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  1. 36 points
    Well I’m sitting over here twitching having deer blowing up my cams and seeing bucks chasing but then smacking myself and realizing I have had the best season to date and there is still a lot left. Rewind to the end of September I had a new spot that I had scouted and setup early in the summer and had tons of does but only a couple small bucks. I knew the area would pull some big boys once the season got going. I decided I would only hunt in perfect conditions and finally got the right wind and had a decent storm rolling in that night figured it being the first front of the season I would jump in. From the first min I got into the stand i had deer all over me and they continued the whole hunt. Around 6:30 I had two groups of does come through with a couple of fawns but still no bucks. They stuck around for 10 mins and just walked off. Then I had a lone doe come through and since I needed to fill my earn a buck I let an arrow fly and it ran 30 yards and piled up. I figured the hunt was done so I settled back and was just enjoying the last 30 mins of light and I hear a twig break behind me. I look down and there is a nice white rack 9 that needs one more year but was great to see. As he got infront of me I heard another deer behind me on the other side of the tree I look down and there is a big wide 7 that was noticeably more mature and now I reach for my bow and hear the third buck behind me. I look down again and here is a super wide 8 that was more mature than the rest and I knew right away I would try and let one fly. Now the fun began they swung out infront of me but were in the one spot I could not shoot. They stood in that spot for what seemed like a lifetime and then the wide 7 decided to take the trail infront of me and the wide 8 followed. Once he cleared the brush i spotted him at 15 yards and 10 ringed him. He jumped and landed and stood still and just fell over. Zero tracking job. Great night in the woods So I am tagged out until permit bow ... Well a week before permit started I got pics of a slammer that was bumping does all over a different area than my fall bow buck spot I could tell he wasn’t in full chase mode but with every passing day I was getting pics of him closer to daylight. As you all know the permit opener was forecasted to be nasty but the rut action was really cranking up so I watched the weather and made a plan. Thursday night I had my first pictures of him in daylight in the last hour of light and he was right on the does all night. I knew he was only going to stick around for a day or two to check all the does and then move off so I looked at the weather and saw there was a small 2-3 hour window Saturday morning right at daylight that the rain was going to back off a little and then pour for the rest of the day. So I got in the stand early and it was actually raining pretty damn good and thought maybe i was making a mistake but after about 35 mins it started to slow down and I knew i made the right call . Right at first shooting light I saw three does trotting right at me and saw a big dark body right on them . Sure enough it was the big guy and was in full chase mode . They ran right past me at 10 yards and would not stop no matter what I did . They did that two more times in about a 20 mins time span and by then my nerves were toast. Finally I saw him coming back through without the does but now he was 80 yards away. He just walked around for about 5 mins and I saw two more does coming my way from my right that he did not see since they were on the back side of some brush from him. I let the does work past me to my left that would allow him to see them and I hit the bleat. He picked his head up and pinned right away and started walking in . Now the does were walking away also so I had to make a decision quick where I was going to shoot. There was one window at 30 yards that I had to stop him in to have the shot oppurtinuty or he was going to be covered up by brush after that. Put my grunt tube in my mouth and drew on him letting him walk into that window. Hit the grunt tube and he stopped, the second he hesitated I hit the release and saw the arrow hit the mark and knew he was dead on his feet. I watched him run 60 yards and pile up . My first droptine and just a horse of a buck. Got him out of the woods but the rain started back up so I tagged him and we waited till later to take pics. Sorry for the long winded stories but I thought they were worth telling. Guys that know me know I live for this and pass ALOT of bucks every year but in the end it is all worth it. I am very blessed and grateful for oppurtunities this year, I wish everyone else the best of luck the rest of this season .
  2. 33 points
    11/12/2018 DIY Public land success this year in Eastern Montana just north of Circle, MT. Miles & miles of nothing but open prairie and badlands to spot and stalk in. Day three (30+ miles on the boots) & 4 degrees found me crawling into range of a great 8x6 mule deer. Once in a lifetime hunt.
  3. 30 points
    Rain, Snow, Cold, Windy - sometimes all at once. There is a buck in this spot that I had named Double D he's a non-typical with 5 brow tines and double what I called drip tines, they would score but they're not big drop tines they're more shaped like thorns, he's probably also 23 inches inside. On October 11th I laid eyes on him for the first time and as I was waiting for him to turn slightly at 22 yards he took off after another buck and then out of sight. Lat week I was back to reconnect with him. There is some more to this story but I will keep this to less than a novel. Trip #2 Day #4 has me out in 30 MPH NW winds and 17 degrees, I can stand the cold as a matter of fact I love it. Those high winds over time are tough. Well, I'm rocking and rolling and not seeing much when all of the sudden I just happened to stretch a bit and look dead down wind, whoa, here he comes trotting on the wood line where the sun is setting behind the trees in the attached picture. He's coming quick, please turn and come to me. Well he does and I loose sight of him while he crossed the creek that I am sitting on the edge of but I know he's going to reappear and I am going to have a quick moment to shoot. Up out of the creek, I know the big tree is 32 yards, I come to full draw and my drop away is up 1/2 way (Limb Driver - Vapor Trail) Holy S*IT. At full draw I was able to actually push the thing up, I quickly readjust and pray the arrow flies straight. I shoot and the arrow hits it's mark pretty far back but it exists right behind his shoulder literally the fletchings are the only thing stopping the exit. He runs off like a bat out of hell and I watch him go 80 yards and loose his footing. What the hell just happened. I am now shivering, excited and confused. But there is a stud of a buck laying 80 yards away. I am so critical and diligent with practicing and my equipment that I am still amazed that this buck is on the ground. I've learned that it's rare that you can screw up anything with a mature buck and a bow in your hand and actually get one killed! I consider this a lucky one. My drop away rest was frozen! Well Tim from Field and Tackle replaced that yesterday and I will be shooting before the end of the day, to make sure I am back to shooting bullets! I can be real pain in the ass and crazy critical with my equipment but I have to say that Ken (the owner) and Tim from Tackle and Field (The Bow Tech) in Wanaque NJ always make sure I am shooting straight. If you ever need great service, advice or equipment I like to patronize small business and these guys run a great shop and know their stuff!
