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Your very first whitetail deer you harvested? #8333164 07/27/21 08:09 PM
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What was your very first whitetail deer you harvested? What caliber rifle did you use? Also, what year?
I killed my first deer in 1980 with a .222 rifle. It was a 4 pointer.

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A Doe, Remington 700 .243 on my 10th Birthday, '96.

My dads deer lease outside of Sweetwater. "M" Blind

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1968 with a Savage 30-30 sitting in my Dad's lap because I wasn't quite tall enough to get the rifle level in the blind window. I was 9 years old.


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Doe, H&R 30-30 with open sights, Mason county. About 1973. I started hunting in 1969, but I had the worst case of deer fever, I missed everything for 4 years or so.

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My family would not let us start hunting deer till we were 12-13 yrs old. They wanted to make sure were could hunt alone and were safe with the rifle. My first deer was a spike in 1969 and killed it in DeWitt County. using a 6mm Remington Model 700( I still have it). That spike started the roll that has kept going today. Still shoot and have shot a ton of spikes since then grin


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A Doe in 1958 with a single shot 22 in what is now the city limits of San Antonio where Wurzbach meets IH 35.

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I got a late start with whitetails since I grew up in CO hunting mulies and elk in the high country. Shot my first mulie at the age of 9 in 1972 and my first bull elk at the age of 15 but whitetails didn't occur where we hunted. It was only after I got seriously into upland game that I realized that eastern CO had good numbers of whitetails. This was before they were writing about them in every outdoor magazine in the land. An old time family friend owned 10,000 acres along the Arikaree River in Yuma County CO that I hunted birds on and he told me I was welcome to deer if I drew the tag. I drew the tag and my first whitetail was a 6 pt buck that I took in the middle of a sagebrush flat with a 7mm Mag in about 1984. Have shot many since then and that first rack is still hanging over the rafters in the barn.


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1975 30-30 opensights from about 8 yards as it was browsing on a low hanging limb in the oak tree I was sitting on a limb of. Did not see his polished knobs that were a little bigger around than a half dollar. State Biologist that lived close by looked at him and the teeth said he was 9 or 10 years old. Still my oldest buck


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A buck with one antler completely broke off and the other side was a normal 4 point half of an 8 pointer. Shot it in 1996 on what is now George Ranch in Garden Ridge Texas with my brothers Rem 700 270 winchester and 130 grain bronze point. I was 10.


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I was 11 or 12 so it would have been 1997. Shot a button buck accidentally, thought it was a doe.

Winchester stainless featherweight in .22-250. Killed a lot of stuff with that rifle


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First deer was a doe, was hunting with an older friend of mine near Mineral, Tx. Shot her out of the headlights pulling up to the main gate with my 270. I was 12 years old and was in 1989. Started deer hunting with my Dad when I was 3 or 4 yrs old, but didn't kill my first deer until 12.

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1979, yearling doe, 80 yd shot, Rem 788 .243 (which I still have), Rem 100gr Corelokt.


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My Dad was more of a fisherman and camper. He never really got into hunting, but I was ate up with it even before my first hunt. At 10 years old, he took me to a friend's property to squirrel hunt, and that only gave me more of a fever for hunting. The problem was, he wasn't a hunter, and really didn't know what he was doing. I never shot a deer as a kid. Fast forward to 2001. I had given up hunting 4 legged deer and had been hunting 2 legged dear for a number of years. I was 28 at the time, and a buddy offered to take me out to his place. I shot a doe with my rem 788 in 243. I got my own lease in Ga the next year (I was living in FL at the time), and shot 4 does that year. I shot my first Buck the following year in OK, a spike shot with my bow. 2 days later, I shot a nice 10 point with a Savage .270. I'm still ate up with hunting.


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1979, yearling doe, 80 yd shot, Rem 788 .243 (which I still have), Rem 100gr Corelokt.

I made the mistake of selling mine... bang


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Originally Posted by txtrophy85
I was 11 or 12 so it would have been 1997. Shot a button buck accidentally, thought it was a doe.

Winchester stainless featherweight in .22-250. Killed a lot of stuff with that rifle


Same situation but with a 7mm mag.

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Originally Posted by don k
A Doe in 1958 with a single shot 22 in what is now the city limits of San Antonio where Wurzbach meets IH 35.


1971, maybe 4 miles NEE of where Don shot his doe, on Vance Jackson (south of Huebner Rd.), behind my grandfather's house, with my dad. Pitiful little buck that I was itching to shoot and Dad said "okay". I was 11. My grandfather had slung out corn from a metal bucket, like he usually did and walked back to the house. I think the place was right at 50 acres. Mission Trace is the condo development he sold to. I remember the blind was some kind of waxed cardboard with a wooden frame and glass windows? I'm sure it was store-bought, as that grandfather is where I get my pitiful carpentry skills from. I used Dad's Marlin 336 (.30-30) that I still have and take into the pasture on a regular basis. 'Still have the little horns too. Dad glued an envelope to the back with the date, location, and what it weighed on a note inside. I did the same for my girls' first bucks, many years later. Both of theirs are decent bucks. grin


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I've typed out the long version here before and to lazy to go find it.

November 15, 1963 (reason I remember, it was the day before opening day of season, which was the first Saturday after Nov. 16 unless Nov. 16 fell on a Sat.) and I was about a month shy of my 5th birthday. Shot with a Winchester model 92 in 218 Bee from the middle of a 1957 Chevrolet 3/4 ton pickup (Sinclair Green, dad was a Sinclair jobber) with the end of the barrel not quite outside of the cab (about blew our eardrums out), over the fence into the adjoining pasture, about a 30 pound fawn (dad always joked the bullet knocked the spots off of it and the milk off it's lips). Quickly dressed, skinned and quartered, served for dinner back at camp for the big Dinner the evening before season where everyone cleaned out their freezer ... and the area Game Wardens always joined us for that dinner.


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A little fork horn with a .270.

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First Deer was a doe shot with a 6.5x55 custom mauser. 1979 10 years old.

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A little 8 pointer shot with 30-06 while hunting with "one eyed Bob" on Dec.5 1975.

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basket 8 that is on the wall in the loading room...it was either 89 or 90.


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Late to the game but not for lack of trying/interest. Parents weren’t hunters, I came by it naturally, but life gets in the way (school,school,school) 2008 BAR 30-06 Alva, WY public land. Nice 8 pt buck.

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In 1973 on opening morning, I got a spike on a friends place in Leigh, Texas with a Model 98 Mauser in 30-06 with open sights. I was hunting on the ground, as the limbs on the tree I had my stand built in were cut off by the man who leased the grazing rights to the land. My dad and the landowners son-in-law came to help me with him. The landowner was mad as heck that the tree got cut, it had an aluminum ladder wired to the tree the next weekend, it was that or loose his grazing rights.

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Killed a button buck in Junction hunting with my dad when I was 10 years old in 1965. I shot it with a Remington 600 in 308 and scoped my eye badly but was so excited that I didn't even realize it until I felt blood running down my face. Funny how I remember that as if it were yesterday.

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