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#6441849 - 09/07/16 09:52 AM Factors Contributing to Killing Your Biggest Buck
BenBob Offline
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Registered: 01/27/06
Posts: 6196
Loc: Undercover
WHat are some of the factors that contributed to you killing your largest deer? Some of these might be the weather, rut, blind luck, early in the season, special feed, change of blind placement, other hunters pushing deer to you, scrape, rubs, water, etc. What do you think was the determining factor/factors that helped you kill the biggest buck you have taken would be another ways to ask the question.
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#6441867 - 09/07/16 10:00 AM Re: Factors Contributing to Killing Your Biggest Buck [Re: BenBob]
stxranchman Offline
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Right place with the right age structure at the right time.
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#6441874 - 09/07/16 10:05 AM Re: Factors Contributing to Killing Your Biggest Buck [Re: BenBob]
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Registered: 08/18/09
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Loc: Buda
I typically see and have killed my biggest bucks during the rut and immediately following the rut. I've great success catching old bucks coming to corn in the post rut. These are bucks that you wouldn't see at feeders any other time. They've been running hard and not eating, so they're hungry.

This has been universally true, regardless of region...south Texas, Hill Country or West Texas. The only down side to post rut bucks is that there's a good chance that their antlers may be a bit dinged up or entirely busted.
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#6441884 - 09/07/16 10:11 AM Re: Factors Contributing to Killing Your Biggest Buck [Re: BenBob]
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Knew the buck was in the area... took a week to hunt him... sat 4 strait days with only a few hours down time and saw very little movement... he messed up on the 5th day late into the morning... think I saw three deer the whole 5 days other than the morning I changed up properties to shoot a doe.. right place at the right time like said
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#6441889 - 09/07/16 10:15 AM Re: Factors Contributing to Killing Your Biggest Buck [Re: BenBob]
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#6441898 - 09/07/16 10:19 AM Re: Factors Contributing to Killing Your Biggest Buck [Re: stxranchman]
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Registered: 08/09/10
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Loc: Houston, TX
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Right place with the right age structure at the right time.

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#6441900 - 09/07/16 10:19 AM Re: Factors Contributing to Killing Your Biggest Buck [Re: BenBob]
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#6441903 - 09/07/16 10:25 AM Re: Factors Contributing to Killing Your Biggest Buck [Re: BenBob]
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#6441925 - 09/07/16 10:40 AM Re: Factors Contributing to Killing Your Biggest Buck [Re: BenBob]
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#6441939 - 09/07/16 10:47 AM Re: Factors Contributing to Killing Your Biggest Buck [Re: BenBob]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
Posts: 25108
Loc: Texas
Luck, patience, and a great Father.

Was lucky enough to have the deer show up on a small LF south texas property. Was patient enough to watch him grow from an 8 point yearling to a 11 pt 2YO to a 13 pt 3 yo and shoot him as a typical 12 pt 4 year old, and I have a great father that passed him 2 times the week I shot him because he had already tagged his buck for the year. We hunted him the whole month of November, he was all over the cameras, but we couldn't connect and see him in person. The week before I shot him dad saw him and passed because he already had a buck, I tried to convince him to shoot, but he wouldn't. The weekend I shot him my dad saw him Saturday morning and I shot him Saturday afternoon.

Some don't consider shooting a 4 yo patient, but that is what we decided was practical for our property at the time. We have had pretty good luck with deer attaining 4 years of age and I'm more inclined to let them go a little longer.
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#6442001 - 09/07/16 11:31 AM Re: Factors Contributing to Killing Your Biggest Buck [Re: BenBob]
Creekrunner Offline
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Registered: 10/19/12
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Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Free range, no blind or feeder mule deer - willingness to go out in cold, crappy weather, especially the morning after a freight train of a front has blown through.
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#6442028 - 09/07/16 11:51 AM Re: Factors Contributing to Killing Your Biggest Buck [Re: BenBob]
hook_n_line Offline
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Registered: 01/20/12
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Blessed with the opportunity. Never seen the deer before or had him on camera even had someone scare him off 10 minutes before he cam out again.
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#6442053 - 09/07/16 12:06 PM Re: Factors Contributing to Killing Your Biggest Buck [Re: BenBob]
kry226 Offline


Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 5097
Loc: Germany
Not being a "fair weather hunter". Two of my three biggest bucks were killed when I was probably one of a very few number of hunters who were in the woods at the time, and either on the front or back side of severe weather.
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#6442059 - 09/07/16 12:09 PM Re: Factors Contributing to Killing Your Biggest Buck [Re: Navasot]
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Registered: 12/29/14
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Loc: Conroe, TX
Originally Posted By: Navasot
Knew the buck was in the area... took a week to hunt him... sat 4 strait days with only a few hours down time and saw very little movement... he messed up on the 5th day late into the morning... think I saw three deer the whole 5 days other than the morning I changed up properties to shoot a doe.. right place at the right time like said


My story is similar to Nav's. Hunted a known East Texas buck for 5 days before getting a good bow opportunity. I never seen a buck at the feeder past 7:30am and never seen the buck I was after at a feeder in daylight hours (this is with THREE years of game camera pictures of him)

Cold November morning, almost 9 am and I know nothing is coming to the feeder so I'm slouched down in my 15 foot tripod, feeling deflated after 5 straight days of hunting, and I don't even have my release attached to my loop.

Decide to get down, but not before I try a few calls. Hit the doe bleet, grunt, bleet can, and then followed it up with a few snort wheezes (I honestly made these calls just to blow steam)

2 minutes later while I was getting down THE 10 point I've been watching for the past 3 years comes hauling arse directly under my tripod. I'm moving around trying to get into position all the while watching him breath heavily as he scans the open field he just ran into. He was so pumped about one or all of the calls he never sees me move into my seat or draw.

He ended up around 25-30 yards and slightly quartering away. Never found any blood (3 blade rage and only 2 blades opened), but he only made it 60 yards.

210 lbs, 13" spread, 135"

Brows were 7 inches long
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#6442097 - 09/07/16 12:25 PM Re: Factors Contributing to Killing Your Biggest Buck [Re: BenBob]
Texas Dan Offline
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Registered: 07/28/08
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I killed my largest East Texas buck after a lengthy walk to a somewhat remote area of the Davey Crockett National Forest. I'm sure it was the sound of hunters passing through the area on their way back to their camp on ATV's that "bumped" the buck past my stand around 10am one Opening Day morning. It was this, along with my knowledge of the spot being near a natural deer crossing, that put me in the right spot at the right time.

Walk more and stay late and you'll see more deer, especially if nearby hunters do neither.
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