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Found the top of my hit list dead!
« on: October 09, 2017, 12:24:19 PM »
This is not how I was hoping this story would end. I've been hunting this specific deer for 4 years now. I've never actually seen this buck in person but have got tons of pics of him in my spot for 4+ years. Due to his size when I first saw him I'm guessing he is 8+ years old. Don't know if somebody made a bad shot during archery season or if he died from fighting or a predator or what. We completely just stumbled onto him about a mile from where I hunt for him. As we walked up to him my heart completely sunk as I slowly realized what deer it was. Definitely took some of the wind out of my sails going into deer season knowing that he is gone.  Last picture I got of him was 9/18.
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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2017, 12:34:22 PM »
Dang!

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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2017, 12:44:31 PM »
That sucks!

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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2017, 12:46:03 PM »
Ouch...Sometimes the best laid plans go to waste.  Hope you get lucky and find another monster this year.

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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2017, 02:25:02 PM »
Wow, too bad. I hope you had another to fill the freezer with. :dunno:
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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2017, 02:27:16 PM »
There's still nice bucks around but he was the biggest, and also been around the longest.
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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2017, 02:29:06 PM »
Bummer. Looks like he was a old guy.
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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2017, 02:34:25 PM »
I'm guessing at least 7 more like 8.  First saw him as a 4x5 4 years ago.  Last year, he was at his biggest. 
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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2017, 02:57:24 PM »
Dang, that sucks.  Too bad you can't take his melon in this state.
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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2017, 03:01:56 PM »
Dang...that's to bad. Hope you can connect on a bruiser you don't even know about!
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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2017, 03:08:42 PM »
That "Idaho" head would be coming home with me no doubt!!

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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2017, 03:27:08 PM »
Cool looking buck! Wouldn't score high but love the character. How wide is he?
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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2017, 03:28:09 PM »
I don't want it.  Not this way.  I wanted to pull the trigger and put his head on the wall and meat in the freezer.  If that's not how it went down, I don't want it.
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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2017, 03:28:56 PM »
Didn't measure it, but shot a buck a few years back that was 20" wide and this guy dwarfs him.
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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2017, 04:01:45 PM »
Very sad!! Condolences and Sorry that happened :sry:. If there is a silver lining its that you actually found him, and didn't spend a season hunting for a ghost deer, when other opportunities may come knocking! Good luck this season

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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2017, 05:38:06 PM »
       :yeah: That’s a good point

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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2017, 06:27:47 PM »
Not only that, assuming that he was pretty successful at breeding, there's a bunch of deer around that area that have direct lineage to the genes that produced that rack.  You might find a similar buck in the near future.
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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #17 on: October 14, 2017, 10:15:22 PM »
Atlease he spread his genes for the last few years as the dominant buck. There should be a few more of him soon enough.

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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2017, 04:21:32 PM »
This last week I've seen and heard from people watching coyotes work big bucks more than the rest of my life combined


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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2017, 09:02:33 PM »
Wow! Great buck. Sorry for your loss!
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Re: Found the top of my hit list dead!
« Reply #20 on: October 16, 2017, 06:29:36 AM »
Very sad , I have some suspicion , my ,4×5 ihas found the same , haven't seen him since bow  season started , very sad to see that , I would get that head gear for his memory for sure , it's a story worth remembering , he must of been a smart old guy , and thank our Creator for his existence .
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