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  1. I have a place that doesn't require a boat. PM me and I will let you know where.
  2. Also forgot to mention in my post above that the pictures in the cameras from the day before still showed headgear on the bucks.
  3. So I am the A-hole, and here is the back story to my hunt: I have been hunting for a few years now. I took up the sport as a way to get back outdoors after breaking my leg very seriously and had started in a ground blind for 3 seasons. I have had the opportunity to shoot at deer a couple of times and up until this season I have not shot a deer, sometimes the deer are too far away, not a good shot, etc, so I have passed. I missed a doe early on this year that was perfect broadside at 30 yards, went back evaluated my equipment, practice shot a lot and came to the conclusion that I just missed - I guess it happens when the heart is racing out of my chest. In November I was hunting in a blind and out wandered a buck a little less than 20 yards, so I took that shot, and was my first deer harvested - this was not the shed buck, just my first harvest after 3 seasons of hunting. Fast forward to winter bow and I had a shot at a doe first day of winter bow that I passed on because she had 2 yearlings with her. The young deer would probably do alright without the doe but I felt passing that show was the right thing to do. As the season went on, I was patterning the deer deeper into the woods and I had an opportunity to hunt a tree stand deeper in the woods. My first sit in a tree stand ever hunting, and I had 2 deer walking about 30-40 yards down a trail. Front one was a doe, and there was a larger deer that I thought was a doe walking behind. The larger doe stopped perfect broadside and I decided to take the shot on the deer walking in the back. The deer ran off and dropped within 20 yards. I drag the deer out of the woods to the clearing and as I go to gut the deer I realized the doe had balls to my suprise. I then check out the head and burried in the fur are small pedicles that had just started to scab over. Without looking into the fur you wouldn't see it. Not that it makes a tremendous difference, but this was zone 51 in the pines. Given the shot again, I would take it every time because it was a good size deer, and I was looking to fill the freezer late in the season. There was no sign that he was a buck until inspecting very closely. So I am that A-hole, but proud that I was able to harvest two deer this year for my family, and it was the first deer that I completely processed myself.
  4. The Savage 220 is on sale at Bass Pro right now for $450. https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/savage-220-f-bolt-action-shotgun-slug-gun
  5. I would take you up on the offer, but my son is only 7-1/2, so no hunting license yet.
  6. Top picture is the day we got her, last picture is the day she left us. The baby is my son the day we brought him home from the hospital.
  7. Thanks guys. It was one of the hardest decisions to make, she came in my room in the middle of the night last night and was just whimpering. The vet said she could have had cushings disease, kidney failure, diabetes or major cancer. She is no longer suffering, and was with her when she took her last breath, she is no longer in pain. She was a hell of a dog, going to be difficult for any other dog to top her.
  8. Thanks guys. I have an appointment tomorrow morning. My son gave her a hug tonight and her teeth chattered. If you never heard a dog do that, it is a very odd sound. I googled it after it happened and apparently it is a sign of major pain. Maybe that was the sign I was looking for. Either way we will talk with our vet tomorrow. In the meantime she is getting some good treats.
  9. Thanks for all of the advice. I have an appointment scheduled for Saturday morning. My mom sent me a picture of her from a few years ago, and that also show me how sick looking she is today compared to back then. Here she is in her prime.
  10. I am having the hardest time trying to decide when it is time for my lab.. She turns 13 this December. We struggled with the idea of putting her down this past winter - she was very slow to get up, could hardly move, slept a lot, and wasn't herself. Spring time rolls around, and she rejuvenated thanks to the warmer weather. Now I feel like it is time, she has numerous lumps on her and this past week we noticed a new one near her spine on her back, I just can't bare to see her suffer. It is very tough though when she walks up wagging her tail. That being said, she eats OK, is very slow to sit, stand, or walk down stairs which leads me to believe she does have pain and it's time. She is the best dog anyone can ask for, just struggling with the decision. She is the first dog my wife and I have had, aside from our family pets when growing up but our dads took care of those decisions back then.
  11. Terrible. I hunt back there and I had a game camera up in a tree in some branches about 9 feet up, where I thought it was camouflaged well. Someone cut down the tree it was in and I found the camera on the downed tree. Not sure if the person that did it was spooked and took off or if it was to send a message, either way made me angry. Didn’t get a picture of who it was, they cut down from the backside of the camera.
  12. Interesting story playing out in Lacey, students were suspended for posting a photo to their social media at the range. My son just celebrated his 7th birthday and has already shot numerous times, should he be suspended too?
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