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I just returned from my annual mid-November deer hunting sabbatical, and killed this buck at 5:00 p.m. Thanksgiving evening.




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Dang nice harvest there brother.

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Thanks, buddy! Normally, I would've made some nicer pics of him, but I was by myself and didn't have my "good" camera gear, tripod, etc. with me. I was also in a hurry to get him field dressed and taken to a meat processor. So, the ole cell phone had to suffice!
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sweet deer!

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Ted, that is a beauty.Congratulations!
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Very nice looking deer, Ted.  Congratulations...
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Congrats, Ted ! That a very nice buck.
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Nice buck Ted.
What's the story on the hunt?
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Very interesting rack.  See the two main beams but looks like it has a third one growing.
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Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:

Nice buck Ted.
What's the story on the hunt?

It's not a real intriguing hunting story. I was on my 1266 ac hunting land in Hunt County, TX along the headwaters of the Sabine River that I've leased for the past 14 years. The place is typical river bottom land with mostly hardwoods (oak, pecan, honey locust, elm, osage orange), lots of clay mud and periodic flooding when it's been raining. 

I had pics of this buck on one of my game cameras, and I had just scanned through the SD card from the camera and saw the pics from 2 weeks prior right before heading over to the blind. There was one other buck my camera captured in this area that was much larger that I was hoping to score, but I never encountered him after several weeks of hunting. 

The location was an elevated box blind situated in a pipeline cut through the woods where I can see about 500 yards to the north and 300 to the south. This was last Thursday afternoon, Thanksgiving day, a beautiful Texas fall day, with no wind and temps in the mid 40's. Ilya will remember the setting, as he hog hunted in this same blind with me when he visited a year ago. This was also about 600 yards from a spot where Mark (Cheaptrick) made "the shot" on a hog during his visit at the first OT hog hunt.

At exactly 5:00 p.m., just as it was starting to get dark, this buck crossed the pipeline about 100 yards south of my blind. As he was about to reach the tree line out of sight, I grunted to make him stop walking long enough to take the shot with my Sako 85 CarbonLight 7mm-08/ 139 gr Hornady GMX / Zeiss Victory HT 2.5-10X50. He traveled about 15 yards after the shot.

I didn't weigh him or measure his antlers. I estimate he will score around 125" or so, which is a really good buck for unmanaged land in the area I'm hunting. He's 4-1/2 years old.


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The following evening, one of our hunting lease members killed this buck on our lease, about 3/4 mile away from where I was hunting. This one scored 138".




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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:

Nice buck Ted.
What's the story on the hunt?

It's not a real intriguing hunting story. I was on my 1266 ac hunting land in Hunt County, TX along the headwaters of the Sabine River that I've leased for the past 14 years. The place is typical river bottom land with mostly hardwoods (oak, pecan, honey locust, elm, osage orange), lots of clay mud and periodic flooding when it's been raining. 

I had pics of this buck on one of my game cameras, and I had just scanned through the SD card from the camera and saw the pics from 2 weeks prior right before heading over to the blind. There was one other buck my camera captured in this area that was much larger that I was hoping to score, but I never encountered him after several weeks of hunting. 

The location was an elevated box blind situated in a pipeline cut through the woods where I can see about 500 yards to the north and 300 to the south. This was last Thursday afternoon, Thanksgiving day, a beautiful Texas fall day, with no wind and temps in the mid 40's. Ilya will remember the setting, as he hog hunted in this same blind with me when he visited a year ago. This was also about 600 yards from a spot where Mark (Cheaptrick) made "the shot" on a hog during his visit at the first OT hog hunt.

At exactly 5:00 p.m., just as it was starting to get dark, this buck crossed the pipeline about 100 yards south of my blind. As he was about to reach the tree line out of sight, I grunted to make him stop walking long enough to take the shot with my Sako 85 CarbonLight 7mm-08/ 139 gr Hornady GMX / Zeiss Victory HT 2.5-10X50. He traveled about 15 yards after the shot.

I didn't weigh him or measure his antlers. I estimate he will score around 125" or so, which is a really good buck for unmanaged land in the area I'm hunting. He's 4-1/2 years old.



Now this is what I want to know. You've painted a picture of the hunt. What power was the scope on?


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Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:

What power was the scope on?

6X.
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I remember that blind. Since it was off season, deer were all over the place.

Nice buck!

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Great buck Ted. The Winkle strikes again. 
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Great deer Ted
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That's a really nice one and sounds like an enjoyable hunt too.
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Nice buck.  How did you tell the age?  With the jaw bone and teeth?
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We can tell age by tooth wear and body conformation clues. Since deer have a pretty short lifespan, and their bodies go through some noticeable changes each year, with practice, it's not that difficult to determine their age with a fair degree of accuracy. The guy at the meat processor we use also gives us the age of deer we bring in to confirm.
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Thanks for the info.  I knew about the teeth but not much else to age the deer.  The lease I have hunted on is managed by a biologist and we save the lower right jaw bone for him and he ages them among other things. 
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Very nice buck and cool hunting story to go with it Excellent
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