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Opening weekend buck #8443400 11/09/21 01:42 PM
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Pre rut activity was definitely on. Saw 5-6 different bucks this morning. I may have seen this one a few months earlier in a bachelor group while in velvet, but can't be sure. I never had him on camera after a few thousand pic's and several months of running a Cuddeback.
Bucks like this one are way too smart to hit a feeder. About ten minutes before seeing this buck, a lone doe passed through the same spot. A doe this time of the year without yearling fawns is a good sign she's getting ready for a serious relationship. My first look at this buck was at 108 yards, really close. Broadside, with his head turned in my direction, I'm about 60-70' above him, and got a good look at how tall and wide his rack was. I wish it had lasted longer but this buck was on the ground within five seconds of me seeing him. I do wish I had been in a better position to get great pic's. I was alone, hunting partners had left due to warm weather. It was getting to 70 degrees quick, and I had to get him in the Ranger by myself. Gutted him, used my hand winch and hauled [censored] to the processor one hour away. Tikka CTR, .308 20" barrel, Leupold VX-5HD 3-15 x 44, Hornady Superformance 165 gr. SST bullet. [Linked Image]
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Congratulations on a nice buck. Glad you had the hand winch, sure does make it easier.

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Nice!

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Old bruiser...congrats!


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Very nice buck. Congratulations. up


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Originally Posted by Mr. T.
Very nice buck. Congratulations. up

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Originally Posted by Judd
Old bruiser...congrats!





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I told you that you weren't going to need that winch, because you'd have "help"... and I left early. Reeder05 = POS.

Gah, wish I would have stayed and enjoyed the moment with ya.

Congrats again on a heck of a buck!!


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Originally Posted by reeder05
I told you that you weren't going to need that winch, because you'd have "help"... and I left early. Reeder05 = POS.

Gah, wish I would have stayed and enjoyed the moment with ya.

Congrats again on a heck of a buck!!

Yeah, I was wondering where my "helpa's" were LMAO. I was so stoked! Nothing mattered. That little hand winch made it relatively easy. I'll prolly cut some off of the uni-strut making it shorter. Next time, I'll drag him up the hill to my stand, tie him off to a tree, turn around and get below him, tailgate down and back to hill, untie him and watch him slide into the bed.
On to Mule Deer season.

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Very nice buck congrats!

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Hell of a buck.
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Re: Opening weekend buck [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #8443938 11/09/21 10:17 PM
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Thanks. I'll score him when I pick up the Euro mount. I did get a solid inside measurement of 20-1/8"


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