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385 lb 4 point buck in Foard County #5410459 11/10/14 04:37 PM
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Foard County, Thursday (Nov. 6) I'm sitting in my tower blind watching for deer and see only a few does and a big 8 point in the morning. In the evening just before dark I see movement at my far feeder 325 yards away. There's a nice 10 point hitting the corn. While I'm looking at him through the binoculars, trying to size him up and make sure he's not a young buck something large comes in to the area. Now it's almost too dark to tell much about them. The second animal was definitely larger bodied but I couldn't see the rack much at all. It got near the feeder and the first buck and was WAY bigger. I thought to myself, what the heck is that thing, it's a monster. Very big compared to the short whitetail. Darkness sets in and I leave wondering if that big huge buck will show up again.

Back in the tower Friday hoping for the mystery monster buck to return. He's a no show morning and evening. Saturday is the same. I'm still seeing the does, a couple of 8's and the decent 10 but no monster buck yet. Maybe he was just passing through. Maybe he was harvested by another hunter on the surrounding properties. No telling what happened to him. Oh well. It's fun to hope anyway.

Sunday morning I'm in the tower at 0530. I've decided to go for a doe when the sun starts up and hoping they show up at my closer feeders, one at 140 yards and the other at 175 yards. Light starts over the horizon and I'm looking all over the place for movement. I've got my rifles ready for them. Being as I hate to have to choose just 1 gun to play with, I have my set of 3 with me. Remington 700's. 30.06 which I love to use on everything really, .270 just because, and my .243 to play with hogs and coyotes now and then. I've taken my best buck (220 lbs) with my .243 too. Anyway, 0700 and I'm glassing the fields and see something at the farthest feeder moving around. I put the binoculars on it and "what the hell is it"? It's huge. It's not a whitetail. It's not a mule deer. WTH is it?

Well, I quickly think what ever this is doesn't require a season or a tag and I'm getting it. I grab the .270 topped with a Zeiss Rapid Z 800, pull it up and get this monster in the sights. Still wondering what I have in front of me I pull off my shot. DRT. Bang Flop. It's over. I have something on the ground just not sure what. I wait about 10-15 minutes, watching to make sure it doesn't jump and run. I get out of the tower to go have a look.

It's a young Red Stag. NO WAY. Yep, and it's down and done. One shot, 325 yards, .270 Hornady 130 grain soft point right into the neck. Ground weight is 385 lbs. feet like a cow. He must have escaped nearby but he's mine now. Fabulous day for me. This old man was like a 6 year old with a brand new bike. Very excited.




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WhTAS UP WITH the straps worried he was gonna hop back out?


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I had to hoist that sucker up into the truck. Not as young as I used to be ya know.


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Re: 385 lb 4 point buck in Foard County [Re: TxYoteHunter] #5410493 11/10/14 04:44 PM
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Glad you got your animal. The shoot and ask questions later could have gotten you in a bit of trouble. Dodged a pretty good bullet AND sent one right on target

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That is awesome! Any chasing going on up there? headed to Foard this Friday


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I just kinda cringe when I hear people say they shot at something and they didn't know what it was. Glad you are pumped on your stag, but scary as hell to think people do investigative shooting and at 325 yards. Sandhill crane, whooping crane - look similar, both can be dinner - but only one sends you to prison. I think rule number one or two of hunting is know your target? Maybe I am wrong.



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Originally Posted By: TxYoteHunter
I had to hoist that sucker up into the truck. Not as young as I used to be ya know.


Haha nice work then Im sure 385. Jus tlloked tied down.


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Originally Posted By: Texas Tatonkas
I just kinda cringe when I hear people say they shot at something and they didn't know what it was. Glad you are pumped on your stag, but scary as hell to think people do investigative shooting and at 325 yards. Sandhill crane, whooping crane - look similar, both can be dinner - but only one sends you to prison. I think rule number one or two of hunting is know your target? Maybe I am wrong.


