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My 2014 Oklahoma Trophies #5499743 12/26/14 01:44 AM
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I started hunting this buck in October of 2013, and he was the most illusive I've ever pursued. I had literally hundreds of game cam pictures of him, but I only saw him once from a stand during 2013. This year, I put my cameras back out in mid August, and my buck showed back up on September 21st. He was big last year, but on camera, he looked to have gained several more inches. I basically put my life on hold to hunt this buck. I got hundred of game cam pictures again this year and had four close encounters, but I finally closed the deal on the evening of October 24th. He came in just before dark, and I shot him at 22 yards with my crossbow. He ended up being at least 6.5 and grossing 173" as a 10 point, and he weighed 275 pounds. He is my second highest scoring buck. I killed a 178" 14 point 10 years ago.


I also killed my first tom turkey. He was an old bird with a 10" beard.

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flehan Outstanding buck flehan



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Nice


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Great Buck and Gobbler, is that an Excalibur Equinox or Matrix by chance?

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Great buck! What part of Oklahoma?

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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
flehan Outstanding buck flehan
I agree

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Nice deer !


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Very nice. Western okla does it again

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Congratulations. Great buck.


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Originally Posted By: DQ Kid
Great Buck and Gobbler, is that an Excalibur Equinox or Matrix by chance?


That's a Excalibur Matrix 380, and it's a great crossbow.

Re: My 2014 Oklahoma Trophies [Re: retrieverman] #5499802 12/26/14 02:27 AM
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eek2WOW, Great buck!!!

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Great buck! What part of Oklahoma?


My place is in Alfalfa county in NW OK. (45 miles west of I35 and 10 miles south of KS)

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Awesome!!!

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Here's a couple from last year.



Here's a couple from this year.


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Grew quite a bit from last year to this year.



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Damn, that's a calf! Congrats on the trophies! +1 on the Matrix up


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Grew quite a bit from last year to this year.


I contribute much of his gain to adequate rainfall after 4 years of drought, and he did it all on his own with no supplemental feeding. I own 360 acres surrounded on two sides by cow pasture and two sides by federal wetlands.

I have a couple "up and comers" on camera, and I'm planning to plant about 50 acres of food plots this spring. I would like to improve my odds of another good buck next year.

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He had great genetics and age. Those 2 are really made a huge difference along with the good rainfall this year.



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Congrats !
Beautiful buck !

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Great buck.


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Hell of a buck!! some pounds in antler on that stud! congrats on sticking at it!


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flehan Outstanding buck flehan


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