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Re: Anyone hunt and not really shoot deer. [Re: Roll-Tide] #7604382 09/11/19 07:15 PM
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I'll be hunting a place this year that was wiped out by Anthrax. I'm imagining it being about like my E Texas hunting 20-30 years ago tired



Re: Anyone hunt and not really shoot deer. [Re: EddieWalker] #7604456 09/11/19 08:44 PM
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Originally Posted by EddieWalker
I've only shot one whitetail deer in my life so far because I wanted one to put on my wall for my collection. I have over 40 species in my collection, so another whitetail isn't much of a priority. I own 68 acres that I live on in East Texas and the deer here are not very impressive. There is the exception and my only interest is in finding that exceptional buck that I'm sure exists, but that I've never seen. Hogs are pretty thick and I shoot them year round. The more hogs that I shoot, the more deer that I see. Coyotes are also pretty thick, but I'm lucky to get 3 or 4 a year. Coyotes are the only animal here that get me excited to shoot one. Hogs bore me, but they are such a pest that I have to deal with them. The last couple of years my wife has gotten into deer hunting and she's taken a few spikes and a nice 8 point. We had good pics of him coming in on the game camera every morning and the day she shot him was one of the best days of hunting that I've ever had. We saw him coming in from a distance, and when he was 120 yards out, standing broadside in our food plot, my wife made a perfect heart shot. He jumped, ran into the trees and died about 50 yards away. For me, that's a lot better then if I had shot him!!!!

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Re: Anyone hunt and not really shoot deer. [Re: Roll-Tide] #7604508 09/11/19 09:25 PM
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I think im getting worse... I havnt had the time to hunt as much as I did 8 years ago so I hardly pass on anything older than 4

Re: Anyone hunt and not really shoot deer. [Re: Roll-Tide] #7604523 09/11/19 09:48 PM
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I pass on lots of deer, probably taken 1 buck in the past 7 years. Anymore I have pretty high standards for what I will shoot and get my hands dirty for.

Now that I have a new place in the Hill Country, I'll shoot more, just to clear a path. At this point cull bucks and does are the primary target, hogs and coyotes whenever possible. A mature buck would need to be pretty special [Linked Image]


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These two will be lucky to make it to the end of the season. Backstraps and Backstraps Jr.

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Re: Anyone hunt and not really shoot deer. [Re: Roll-Tide] #7604566 09/11/19 10:42 PM
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I once followed that old saying, "I don't hunt to kill but kill to have hunted." As I too have grown older, I hunt mostly just to see what passes me by.

Yes, if you live long enough, you realize the only thing you need to prove to yourself is that you were able to get out of the bed each morning.

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Re: Anyone hunt and not really shoot deer. [Re: Whammer7] #7604603 09/11/19 11:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Whammer7
These two will be lucky to make it to the end of the season. Backstraps and Backstraps Jr.

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Re: Anyone hunt and not really shoot deer. [Re: txtrophy85] #7604606 09/11/19 11:22 PM
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These two will be lucky to make it to the end of the season. Backstraps and Backstraps Jr.

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I waunt that.



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Re: Anyone hunt and not really shoot deer. [Re: Roll-Tide] #7604609 09/11/19 11:26 PM
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Still like to hunt but not sure I’ll kill anymore. I killed a nice buck last year that I didn’t find. Grandsons showed up to help me but no luck. Makes me sick. Not much room left on the wall after 50 years of hunting. Don’t need another one anyway.


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Re: Anyone hunt and not really shoot deer. [Re: Roll-Tide] #7604626 09/11/19 11:54 PM
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I normally give away or try give away my buck allotment to wife or dad. But does I’m usually tagged out by first or at maximum my second sit in bow season

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I can’t wait. Comfortable elevated blind, thermos of coffee, good book. I’ll take two does this year. Only a small chance I’ll see a buck I want to shoot, unless it’s the crooked spike I’ve hunted hard. A very elusive critter he is.

Only year I haven’t killed a deer since about 1961 was 1980, when I had brain surgery.


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Re: Anyone hunt and not really shoot deer. [Re: Roll-Tide] #7604641 09/12/19 12:08 AM
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I have backed off the trigger on deer the last few years but I will kill a mature buck that is what I believe to be 6+ years old with character that speeds up my heart beat. I let many predators pass except for hogs enjoy killing them especially spot and stalk at night.


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Re: Anyone hunt and not really shoot deer. [Re: Roll-Tide] #7604860 09/12/19 04:43 AM
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I hunted in Llano for 43 years since I was nine and came away with a couple of bucks scored close to 140" but that was me measuring and not an expert. They are both in my sig. Also in my sig is a nice wide 8 that I raised for several years, and a 10 that i should have waited on. In 2012 after my father and his partner could no longer hunt I got a lease in Breckenridge and shot a very tall 9 point (ninth point was broken off) and haven't shot a buck since then. Meanwhile my son has shot several nice bucks and my taxidermy bill has been high. I just don't want to shoot them unless they challenge the bucks I have shot before.

I have shot several hogs and coyotes, and that's great sport too!


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