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#6426252 - 08/26/16 07:26 PM Your first deer story
spoon33 Offline

Registered: 09/12/11
Posts: 97
Figured we could pass some time by telling everyone about your first deer you killed.

Mine was when I was probably 25-26 years old and I got invited to go with my buddy to 640 acres he had access too. I had been "hunting" a few other times with my dad and brother years ago but we never shot anything.
Anyways, the hunt where I got my first deer was going to be 2 evenings and 2 days to hunt. I was amped up and ready to shoot the first deer I saw. Well evening 1 comes and go with no action. Same with morning one and evening two. Before our last morning I asked if we could get in our stand a little earlier then usual as the guys at camp would rather drink and sit at the cabin all week instead of hunt. Anyways I'm following my buddy on a 4 wheeler to my stand for the day and he jumps a doe off the feeder as he was in front of me. I hurry up and park my 4 wheeler in the brush and monkey up my stand. It's a minute or so before legal shooting light and I look up and see a deer at the feeder 80 yards away. I immediately grabbed my gun and raise it up finding the deer in my scope. It's a doe and I am ready.....except for my rifle keeps shaking for some reason smile
I was so excited that I had to lower my gun and try to relax. I finally composed myself enough to put the crosshairs on her and squeeze away. Boom!!! Where is she? Being my first time to ever shoot a deer I wasn't sure what to expect. My buddy texts me and ask if I'm ok as there is no way I shot a deer that quickly after arriving.

After telling him I really did shoot a deer he told me to get down and start looking for blood and he would be there after a bit. I finally get down after a bit still on cloud 9 and walk up to my deer, a small doe fawn I had shot. Since the deer was by herself and I had no idea how big or small she was, plus I really didn't care before I shot.

I caught a little friendly grief for shooting a fawn, but I learned how to field dress a deer right there and took her to the processer soon after.

That day got this city slicker hooked and I've been at it ever since then. When I read about people getting buck fever, I know exactly what they mean as I went through that with my first deer.

So let's hear about your first one.

#6426272 - 08/26/16 07:40 PM Re: Your first deer story [Re: spoon33]
ChanceHuiet Offline

Registered: 01/23/08
Posts: 149
I was 10 sitting on a pipeline with my grandfather. Buck came out way way down the pipeline. Put gun up and all I remember seeing was horns. Settled cross hairs behind his shoulder and squeezed off shot. I remember seeing another deer take odd running so I thought I had missed. I come to and realize my grandfather us getting onto me for shooting when he was steadily saying don't shoot it's to far don't shoot. I never even heard him talking I was so excited. We waited about 30 min and then he said should at least go look. Got down there and there it was, a young basket rack 8 point. Dropped square in its tracks. Grandfather stepped it off with long steps at 355 steps. A long lucky shot for a 10 yr old with a 243. I'll have to find the picture somewhere.

#6426285 - 08/26/16 07:51 PM Re: Your first deer story [Re: spoon33]
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Registered: 11/17/10
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Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
I was prob about 12 and my dad took me up to some public land in North Florida. We walked through some swampy woods and finally found a large oak that had fallen and we sat on it and waited. After about an hour I spotted 3 doe and he told me to get ready there is prob a buck following them. The doe ran right by us and here came a buck I got ready to raise my gun up and before I even got it to my shoulder my dad shoots at it and then shoots again he missed twice I never even got a chance at it. That about sums up my hunting experiences with my dad.
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#6426306 - 08/26/16 08:03 PM Re: Your first deer story [Re: spoon33]
Simple Searcher Offline
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Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 5895
Loc: Helotes, Hext
I was 23 years old, stalking up on field looking for a doe. As I was about to hit the clearing a mountain lion walked out about 40 yards in front of me, he never saw me, I shot and missed.
I figured my hunt was done, so I headed back to the house. As I was almost back I walked up on a buck at about 30 yards. I dropped him where he stood.
That was 28 years ago and I was talking trash like I was some gifted stalking machine. I have never been able to stalk animals like I did that day ever again.

