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#6109683 - 12/30/15 11:13 AM Brow Tines!... Persistance Paid Off!
ETxHntr Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 11/04/13
Posts: 24
Loc: Jasper County
Kind of long, but....
This was the first picture of many, that I got of this deer. I was only able to hunt maybe 3 times, before Thanksgiving, due to work. Anyone who hunts the Pineywoods of East Texas knows that bucks can be VERY hard to come by after the first couple of weeks of the season.
I had seen several decent bucks prior to getting this picture, and had a couple of what I would consider to be shooters. I had no idea that this buck was even out there. No other lease members had seen him before either. When I got this first pic, I knew that I really wanted this buck, but he was strictly nocturnal, and only showed up every couple of days. Being so late in the season, I didn't know if I even had a chance to locate his main area, let alone see him in person. I set up three additional trail cams, in different areas, in hopes of locating his home area. After two weekends of moving cameras and capturing several more pictures of him, I finally found the hot spot. Not just for this buck, but many bucks, all using the same ridge and small (thick) bottom as their hide out. All night time pictures, but LOTS of buck activity. I knew I was close to their bedding area, because I was getting pics of several bucks, within a few minutes of dark, everyday.
With the warm weather and full moon, I didn't know if it would ever happen. I hunted the mornings in hopes of catching him returning to bed, but was never able to see him.

Finally with this last cold front, there was some deer activity just after first light. Monday morning I was in my climber before daylight, on the edge of the thicket where the bucks have been hanging out. I had a 16 inch 9 point cross through the open timber at about 90 yards, followed by a small 6 point. It was almost sickening to watch that 9 point walk through, but I was holding on to the thought that just maybe Ol Browtine would show up....
Yesterday morning was perfect. Cold with no wind. I was in my tree about 45 minutes before daylight. I had actually almost made my mind up to shoot the first legal buck I saw... at this point it is not about hunting a big buck, but really ANY buck. The 9 point from the day before was still bothering me, and I'm already thinking about muzzleloader season and at least maybe getting another doe.
Just after daylight, a doe popped up out of the bottom, headed straight toward me. I watched the doe until she was about 40 yards from me. She stopped under a large oak and was just milling around looking for acorns. She was there for maybe 5 minutes, when she threw her head up and went on full alert. At that point I started looking back down toward the bottom. Immediately I saw movement at about 120 yards. A few seconds later a buck trotted out into the open timber. After a quick look through my binoculars, I knew it was him!
The rest is just a blur. A few more steps and he was in a small opening. One shot to the base of the neck and he was down!




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#6109694 - 12/30/15 11:17 AM Re: Brow Tines!... Persistance Paid Off! [Re: ETxHntr]
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
Congrats on an outstanding buck! up What is even more outstanding is that you were thinking outside the box and moving cameras to find that bucks core area. Hunting that buck instead of being hunted by that buck. flehan cheers
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#6109699 - 12/30/15 11:19 AM Re: Brow Tines!... Persistance Paid Off! [Re: ETxHntr]
ddmm Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/29/10
Posts: 406
Loc: Haslet
Very nice looking east Texas buck!! Congrats!

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#6109700 - 12/30/15 11:19 AM Re: Brow Tines!... Persistance Paid Off! [Re: ETxHntr]
Simple Searcher Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 4869
Loc: Helotes, Hext
Nice deer, and great tines. It is cool when you get the one that you have been looking for, congrats.
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#6109724 - 12/30/15 11:31 AM Re: Brow Tines!... Persistance Paid Off! [Re: stxranchman]
Deerhunter61 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 6552
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Congrats on an outstanding buck! up What is even more outstanding is that you were thinking outside the box and moving cameras to find that bucks core area. Hunting that buck instead of being hunted by that buck. flehan cheers


Agreed!

Congratulations!

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#6109747 - 12/30/15 11:45 AM Re: Brow Tines!... Persistance Paid Off! [Re: ETxHntr]
tdecker22 Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 12/22/09
Posts: 5148
Loc: Emory,TX
Awesome buck
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#6109757 - 12/30/15 11:48 AM Re: Brow Tines!... Persistance Paid Off! [Re: Simple Searcher]
Bbear Online   content
Tracker

Registered: 11/24/13
Posts: 702
Loc: West Texas
Originally Posted By: Simple Searcher
Nice deer, and great tines. It is cool when you get the one that you have been looking for, congrats.


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This

Hard work definitely paid off!
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#6109760 - 12/30/15 11:49 AM Re: Brow Tines!... Persistance Paid Off! [Re: ETxHntr]
billyhunt Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 09/25/11
Posts: 2782
Loc: granger,tx
Very nice!! Congrats!! cheers

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#6109776 - 12/30/15 11:57 AM Re: Brow Tines!... Persistance Paid Off! [Re: ETxHntr]
Hunter-Steve Offline
Tracker

Registered: 01/17/10
Posts: 921
Loc: Plano. TX
You earned that! Congrats!!!
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#6109835 - 12/30/15 12:38 PM Re: Brow Tines!... Persistance Paid Off! [Re: ETxHntr]
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Veteran Tracker

Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 2806
Loc: Buda Texas
Love brow tines. Nice one, how long are those brow tines 6-7 inches.

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#6109843 - 12/30/15 12:47 PM Re: Brow Tines!... Persistance Paid Off! [Re: ETxHntr]
clu Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/15/14
Posts: 91
Loc: La Grange
Congrats on a fine buck! I, like S.A. Hunter, love long brow tines! I killed a buck 4 years ago with 13 inch G2s but only 2-3 inch brows. I'd give up a couple of inches on the G2s to have longer brows. That one on the right has to be near 8 inches long, eh???

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#6109844 - 12/30/15 12:48 PM Re: Brow Tines!... Persistance Paid Off! [Re: ETxHntr]
dogdown23 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 02/15/14
Posts: 931
Loc: TX
Excellent deer
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#6109849 - 12/30/15 12:52 PM Re: Brow Tines!... Persistance Paid Off! [Re: billyhunt]
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Taking Requests

Registered: 11/17/10
Posts: 20264
Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Originally Posted By: billyhunt
Very nice!! Congrats!! cheers
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#6109851 - 12/30/15 12:52 PM Re: Brow Tines!... Persistance Paid Off! [Re: ETxHntr]
Navasot Offline
Natty Love

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 26909
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
cheers
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#6109868 - 12/30/15 01:04 PM Re: Brow Tines!... Persistance Paid Off! [Re: ETxHntr]
kdkane1971 Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 01/30/14
Posts: 2010
Loc: Mesopotamia
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