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  1. Well, things finally came together today! It's been some hard hunting over the last couple weeks trying to wait this buck out day after day. He first showed up on cam 11/04 and in daylight no less! I've chased ghosts here for years, it's extremely rare to ever see one other than a random single appearance on cam some arbitrary 2:00AM night, nevermind get a shot at one. I said to myself this was the buck I was dedicating the rest of my season to, so I spent the next 9 days of my vacation chasing him on any good wind I could, and even gambled on a few marginal winds hoping to get lucky. His next appearance on cam was 4 days after his first, but this time at night, which is what often happens. I hunted all day, dark to dark, as often as the conditions would allow, but alas I never even had an opportunity to see him from the stand, nor a single cam picture for the rest of my vacation. I hunted the spot yesterday morning just hoping to get lucky and have him randomly wander through, but no such luck. I didn't like the afternoon winds with dropping thermals so I bailed on the stand midday, figuring I'd check cams and see if it was worth a repeat the next morning. Well I checked the cam, and just as you'd expect, he popped up two days earlier (my first day back at work!!!), and with no other appearances since! I figured he could show up any random day in November, and it's the weekend, might as well give it another try! With similar conditions to yesterday, I planned on sitting this morning again with favorable winds and thermals, again hoping to just get lucky he'd show. Well lucky is exactly what I got! I was setup about 30 minutes before light and bumped a couple deer going in. The morning was pretty slow overall as the storm settled in with overcast skies and a very light mix of snow flurries and rain. I saw a couple smaller bucks and does but figured with the storm having arrived, they may just be bedding down for the day until it passes. I had a young spike (barely visible spikes) out in front of the stand and was just texting a buddy of mine at 9:15AM that I didn't think it was going to happen today given the conditions and movement thus far. I didn't even get to hit send, as I heard a crack behind me, slowly turned to see a big set of antlers in the distance and immediately knew it had to be him! He approached with the wind in his face and I was right on the edge of it. I knew if he made it 20 yards closer, I'd be in the clear. He spotted the young spike and must have thought it was a young doe, as he started lip curling and stalked over to the spike. The spike turned and ran into a thicket back towards where the buck came from. The buck turned 180 degrees to follow, but fortunately quickly realized it wasn't a doe so he turned 90 degrees and headed to a set of scrapes. I've seen this script before and knew there was a 50/50 chance of the buck checking those scrapes and then turning away from me offering no shot or turning toward me and coming right into my shooting lane. As he was checking scrapes, I frantically searched for any semblance of an opening, but struggled to find anything. He stepped away to the left and stopped with his chest in a small opening about the size of two softballs side by side, but there was one lone pencil sized branch across it about 6 feet from the buck. I chose not to risk taking the shot and wounding him, realizing that was almost certainly my only chance at him if he continued to the left. Instead, as luck would have it, he turned right and stepped into an opening offering me a clear shot. I placed the crosshairs of my Excalibur Bulldog 400 center mass right behind the leg and squeezed off the shot, hitting him perfectly. He only made it about 70-80 yards before going down! Truly a great buck and possibly my best here in NJ! Amazing how things come together out of nowhere, endless hours on stand culminating in a mere few adrenaline filled seconds! Here's some pics from the hunt! An abnormal point/beam, which appeared to come from the skull, not part of his right antler.
    76 points
  2. What a day.. So here's the back story. My dad is old school. Got his first smart phone just a couple years ago (forced on him) hates technology, hates change, hates anything new.. you get the idea. He's been hunting for almost 60 years. When compounds were getting popular, he was the guy that didn't want to give up his recurve.. but of course did eventually. So the last few years, as he's getting older, he's been having trouble with the compound. Hard pulling it back, wasn't shooting too accurately, etc. We spoke here and there about getting him a crossbow, which he had ZERO interest in. Last year he had lots of problem with his old PSE compound, so I figured it was time. For this past Christmas I surprised him with a Ten Point Turbo M1. Well, let's just say he wasn't thrilled when he opened it up. After lots of shooting, and him getting used to it, he finally accepted the fact that he's a crossbow guy now. We hunted a few times this year, passed a bunch of does and small bucks. Dad is at the point where he loves being out there, and doesn't care if he shoots anything. So today we decided to do an evening hunt. Met him, and my cousin at one of our properties at about 3pm. We were all setup around 330pm. We were all texting back and forth saying we couldn't believe the lack of movement. at 455pm, my dad is calling me. I knew he shot something, as he wouldn't call for any other reason. I heard the excitement in his voice, as he tells me he just shot a "big buck" and thinks he saw it go down. I told him to stay put, and my cousin and I would be right over. We got to dad at about 545pm. I found his bolt immediately, and a blood trail that a blind person could follow. We didn't go more then 35 yards, and there was dads biggest buck ever. A perfect 10 pointer. A perfect heart shot..with the crossbow he was so unsure of. After many high 5's and hugs, the work began. I told dad a few years ago that all he has to do when we go hunting, is enjoy himself. I'll gut, drag, and bring it to the butcher. He took care of me for years, now I want to make it easy for him. Got him gut out, in the truck, and to the butcher. I'm curious to see how much he weighs, and I'm thinking about getting him scored. If anyone has any guesses on score, please share. Here's some pics! Worth mentioning, I have 3 cameras at this spot, and have no pictures of this buck at all.
    72 points
  3. Story and pics to follow. Cloud 9 is an understatement! What a night. My son has been in the woods with me since he was a toddler, but this opening day was the first time he has sat in a tree stand solo. My stand is approximately 350 yards from his so I was confident knowing he is squared away safety wise...He passed up a couple of small bucks on the opener as did I, knowing some good deer are in the area.. Woke up this morning to receive pics that one of my target bucks I have been after for 2 years was killed. (legally, but still was hard to hear...) My son and I discussed going out after he was finished with his school online and we did. I told him to just have fun, and to shoot what he wanted to if given the chance, if he wanted to. About 1630, several deer were seen over 100 yards away and I was hoping they were headed toward my son's stand. Unfortunately they were not, going the exact opposite way. 10 minutes later, a small 7 came in and was less than 15 yards away. The buck was down in 10 yards and I immediately texted my son that they were moving and asked if he had any deer near him. He said that he did! I sat tight told him I was not going to get down until I heard from him. With 15 minutes left of shooting light left, I heard a single shot from the 220! Knowing that he is surgical with the 220, I started to smile and was about to call him. As I pulled out the cell, I got the text, "buck down!" No better feeling to have knowing that he we actually doubled on the same property on the same night! I got down and headed to his stand. With lots of snow on the ground, he showed me where the buck was standing. He said he knows that he put the Accutip right where it should go, and the ground confirmed this. TONS of blood that led to his buck 25 yards away. I let him lead the way and loved watching the excitement when he walked up on the buck. He has passed up bigger bucks over the years without a doubt as I have, but tonight was about one thing. Having fun together in the deer woods during buck week. He and I will not forget tonight for quite some time!
    71 points
  4. I wanted to share my hunt from yesterday. So I've been hunting Jersey and Pennsylvania since I was 16. Never had much luck. I had a few good scrub bucks and plenty of does here and there but nothing great. Got a nice basket 8 in Pennsy about 10 years ago. Well today was going to be one of those days. I was only going to be able to stay out until 10. I had does a small six a spike and button buck around me all week. Got in the tree at 5:30 and settled in. Its was unusual to not even see a tail before 8. At 8:45 I talked myself into getting a jumpstart on what I had to do today so I could get back out for a evening hunt. As I was putting my phone a way. Out of nowhere two doe come running under my stand. The larger doe was very skittish and ran off 40 yds out. I decided if she came back in and present a shot I would put meat in the freezer. Well she turned and headed my way. Keeping an eye on her to come in broadside I see something coming from the direction of the does and I fully expected another doe. Then he stepped into view. I Never really looked at his rack I just knew he was a nice deer. I settled in on him broadside and let it fly. Whack good hit he ran 60yds to the middle of the field pumping good blood. He crashed in view and I was pumped! Then he gets up and casually walked to the woods line and stopped in the tall grass. I could tell if he layed down or walked off. After 37 years and a 2 hour wait to let him expire I final had my nice buck! Zone 18 nj pine buck! 160lbs dressed! Thanks for letting me share my story. And good luck to everyone the rest of the season!
    70 points
  5. I've been watching this buck for the past few years and this year he made a real good jump. He was a just a ten last year scoring 130. This year he is a 14 that probably goes 155. Ill tape him later. But was able to slip into his area and knew he was close from cell cam pics. He came in real early and gave me a 30 yard shot. He went about 40 yards and piled. As I waited to climb down, I had 2 different bears trying to drag him away. This buck was highly visible from the road and the amount of spotlights and road gawkers had me nervous he was doomed to outlaws. But I got a cell pic that the guys shooting from the road missed him and I was back in the game.
    69 points
  6. BillW0323

