5 years old according to the biologist at the check in station. Here's a picture of my deer...
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#6054778 - 11/28/15 02:58 PM Re: My first deer! [Re: Regular Guy]
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Woodsman

Registered: 08/14/13
Posts: 243
Loc: Alpine TX
Congratulations. Nice buck and an even better write-up. cheers
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#6054811 - 11/28/15 03:14 PM Re: My first deer! [Re: Regular Guy]
Dave Davidson Offline
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Registered: 06/24/06
Posts: 4280
Loc: Hurst, Tx
Congratulations; nice start.
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#6054821 - 11/28/15 03:20 PM Re: My first deer! [Re: Dave Davidson]
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Registered: 01/22/11
Posts: 20800
Loc: Fairfield, TX
Originally Posted By: Dave Davidson
Congratulations; nice start.
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#6054833 - 11/28/15 03:26 PM Re: My first deer! [Re: North2AK]
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Registered: 12/22/09
Posts: 4819
Loc: Emory,TX
Originally Posted By: North2AK
Congratulations. Nice buck and an even better write-up. cheers
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#6054955 - 11/28/15 04:51 PM Re: My first deer! [Re: Regular Guy]
TimOub007 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/30/11
Posts: 337
Good job, and great result!

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#6054958 - 11/28/15 04:53 PM Re: My first deer! [Re: Regular Guy]
Hen-Killer Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/18/15
Posts: 292
Loc: Corsicana
food
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#6055080 - 11/28/15 06:13 PM Re: My first deer! [Re: Regular Guy]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 23584
Loc: Wise County Texas
cheers
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#6055149 - 11/28/15 06:47 PM Re: My first deer! [Re: Regular Guy]
tex70 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 11/13/14
Posts: 757
Loc: Georgetown
Congrats on your first deer cheers

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#6055176 - 11/28/15 07:05 PM Re: My first deer! [Re: Regular Guy]
Dalee7892 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 05/04/15
Posts: 985
Loc: Denton County
Way to go, love the write up, thought I was their with you on the hunt

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#6055195 - 11/28/15 07:15 PM Re: My first deer! [Re: Regular Guy]
TAT Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 12/06/09
Posts: 4944
Loc: good ole texas
You will never forget that hit the rest of your life.
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#6055220 - 11/28/15 07:36 PM Re: My first deer! [Re: Regular Guy]
Regular Guy Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/27/13
Posts: 254
Thanks guys. I can't wait to do it again. Hooked for life!
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#6055332 - 11/28/15 08:43 PM Re: My first deer! [Re: Regular Guy]
Caviel Offline
Tracker

Registered: 10/11/09
Posts: 703
Loc: Gillespie County, Tx
Nice job! Good story!
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#6055445 - 11/28/15 09:37 PM Re: My first deer! [Re: Regular Guy]
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Woodsman

Registered: 09/29/10
Posts: 182
Loc: Houston, Tx
Congrats. Good story

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#6055812 - 11/29/15 08:35 AM Re: My first deer! [Re: tex70]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 5511
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: tex70
Congrats on your first deer cheers

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