I was thinking young elk, young stag, or some other exotic from the area. Wasn't sure what type of exotic. I ruled out man, cow, horse, family dog, etc...... So, knowing I wasn't looking at a stretch in the big house, I went for it. I've hunted long enough to think before I shoot. A 325 yard shot isn't that difficult either with some practice which I've done to that exact spot just in case an opportunity presents itself. That's why the .270 was handy. That's the one I've practiced that shot with.


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That is awesome! Any chasing going on up there? headed to Foard this Friday

I only saw 2 does running the fields and an 8 pt trailing slowly with his nose in the air but he wasn't in any hurry.


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I just kinda cringe when I hear people say they shot at something and they didn't know what it was. Glad you are pumped on your stag, but scary as hell to think people do investigative shooting and at 325 yards. Sandhill crane, whooping crane - look similar, both can be dinner - but only one sends you to prison. I think rule number one or two of hunting is know your target? Maybe I am wrong.


I was thinking young elk, young stag, or some other exotic from the area. Wasn't sure what type of exotic. I ruled out man, cow, horse, family dog, etc...... So, knowing I wasn't looking at a stretch in the big house, I went for it. I've hunted long enough to think before I shoot. A 325 yard shot isn't that difficult either with some practice which I've done to that exact spot just in case an opportunity presents itself. That's why the .270 was handy. That's the one I've practiced that shot with.
And, had you have been wrong, we wouldn't reading about it on THF. Two words: Camp Meat!


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Pretty sure you made the right choice... I'd kick myself for passing up on that guy! The meat is unbelievable! And it's not like there's too many things it could've been other than an escaped exotic! Might not have known what it was but I bet he was pretty sure it wasn't a Whooping Crane!

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Haha oh, ok I got it - if it is an "escaped exotic" that means you can shoot it with no legal recourse? So 2 years ago if I would have shot a scimitar oryx, I could have said "I figured it was an escaped exotic and it looked like a gemsbok" to the game warden and I would have been free to go?



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Yep, are you north of town? They took one off one of our places two years ago, and have seen more. Escapee's can be shot on sight!

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Originally Posted By: Texas Tatonkas
Haha oh, ok I got it - if it is an "escaped exotic" that means you can shoot it with no legal recourse? So 2 years ago if I would have shot a scimitar oryx, I could have said "I figured it was an escaped exotic and it looked like a gemsbok" to the game warden and I would have been free to go?


Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying. Except you tell the game warden the truth. Next time rifle

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Originally Posted By: sig226fan (Rguns.com)
Yep, are you north of town? They took one off one of our places two years ago, and have seen more. Escapee's can be shot on sight!

I heard that several got out a gate that was accidentally left open by one of the helpers. May be more coming into the area this year.


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Well you need to do a little research there coach, 2 years ago that exact scenario you are saying is ok would have landed you a pretty hefty fine. If an exotic escapes and comes on your place, yes you can shoot it - baring the fact that it is a legal animal to shoot....which was my original point on why you should know what you are shooting at. A barasingha was illegal to shoot at one point, can look very similar to this animal at 325 yards but hell - if you like to gamble then to each their own.



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Originally Posted By: Texas Tatonkas
Well you need to do a little research there coach, 2 years ago that exact scenario you are saying is ok would have landed you a pretty hefty fine. If an exotic escapes and comes on your place, yes you can shoot it - baring the fact that it is a legal animal to shoot....which was my original point on why you should know what you are shooting at. A barasingha was illegal to shoot at one point, can look very similar to this animal at 325 yards but hell - if you like to gamble then to each their own.



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A bara-learn what google is....boy. Screw it, obviously I am in the minority. I'm all for you doing whatever you do on your own property so fire away.



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A bara-learn what google is....boy. Screw it, obviously I am in the minority. I'm all for you doing whatever you do on your own property so fire away.



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