"Man is still a hunter, still a simple searcher after meat..." Robert C. Ruark

#6426309 - 08/26/16 08:05 PM Re: Your first deer story [Re: spoon33]
Wilhunt Offline
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Registered: 07/26/13
Posts: 3656
Loc: New Braunfels, San Saba county
I was hunting on a small place where I kept some horses. Got there before sunup and waited until about 8:00 then I had to leave to go to work. On the way back to the truck I see a doe and a 9 point buck following her. Took 2 shots but I got him and still have the antlers. A great day.

#6426426 - 08/26/16 09:48 PM Re: Your first deer story [Re: spoon33]
Indyoshi Offline

Registered: 10/12/15
Posts: 186
Loc: Dickinson, TX
Seems like it was just yesterday...oh wait. It almost was! Haha. Cant wait to see if my time researching will pay off this year.

My story:
My story:
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#6426550 - 08/26/16 11:18 PM Re: Your first deer story [Re: spoon33]
JH117 Offline
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Registered: 11/05/14
Posts: 285
Loc: parker county
Mine was three years ago. Before that I had only hunted for deer one time with my dad when I was about 20. I didn't see anything that day, but to me it really didn't matter. Reason being is because at that time I only had two things on my mind.....partying and women! Fast forward 12 years later and my wife and I were fortunate enough to move onto 120 acres of family property. I had always been a fisherman, but hunting just wasn't something that I had really experienced. So I put up a feeder and a camera to see if there was any kind of game on the place. To my surprise deer were coming on a regular basis, including a nice big mature 10 pointer. I decided he was gonna be my first deer......or so I thought! You see, I really didn't understand the meaning of pressure at the time. I ended up buying a cheap starter bow and plopped a ground blind 20 yards from the feeder. Needless to say, I didn't end up taking that deer! I finally realized that I was doing it all wrong after doing some research and reading this forum so i moved that blind and put up a tree stand. I hunted my arse off that season and finally ended up connecting on my first deer. Not with a bow, but with a 30-06 in that tree at about 40 yards away. It was late in the evening with about 15 min of legal shooting light when he walked out. The only thing I saw was a set of antlers when he came out from behind a cedar tree. I didn't really have time to judge the size of his antlers, but to me they were really big. I put the sights on him and squeezed the trigger. I made a good shot and he dropped about 15 yards away from where I connected. I actually thought he was the 10 I was after, but it happened so fast I couldn't really tell. At that time the adrenaline was pumping so hard and I was shaking so bad that I couldn't even think about climbing down that tree stand. So first thing I did after I shot him was call my dad......from the tree stand! Although he didn't end up being the big 10 I was after, I was proud of that deer! He ended being a 15 in wide main frame six with a little kicker, and his euro mount is hanging in my living room! Since that day it has become a bit of an obsession, and fishing has kind of taken a backseat to my new hunting addiction. Oh, and that 10 is still running around here.......and I can only hope that he slips up this year!

#6426559 - 08/26/16 11:33 PM Re: Your first deer story [Re: spoon33]
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Registered: 06/11/15
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My first deer experience was visiting my uncle Hulen in the summer. He was poor and lived in the middle of nowhere. He picks up a rifle and shoots a small buck eating in his garden. I wouldn't call it hunting, he was old school and that's how he lived.

I'm sure he never had a license and later learned that deer season wasn't in the summer.

It is important to add he was always respectful of nature and hunted out of need to survive.

#6426681 - 08/27/16 08:03 AM Re: Your first deer story [Re: spoon33]
Txhuntr2 Offline
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Registered: 02/19/12
Posts: 492
Loc: Houston and Kinney County
I was 20 and had just gotten on a lease in San Saba with a high school buddy. I'd hunted by walking in the woods as a kid shooting a shotgun at whatever flew but I'd never had a chance to hunt deer. That weekend was thunderstorming so bad we couldn't leave the campers for a day and a half. My buddy wanted to go home but I was having non of it. I wanted to hunt. Finally, the rain started to slow in the late afternoon so I headed to my stand. I had hunted that stand before but only seen does. This day was different and it taught me a lesson about deer movement after a storm that I still remember.

