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#6541569 - 11/13/16 02:46 PM Bandera County 10 pt
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Registered: 05/26/11
Posts: 691
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Went out to the new lease in Bandera county Friday evening. Got in a tree a few minutes before th feeder went off, since I don't have a blind out there yet. I wasn't expecting much but hogs to come in, especially after hearing lots of chatter not to far off. As I'm sitting in the tree a young doe comes in and she's eating corn about 20 mins after the feeder goes off. She hangs out for a while,before a narrow basket framed 8 showed up. He was nice but a little young, I watched them for about 30 minutes before they finally decided they were full. After that I assumed the night was done, the neighbors by the sound of gunfire were having a great evening. As I'm siting there waiting for final hunting light to fade I hear something coming in. I can't see it coming in because a branch is blocking my view. I do see that it has a big body so I get anxious to see what it is. Finally it clears the branch and I see a wide antlered buck with atleast 10 pts making a beeline for the feeder. With it being late I have reservations with shooting him, but agree to shoot if he gives me a good broadside presentation. As I'm watching him he hits the feeder then immediately turns and starts heading toward the tree I'm in. At this point I figure hes about to bust me and make a run for it. So I sit patiently and after a few seconds I can't see him any longer. So I carefully lean forward and find that he has stopped to graze but is almost facing me. No problem I'll just enjoy the show and let him leave because I figure he's not gonna give me a shot opportunity. As I get comfortable against the trunk I see he has turned broadside and is moving slow into a better field of view. I'm watching him thinking this is it, so he moves about a foot more and stops. I lean to the side of the trunk and brace the barrel of my .270 on a branch and get him in my sights. He's standing still and I know this is my opportunity, so I aim towards the top of his shoulder and squeeze the trigger. I see him hop and kick his leg indicating he'S been hit and he books it. Well that branch that blocks my view earlier does it again and I can't see where he's headed to. I quickly get down from the tree to see what direction he's headed but see nothing. For the next 2+ hours that's the theme of my night, no blood no deer I see nothing. I walked all over the ranch looking even look in the road for any sign he crossed it, but nothing changes. Defeated and upset I have no choice but to leave and head to Kerrville where I'm staying for the night. Over the hour drive I keep replying th shot in my head wondering if my shot was bad and I missed or gut shot him. I decide to come back in the morning to see if maybe he's wounded and will come back, see if I can find blood, or get some pics on cam to give me an idea of where he ran towards. I get up early and make the drive back to Medina, get back in the tree and sit for the feeder to go off. As I'm waiting same doe from the evening before comes back as does a 4 PT. After a few minutes an 8 comes out and quickly passes through. No other deer come out though. At 0900 I get down and have to scare the doe and 4 PT of so I can look for blood. After a few minutes I find blood where i hit him but that's it. At this point I get frustrated and start walking the ranch again looking near water bedding areas and nothing. I have to stop because some buddies were heading out and I needed to meet them at the gate and help them get set up. When we are done I ask if they mind helping me look one more time. As we start walking spread apart not 70 yds from where I hit him he's lying under a tree. I must have walked past that tree 4 or 5 times but never looked under it. Glad we were able to find it. Sorry for the long read.





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#6541582 - 11/13/16 03:01 PM Re: Bandera County 10 pt [Re: Fltmedic]
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Registered: 11/17/10
Posts: 19853
Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
I'd rather be lucky than good any day haha

Great buck congrats
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#6541583 - 11/13/16 03:04 PM Re: Bandera County 10 pt [Re: Fltmedic]
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Registered: 11/16/14
Posts: 1710
That's a great animal. Glad you didn't give up looking for him! Congratulations.

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#6541589 - 11/13/16 03:08 PM Re: Bandera County 10 pt [Re: Fltmedic]
dlrz71 Offline
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Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 9188
Loc: Arlington, Tx/Coke Cnty
Glad you found him. Great buck!!!
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#6541616 - 11/13/16 03:27 PM Re: Bandera County 10 pt [Re: Fltmedic]
don k Online   content
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Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 9972
Loc: Bandera, Tx
Beautiful Buck
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#6541652 - 11/13/16 03:46 PM Re: Bandera County 10 pt [Re: Fltmedic]
DQ Kid Online   content
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Registered: 02/20/12
Posts: 4262
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Nice buck and great ultimate recovery...

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#6541666 - 11/13/16 03:56 PM Re: Bandera County 10 pt [Re: don k]
Deerhunter61 Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 6422
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: mikei
That's a great animal. Glad you didn't give up looking for him! Congratulations.
Originally Posted By: don k
Beautiful Buck


Your perseverance paid off! Congratulations!

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#6541676 - 11/13/16 04:08 PM Re: Bandera County 10 pt [Re: Fltmedic]
LandPirate Offline
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Registered: 08/18/09
Posts: 11035
Loc: Buda
Really nice buck. Glad you found him.
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#6541696 - 11/13/16 04:25 PM Re: Bandera County 10 pt [Re: dlrz71]
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Registered: 07/17/15
Posts: 5304
Loc: Lake Texoma, TX
Originally Posted By: dlrz71
Glad you found him. Great buck!!!

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#6541772 - 11/13/16 05:06 PM Re: Bandera County 10 pt [Re: 2Beez]
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Registered: 01/13/11
Posts: 3756
Loc: Hamilton
Originally Posted By: 2Beez
Originally Posted By: dlrz71
Glad you found him. Great buck!!!


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#6541793 - 11/13/16 05:18 PM Re: Bandera County 10 pt [Re: Fltmedic]
Fltmedic Offline
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Registered: 05/26/11
Posts: 691
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Thanks guys he's my best buck to date!
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#6541810 - 11/13/16 05:29 PM Re: Bandera County 10 pt [Re: Fltmedic]
Creekrunner Offline
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 8440
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Glad you found him. Very pretty buck.
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#6541822 - 11/13/16 05:40 PM Re: Bandera County 10 pt [Re: Fltmedic]
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Registered: 07/27/10
Posts: 4739
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#6541830 - 11/13/16 05:44 PM Re: Bandera County 10 pt [Re: Fltmedic]
Booner1 Offline
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Registered: 09/16/12
Posts: 1684
Loc: Terrell
Great buck sir.
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#6541850 - 11/13/16 05:55 PM Re: Bandera County 10 pt [Re: Fltmedic]
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Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 761
Loc: SE Oklahoma
nice buck, thanks for the long read, glad you found him!
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