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  1. 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
    72 points
  2. 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 go
    71 points
  3. 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
    69 points
  4. 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 s
    66 points
  5. 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
  6. 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 WORK
    65 points
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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 pul
    59 points
  13. 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 thi
    58 points
  14. 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 d
    57 points
  15. 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 ar
    57 points
  16. After 7 years of school and hospital rotations she is officially Dr. BloodyHands!
    56 points
  17. 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.
    56 points
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
    53 points
  21. Had a bumpy start to the fall bow season. I swore I would never shoot expandable heads again. I sat pretty much quiet for the season waiting for the bucks to start changing up their patterns. Made some mock scrapes along the food plot edges and they started getting hit. Had a few big rubs appear. Got my first sighting of a mature 8 pt. Sat for him on 4 evenings, encountered him twice and bounced a rage off his shoulder. Damn it. So after that I figured that was my season. Got in my go to rut stand Sunday and encountered another buck but no shot. Got back
    52 points
  22. 3Blade

    Heavy buck down...

    Went out yesterday afternoon with pretty low expectations, all my cams weren't showing much. Had some does come in milling around feeding on acorns and the little bit of corn I sprinkled. I watched one doe that kept looking behind me and sure enough I hear a steady heavy walk and new it had to be a buck. When he gets under me I glance down slowly and he looks right up at me. So I freeze he then continues to walk and I see he is a big body deer, I glance at his rack which looks pretty good. I go into auto pilot, draw settle my pin and arrow is hitting it's mark and it's a complete pass-through.
    52 points
  23. Lphunsjr

    Buck Down,,,,, Finally

    Had a rough season. Been putting time in with my wife and daughters boyfriend as well as trying to get myself on a buck. Put a shot on a buck last night in the pines and couldn't find arrow or blood. Wondered it it was a miss! Woke up this morning,,,could barely sleep, and met my buddy and daughters boyfriend. Still no arrow so started a grid search. I was losing hope as all I was seeing was briars and pine needles. Then,,,,,I was told to go back their way. Daughters boyfriend found him 60 yds away from where I shot him. Very thankful. My best Pine buck to date. Solid 9. My long sits finally p
    51 points
  24. So, 2020... My first first real post since December 2019. Disappeared in December after my wife’s pregnancy got complicated. Spoiler alert, my daughter was born early but she is a beautiful happy 5 month old (see below). 2020 was ups and downs, I got sick, was out of the house away from my wife for weeks (felt useless while she was on bed rest). Baby came early, but healthy (my wife is a rock star), we lost a house, then bought a house. Wife lost a job, then found a work from home better job. So on and so forth. So, really have no room to complain. New house, healthy wife and ba
    51 points
  25. HuntEmDown505

    BBD! Rainy buck

    It finally happened! After a total re-tune of my bow, changing to an almost 500 grain arrow mid season and moving my blind, I got it done. He came in from a new path, completely different from the transition spot theyve been using for years. I worked until 430 and snuck into a blind just after 5. The rain had held off for a bit and it was deadly quiet. I was watching a new path the deer had carved out that had just two days ago forced me to move my entire blind setup and brush it in. As I sat and watched I saw a glimpse of his rack ducking the low cedar branches. He took a qui
    51 points
  26. Lunatic

    Jersey Stud

    This buck was killed on Sunday in Basking Ridge NJ by a friend of mine it scored 163
    51 points
  27. I was out for does today, and not seeing any, then a spike came out across the field about 200 yards away and walked the edge of the woods towards me, he got about 130 yards from me and stopped and while I was watching him I caught some movement in the woods just alongside of him and it was this nice 8 pointer, the spike turned and started coming to me and I did not have a clear shot at the 8 but after a few minutes he stepped out and gave me a broad side, Shot was a perfect heart shot, he went about 40 yards and it was all over. Here are the before and after pics
    50 points
  28. Out with Dad today on a muzzy hunt in the great swamp. Not that many people hunt it anymore because of the devastated deer herd from repeatedly hit with blue tongue disease. There are a few deer left and some old ones in here. As always I hunt an island very deep in the swamp that no sane person will go. Scouting showed promising sign of a big buck(s) working this island. After getting my father in his spot i threw on my waders and off to “my” island. The morning brought an absolutely gorgeous still morning but it seemed nothing was moving. No squirrels, ducks, birds, and no shooting!
    50 points
  29. 06roadking

    Hell of a morning!