    Buck Down!! 10/23

    I took the day off to sit the treestand. Checked the weather and wasn’t to happy to see that it was going to be 65 degrees. It actually ended up being a beautiful morning in the woods. Felt like it was around 50 degrees with a very slight drizzle. Between the temps and the sound of all the droplets from the canopy it was so relaxing that it was hard to stay awake. Just about 9:15 I caught some movement out of the corner of my eye over my left shoulder. I couldn’t see what it was and then caught a little bit of an antler and figured it was the spike that I always see. Then this guy stepped out from behind the tree at 35 yards. He’s slowly walked in and offered up a 22 yards broadside shot and was down within 40 yards. He is now at Jay’s to get mounted.
    69 points
  7. Gobblengrunt

    P&Y down!

    Ive been hunting the newark watershed hard as usual. Its a very rewarding place to hunt. Not a lot of deer, lots of space to roam, and some very big deer if you can find them. Well I've been hunting a couple of really nice bucks on different oak ridges. Bucks started to lay some sign down and i found a scrape line, rubs, and tracks of a great buck. After a couple of sits on other deer either seeing nothing, few deer, or bears..I decided to hunt this new scrape line. A little light rattling this afternoon brought this buck out of some incredibly thick cover to investigate who was in his area. He made a fatal mistake! Over 5” bases and 24” beams! Scores 146 7/8” Thanks for looking
    68 points
  8. BEAR

    Target buck down

    My buck of a life time finally came by at 5pm . He stood to my right 60 yds. away watching a button buck, I was shaking as the button buck headed towards me just hoping he continue in the same path. but NO turned and walked in the opposite direction and out of site. The button buck came right to me hung around 15 minutes and went and followed the path of the big buck. I figured that was it , 5:30pm came no deer . I was thinking to get out of stand and come back tomorrow . I text my wife and told her I just seen the buck I have been waiting for my hunting life and he walked away. She said stay you never know. Now its 5:45 ,No deer , all kinds of things running thru my head, I keep watching the way the deer left 6pm No deer . A little after 6 I catch movement coming from my left and its the buck just walking towards my direction, coming closer but staying on a trail 30 yds. away from stand, Now he is coming and going to pass me on that trail and I have no shot that direction unless I stand and reach out between two trees to clear the crossbow limbs. so I start standing the buck still coming ,I'm up slowing getting the crossbow out and the buck stops behind a tree head sticking out and all I look thru the scope and all I have is a shot at his neck . I became real religious and started praying one more step and he dose the one step. Now me looking thru scope and checking crossbow limbs are clear (CLEAR)looking back thru scope, have shot ,take it , HIT ,buck takeoff and piles up in sticker bushes 30 yds. away. My best BUCK EVER!!! at 66 I'll take it I'm not a good writer but my wife and brother are tied of hearing it so I have to tell someone else. Thamks for reading! Jersey Jay see you soon.
    66 points
  9. I'd like to think that Chris Jr. and I did a great job mentoring one of his good buddies Stephen who showed an interest in hunting. He shot a doe on opening day and then shot this beautiful 4 or 5 year old buck tonight w/ his compound bow that weighed about 180 pounds! Not a bad first week of your hunting career… September 18th, 2021 Somerset County A HUGE thank you goes out to my buddy Lee from NJW&W who provided the young man with a free compound bow to get him started!
    65 points
  10. With this wet weather on the way to close out the fall bow season, I slipped in along a swamp edge to take this buck yesterday afternoon, where I knew he was locked in on a hot doe. I was on foot, it happened fast, was a quick fun hunt! 🇺🇲
    65 points
  11. Went out alone tonight and debated should I climb up or be safe and stay on the ground. Well after a bunch of does at 6PM came out this nice 8 pointer that I have never seen before showed up at 30 yards, not my target buck but a good animal to take with only a couple weeks before the next season. It was a nice quartering double lung shot deer ran about 100 yards diagonal across the field heading for the woods and dropped at the rock wall before he got in. Son came out right away and helped me load him up and off to the butcher. THERE WERE A LOT A PRAYERS ON THIS SIT, AND THEY CERTAINLY WORKED!! HARVEST ID AD1930420A
    65 points
  12. Nomad

