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My first buck (pix)

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Here are a couple pics of my first buck from last year (2011). I've passed up tons of deer over the years trying to practice QDM, but finally got lucky to have a nice one come by. I'll always remember this hunt like it was yesterday.

 

Also, this deer is from NJ public land and I took it while on the ground with no ground blind.

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Guys this is my brother Andy. What he's not telling you is, he passed up deer as a little kid that I would shoot today! LOL I remember when he was 11 years old he passed a giant 12 pointer at like 5 yards just because it was moving. (always been super ethical) I would have been launching arrows like I was in the hunger games, thing would have looked like a pin cushion. LOL

 

I was hunting the same woods the day Andy shot this buck, as we knew there was a good mature deer in the area that I had an encounter with the year before. A little less than a year prior, I had THIS exact deer at mere steps from me on the ground too, but I couldn't get drawn back without getting busted. Saw him again, but never another chance at him.

 

This was the first good chance we had to get after this buck in early October the next year.

 

When Andy shot him, he called me pretty soon after.

 

He TOTALLY UNDERSOLD the buck numerous times. Kept second-guessing if he should have shot him. Said it was like an average 6 but wasn't sure it was mature. It happened pretty quick,...blah blah blah....He was kicking himself for killing it.

 

Since he didn't see it go down, and may have heard it crash, we backed out for a while to be absolutely certain.

 

After a wait, we started tracking but we couldn't find hardly any blood. Some at the spot and a few drops about 40 yards later. After getting into the thicket and still not finding blood and bumping an unidentified deer, we left for the night.

 

Returning early in the morning, we realize we had actually walked past him in the thicket. He had gone down where he heard the crash. Maybe 80 yards from the shot. There was very little blood because the arrow lodged in the off shoulder and clogged the entry wound with intestines and shaft.

 

When I first saw it I thought....Wait a minute...He said "SMALL" buck....this thing is pretty dang big! Can't be his! LOL

 

As I got closer and saw the giant spike....That was when I recognized him from the previous year.

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Nice job buddy. Is it me or is the left eye swollen.

 

Good call on that. Actually, due to the fact we backed out over night there were already a couple birds going at his eye when we found it in the AM. They pretty much massacred the eye completely deflating it, so we just tried to fluff up the insides and cover it with the eyelid.

 

Trust me, as noticeable as his eye is in the pics, the gaping hole would have been 10x worse. lol

 

 

 

Oh & I would just like to rectify the "under selling" on my part explained by Matty. lol When I first saw this buck, he was on a bee line right at me from behind me. He got within 10 yards of me so fast that I barely got to even take a look at his rack before I had to hide my eyes as he was looking in my direction.

 

Once he went past and I was able to move to draw and aim into an opening that he was walking towards quickly. I then only had another quick glance while his deformed/spike was closest to me and his normal looking side was further away. I think with my quick glimpse just before shooting, I confused which side was which and that made it seem smaller in my head, not to mention he was now 25/30 yards slightly quartering away.

 

Every time I look at this buck, I think about how I almost drew down because of that distorted second view! lol I must have been out of my freaking mind!! :rofl:

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I was loving this thread till I learned you're mattys brother....jk..great buck congrats

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I was loving this thread till I learned you're mattys brother....jk..great buck congrats

 

 

Haha!

 

If it wasn't for Matty, I never would have shot this buck. He found this property and did most the scouting to locate what area was the best. I just happened to get lucky and pick the right tree to hide next to and then let my killer instinct kick in!

 

:thumb_up: to Matty!

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