    Been waiting for Saturday to come all week. With Sonia on the ground and enough melt to make a walkable crust, couldnt have been better. Got this blackish big female about 15-20 minutes in. Saw her flanking the area at about 200 yards. Had a rodent distress playing but, she wasn’t having it. I waiting til she ducked into a stand of pines across the field and hit the pup distress. She came across the field like a shot and dropped her at 50 yards right next to the caller. Bonus as I was walking out to my truck, a fox came across the field and I made my best shot ever dropping the fox at 238 yard
    49 points
  30. Came in at first light . Watched him for about 15 minutes until I could see both his body position better as well as my sight be clearer (old eyes suck in low light ). 22 yard shot , hard quartering away . reaper painted the ground , deer ran approx 100 yards before crashing .
    49 points
  31. Nomad

    Deer Down

    I got set up yesterday evening on a ridge travel route. This buck came along moving very cautiously, but I was just off to the side of his wind. He gave me a nice shot at 20 yards. The arrow zipped right thru him and he just walked away. Almost had another shot at him. The shot looked a little back, so with some cool weather expected I waited until this morning and found him in his bed 200 yards away. Getting my son set up now and will be butchering while waiting to hear from him. Thanks for reading.
    49 points
  32. Son took this buck this afternoon. He had a good feeling about a particular stand and I told him to trust his gut . About 20 minutes left of shooting light left out came a doe across the field . In tow were 4 bucks with this guy leading the chase. She took them right to the stand and he made a good shot with his muzzy at 40 yards . I think he is a 4.5 year old buck .
    48 points
  33. Went out today for an all day sit deep in the newark watershed, 1.5 miles back. Found a pocket of animals using a bunch of ridges, bowl swamps, and laurels. Day started out with a few does watching a bear make a nest. This bear slept in his cozy pile of leaves til 2pm. At noon had an 8pt pass by which got a pass. About 230pm i watched a beautiful broken up 10pt work his way down a ridge to me. He met up with three does right near me that i never knew where there. He started to harass one of the smaller does which i suspect was coming into heat. As the afternoon went on, a spike and 4p
    48 points
  34. A deer 🦌 that we nicknamed “The Nest Buck” was harvested this afternoon by my 16yr old son Chris Jr. His mother dropped him off at 11 AM to hunt his spot since I was at work and he had some activity midday yesterday. He sent one ☝️ from his Mathews at 12:33 PM while he had me on the phone w/ his ear buds in. I heard the shot and the crack of hitting the deer before he got all excited telling me he crushed him! This is his 2nd buck of the year, after he shot a beauty in the regular season. He’s really amazing at this wonderful sport considering he’s such a young man. Way furth
    48 points
  35. My wife went out twice w me last year and didn’t shoot anything, I could tell she was disappointed..went out yesterday and she passed on a bunch of does and a buck. . Went again this morning saw over ten does and then 1hr and a half of silence when this guy came in. She said she wanted this one so I grunted to stop him and she made a perfect shot. He went maybe 18 yards and dropped. Great day. Now I’m back out solo to fill my tag
    48 points
  36. Well got out this morning and got lucky. Had some does come through about 740am and they were acting crazy. Kept looking back and at one point they busted out of there. 10 seconds later here comes this buck. He finally gave me a quartering away shot at about 25 yds. He ran about 20 yds and fell. My largest NJ buck to date. The freezer will be full for winter! Good luck to all my fellow hunters out there!
    48 points
  37. Got very lucky this past weekend in New York. I drove up early Friday morning and met Booner loaded up our gear, and our next stop was in Pennsylvania to pick up hammer4reel. After a few hours on the road we stopped at Bass Pro got our licenses and a few other odds and ends, ate a few snack sticks for lunch and were settled in our trees by 330. Perfect weather, good wind and it wasn't long before deer were feeding on a newly planted alph alpha field the three of us were set up on. In a group text I saw messages from Mike and Dan that there was a shooter buck feeding out of my sight but withi
    48 points
  38. Just submitted my retirement paperwork, I did it early in case the paperwork is lost/misplaced by the pension board, or they find any discrepancies and for the fact they do approvals every quarter so I'm hoping my paperwork will be in the first quarter of 2021....I can go on October 1st, but my last day of work is on December 31st.....I will start using my sick time one per week in late April, and then cash out my vacation & comp time which will be used as a retirement gift to myself on a new truck
    47 points
  39. Shepss217