  4. 25 points
    Last Friday after work I hauled ass to to my spot and after 10 minutes of sitting this guy came out, after seeing some smaller bucks in prior hunts I knew I liked what I was seeing,nailed him from 35yds and he dropped under my tree
  5. 22 points
  6. 21 points
    Just got home from picking up my 2017 Archery buck from Jason at Jersey Jays Taxidermy. It is my first whitetail mount, but I have been a long time follower of his work. After studying numerous taxidermists' work and talking with other hunters, I promised myself once I took a buck of decent caliber that I would get Jay to mount it. The proof is in the pudding here folks, the attention to detail by Jason is like none other. Most guys judge good taxidermy by just looking at the rack and saying "that's a nice buck". Take the time to study how a taxidermist finishes the eyes, noses, lips, ears, etc. Jason's dedication to realism puts him a cut above the rest. I will be a life long customer without a doubt. Thanks again Jason, - Dennis
  7. 20 points
    Need to get the pics my friend took but this is just one for the forum. To me a good buck. Made the decision before I went I was shooting first buck because freezers low. Didn’t think this buck was this big when I took the shot. But long track, he was still alive but to weak to do anything so you can see we cut the throat. Longer drag out. Shot still confusing to me. For angle shot Should have got a lung. Entered and barely got liver but heart and lungs were fine.
  8. 17 points
    Here's a trail cam pic of the 10 I was after in NY
  9. 16 points
    Just reading thru posts, and I realized I miss Stevo and his wisdom. He won't be forgotten!!
  10. 16 points
    That was fast. Too fast ha! The birds are more wet than my 11-87 was. Heavy rain but flushed two birds that really did not want to get up. Going back to bed. Ghost town up here, lots of birds...
  11. 15 points
    are you freaking kidding me - "new hunting buddy?". The guy is TRESPASSING on POSTED property. What part of that did you not get?
  12. 14 points
    Hi. I'm a new member. I thought I'd introduce myself. Name is Pete. This is Carson and his first bird Saturday.
  13. 14 points
    GOT HIM!! 1:35 AM. Looking at probably 3.5-4 mile drag out. Pics when I get home. Bigger than I thought.
  14. 14 points
    a coworker sent me these pictures, on land my company owns. these two bucks walk with in 20' of you and think nothing of it.
  15. 12 points
    Got out for the afternoon hunt today. Wasn't sure what the weathwr was going to do, snow and rain. Was worried about all rain but it started snowing at 12:30. So soon as i got out of work i headed for my spot. Was a winter wonderland. Was in the tree around 2pm. Had 2 doe come in soon as i got in the stand. Couldn't even put on my face mask and gloves. Sat there with the big doe staring at me for 25 minutes without moving. Hands and face were cold cause by then it was snowing, sleeting and raining all together. The 2 doe hung out for just over a hour and half. Saw no other deer. Hands were cold and my one boot was leaking son i had a cold wet foot too . Thank god i got some rain gear or it sould have been real bad.
  16. 12 points
    Good morning push. In north west Iowa
  17. 11 points
    Pretty cool picture of a doe in full flight.......Santa should thing about hiring this little girl !! LOL Danny V
  18. 11 points
    Big old 8pt,broken 9pt from zone 36, shot at 12yards. Craziest rut ive ever seen!
  19. 11 points
    Nice...I took this one in person the other day. Biggest deer I have seen in person.
  20. 10 points
    Suns coming up. Cold windy 6 inches of snow. This guy was in front of my cam last night We have 4 guys on 3 farms. Somethings gonna die 3 shots around me already.
  21. 10 points
    Listen, let's be honest. You feel like people "pile on you" all the time... There's a reason. You have become the most argumentative person on this forum. Someone says up, you say down. Someone says left, you say right. Someone says the sky is blue, you swear it's green. You come across as having a very abrasive personality.. It rubs people the wrong way. If everything bothers you so much on this site, perhaps you should head back to NJH.. You can curse me now, I really don't care. I'm just calling it as it is. I wish no ill will towards you, I'm sure you're a nice guy in person, but my God stop arguing with everything and everyone on here.
  22. 10 points
    1957buck - I will let your comments stand for all to see but I do feel a bit embarrassed for you. . I generally support you because I was raised to respect my elders. Those of us who deal with trespassers in the real world will relate to this thread and support the OP. You seem to have a pattern of being the contra-party to many threads. We had a member named Axium who used to fill that roll. Now all his posts go to mods for review before being approved or denied. As for me Growing TFU - if that didn’t happen by age 54 it’s probably never going to happen and I am at peace with that.
  23. 10 points
    Just can't shake that bone chill.
  24. 10 points
    That is NJW&W...Who here begins their day by logging in and checking to see what's going on in the woods? I am on as a moderator a few times a day, but am on several times because I enjoy the site. It is growing each day with many new users signing up daily. I am not on facebook, but my wife calls this my "buckbook." What would you like to see changed if anything to make the site even better, or what do you like that should stay as is? Any suggestions?
  25. 10 points
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