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Finished up the season in a good way-long read warning #8115580 01/05/21 03:21 AM
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After a pretty successful season thus far, things were starting to wind down. Spent some time at the ranch with the family and had a few good sits. The oldest boy got selected to play in a baseball tourney in Florida this last week, and mom took him there to watch the games with sister while me and the middle boy staying back to hold down the fort here at home. They kept winning in their tourney so it became obvious they would play all the way thru this past weekend, I had planned on going back to the ranch for a few days anyway and when I watched the weather forecast I decided to speed that trip up a bit. Middle son wanted to spend New Years with a friend so New Year’s Eve night I braved the winter storm and slowly rolled out to the ranch. Around 8:30 I made it to camp after driving the last 4 miles in 4x4 on a snow driven 4x4.

I was very excited to hunt deer in the snow, ive hunted elk in Colorado in snow on several occasions but I was excited to see how the deer movement would be. Reports from neighbors had them moving good the prior evening.

I settled in, built a fire and started watching the 3rd season of Yellowstone. Well, you can’t stop at just one and I ended up watching the entire 4th season going to sleep just after 4 am. At 6:15 the alarm went off and I got up and got everything ready to go out.

I really wanted to bow hunt so I got my bow and walked out the door and made my way to my pop up. After walking down the trail to my pop up I got in the blind and waited....

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I had spread some corn out and when the feeder went off I expected to be covered up in deer. Well after the feeder went off all that came out was two squirrels, some cardinals and jay birds and a lone mourning dove. At 8:45 still no deer, so I said to hell with it and headed out to take pictures. It was a truly beautiful morning and it was cool to see the deer trails from the night before.

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That's a lot of tracks.

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After shooting some pictures, I went back and took a nap. I woke up right around 2:30 pm to most of the snow having melted. Only a little bit remained underneath trees where the sun had a harder time getting to.

Again, I gathered my gear and went back to the pop up for the evening sit.

There was a yearling doe underneath the feeder when I arrived and all the corn from the morning sit was gone. There was a fair amount of standing water underneath from all the melting snow, but I spread some corn around the edge and got in the blind. Almost immediately deer started to come out, several does and yearlings started to feed along with a yearling spike. About 45 min later the feeder goes off and some more deer filter in and out. The previous week I had seen a nice mature 8 point come in and feed for about an hour, but held off on him as I still had a wife and kid who had not shot a deer yet and didn’t want to take an opportunity from them. Ended up my wife saw a big 10 point she hunted for the remainder of her stay and with the oldest in Florida until after season this would be a good deer to take if he came in.

After about 20 min I had not seen him and was wondering if he had moved on when I have a few younger bucks come in. Min later I see a good rack come out of the cedars, only to hang up just out of range looking at the feeder. I don’t know if it was the water, but he did not like the setup and he turned around and walked off. About 15 min later I here some pigs in the background, but they do not come to the feeder and he once again comes into the feeder. He stops at 20 yards and I am waiting for him to get comfortable when again he spins around and walks off. Kicking myself for not drawing back when he walked up, I figure I just blew my chance and he is going to bed down for the evening.

5 min later several more bucks come in and out including a severely busted up 4 year old. I glance to the left and surprisingly, here the 8 comes and he drops his head and starts to feed at the edge of the water. Not wasting any time, I go to draw back, there was a noise ( I think my bow creaked ) at the draw and him along with all the other deer jerk their head up and look at the blind. I quickly anchor my peep, settle the pin right behind his shoulder and hit the release. At the impact he kicked and I could see the arrow come out the other side. Figuring perfect shot placement and a big 3 blade broadhead, I’m expecting a short blood trail. I wait 5 min then go retrieve the arrow.

At the impact site, I find a blood covered arrow but no blood save for two pin drops on an oak leaf. I give it 5 more min then start to look for blood. I find nothing so I go the direction I think he went only to find noting. It’s getting dark and I’m 20 min into the search finding nothing. I go back to the scene and look start walking in a completely different direction when I come across a patch of snow underneath an oak. I look in the snow and happen so see bright red blood across the frozen patch. Hopes have risen although once out of the snow I find no more blood. I cross the clearing and look up the opposite hill about 75 yards up and I see the unmistakable sight of a downed deer. I walk over to him and find blood all over the ground from a behind the shoulder shot. Autopsy revealed the broadhead passed directly thru both lungs, yet he managed to make it almost 150 yards before giving up the ghost.

Extremely proud to take this respectable hill county buck with my bow. He may be the only buck I take on the property for the foreseeable future as I’ll save the horn hunting for the kids and wife.

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Re: Finished up the season in a good way-long read warning [Re: txtrophy85] #8115611 01/05/21 03:55 AM
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Very nice, congrats!!!


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Excellent. Congratulations and great write up

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cheers You did well. You should never have showed me all those tracks in the snow...you need more tags for the next 2 weeks. grin


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Nice buck up
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Originally Posted by Pope&Young
Nice buck up
Congrats cheers


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Nice buck and good read congrats cheers


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Nice, real nice.

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Very nice story to go with a very nice buck. I love going into the deer woods with snow on the ground, it tells so much about the deer travel that we normally miss.

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Congrats!

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Great story and beautiful 8!


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Nice! Congrats!

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Congratulations! Good read and excellent eight!

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Looks like some fun.

I have only had the opportunity to hunt snow at our place in south texas once. I was stoked that the deer were going to be moving like crazy.... I was wrong! I can only guess they didn't like the cold, because literally nothing moved till the snow was mostly melted.


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Fantastic

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congrats


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Nice pics nice buck

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That's a good one. Love long reads. Always adds to it.

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