    Blizzard Buck Down

    Finally saw a decent one! Pics to follow. Got in stand at 230. Whole stand was iced up, stand skirt frozen and stiff, platform a sheet of ice. No way to clean it all up for a quiet stand. Then for an hour it was a blizzard, 30-40 mph winds and snow. Frozen branches cracking all around. After an hour and about 2 inches later it stopped and the deer started appearing all around early. I had 8 does behind me and 4 in front of me feeding around. I could barely move to look behind because everytime I moved ice crackled. lol Then right at dark I hear a steady, crunch, crunch, crunch, walking right behind me, to my right. I knew it was the steps of a buck. I turned my head and saw it was a nice buck. Everytime I moved a little to try and get my gun around the ice crackled and he stopped and looked, then started again, and I was able to get all the way around and on him just as he was about to spook. Knocked him down at about 75 yards with the Ithaca. Great afternoon for me. Thanks for reading.
    64 points
  13. Shot this buck yesterday at 3:30pm. He is a buck I have at least 3 years of pictures. As a few of you know me I love hunting for mature bucks. They don't have to score great, just love having history with them when possible. This buck I nicknamed him 3 years ago "Pigface" cause he had a short stocky head and reminded me of a pot belly pig face. Think he can be call Hoghead now.lol has a big block head. His G2 is 11" and he dressed 185 lbs
    63 points
  14. Kilbo

    Delaware buck down!!!

    I got down to my buddies house this afternoon. Once the rain from the hurricane stopped I decided to brave the wind gusts and jump up in a stand. Was only in the stand for 2 hours when I had to put the crossbow to use. He’s my best buck to date.
    62 points
  15. Nighthawk

    6 Day Buck Down

    Got in the blind around 5:45 and sat until 10:00. Decided to check the camera and not to much going on the last few days. Had a good wind so decided to still hunt for few hours. Had a doe run by me at 40 yards with this guy chasing. Took a 50 yard broadside shot and the 20g SST rolled him. Had two more bucks continue the chase after he went down.
    61 points
  16. I'm not much of a storyteller so I'll let the video do the talking. Have 2 years worth of trail cam pics. Still on cloud 9.
    61 points
  17. Good morning fellas, To much celebration last night to post so here it goes. I first saw this guy on a cam in August. From that point, I stayed out until bow started. Didn't see him at all during early bow. Took a nice 7 during permit bow. Started glassing this spot from a safe distance after I took the 7 point on average 5 nights a week. Had finally learned his pattern. One problem I encountered was no tree the right size to hang a stand. I have 2 permanent stands on this property,1 for bow and 1 for shotgun. After doing my homework I came up with a game plan. I had decided when the wind was right, S or SSW, I was going in on the ground. Well, went to the property late morning yesterday and sure enough, the wind was SSW. We all know, don't ever trust the meteorologists to call the wind direction. Went in and set up a natural ground blind on the trail this guy was walking. Brought the KI crossbow. Got in about 1400 hours and had deer starting to move by 1500 hours. Sure enough just before 1700 hours here he comes. He crossed in front of me at 20 yards. Had the KI up with safety off and I let one rip. BANG! Hit my mark and he kicked then took off running. I saw him go down within 60 yards. From a previous post regarding NAP spitfires....These are all I shoot out of the compound as well as the crossbow. The 100 grain put the smack down on him. Going out in the garage now to cape him and part him out. When I am done I will drop him off to Chris at World Class Taxidermy in Jackson. Will ask Chris to measure him when I drop it off. Not going to guess what he will score, but you guy's can. All I know is he is my best to date, heavy mass 10 point. No bait. Have a great season all!
    61 points
  18. I had a browning camera set up where i shot my 10 pt buck the last day of bow season. After I shot my buck I stop baiting and hunting the spot. I finally pulled the camera yesterday and was going through the pictures. I was blown away when I came across this photo of the buck I shot and impact of the bolt. I’m not sure of the odds of capturing a photo like this but I’m sure it won’t happen to me again.
    60 points
  19. Happy

    Little guy scored

    Took my youngest son to his grandparents house this afternoon with an itchy trigger finger. First deer came out was a button buck buck he said if it was a doe I would of shoot dad. I said hold on we have some 8 pointers on came, shortly after that this guy should up and I said you want to shoot him he was like yeah. So the rest is history. I’m proud of my boys this years holding out until the right one walked out.
    60 points
  20. Came down the mountain at about 6 work his way toward me and sent a grim reaper trough him getting a double lung. Blood trail was crazy only ran 60 yards. First ever bow kill and first ever buck
    60 points
  21. iluv2hunt

