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  • FirstBubba
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    Originally posted by Ernie View Post
    Filled my cow tag on Friday.
    Will be doing some whitetail deer hunting tomorrow and Tuesday. I will post more about the elk hunt soon.
    Can't wait to hear the stories! 😃!
    You go, Ernie!

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  • Ernie
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    Filled my cow tag on Friday.
    Will be doing some whitetail deer hunting tomorrow and Tuesday. I will post more about the elk hunt soon.

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  • fitch270
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    Originally posted by Ernie View Post
    Nice buck!
    Good story!
    Thanks Ernie.

    You still at it? If so what’s the quarry?

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  • Ernie
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    Nice buck!
    Good story!

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  • fitch270
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    Originally posted by dewman View Post
    Weather and temps permitting, hanging a few days definitely improves taste and texture
    Best part of it is not having to rush, nice when we can spread it out over a few days.

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  • FirstBubba
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    Originally posted by dewman View Post
    Weather and temps permitting, hanging a few days definitely improves taste and texture
    Where I am, if you're fortunate enough to hang one overnight, you're lucky!
    Night time temps aren't the problem, it's those 70° days that ruin things! Literally! We're at 72°F here today.

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  • dewman
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    Weather and temps permitting, hanging a few days definitely improves taste and texture

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  • dewman
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    I think for the distance that is acceptable bullet performance. Kind of you on the ammo. I am good for this year. 👍 Enjoying your story much. Hope it pumps the Kid up and motivates him to keep at it. Again congrats.

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  • FirstBubba
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    Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
    FB, I’ve mentioned that someday messing with the phone/camera was going to bite me. Yesterday wasn’t it fortunately.
    I had discovered a ring tone on my phone that was a "chirping cricket". I was sitting in my blind, boringly watching a small opening in a big thicket when my phone "chirped". It was the wife. She was at work and had a break and wanted to talk to me about what we had planned for tomorrow.
    Out of nowhere, a buck suddenly materialized in the middle of the opening.
    "Let me call you right back, I've got to shoot a deer!"
    "Okay." she said and hung up.
    I hung up, put the phone in my pocket. Picked up my rifle, aimed and shot the deer.
    The deer ran a small circle and laid down like he was bedding down and never moved.
    I quickly reloaded the muzzle loader, pulled out my phone and called the wife.
    "Fresh loin for supper when you get home?"
    "YES!"
    She was NOT disappointed! LOL!

    Yes fitch270, I have missed getting a shot at a deer more than once because I wasn't paying attention or doing something inane!
    The one that comes to mind is peeling the paper off a "Bit-O-Honey" when I looked up and saw a real honker of a buck simply step into a thicket! No idea how long he had been standing there!
    Never saw him again!

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  • fitch270
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    Forgot to mention, my sister in law was at the house when I shot him so she called the taxidermy guy she works for part time to see if he wanted the cape. He said he’d take it so she did much of the skinning around the cape area. She does nice knife work, not one extra nick in the hide. Going to run it up to him shortly. The head isn’t caped so I’m not sure if I’ll get the skull back today or not. Plan on doing another Euro mount myself.

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  • fitch270
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    So apparently I misjudged the entry angle last night, with the hide on it looked like I hit him just in front of his left shoulder but skinned out and looking closer that’s not the case. The bullet cut across the shoulder before getting in just behind and exiting between the ribs and the right side ham. We’d trimmed off the bloodshot shoulder meat when we skinned him and I cut off the belly flank afterwards so there’s no exit wound to show. Based on the entry muscle damage the bullet did open before hitting anything solid, it looks like the only bone hit was ribs. Big hole but not as much meat loss as I thought last night. Still not sure I really care for these bullets overall.

    It’s just 35* in the garage, I’ll take the inside tenders out later but going to let him hang until tomorrow otherwise. Hoping he’ll stretch out of rigor and tender up a little.



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  • fitch270
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    Dewman; I’m not sure how much this one has been around but I’m guessing it’s the same deer I saw once or twice early on in archery season. I’m not sure if the two encounters I had then were the same buck either. We also had the one trail cam pic on opening day of one that ghosted by my daughter and I unseen. Odd thing is we still have very little buck sign up there. Just three small rubs that we’ve noticed. This guy has bark embedded in his antler bases so he’s been rubbing somewhere.

    He tried being a 9pt but didn’t fully develop the crab claw at the end. The Kid is going to look back through pics to see if he can identify him, it would have been easy enough to miss if you weren’t looking for it.


    If you get in a pinch with 7mm-08 ammo let me know.

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  • fitch270
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    FB, I’ve mentioned that someday messing with the phone/camera was going to bite me. Yesterday wasn’t it fortunately.

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  • FirstBubba
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    There's a great one for the old "Hunting Journal". It is SO great to sit here and read REAL hunting stories about real people and real, timely events! ....and to see pictures almost immediately.
    My world has been upside down since 2019 and I've pretty much unable to hunt. The 2022 season is looking much better.

    It's becoming more and more difficult to locate bullets that actually perform in an expected manner.
    I've got "some" Speer 90 gr Gold Dot bullets for my AR. I'm hoping they perform as well as the old Sierra 130 gr "Game King" bullets of yore.


    P.S. - why didn't you send me a picture BEFORE you shot him? LOL!
    Last edited by FirstBubba; 11-27-2021, 09:21 AM.

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  • PigHunter
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    Congrats! That's a nice buck and a great retelling of the event. Thanks for including us by taking the time to describe

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