Public Land Whitetail!

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Public Land Whitetail!

Postby Envious of the West » Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:01 pm

Hello everyone I thought I would share this story with you. I got this buck a couple times on camera over the course of our bow season, I was never able to see him during daylight until two days before our gun season opened. So I hung a stand just outside of his bedding area. Opening morning of gun season, I found myself in the stand an hour and a half before first light. About an hour into legal shooting time, two yahoo's come waltzing under my stand, looking at me the whole time, and proceed to set up less than 100 yds from me......on the ground! Now, just a note, I am a little over 1.5 miles in the middle of a swamp as the crow flies and it takes me over an hour to get to my stand each time. So the last thing I expected was to see another person, especially right under my stand! Paying no attention to the wind, (I don't think they were paying attention to very much to be honest)they set up directly upwind of the bedding area, so as you can imagine, I didn't see very much that morning.
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The next morning was extremely windy, gusting over 40mph, so I decided to catch up on my sleep. Due to work, I wouldn't be able to be back in the stand until Tuesday. As Tuesday afternoon rolled around I made the trek back out to my stand and checked a camera that I had set up over a large scrape in the little stand of timber I was set up in. As I reviewed the contents of the card, there he was, the morning I slept in, during the daylight! To say I was pumped would be an understatment!
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These two pics are from the morning I slept in
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You couldn't have ordered a better night to be in the stand, hardly any wind, deer were moving EVERYWHERE! My senses were in high gear! As the evening dwindled down, I thought I was again making the long, wet trek back to the truck empty handed, so I did one quick rattling sequence. About two minutes later I saw movement out of the corner of my eye, and sure enough, after a quick look with my binos I saw this was the buck I was after! I waited for him to clear a small clump of brush, as he stopped I steadied on his vitals and squeezed the trigger! I saw him run about 20 yds in my direction and do the dead-deer-backflip!!

I am SO glad I was wearing my harness, cause I was shaking so bad I know I would have fell out of my stand!! I couldn't have been happier as I walked up to him! He had six points on his left and four on his right. His inside spread is 22"! His body is MASSIVE!! After a four hour pack-out we finally had him back at the truck. I have to say thanks to my brother, his girlfriend and another buddy of ours, without them I think I would still be out there!!
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Re: Public Land Whitetail!

Postby BIG R » Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:28 pm

Great looking whitey.Congrats

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Re: Public Land Whitetail!

Postby waspocrew » Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:31 pm

That is a beautiful buck! Nice work!

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Re: Public Land Whitetail!

Postby MuleyMadness » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:10 pm

Very cool story and great photo sequence. Nice to see some dandy whitetails on here. Thanks for sharing and posting him up. He does look to have a great body also. (looks big in those cam photos).

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Re: Public Land Whitetail!

Postby Tonoonyi » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:25 pm

Great story and great buck.
Congratulations.
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Re: Public Land Whitetail!

Postby gizmo1 » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:53 pm

great job
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Re: Public Land Whitetail!

Postby dahlmer » Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:01 pm

Way to stick with it. He is a great buck.

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Re: Public Land Whitetail!

Postby Vanish » Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:04 am

He looks so much like a hybrid WT/MD to me ... you think it could be?

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Re: Public Land Whitetail!

Postby killerbee » Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:43 pm

what a dandy buck!
so with 6 points on the left and 4 points on the left, wouldn't he just have 10 on the left? how many was on the right lol j/k, i knew what you were saying, just couldn't help myself;)

that is a greast buck!

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Re: Public Land Whitetail!

Postby Envious of the West » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:44 am

Thanks guys!! I am happy as heck with him!

Vanish wrote:He looks so much like a hybrid WT/MD to me ... you think it could be?


I don't know man, I am a long way from Muley land here in MN......but several people have said the same thing.
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