    Big buck down

    Sorry for the long story. So I finally have a chance to post my story and pictures of a great buck I was hoping to take this year. I have a little history with this deer. I had him at 20 yards last year but was on the fence about shooting him. He never presented a shot so he made the decision easier for me. I believe him to be 4.5 years old if not he’s s great 3.5 year old. The last picture I had of this deer was January 5th 2019. I was hoping he would make it through the rest of the season and was really excited when I got my first picture of him this season. I know where he liked to hang out early season based on where i had gotten pictures of him last year. So my plan was to hunt him the first week after I got my doe. I was lucky enough to take a doe first thing on opening morning. So fast forward to Wednesday morning. I’m at work and receive a picture from my Spartan cell camera of the buck at 6:30am right in front of my stand. He hung around for 30 minutes. So I decided I was hunting him that afternoon and taking off the next day to hunt if I wasn’t lucky Wednesday afternoon. I got settled in my stand by 4:30.i brought my video camera along hoping to get the hunt on film. I had a lone doe come from behind me down the trail past my stand she hung around and fed for about 20 or 30 minutes. I was a little surprised the direction she came from normally the deer approach from in front of me so every few minutes I would look back the wAy she came. After about 30 minutes I caught movement over my right shoulder to my surprise it was the buck. I couldn’t believe it at first. He must of been bedded in this patch of woods. It’s very thick where he came from. So I turn the camera on and was trying to film him through all the branches. He read the script and started heading my way. So when he started heading my way he was probably at 50 yards. It took 10 or 15 minutes for him to get past me to a spot I could shoot him. At one point he stopped directly down wind of me but it was very calm and I was up twenty feet. Every time he stopped I figured that was the point he would wind me and take off but everything just fell into place. He came around from my right into the open. All this time I kept having to move the camera and adjust the focus because of branches in the way. He finally got to a spot I could take a shot. I took the shot and thought i hit him prefect. He took off but stopped about 75 yards out in front of me. I could barely see him. I could tell he was hurting pretty bad. At one point he laid down but got back up. I decided to wait 90 minutes before tracking him. There was very good blood most of the way. It starting becoming a darker brownish color. I figured liver and gut shot. I tracked him about 150 yards and found where he bedded and got back up. At that point I decided to back out and take up the track the following morning. There a river not far from where I stopped Tracking so I figured he was probably headed that way. So after a long sleepless night replaying the shot over and over in my head and second guessing my self. I headed back to the property. I went to the Last blood and Started searching from there which was very grassy and wet with morning dew. Needless to say I couldn’t locate anymore blood so I decided to start walking along the river. After about hundred yards I see a fox take off running. I said to myself he’s probably feeding on my deer. I walked over there and my buck was laying in the river dead. I was so pumped.If it wasn’t for that fox I’m not sure if I would have seen him. Someone was watching over me. The fox just started to feed on him so I didn’t lose very much meat. The first picture is of him last fall and the 2nd picture is this fall I will try to post the video very soon I just need to edit it
    60 points
  22. 3Blade

    12 pointer down.

    Came in this morning with a doe. He gave me a 20 yd shot and went about 80- 90 yds. I have to thank Bucksnbows for helping me with the recovery. I was having a hard time finding him so having an extra set of eyes helped out. I must have walked past him a dozen times within 10 yds. He dropped on the edge of some thick stuff with his back up and head burried, so he blended in. He is a main frame 10 with curved kickers at his bases
    59 points
  23. Nomad

    Bear Down

    Hunted pretty much every morning and evening this week. Had constant bear activity. Sows and cubs. I had a picture of this one all alone a few times, but mostly at night. I figured it was a boar and decided to shoot it if it came in. I know there are bigger bears around, but they have not showed up. Sat on the ground with my back to a big oak. The bear walked by at 25 yards and I spine shot it with my Excalibur Crossbow and Swhacker 150. Dragged itself about 30 yard and expired. Was surprised to find it was a sow and not a boar! Was able to get a 150 foot rope on it to pull it up a steep embankment with the Jeep. Then loaded into the back of my pickup with a loader. Just got done skinning and butchering. Weighed it at home on my 300# Cabelas Big Buck Scale, since they don't do it at check in anymore. 290#. Planning on having the skin tanned. When I showed it to my wife, she said, "is that a full grown bear?". What a kick in the balls. Thanks for reading. Good luck to all.
    59 points
  24. Ringtail

    Found him! BBD

    Alright guys here’s the scoop you’ve been waiting for. So if anyone was reading the live hunt report yesterday I shot this buck about 5:45. I was sitting in a ground blind over a clover plot. Was watching two does feeding in front of me when he snuck in to my left without even seeing him at first. Turned broadside at 30 yards. Initially looked like a heart/lung hit. Jumped clean off the ground kicked and ran. Gave him about 45 mins then went in after him. I thought I heard him crash but wasn’t completely sure. Found good blood but lost the trail when he went into the swamp. I posted photos of the blood and consensus was it looked like lung/liver hit. So I backed out and lined up a dog for the morning. No exaggeration did not get a wink of sleep last night. I’m running on caffeine and adrenaline right now lol. Crack of dawn we were out with the dog and my buddy to look again. When we got to the shot site the dog immediately wanted to go straight back into the swamp instead of following the blood trail. The handler turned the dog the other way and made him follow the blood trail that took a left down the side of the swamp. We followed this trail then continued in that general direction for about an hour with no luck. We went back to last blood to start over but this time just let the dog lead us where he wanted to go. Just as he tried to do earlier he headed straight into the thick of the swamp and within 15 minutes found the deer. He was only about 20 yards from where we stopped looking the night before but just could not see him in that thick stuff in the dark. Lesson learned always trust the dog! Just like you guys said it was a single lung/liver hit. He ran about 125 yards before dropping. Crazy thing is someone had shot this buck before. I noticed a bare patch on his neck after we got him out and thought it was just a rub or something. When I looked closer I saw the distinct scar of a broadhead. Looked on the other side of him and there was the exit with the same scar. The shot was healed so it must’ve been a wound of last season. Huge thanks to Paul and his dog Dallas. Super friendly guy with an A+ tracking dog. The buck is at the butcher now and will be heading to the taxidermist whenever he is done. My biggest one yet and first one worthy of a shoulder mount (in my opinion lol)!! Enjoy some pics:
    59 points
  25. After passing several 2.5 years and putting a lot of time in the woods I finally connected with a buck I called "Tines" which I thought was a 10 Last year as I missed this buck at 37 yards to find my arrow hit a small cedar direct before impact skimming his belly.. Last week I was out with my 9 years old son and we saw the same buck in a different spot in the afternoon. As I found some big scrapes and rubs at another location, I made my own moc scrapes and scented them down with Dominant Buck Lure and Widow Maker Estrous. Since I let the area rest for a few days, I planned on hunting this spot this morning. As the sun came up I used the can, along with some soft grunts. Since it was foggy I could not make it out clearly but knew a deer was coming in.. As the buck came closer It looked to be a spike or 4 pointer.. Seconds later I heard a snort weez from the swamp. As I did not know it was the same buck from last week, He walked sideways towards the 4 pointer and chased him back into the swamp. As I couldn't get a shot off I thought that was it.. 15 minutes later, I tried the can again several times along with some heavy grunts. The buck came out of the swamp caught my drag rag and started to follow while grunting. As all I could do at this point was watch he stopped and looked with every other step. He came up to one of the scrapes and pawed it out. Then it was back on the sent line up the mountain. As the buck came closer I could not believe that close to 3/4 of a mile away it was Tines that I saw with my son last week. As he was walking to walk past me I had the bow up which was only a few minutes but felt like and eternity. At 27 yards he stopped looked at me and stamped. When I released and the Muzzy founds it mark and he only took 5 more steps.. As a long drag was instore, I would like to thank my close friend (OMC) that came to my aid with a deer sled to help me as the drag was long.. I am greatly appreciative to have friends, my family and the good lord to make times like this possible.. The buck dressed at 173 and has yet to be scored, which in hi hopes he will go high.. Now I'm back to fishing, and maybe even give the ducks one more try since its been a while.. Thanks for reading..
    58 points
  26. Nomad

