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An 8-point That's Special To Me #5416646 11/13/14 12:57 AM
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My first year hunting this property (2004) was the last year before I deployed to Afghanistan. I missed the '05 season to a deployment and have been blessed to have hunted the same family land for 10 years now. As if hunting here wasn't enough, I've had the honor of sharing hunts with other veterans over the past several years as well.

I scout, put up stands, blinds, fill feeders, check cameras and build pens all by myself. Hunting an 80 acre farm, it's difficult to "manage" to any capacity. But I still throw corn year-round and started protein last year. I try to give the other family members my best advice on where the deer are moving, what time they're feeding and what works. I get more excited than the other hunters when they get something because I feel like I've helped the cause. Hopefully someday, my daughter will reep the rewards to the work that goes on out here.

Yesterday's hunt was uneventful for a solid 2 1/2 hours, but I kept busy on Facebook looking over pictures of the guys I was in Kuwait and Afghanistan with. Stories I went over in my head: walking up the ramp of a C-130 at 3 o'clock in the morning in Bagram headed to Kandahar, setting poles all day in a mine field (unbeknown to us at the time), seeing the thermometer pegged out at 10 o'clock in the morning, eating, showering and training with the same guys for 16-months. We even got up in the middle of the night to watch the Texas-USC national championship game. I had a man tell me once: "the hunting is always good, but the shooting is sometimes slow."

I grunted and wheezed him up blind with 7 minutes of legal light left and thumped him with a 7mm mag using Core-Lokts. He piled up 50 yards from impact. I was worried because I didn't see much blood at all. I could and should have followed my nose instead of my eyes because when I found him, he was rank and heavy....good gosh he was heavy.

We don't have anything special out here, but it's ours. I've seen bigger, called up and rattled bigger, have pictures of bigger and tried to put other hunters on bigger deer....but this one is mine. He's my 10-year anniversary buck out here and got him on Veteran's Day.

Now I know what a real "trophy" is. My wife asked me if I was going to get him mounted....I obliged, not soley for the deer, but mainly for the memories of the past 10 years.




Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet] #5416661 11/13/14 01:02 AM
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Congratulations.


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Re: An 8-point That's Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet] #5416670 11/13/14 01:06 AM
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Not one thing wrong with that buck, everything is good up You earned him and what a VD treat up


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Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet] #5416672 11/13/14 01:06 AM
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Thank you Sir.

Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet] #5416693 11/13/14 01:18 AM
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Congrats on great buck with special meaning to you cheers



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Originally Posted By: SheepHunter
Thank you Sir.


Thank you for your service. Great right up and buck. Congrats. cheers

Walter

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Congrats on your special buck. You earned him. Thanks for your service.


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Originally Posted By: SheepHunter
Thank you Sir.


And congrats!

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Cool deal, congrats!



Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet] #5416772 11/13/14 01:53 AM
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Congrats and great memories.

Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet] #5416790 11/13/14 01:58 AM
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Great story and a great buck! And thank you for your service, sir. flag

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good job and thank you !

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First thank you. Second awesome buck and congrats.

Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet] #5416844 11/13/14 02:12 AM
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Congrats buddy up great story


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Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet] #5416886 11/13/14 02:31 AM
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Attaboy Mudddd!! Some great memories were had "over there" but I'm glad you were able to create this awesome memory on Veterans Day! Congrats bud you deserve it!

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Congrats Sir. Thanks for your service. flag


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Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet] #5417035 11/13/14 03:22 AM
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Very glad for you but especially, thank you for your service! flag


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Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet] #5417114 11/13/14 03:51 AM
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Good job Shane and thanks so much for your service!

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Congrats on your buck and thanks for your service!


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Re: Special To Me [Re: stxranchman] #5417334 11/13/14 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Congrats on great buck with special meaning to you cheers


And thank you for your service flag


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Congrats and thanks for your service


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Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet] #5417398 11/13/14 11:54 AM
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I missed the 05 season too while I was in Iraq. Congrats to you on a great buck. up

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Congrats on great buck with special meaning to you cheers


And thank you for your service flag


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He's a dandy. Special for sure. Like the others have said, Thank you for what you do for us.


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Re: Special To Me [Re: Novemberyet] #5417460 11/13/14 12:57 PM
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Cool story and nice buck


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