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#6948124 - 11/06/17 09:37 AM Dad's buck and a rattlesnake
Capt.JVH Offline
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Registered: 10/17/11
Posts: 365
Loc: Round Rock/ Lometa
Last year after buying my place in Lampasas County I created a monster. My Dad, who is now 71 wanted to take up deer hunting again at my urging after a very long hiatus that started in the 70's. He shot the first buck off my place last year on the rifle opener and has talked about this years season nonstop since. The management program I have decided to go off of has us shooting one management buck and one "trophy" mature buck each year. I shot a nice 8 point I would consider our management deer during bow season so I set my mind to getting my Dad the trophy for the year. I have had a lot of really good bucks coming in this year and had two in mind for him. I told him whichever one you see first you should try and get him. As luck would have it the bigger of the two was a no show Saturday although he had been around for 15 consecutive days. Cant say it broke my heart. He could use another year. But the other buck decided that Saturday afternoon he was going to push a doe right past my pops. He made the best of the encounter and put one in his lungs with the .270 and he only ran 25 yards before he dropped. his guy had it all. Age, chocolate horns, and a kicker. He also split his ear and broke a main beam tip over the last few days. I am very happy for my Dad. I would rather see him shoot my big deer any day than get them myself.

As Dad was in the process of shooting his deer I was across the ranch rattling on a hillside. I heard a leaf crack right behind me and I turned to find a rattlesnake sneaking up on my 6. I swatted at him with my shooting sticks after snapping a pic. He decided to strike at me which inevitably got him shot with my pistol. I guess that's what I get for sitting on a rocky hillside facing the sun right before dark. At least I will have a new hatband!

All in all I am afraid my Pops is setting the bar pretty high for me for next years opener!

John

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#6948147 - 11/06/17 09:50 AM Re: Dad's buck and a rattlesnake [Re: Capt.JVH]
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Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 3346
Loc: Buda Texas
My god, that's a nice one. Congrats to your dad, and good luck topping that one!

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#6948283 - 11/06/17 10:55 AM Re: Dad's buck and a rattlesnake [Re: Capt.JVH]
fouzman Offline
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Registered: 08/09/10
Posts: 1584
Loc: Houston, TX
Wonderful memory right there! Congratulations to both of you on a fine trophy deer.

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#6948365 - 11/06/17 11:38 AM Re: Dad's buck and a rattlesnake [Re: Capt.JVH]
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Registered: 04/05/09
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Loc: Irving Tx. and Cedar Creek Lak...
Ya done good lad!

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#6948369 - 11/06/17 11:40 AM Re: Dad's buck and a rattlesnake [Re: Capt.JVH]
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Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 12870
Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
Congrats to your dad, great buck! ......and well played. cheers
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#6948370 - 11/06/17 11:41 AM Re: Dad's buck and a rattlesnake [Re: Capt.JVH]
TooLow Offline
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Registered: 10/01/10
Posts: 6431
Loc: Deep Ellum, TX
Congrats to Dad!

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#6948401 - 11/06/17 11:56 AM Re: Dad's buck and a rattlesnake [Re: Capt.JVH]
Red Cloud Offline
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Registered: 09/04/09
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Loc: Weatherford, Texas
Congratulations and welcome back to your Dad! It is never out of our blood.

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#6948404 - 11/06/17 11:58 AM Re: Dad's buck and a rattlesnake [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Congrats to your dad, great buck! ......and well played. cheers
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#6948521 - 11/06/17 01:23 PM Re: Dad's buck and a rattlesnake [Re: Capt.JVH]
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 8024
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Great story, great buck!
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#6948588 - 11/06/17 02:09 PM Re: Dad's buck and a rattlesnake [Re: Capt.JVH]
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Registered: 02/17/15
Posts: 65
Great story. Glad you and your dad are able to make these memories.

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#6948649 - 11/06/17 02:56 PM Re: Dad's buck and a rattlesnake [Re: Capt.JVH]
Brian C. Offline
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Registered: 11/14/14
Posts: 252
Loc: Location
Hands down why we do it. Congratulations
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#6949027 - 11/06/17 07:00 PM Re: Dad's buck and a rattlesnake [Re: Capt.JVH]
Pope&Young Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 5112
Loc: Watauga, TX / Hunt - Eastland
Congrats to your Dad cheers

You are truly Blessed to own your own ranch and have your Dad to share it with up
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#6949078 - 11/06/17 07:25 PM Re: Dad's buck and a rattlesnake [Re: Capt.JVH]
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Registered: 07/17/06
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Loc: Abilene or on the road...
Congrats!
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#6949119 - 11/06/17 07:44 PM Re: Dad's buck and a rattlesnake [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
Deerhunter61 Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 7222
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Congrats to your dad, great buck! ......and well played. cheers

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#6951914 - 11/08/17 03:33 PM Re: Dad's buck and a rattlesnake [Re: Capt.JVH]
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Registered: 05/28/15
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Loc: Rockport
Wow awesome story, you can sure see your dads smile beaming!
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