    Buck Down

    Thank you for all the nice comments on the other thread, thought I would post the story if anyone has interest. Totally screwed up a few days ago. Had a bigger buck than this come in to 14 yards in fading light and I shot just under his heart. Then he ran to 20 yards and I shot in the same place again. I was totally disgusted, I think I did the old short draw and did not pick a spot. Back to the drawing board. Did a lot of shooting and mental preparation. Pick a spot, full draw. Filed my Bear heads to a ragged, sharp edge. Today I went to a ladder stand where I had some smaller bucks come by 2 days ago. I had 5 bucks come out, none to big and they were feeding on Japanese Hop vines. I hear some scuffling behind me and see the bucks that were eating all looking in my direction. I look behind me, see some movement, very thick, and then there is the subject buck standing at the base of my tree, sniffing. When he momentarily looked back, I stood up, my bow was already on my lap with arrow nocked. He stood there for 10 minutes sniffing and looking around. What a gorgeous animal, I was thinking. Then he started eating leaves off a branch that I trimmed when I got in my stand! He feed for a long time! It was really wearing on me standing at the ready for so long and not moving. lol I couldn't move though. Finally, he turned and started slowly walking away, but out from behind the tree. I raised my bow and he turned just enough so I had his whole side at probably 5 yard. I drew to full draw and hit him right where I was looking. He ran in an all out run for about 100 yards before going down. Pretty sweet after the screw up a few days ago. Thanks for reading.
    57 points
  27. TheBuckStopsHere

    Big 8 Down.

    Was able to connect on this big 8 (2 add’l stickers making him really a 10) Sunday. Grossed 149-2/8” 25” and 27” beams. 22” Spread. Deer this caliber deserves some respect and appreciation. Complete Jersey Giant! Thanks for looking.
    57 points
  28. Tarhunt

    Foggy Buck Down!

    I been hunting this particular buck since November and even though I did not get out much due to having knee surgery and work, I was playing cat and mouse with him. During permit bow when I was not in my stand, he would be there out during the day. I looked for him on the Tuesday of muzzleloader but, he was only there at night. I checked the camera back on Tuesday ofcthis week and saw that he was out at 4:00pm last Sunday. I hunted Wednesday hoping to shoot him on my birthday but, he never showed. I hunted yesterday but, forgot to turn the camera on so, I had no idea of what he was doing. I decided to give it one last try this afternoon. My son was off and I offered him my blind and slug gun but, he said that he had better things to do. I drove the hour in the heavy fog and got into my ground at 2:00pm. The fog was not lifting at all. I could only see about 75 yards or so. At 345pm had a decent 6 point come out at 40 yards and he kept looking towards the woods. I recieved a text and was texting a friend back and I look out and there he was standing in front of me at 45 yards. I aimed behind his shoulder and shot. He ran back into the woods and I waited 20 mins and found him laying about 50 yards into the woods. I called my wife's uncle and he came to help drag him out. The buck field dressed out at 187 pounds.
    57 points
  29. Lunatic

