My boys second deer down!

Discussion in 'HUNTING' started by Earl, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. Earl

    Earl Senior Member

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    Well up until a week or two ago this one was an 8, but he's gone through a pretty good battle and lost his right brow tine and had a scar running down his back where he he had gotten stuck. Would love to have seen that fight. We've been seeing him most of the season but my son hadn't had a shot at him till this morning.

    He came out early this morning to a feeder and ate a little corn before ambling off down a trail that just happens to go to the right of the tower stand. We were watching him all the way and making sure to be still whenever he looked up and at the blind (he had allready spooked from seeing us there 3 weeks ago). I stopped him with a grunt call and my 14 year old son Kyle put a perfect shot with his Savage 99E in .243 shooting 95gr Federal Fusion bullets into his heart/lungs. He ran maybe 30 yards before piling up dead.

    I know he's not as old as some of you prefer (I figure he's 3-3.5), but he was my boys 2nd deer ever and he's stoked. His first last year was a fork horn so he wants to do a mount on this one. Think we'll do so. Too bad I didn't get to see my cameras until AFTER the hunt as we just might have waited as another mature buck showed up this past week, I mean really mature. I'll post up on him seperately. Perhaps he's the one that the 8 had been in a fight with but I doubt it. The 8 probably would have taken one look at the new buck and ran. I know it wasn't the dominant 10 I took 2nd week of the season as he was allready gone. I have another 8 that is now a 6 due to the fact he's lost most of his right beam so perhaps it was that one.

    Sorry I forgot my digital camera this trip so had to improvise with one of the game cameras for the after action photo. Attached are a few prior photos including one when he still had his brow tine.

    Our deer season is over so I guess it's predators, varmints, and hogs now - though we've shot at (and taken) enough of the porkers that they aren't coming out in the daylight anymore.

    Earl
     

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  2. txseadog

    txseadog Moderator

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    Give my congrats to Kyle.

    How many does have you taken off your lease?
     

  3. Snagged

    Snagged Senior Member

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    Congratulations
     
  4. Earl

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    Kyle says thanks.

    To tell you the truth, none yet. From what I've seen both visually and on the cameras there is a pretty decent buck to doe ratio. If it isn't 1:1 it is close. In fact, most deer that are seen during daylight hours are bucks, but I've seen the does enough both while hunting and on the cameras to know they are there.

    I do though think we need to take one or two - but I've got way too much meat allready. The landowner might take one or maybe his Uncle who has the cattle on the place and plants my food plots for me each year.

    Earl

    Give my congrats to Kyle.

    How many does have you taken off your lease?
     
  5. Bret

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    Awesome Earl.. Glad Kyle got a nice one.. I am sure you and Cheryl are proud of him..
     
  6. Earl

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    Yes we are. He has really got the bug and loves hunting. I was afraid last year (his first to hunt) might have spoiled him a bit as he took the first deer we saw which was opening morning. He's learning well though and passed up smaller bucks on several hunts waiting for this particular one.

    Kaleb (7) is getting ready to start, since we are basically down to deer watching and varmint/predator/pig control now I'll start taking him out this season if Cheryl doesn't mind (and will go too) :)

    My blinds aren't 3 person blinds so I need her to go too. She loves fishing but has never been into hunting though she used to go with me some before we had kids. I'm sure she will sit in the blind with one of them though.

    I shouldn't have waited so long to start Kyle hunting. Basically I quit hunting for a few years when my father stopped hunting and I got more involved with offshore fishing. Then I realized I was rasing my next hunting buddies and needed to get them involved. Down side is I unfortunately haven't been fishing as much as a result. Oh well.

    Earl

    Awesome Earl.. Glad Kyle got a nice one.. I am sure you and Cheryl are proud of him..