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#6984002 - 12/05/17 01:44 PM Let him walk
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Loc: Temple...Hunt in Freestone Co.
Dad and I hunted in Ozona this past weekend, and it doesn't get much better than being out in the sticks with your pops for a few days. We had a good time checking cams and just hanging out. First off, we don't get out that way very often, maybe a few times a year at most. Regardless, we had a great time.

We saw a ton of deer and had one OLD deer on cam that I thought looked familiar. Sunday morning out walks Pawpaw hobbling around and I knew it was a deer that I had seen 3 years ago (2014) that I passed up. Three years ago I had him at 5.5 years old, and the only reason I didn't take him was that hunting pressure was pretty low and really wanted to see what he would do the following year. 2015 & 2016 roll around and he disappeared. This year he showed up on cam and I confirmed Sunday morning in person he was the big guy I passed up. I just couldn't bring myself to put a bullet in him. He's now 8.5 years old and shooting him just wouldn't be the same as it was back in 2014 (or 2015 like I had hoped). I figured Pawpaw has lived this long and evaded us the past 2 years, and I let him walk. It was pretty peaceful watching him for the 20-30 minutes on Sunday.

On with the pics...

Here he was when I had him as a 5.5 yo due to other bucks that were around him that day.







Old man Pawpaw this past Sunday.








Edited by ZK-315 (12/05/17 02:01 PM)

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#6984030 - 12/05/17 02:06 PM Re: Let him walk [Re: ZK-315]
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He is nice in all those photos, many stories he could tell.
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#6984046 - 12/05/17 02:16 PM Re: Let him walk [Re: ZK-315]
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If I would have only known back in 2014 he was going to disappear on us for 2 years, I'd be telling a different story...but that's part of why I decided to let the old man live out his days peacefully. He's declined a ton and although he wasn't just skin and bones, if I would have shot him this past weekend, it wouldn't be because of the meat. He seemed pretty healthy for his age I thought but is definitely out of his prime.

He did perk up a bit when one of the does that was starting to come in, popped a squat. Glad to see he still had a little natural sparkle in his eyes. roflmao

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#6984050 - 12/05/17 02:18 PM Re: Let him walk [Re: ZK-315]
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20-30 minutes???? he was begging you for a bullet......

good story, nice photos



Edited by SingleShot85 (12/05/17 02:19 PM)

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#6984100 - 12/05/17 02:52 PM Re: Let him walk [Re: ZK-315]
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Good for you, I'm not sure I could have let him walk the first time you did. Pretty cool to see him as an "old man" now.

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#6984111 - 12/05/17 03:02 PM Re: Let him walk [Re: ZK-315]
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If I was worn down like that I'd like to be taken fast and humane versus laying it down and not getting up. I want out in a blaze of glory! up
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#6984116 - 12/05/17 03:08 PM Re: Let him walk [Re: ZK-315]
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Great pics!
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#6984124 - 12/05/17 03:13 PM Re: Let him walk [Re: hook_n_line]
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Originally Posted By: hook_n_line
If I was worn down like that I'd like to be taken fast and humane versus laying it down and not getting up. I want out in a blaze of glory! up


I'd choose a bullet over coyotes.....

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#6984134 - 12/05/17 03:16 PM Re: Let him walk [Re: SingleShot85]
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Originally Posted By: SingleShot85

I'd choose a bullet over coyotes.....


x2... look at that twice in one day grin
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#6984229 - 12/05/17 04:19 PM Re: Let him walk [Re: ZK-315]
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very few to no coyotes around our place ... he'll be fine for a while longer ... patience is a virtue and this has paid off many times over by the offspring we are finally starting to see unfold.
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#6984234 - 12/05/17 04:22 PM Re: Let him walk [Re: PMK]
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Originally Posted By: PMK
very few to no coyotes around our place ... he'll be fine for a while longer ... patience is a virtue and this has paid off many times over by the offspring we are finally starting to see unfold.


Spoken like you know "ZK-315" and where he hunts smh peep grin
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#6984237 - 12/05/17 04:24 PM Re: Let him walk [Re: ZK-315]
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Ha! We go back a year or two...

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#6984239 - 12/05/17 04:25 PM Re: Let him walk [Re: ZK-315]
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Good deal.

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#6984246 - 12/05/17 04:29 PM Re: Let him walk [Re: dogcatcher]
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Originally Posted By: dogcatcher
Great pics!
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#6984252 - 12/05/17 04:34 PM Re: Let him walk [Re: ZK-315]
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Originally Posted By: ZK-315
Ha! We go back a year or two...


I'll say roflmao
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