    My muzzy buck

    It was hard to get out of bed at 4am knowing what the weather had in mind for us today but I was in my stand early and I could see silhouettes of deer moving on the horizon, I counted 8. I was at the bottom of the gradually rising field, with the top about 400 yards away and maybe 200’ up. A small creak runs down to me, splitting the fields in front of me in two, to north side on my right, and south side on my left. With first light two 4 pointers walked down along the creek to my stand and stopped at 30 yards. They knew something was up and took off in a hurry. Then, some time later around 7 am, I see a big buck and a doe on top of the hill in front of me on the south side of the creek, facing north. They were about 400 yards out and looked very cautious. They repeatedly move 20 yards and stand there for five minutes looking north-west in direction they were heading. I knew exactly where they were going, to MGhunter land.. NO BS. An idea crossed my mind to get down and go after them. I knew where they would cross the creek and if I could move up quickly I could get them in the field to my right, on the north side of the creek. I hesitated. I would have to move 500 yards, he only had 100-150 yards to go and I would have to beat him. It did not take me long to hit the ground. I had a major advantage which was also my disadvantage. Because I was going up a steep incline they would not be able to see me until I got within shooting range. The disadvantage was running 500 yards up this steep hill. I quickly crossed the creek to the north side and the race was on . I had my gun in my case, it was raining by then, but sometime on the way up I took the gun out and dropped the case. I really moved like a lunatic,(), and it felt like I got there in 10 seconds. I stopped about 200 yards from where I expected the crossing to happen. I found them through the trees branches, narrow wooded area on both sides of the creek, and they were about 50 yards from the crossing, frozen again-thank God, looking to north west. I could not move anymore without them seeing me but if they made few more steps I would be obstructed by some thicker vegetation on their side. Finally the doe took off full speed and buck behind her. So did I and how!! There was a giant blow down 50 yards in front of me where I could get a good gun rest, standing up. As I got to it and placed my gun on top, they entered the field full speed, running from my left to right and slightly away. I was about to stop them but they stopped again on their own but this time only 125 yards away. I shouldered my gun and……..my scope was fogged up and wet. All I could think is “don’t make the same mistake you made last week, take your time and make a good shot. So I did. I cleaned the scope aimed and boom. The shot felt great and his death run, I could hardly see over the cloud of smoke, was a decent confirmation. When they stopped, they were on the lower side of a sudden change in elevation, about 5 feet, with a dirt road on top. After he was hit he went up and consequently only after few moments I lost the sight of him. I was thinking about reloading but I ended up running after him full speed to see which way he was going,…. just in case. As soon as my eyes cleared the rise in elevation I could see him only 60 yards away. I walked up to many bucks in my lifetime, not only mine, but this one was one of the few getting bigger as I was getting closer. I went nuts but no one was there to see it. ( it took me a while to find my gun case and I lost my hat.) INo way I will every forget this morning. Thanks for reading….. I know it was long, sorry The video shows three clips of this buck. In the first clip the buck I killed this morning is on the left and the stud 10 pointer MGhunter took with the bow is no the right.
    57 points
  30. Swamprat

    Sons first deer

    It's been a fun few years. It really has. But his patience was starting to wear thin with Dad. Lol. I posted a couple weeks ago about a hunt with my son. Other than not getting a harvest it was successful. After that post I had a few members here offered up their services. Politely declined but when I mentioned it too my son he wanted to do it. Think he was tired of looking at pines and oaks. Lol. Took John(buck154)up on his offer. Fast forward to today and we were heading to John's paradise. After signing nondisclosure agreements and being blindfolded we were set up in a ground blind overlooking a promising looking piece. We weren't sitting long when John sends a text that the deer arrive between 2 and 3. This guy read the script and at 245 this guy came right in. Gave my son a 25 yard broadside shot. The 20ga barked and the 3" load of #2 buckshot floored him. His first deer, first buck is on the ground. A 5 pointer. Hugs and back slaps started. John was there in a minute. Lol. Thanks again dude. Owe you big time. You are passionate about hunting. It was evident today. We appreciated it. Thanks for reading. Nick
    57 points
  31. Yeah I know what kind of picture you guys were expecting but not today. This is my youngest granddaughter Elliana decked out in her first Camo, 10 years from now I will be posting pictures of her hunting with POP
    56 points
  32. After 7 years of school and hospital rotations she is officially Dr. BloodyHands!
    56 points
  33. iluv2hunt

    Buck down youth hunt

    Took my son out hunting this afternoon to a spot I have been getting lots of pictures of some nice bucks. I have a latter stand set up and put my climber slightly above the ladder stand so I could film the hunt. We got in the stand slightly before 4 pm. It was a beautiful night wind was prefect for our hunt tonight. About 45 minutes into out hunt. A spike buck came in from behind us and circle around to our left. He had no idea we were there. Made his way in and started feeding. About 10 minutes later my son says deer. So I look in the direction he’s looking and I see a nice buck approaching. The buck stops to watch the spike then decided to come in. He stopped at about 15 yards facing us. After a few minutes he starts to head to our left behind some trees. At this point I thought he might leave but he stops and turns towards us and stands there for a few minutes. He then decides to head back towards the spiker who’s still feeding and he’s now quartering away at 20 yards. My son makes a perfect shot and buck goes about 40 yards across a small creek. He try’s to make it up the other side and falls over backwards as he gets to the top of the bank crashing into the water. After a minute of splashing he was done. I was a very proud dad. I was able to get it on video. Once Im done editing I will post it. Sorry for the long read.
    56 points
  34. I shot this buck in last minutes of my Illinois bowhunt. I went in with a climber so I could get into an awesome bottleneck a little tighter than where I gun hunt. Tweeked the stand twice over a few days before it came together. I heard him coming way before I seen him. He was bird dogging a doe pretty hard and grunting all the way. These bucks seem very vocal out there and I always jump to my feet when I hear that grunt off in the distance. I cant tell you how many times I here that grunt way before I see them Watching his rack ducking through hingecuts was a sight, it was all over in a matter of seconds as he came running past my stand. The body was a tank, it was hard getting him out of the rugged terrain in a couple inces of snow and ice by myself even with a quad. I thought I was going to die of exhaustion. Now I can relax 2 weeks until the gun opener. Thanks for looking
    56 points
  35. Lady Bird

    Got him!

    Hunterdon County Clinton Twp 444 pounds. I have been after him for a couple of years. He finally made a fatal mistake. Super windy day, I gave a loud rabbit call at 6:15pm, shot him at 6:30 with my TC Encore also known as Lady Bird. He ran a few yards and piled up. I struggled to even lift his head. Thank God for a backhoe! He was handled twice in Allamuchy.
    56 points
  36. Finally got my first buck!!! And with a (cross)bow!! Big bodied old 4pt at 9:30 this morning!! I’ve been waiting 3 years for this and am SO excited!!!! Can’t wait to look at him everyday on my wall! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    56 points
  37. dlist777

