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Saturday Morning Success #8080067 12/07/20 09:59 PM
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The story starts when this deer showed up on camera for the first time 2 weeks ago. He got there mid-day on a Saturday, ate for an hour or so, then moved on.

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As things typically work out, I arrived at the ranch the day after he was was caught on the camera. I hunted that blind all day, but he never made an appearance while I was there, leaving me with 2 weeks to obsess over the game camera pictures and wonder if he was still around or if he was just a buck stopping for a bite on his way to chase a hot doe in some other pasture. Either way, I wasn't going to hunt anywhere else this weekend. I got to the blind early on Saturday morning. 6:30 am, an hour before sunrise. Conditions were perfect. Temperatures in the low 30s, winds out of the NE at 3 to 5 MPH, and clouds building on the horizon for what would be an overcast day. At about 6:40 the sun started casting light on the horizon. It was one of those sunrises that, no matter how the hunt turned out, it was going to be a good day because you had been able to see it. I pulled the camera out and took some pictures.

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That's venus rising with the sun, which I thought was pretty cool at the time and still do. After taking the sunrise pictures, I settled into the blind, focused really hard on every shadow that looked like a deer and waited for the feeder to go off. At 7:20 I heard the sound that no hunter wants to here. "Whiirrrrr..." The feeder went off, but the sound of corn being flung by the spinner was absent. I was beside myself. How could I let the feeder go empty at this point in the season? It was the longest 2 minutes of my life until 2 does walked out of the brush looking at the feeder pen, wondering why there was no corn on the ground. I thought to myself that I would wait for them to move on, then go get the rattling horns and take a different approach. Not another 2 minutes went by before my buck came charging out of the brush, nose down, hot on the trail of these does. I took one look through the binoculars and knew it was him. As he pushed these does around the field for another minute or 2, I got the gun up and waited for the shot. He gave me one broadside at 130 yards, and I made it count. The old warrior tried to run, but only made it 10 yards or so before his shoulders gave out and he took a dive. The whole thing was done by 7:35.

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I haven't put the tape to him yet, but feel free to throw out some guesses as to what you think he'll go. He's very easily my biggest buck ever. I sure do love a big 8.

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Very nice.


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Great story. Great buck. Great pictures.


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Great buck. Congratulations

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In the third pic is that a chip out of his left side antler. Is so someone took a shot and lucky for you missed. Wall hanger for sure up

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Awesome buck up
Congrats on that 8 point stud cheers


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Absolute stud of a buck!


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Great story and I also love a Big8! cheers

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Beautiful


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Very nice 8, pushing upper 130s to low 140s would be my estimate...

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Congrats cheers

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Originally Posted by angus1956
In the third pic is that a chip out of his left side antler. Is so someone took a shot and lucky for you missed. Wall hanger for sure up

He does have a chip off his left G3, but I suppose he probably had a split tine or kicker that broke off over the possibility of someone hitting that antler with some lead. I don’t have a picture of him with any other tines, so this is all conjecture. I had the taxidermist leave as is.

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Nice deer, congrats!


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Nice wide, thick, 8 point...what rifle, cartridge, and ammunition did you use to take that monarch?

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As a fellow Throckmorton County hunter, it’s a great place. Congratulations!!!

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Great pics sir

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Very nice deer, congrats

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Originally Posted by LeonCarr
Nice wide, thick, 8 point...what rifle, cartridge, and ammunition did you use to take that monarch?

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49 up, 86 down puts him at 135 but it could be closer to 140. Great buck, pics, and story! Congratulations!


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Awesome buck congrats


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That’s a great 8!! Congrats!! cheers


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Stud of an 8 for sure. Congrats!


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Very nice, he's pushing 140" really hard.


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