    Got this stud two nights ago. Still can’t believe all the stars aligned lol. He was my number 1 hitlister
    47 points
  40. Very big thanks to John, Buck154 , for giving up his time and helping out my daughter by putting her on some deer. She has been in a six year drought and has definitely put in her time, passing on deer that she has had no shot on and she has been on countless deerless sits. Even last week, we walked to a stand and a small buck was beneath it literally as we were walking in... John took us out, set us up in a blind last weekend, and we didn’t see anything. Today, we came back to his place after the rain this morning and spent some time sighting in the crossbow - just to make
    47 points
  41. MikeStaten

    Wait or track soon?

    Thanks all. He only went about 60 yds.
    47 points
  42. After a tough deer season so far and even tougher bear season, I had the opportunity to take a decent 8pt this afternoon. Perfect heart shot but still ran over 100 yards, easy recovery though. A friend of mine had seen this buck about 2 miles away a week ago showing bucks moving prepping for the rut. Shot this buck with a QAD exodus heads. For a fixed head, they fly extremely well (I shot them out to 100 yards), really tough with super sharp blades. Makes a great hole and puts a lot of blood on the ground, highly recommended!
    47 points
  43. Roon

    Good 1 Down...

    Day started slow with zero in am. Afternoon proved different. Had this guy and a Big six every day on camera. Told the wife I'm forgoing meat hunting till he is hanging. Well tomorrow it's all about the ladies. Could not have asked for or tried for a better shot, sometimes everything just works. Solid hit lots of blood and on the ground 25yrds from my stand. I know if I had a Ford he'd fit in it However my Taco looks good with meat over filling it lol Stay safe all as harris says
    47 points
  44. Well, as you guys and gals may or may not have noticed, I haven't been on the site as much as I normally am and with good reason! Back on April 13th, my son Brandon came into the world! He had to spend some time in NICU after he was born, but he's been back home now for a couple weeks and it's been hectic to say the least with his big sister in full fledged terrible twos mode on top of caring for a newborn! Mom and the baby are doing well, and our daughter is super excited to have a baby brother! Amazing times and a lot of fun to watch them grow, it sure goes by quickly! Here's a
    46 points
  45. nb6624

    Recurve doe down.

    Really wanted to accomplish a recurve kill and was able to make a great shot on this doe Saturday. Last one for the freezer.
    46 points
  46. Woke up this morning with a terrible migraine and decided to skip hunting this morning and possibly, not going at all. At lunch time, I decided to go. I got to my ground blind at 2:09pm only to see that the nearby creek had flooded. My blind had about 5 inches of mud in it. After about 20 mins of cleaning it out, I looked out and saw four does standing at 40 yards away. I waited to see if any bucks were coming out but, nothing. At 3:45pm a nice buck stepped out at 200 yards and was slowly working his way towards me. I glassed him and saw that he was an eight. I let him get to 75 yards away and
    46 points
  47. Sorry for the long story. I have been watching this buck and two others over the past couple weeks. This buck was not as visible as the other two shooters I have on my cameras until this past week. This buck started showing up at the stand where my son took his buck in September. So I decided I would Take off to hunt the last three day of the regular bow season. I was holding off hunting the stand until the wind was right. So yesterday afternoon I decided to hunt a ground blind on a different part of the property. So all afternoon I was getting pictures of all three shooter bucks I’m after on
    46 points
  48. We have been watching "Funky" grow all summer. He frequented the food plots and mineral sites with two other bucks, a decent six, and a forkhorn. My first pics of him are from 2018 where he sported the paddle type stickers you see now. In 2019, he disappeared. I was starting to worry the past two weeks as he wasn't showing himself on cam or in the plots. Yesterday, he made a guest appearance in the plot near the house around 3PM. This morning I hunted the opposite side of the farm as not to push him out of the swamp I believed he was living in. I got in the stand bordering the swamp around 1
    46 points
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