    Got a buck

    Shot this guy @ 25 yards. Heard him drop. He only went 50 yards or so. My first September buck.
    56 points
  38. Long winded but happy! **** Late post, but I finally connected on my first buck after 7 years of bowhunting! Many, many, many hours in the stand and just as many encounters with small bucks and missed opportunities with shooters finally culminated into this right here. A little background, I dont come from a hunting family, so in 2011 when I decided to make the plunge into harvesting my own meat, I knew I had my work cut out for me. It took 4 hard seasons on public land learning to hunt alone and A TON of help from you guys on the forum for me to take a doe with my bow. Since then, I have learned to read sign and become a better hunter, but never sealed the deal on a good buck. I have been on a somewhat doe warpath since, killing between 2 and 4 in the past 3 seasons. Every year however my buck scrutiny has grown... I would always pass on small bucks in hopes of a shooter. I would always say I've waited this long. I cant take a spike now haha. This is no way a bash on shooting small bucks, it was mearly me tryingto persevere and be patient for one I would be proud to punch my tag on after so many seasons of tag soup. I am incredibly happy and proud to call this buck my own and he will be remembered forever with me and my family. The setup: I went into a spot that I gained access to blind. Look on Google maps to zero in on a desirable spot to set up. Found a nice funnel to a creek crossing that i positioned my climber on. Saw a ton of doe and small bucks in the 6 hour sit. In the final minutes of shooting light, I began to prep myself to climb down and spotted the buck at about 40 yards making his way to me. It happened so fast I didn't even have time to think. He walked the trail on a sting leaving me with a 20 yard quartering away shot. Double lunged and down in 50 yards. He didn't make it easy making a be-line into a swampy thicket. Thanks the help of my buddy we had a long drag ahead of us but it was well worth it! Thank you to all on this sight for the great content and help for us young guys learning and keeping this tradition alive! -Lou
    56 points
  39. First let me say I am not usually the one with the gun in my hands on 6 day. The last 8 years have been spent taking the kids since I have usually filled my bow tag. This year hunting a specific buck, my permit bow tag hasn’t been filled... yet. Well with my son off to college and the landowner and his son not going, i got the nod to man the elevated blind. Trudged out in the rain at 5:30am got set up and waited for first light. As soon as I could see deer were all around me, through the morning i must have seen 24 baldies and 4 different bucks. Only a drizzle in z12 until around 12:30 seemed to have them on their feet. Now the rain started coming down pretty good and I caught movement in the thicket to my right, i see a rack and am hoping it’s “him” Well it wasn’t the one I was after but a good buck indeed. I actually thought about waiting with the other big one on my mind and had to slap myself like “ are you out of your friggin mind” LOL As this guy moved forward i steadied the crosshairs waiting for him to step out. As he took one step on the open trail a single baaaa froze him in his tracks and I sent the LBC handload to his shoulder. As usual the slug dropped him in his tracks. The adrenaline dump followed and the field dressing then long haul in pouring rain began. Tried to take some timer cell photos which was a challenge in the rain to say the least. Here is a couple of the better pics and one of this stud filling the bed of my truck.
    55 points
  40. After a rough start to my season it all came together this afternoon. I have never gone this long into the season without taking a deer. And it wasn't for a lack of trying. I've been out a lot on 3 different pieces I have permission to hunt, but things just kept going wrong. Dealt with trespassers, getting winded, target buck killed by a car etc, etc... Well today I got setup around 3pm. I made up my mind I would take a doe (especially the nasty one that keeps winding me) or a good buck. At 3:30pm I hear something behind me, I slowly turn, and see my nemesis doe that always winds me, stomps her foot at me, blows, etc.. I take my bow off the hook, and connect the release to the loop, she turns broadside, I draw. The second I release she turns slightly, and I hit her a little far forward, but I knew it was still a good hit because when she took off, and I could see the blood pouring out. She goes 40 yards, and piles up. I'm happy I got the monkey off my back, I get on my phone, and check her in. My father was in his stand about 100 yards away, I didn't want to screw up his hunt, so I figured I'd just hang out for a while and play on my phone, before retrieving my doe. I knock another arrow, hang up the bow, and start screwing around on my phone.. 10 minutes later when I'm smack in the middle of an intense game of Angry Birds, I hear a twig snap on the same trail the doe came down. Fully expecting to see another doe, I was shocked when I saw the rack coming through. I had enough time to grab the bow off the hook, connect the release yet again, and wait. As he got behind a big Oak, I drew.. He walked directly in front of me, at about 6-7 yards. I hit him good, and watched him pile up about 50 yards away. It wasn't fun gutting, and dragging 2 deer, but it was worth it. Now I'll be on doe patrol until permit season starts. Love it when it all comes together!
    55 points
  41. Last month I was nominated and inducted into The NJ Bowhunters Hall of Fame. The HOF was created almost 20 years ago to recognize NJ residents and natives who work for the betterment of Archery, Bowhunting and wildlife conservation here in NJ. some past inductees are Len Cardinale, Bill Wadsworth, Dick Sage, Ann Hoyt, Len Lee Rue.. Again.. truly an honor to receive this..
    54 points
  42. First rabbit for us! Should have had a few already which is no fault of the pups lol. I've not only missed a few shots but have also moved out of position several times smh. Today I finally allowed the dogs time to do their job and a shot even I can make was presented lol. Enjoying the process of learning along with the pups.
    54 points
  43. rgw

