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#6130772 - 01/11/16 03:13 PM Chap Happens
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Registered: 07/15/05
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Loc: Cuero
Finished up a five day hunt yesterday afternoon on the Chaparral WMA. On Thursday evening I shot a wide and high, 7 1/2 year old 8 pt in the Baldy pasture.



At sunset the deer came up out of a draw toward the Baldy mesa in response to doe in heat scent. It actually came up to a point that was 60 yards out and then went back down the draw. It finally stepped out of the brush was "butt" to me, I bayed at it and it stepped out in the open at 96 yards. When it did, I shot it with my Rem 600 chambered in 35 Rem.

I was hunting from the Ameristep Tent Chair Folding Blind which is an awesome little blind. I spent 11 hours in the blind that day, just left it at 1 pm long enough to go to the corner of the pasture to check on my mom & dad via my cell phone! The picture below is the view the buck had at the shot. I only had a small bit of the blind open, just enough to get that 18" barrel out.



I continued to hunt my pasture through Sunday morning but saw little. The 8pt was the only mature deer I saw while hunting. I arrived Tuesday morning for the shooting project so that I could scout as well.

It was a super time and despite not seeing much the Baldy was a perfect pasture for me. 680 acres at the end of the road all to myself. I'm lucky to own a nice ranch but the fenceline hunters have worn me down and to be out at the end of the horizon with no one bugging me is exactly what I needed.

The TPWD folks were outstanding as were all the hunters that I met. Made a couple of friends that I suspect I will share some hunts with in the future.


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#6130775 - 01/11/16 03:14 PM Re: Chap Happens [Re: Ranch Dog]
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cheers Great recap and buck. Congrats. up
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#6130864 - 01/11/16 04:03 PM Re: Chap Happens [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Very nice buck, and a neat rifle.
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#6130870 - 01/11/16 04:06 PM Re: Chap Happens [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Thanks guys. That rifle is 50 years old this year. I was also hunting with a 1949 Savage 721 chambered in 300 Savage. I really hoped to take another buck with it but just didn't find one.

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#6130990 - 01/11/16 05:15 PM Re: Chap Happens [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Registered: 09/27/07
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Loc: Cedar Park, Texas
Nice.

I have a 50 year old rifle too, a 1965 Browning in .30-06, but have yet to take a deer with it.
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#6130991 - 01/11/16 05:15 PM Re: Chap Happens [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Great story and deer. cheers

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#6131002 - 01/11/16 05:20 PM Re: Chap Happens [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Nice buck and nicely done!
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#6131194 - 01/11/16 06:50 PM Re: Chap Happens [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Great deer, awesome hunt, amazing gun!
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#6131400 - 01/11/16 08:30 PM Re: Chap Happens [Re: Ranch Dog]
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cheers
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#6131787 - 01/12/16 06:51 AM Re: Chap Happens [Re: TxAg]
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Originally Posted By: TxAg
Very nice buck, and a neat rifle.



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#6131858 - 01/12/16 07:47 AM Re: Chap Happens [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Nice story, congrats on the buck. cheers
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#6131890 - 01/12/16 08:06 AM Re: Chap Happens [Re: TxAg]
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Originally Posted By: TxAg
Very nice buck, and a neat rifle.
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#6131916 - 01/12/16 08:25 AM Re: Chap Happens [Re: Ranch Dog]
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great job
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#6131935 - 01/12/16 08:44 AM Re: Chap Happens [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Sounds like a great time and congrats on getting a very good buck. Gotta love pastures like that at the end of the road for getting away from things for a while.

Good classic round for a classic rifle that was ahead of its time.
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#6132038 - 01/12/16 09:47 AM Re: Chap Happens [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Good read and nice buck!
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