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Both hunters saw bucks and had shot opportunities. 

Rut activity was slow. 

Temps will be in the 20s in the morning for my first sit on the farm this season

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That was a nice offer, and great buck, congrats. Maybe you've found a way to keep it Tom. 

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Thanks for all that replied with compliments about my buck. (I am Rick and Dennis was the member that connected with Tom for the lease). I also can’t thank Tom enough for the opportunity to hunt his farm. He couldn’t have been more helpful. He even Had his buddy Jason, who was hunting out there, meet me one day to give me access to his 4 wheeler to get my buck out of the woods. And that was GREATLY APPRECIATED! Especially since my buck died about 600 yards from where the truck was parked. 

Now for those members that may be curious about how Tom’s farm would have been to hunt... I will give you some insight. His land is in a very secluded area and with very low deer hunting pressure. I have been hunting the Midwest since 2000 and Tom’s farm is by far the most rugged piece I’ve been on out there. This is definitely a factor of why this area holds more giants than most. Tom put a lot of work into this piece of property and he did a great job. He created plenty of extra cover by cutting trees in the valleys and by planting cover in the fields near his various food plots. Anyone who want the opportunity to hunt where giant whitetails live, would be more than happy to hunt this farm. Now I know there are much bigger bucks in this area, but I am extremely happy to put this 148” 10 pointer on my wall. Thanks again Tom and best of luck on killing a monster on your farm this season! 

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3 minutes ago, Whitetail crazy said:

Thanks for all that replied with compliments about my buck. (I am Rick and Dennis was the member that connected with Tom for the lease). I also can’t thank Tom enough for the opportunity to hunt his farm. He couldn’t have been more helpful. He even Had his buddy Jason, who was hunting out there, meet me one day to give me access to his 4 wheeler to get my buck out of the woods. And that was GREATLY APPRECIATED! Especially since my buck died about 600 yards from where the truck was parked. 

Now for those members that may be curious about how Tom’s farm would have been to hunt... I will give you some insight. His land is in a very secluded area and with very low deer hunting pressure. I have been hunting the Midwest since 2000 and Tom’s farm is by far the most rugged piece I’ve been on out there. This is definitely a factor of why this area holds more giants than most. Tom put a lot of work into this piece of property and he did a great job. He created plenty of extra cover by cutting trees in the valleys and by planting cover in the fields near his various food plots. Anyone who want the opportunity to hunt where giant whitetails live, would be more than happy to hunt this farm. Now I know there are much bigger bucks in this area, but I am extremely happy to put this 148” 10 pointer on my wall. Thanks again Tom and best of luck on killing a monster on your farm this season! 

Great buck Rick, congratulations again.  :up::up:

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3 minutes ago, Whitetail crazy said:

Thanks for all that replied with compliments about my buck. (I am Rick and Dennis was the member that connected with Tom for the lease). I also can’t thank Tom enough for the opportunity to hunt his farm. He couldn’t have been more helpful. He even Had his buddy Jason, who was hunting out there, meet me one day to give me access to his 4 wheeler to get my buck out of the woods. And that was GREATLY APPRECIATED! Especially since my buck died about 600 yards from where the truck was parked. 

Now for those members that may be curious about how Tom’s farm would have been to hunt... I will give you some insight. His land is in a very secluded area and with very low deer hunting pressure. I have been hunting the Midwest since 2000 and Tom’s farm is by far the most rugged piece I’ve been on out there. This is definitely a factor of why this area holds more giants than most. Tom put a lot of work into this piece of property and he did a great job. He created plenty of extra cover by cutting trees in the valleys and by planting cover in the fields near his various food plots. Anyone who want the opportunity to hunt where giant whitetails live, would be more than happy to hunt this farm. Now I know there are much bigger bucks in this area, but I am extremely happy to put this 148” 10 pointer on my wall. Thanks again Tom and best of luck on killing a monster on your farm this season! 

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Congrats Rick. And welcome to the site

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Welcome Rick aka @Whitetail crazy!  Heck of a buck, and I'm not surprised Tom's piece kicks butt!  He puts in a lot of work and is a serious whitetail fanatic, very cool you had both the opportunity to hunt there and the fortune to knock down a slammer!  Well done and thanks for sharing your experience with us! :up:

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2 hours ago, Whitetail crazy said:

Thanks for all that replied with compliments about my buck. (I am Rick and Dennis was the member that connected with Tom for the lease). I also can’t thank Tom enough for the opportunity to hunt his farm. He couldn’t have been more helpful. He even Had his buddy Jason, who was hunting out there, meet me one day to give me access to his 4 wheeler to get my buck out of the woods. And that was GREATLY APPRECIATED! Especially since my buck died about 600 yards from where the truck was parked. 

Now for those members that may be curious about how Tom’s farm would have been to hunt... I will give you some insight. His land is in a very secluded area and with very low deer hunting pressure. I have been hunting the Midwest since 2000 and Tom’s farm is by far the most rugged piece I’ve been on out there. This is definitely a factor of why this area holds more giants than most. Tom put a lot of work into this piece of property and he did a great job. He created plenty of extra cover by cutting trees in the valleys and by planting cover in the fields near his various food plots. Anyone who want the opportunity to hunt where giant whitetails live, would be more than happy to hunt this farm. Now I know there are much bigger bucks in this area, but I am extremely happy to put this 148” 10 pointer on my wall. Thanks again Tom and best of luck on killing a monster on your farm this season! 

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Well done Rick, congrats! That buck looks like Trigger on the quad, what a tank...Welcome to the site! 

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Hunted 3 days dark to dark, I saw a few bucks but not any giants. Scrapes just started oprning up. I have pics of bucks their hocks werent evrn dark yet. Im thinking its running behind this year. I will give the farm a rest for the next few days. The gun season starts Friday. It should be on   

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