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#6115799 - 01/03/16 02:34 AM End of season - End of the line
HuntnFly67 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/10
Posts: 4806
Been trying to close the deal on this guy since he first showed up on cams pre-dawn on the rifle opener:



Tonight I finally closed the deal - sorta. It was a collaborative effort to be sure.

20 minutes before end of legal shooting time, The buck above came in to the field with three does and he was nose to the ground harrassing the ladies. I had a shot on the buck and had way too long to think about it. The longer this deer stayed in the crosshairs the more nervous I got. I let my shooting fundamentals slip and as the trigger broke to release the hammer, I pulled the shot as he stepped forward. Instantly I knew the shot was bad. The point of impact was somewhere just in front of his left rear leg where his white belly fur starts. Bad stuff. All of the deer flushed like a covey of quail. Nothing but white flags waving at me before they were swallowed by the shadows and brush.

I decided not to wait for the buck to expire since I knew I had a tracking job in front of me and light was dwindling rapidly. I get to the point of impact and all I can find is a tuft of belly fur and one solitary speck of 'watery' blood. I knew I was hosed. I burn the rest of daylight looking for blood and burning up texts trying to locate a tracker.

I had a recommendation for Troup's Wounded Animal Recovery - 325-642-1650 - Troup Bishop. Troup was on site in about an hour and minutes later, Copper, Troup's dog was on the trail. 800 yards later and less than an hour, Copper was on the buck! It was an awesome ending to the hunt!







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#6115804 - 01/03/16 03:36 AM Re: End of season - End of the line [Re: HuntnFly67]
Western Online   content
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Very nice buck, waiting to the end paid off up

I commend you on not messing around and getting a tracker on it, I think this buck will look great on your wall and would have other wise likely been lost.
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#6115822 - 01/03/16 05:19 AM Re: End of season - End of the line [Re: HuntnFly67]
Davezerg Offline
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Registered: 01/17/13
Posts: 57
Loc: Starr County
Nice buck, good job man!
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#6115846 - 01/03/16 06:22 AM Re: End of season - End of the line [Re: HuntnFly67]
Drop Tine Offline
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Registered: 09/26/09
Posts: 5035
Loc: Denton,Tx
Great buck Andy! Nice 2's and 3's on him.....what was the inside spread?

Congrats!!
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#6115871 - 01/03/16 07:14 AM Re: End of season - End of the line [Re: HuntnFly67]
Tenacious Hunter Offline
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Registered: 11/13/15
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Loc: Abilene Texas
What County?
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#6115893 - 01/03/16 07:41 AM Re: End of season - End of the line [Re: HuntnFly67]
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Registered: 01/16/07
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Loc: Keller, TX
Congrats, Andy!
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#6115922 - 01/03/16 07:59 AM Re: End of season - End of the line [Re: Davezerg]
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Originally Posted By: Davezerg
Nice buck, good job man!

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#6115971 - 01/03/16 08:37 AM Re: End of season - End of the line [Re: HuntnFly67]
rattler03 Offline
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Registered: 02/22/14
Posts: 856
Loc: Bryan - Archer County
that's a very nice buck right there. congrats cheers

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#6115980 - 01/03/16 08:40 AM Re: End of season - End of the line [Re: HuntnFly67]
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Registered: 11/18/08
Posts: 118
Nice job!

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#6115991 - 01/03/16 08:45 AM Re: End of season - End of the line [Re: HuntnFly67]
Stompy Online   content
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Registered: 06/13/10
Posts: 4581
Loc: Breckenridge Tx
Congrats Andy,, up
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#6116048 - 01/03/16 09:26 AM Re: End of season - End of the line [Re: Tenacious Hunter]
HuntnFly67 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/10
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Originally Posted By: Drop Tine
Great buck Andy! Nice 2's and 3's on him.....what was the inside spread?

Congrats!!


Just put a tape on him, Mark. He was 17.5" wide.

Originally Posted By: Tenacious Hunter
What County?

Brown


Thanks to everybody for the kind replies! I didn't notice last night; he has a double throat patch and a really cool black stripe that goes from the bottom patch straight down the middle through the brisket.
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#6117434 - 01/03/16 11:09 PM Re: End of season - End of the line [Re: HuntnFly67]
sparrish8 Offline
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Registered: 01/13/13
Posts: 1472
Man glad you found him

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#6118509 - 01/04/16 05:19 PM Re: End of season - End of the line [Re: HuntnFly67]
tdecker22 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/09
Posts: 5151
Loc: Emory,TX
Nice job and congrats on a fine buck
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#6118576 - 01/04/16 06:01 PM Re: End of season - End of the line [Re: HuntnFly67]
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Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 12826
Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
Congrats on a very nice buck. Glad to see a good dog put to work. Well played.

cheers
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#6119100 - 01/04/16 10:29 PM Re: End of season - End of the line [Re: Western]
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Registered: 05/14/09
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Originally Posted By: Western
Very nice buck, waiting to the end paid off up

I commend you on not messing around and getting a tracker on it, I think this buck will look great on your wall and would have other wise likely been lost.

Agree. Smart move to recognize the mistake and bring in a pro ASAP.
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