The feeder had not even gone off when the rain completely cleared and the pasture came alive with deer! There were small bucks and does everywhere it seemed. And when the feeder went off, all I remember is lots of points coming from over a hill behind the feeder. I was so anxious I didn't wait for him to come to the feeder but took a 200 yd shot and missed. I reloaded and aimed just above his back and hit him. He didn't run far when the 30-06 connected. It was a perfectly semetrical, pencil thin, young 10 point with very light colored antlers. I was ecstatic.

As an aside, he was also my first attempt at a homemade euro. I found out that if you take a nap while the pot is on the burner it might boil dry and burn the skull black. That deer is now an antler mount on a wooden plaque in the one room my wife let's me decorate. I have since killed many more deer and larger bucks but that memory hasn't faded and that mount is in a prominent place on my wall.

#6426739 - 08/27/16 09:11 AM Re: Your first deer story [Re: spoon33]
bp3 Offline
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Registered: 08/06/11
Posts: 1204
I was 13 and we were hunting in Eastland county, I killed a small 4 point with a blot action 30/30 with open sights at about 60 yards and I couldn't have been happier if it had scored 150.That was 58 years ago and will never forget that moment. rifle

#6427691 - 08/28/16 12:31 AM Re: Your first deer story [Re: spoon33]
Txduckman Offline
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Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 13101
Loc: Big D
I was probably 28 and went on my first deer hunt. Big ranch with old blinds and no feeders. Blind was full of owl poop so stunk to high heaven. I had duck hunted that morning up on the Red and then drove to friends ranch for the afternoon hunt so I was very tired. A young six showed up in the middle of the cows that were using my stand to scratch. It came in behind me just walking by so I had to shoot at an awkward position. Not a far shot but it ran. Never found it. A few specks of blood. Didn't realize I was next to the neighbors property that he ran to so he could have been dead 20 yards in but the place was so full of cedars we couldnt see anything. I said next time, don't put me on a fenceline when you have 3,000 acres! I was so sick so I immediately went and got my first lease to try and make up for it. I got a deer a year later same ranch but different stand. Heart shot and ran 50 yards and did a somersault. Young 8 at 160 yards. 92 degrees in Dec hunting in tennis shoes and shorts. I have taken about 25 deer since but still remember those hunts more than any.

#6427722 - 08/28/16 04:18 AM Re: Your first deer story [Re: spoon33]
scalebuster Offline
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Registered: 11/25/10
Posts: 3057
I was 7 hunting north of Sterling City. I was walking some canyons with a friend of my dads. We jumped a forkhorn and I shot him in the back of the neck with my 30-30. I remember he turned a flip.

#6428265 - 08/28/16 04:14 PM Re: Your first deer story [Re: spoon33]
KennyLee Offline
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Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 2444
Loc: Cowtown
I'm waiting for "I'd just finished my 8th beer as we got to a remote county road....."

#6428448 - 08/28/16 06:30 PM Re: Your first deer story [Re: spoon33]
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Registered: 03/13/10
Posts: 761
I didn't have a stand so my older brother drove me to a small clearing off a logging rd where there was a board nailed up in a tree with spikes to climb up. He had me rope up a old 30 carbine that was our dad's, he then left to hunt an abandoned stand 300 yrds up the rd. an hour or so went by and to my right about 40 yrd's quartering to me was a old 9 pt , he took two hit's from that carbine and ran about 100 yrd's or so. That buck was my first Deer 9pt , 13" inside 16" tall, That was 1983 I was 13 yr's old . He was an old deer 5-6 yrs , we ate a lot of chili off him. His shoulder mount is still on my wall.

#6428463 - 08/28/16 06:44 PM Re: Your first deer story [Re: spoon33]
cheetah577 Offline

Registered: 08/19/13
Posts: 217
Loc: Dallas, TX
I was 8 years old and we were hunting a family ranch just outside of Wimberely, TX. We didn't own a rifle, so my Pop borrowed a 6MM Jap rifle from a friend. It was opening morning and around 25 degrees! I shot a doe at 80 yards. She didn't run at all. No one else killed a deer that morning and I'm pretty sure we were the only ones hunting. All my family made a big deal about me getting a deer. Our camp cook made venison stew that night with the backstraps from my deer. It was the best meal ever. Santa gave me a Marlin 30-30 for Christmas that year. 45 years later, I still have the gun.
God bless John Wayne!

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