    Tagged out 9 pt down

    This season was the worse for me till yesterday. Till yesterday the biggest buck I saw was a 4 pt. Yesterday morning I passed a spike, 4 pt and a basket 7 point. 15 minutes after letting those go I saw this 9 chasing a doe. I grunted real loud and he came in on a string and put on a show. He had me shaking so bad I made the worse shot I have ever seen. Called john buck 154 and made a plan to meet after work to look. My stomach was in nots all day. Luckily he was dead not far from where I last saw him. John scored him at 122. Happy as a pig in mud right now
    54 points
  44. So here’s the icing on the cake and a GREAT GUY alert... Gobblengrunt volunteered to help me look for the shed and after some hard work and piecing key information together, he worked his magic! Not only did he refuse compensation, he didn’t even let me buy him lunch!! The irony is, we found out we have a mutual friend, too - small world!! This hunt and experience goes beyond a great deer. I’ve had some great people help me along the way and that’s what hunting is all about. Again, thanks for all the support and advice and thank you Ron for driving over an hour away to help a complete stranger!
    54 points
  45. Hunted an old mature buck in PA last night . been watching him all summer , and with few trees dropping acorns the deer have really concentrated in a small area each evening . had a bunch of deer feeding around me for hours , mix of does and smaller bucks . most deer had pushed off when this buck finally came though , presenting me with a 21 yard shot . watched the lighted nock zip through behind his shoulder and stick into the ground behind him . ‘he ran 65 yards and crashed in a grassy opening , possibly the easiest spot for me to recover the deer from . walked past him at 40 yards , putting all my gear in my truck . shed some clothes and walked up to the buck , taking about 10 minutes . bucks head on the ground , eyes open , yet when I get 5 steps from him he jumps off and runs into a power cut . ‘I’m shocked as I was sure he was down for the count .. I go recover my arrow and it appears the Carni 4 didn’t open . I pushed the dull edges of the head through him.. still an easy follow as ample blood is on the ground . 75 yards I see him laying but seems he is semi alert . backed out , paced the house all night wondering wth was going on . confident in my shot placement I was thinking maybe I only had hit one lung . quick recovery this morning as he only went another 20 yards and was piled up in a small creek . arrow had hit him dead center of the near side lungs , and exited through the offside lung . hard to believe this deer lived a few hours with jagged holes in each lung . researching the Carni 4 not opening I see Grim Reaper had to change the original springs to a lighter spring . having over 2 dozen of these heads I will be sending them back for replacement .. anyone shooting these heads need to see if the springs in the head are gold in color , they need to be changed out
    53 points
  46. Today, we set up in the blind at 3pm sharp and were joking around and discussing possible shot scenarios. Shortly after settling in, I look to my left and Jr is out like a light! He has always said since he was a toddler, that the best rests he gets are in the blind, haha! I joked with friends that it would not be a good hunt together if Jr did not get some zzz's in... Right at prime time I nudge him and he is ready. When I say that this happened at last light, it is an understatement. With 3 minutes of shooting light left, a deer walks directly adjacent to our blind to our left, literally 5 yards away looking down the trail. Jr was already on the crossbow and slowly turned on the illuminated reticle. The deer picked up a tiny sound and stood broadside at 8 yards away looking past us through the blind. The bolt and green Luminok was sent and was seen buried into a tree 10 yards behind where the deer was standing... Awesome blood at the exact spot where the deer was standing. The blood trail was exceptional, leading to the big doe that made it to 50 yards max. For the first time I decided to try the new NAP Slingblade broadheads. They did not disappoint. This stuff NEVER gets old. I am going to miss these days when we have a chance to get out together. Between school, motocross, GIRLS, it has been tough to say the least to find the time to hunt with him. Glad to help out nmc02 with another deer for his dinner! Lots of pics below.......
    53 points
  47. bucky

    Big Buck Down

    It's been a long week with the bad weather but persistence paid off ! I thought tonight was going to be a bust when a single doe hit the field which was the only one I saw the last time from this stand. All of a sudden another big doe came busting out into the field with this brute on her ass, I bleated with my mouth very loudly four times and he locked it up at 40 yards,took the shot, ran another 80 yards and he was down !
    53 points
  48. I’ve been patterning a few bucks that I hoped I could get my son on for his first deer. We passed on a a few 1.5 year olds so far and he was adamant about shooting something bigger. With football his time is limited but we were able to get out this afternoon. Shortly after getting in the blind we fortunate enough to have a 2.5 year old buck come in. My heart was pounding. 25 minutes of having it 20 yards away from the blind. It was quartering too or straight on the entire time. I told him wait for a broadside shot. It took forever. At one point I looked over and he was praying. I didn’t ask and he didn’t say , but I knew. Eventually a doe came out and he turned broadside. I told him “now”. He made a perfect shot. Deer ran 30 yards, did the dance and dropped. I was so proud. He was so excited. His composure was impressive. He is ten. It was his third hunt and he smoked a ten pointer. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    53 points
  49. Couple days ago I located a great scrape line along a ridge about a mile deep into some big Morris county woods. The scrapes had many big buck rubs around them also. Given the sign that was on this ridge, different size tracks in all scrapes, and the amount of feeding sign within the oaks, I knew not just a good buck was working this area but many deer. I picked a tree between two primary scrapes both about 30 yards on either side. A blown down tree forced deer past this tree making it a perfect funnel. I was so excited to hunt this stand because I knew it was going to produce. I’ve had pics of quite a few really nice bucks within a mile of this stand so I had an idea of what was in the area. The wind was perfect this morning so I decided to hunt it. I was settled in my climber at 545 am. As it was just getting light, I heard a lot of deer running, chasing, grunting well out in front of me. One buck had particularly deep loud grunts. About 7am, 2 spikes and a small 8pt walked past me clearly not wanting to mess with the other bucks chasing this one doe. I heard the deep grunter working the primary scrape then walking toward me. I passed a nice 8pt on my left wanting to see what the more dominant sounding buck was. This old 8pt followed the script perfectly walking past my stand at about 7 yards on my right. I’ve had numerous pics of him on cam all over this area for the last three years but have never actually laid eyes on him. I knew immediately he was the buck I wanted. I drew smooth and released an arrow. My shot slightly struck a twig upon release. By the reaction of the buck and sound of the arrow hitting this twig, I thought for sure I missed. I was so confused. The buck ran and stopped about 40 yards away just into some thick trees where I couldn’t see him. As everything settled down, I see this buck and his doe slowly working their way back to me. I watch the buck lie down looking like he was hurt. I was so confused because I was sure I missed. He gets up and walks away with the doe still looking hurt but still acting in love. I got out of my stand an hour later and went to retrieve my arrow to figure out what happened. My arrow was covered in good red blood! I walked over to where I last seen the buck and it was like a blood bath! Still unsure of exactly what happened, I went home and decided to come back in a few hours to look for this buck. I came back at 11am and followed an easy blood trail where he lay dead 75 yards away. I have pics and a history with this buck for the last 3 years. I know he is over 5 years old (I believe he is 7) making it a very special buck to take especially so deep into Jerseys “big” woods. Very memorable morning. Thanks for looking
    53 points
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