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My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« on: December 11, 2017, 05:51:56 AM »
After sitting for many hours and seeing multiple bucks each sit, all the stars finally aligned.
On the 9th, I went into my tree stand before light, and had a very long, cold sit. Determined to wait old papa out. #4 on my hit list, but also my obsession, I passed up 5 legal bucks. Which included #2 and #3 on the list, the old broken ear papa had taken control of me. As the day came to a close, and with 3 min left, I thought a big 2x3 that was chasing a big spike around, was right below me, and in front of camera. Fading light and old eyesight, Cold. I just waited for them to walk off, so I could leave.
The next morning came quick, adding another layer of insulation. I was determined to sit all day again, if needed. Sneaking into the stand, I pulled the SD card out of the cam to see if he passed during the night.
I started looking in reverse, to see what I spooked, if any sneaking in. And found his last appearance was at 2am, working backward, up to right before I climbed down, the eve before. 4:44pm it was not the big 2x3 standing in front of my old tired eyes, but big Papa.
With all these thoughts going through my head, about how to get him, I decided I would climb down, and go get another stand, and put it back 50 yards down the trail. With the hope, of sitting the followings Eve's after work the last week. And seal the deal. Not seeing anything this morning so far was very uncommon, now with knowledge and thoughts of what I spooked last night on way out, frustrated with it all, I stood and turned to gather my belonging, I caught an ear flicker on a trail I was unaware of, that intersected mine 25 yds behind me, thinking now I am going now where, a big doe steps out, standing and watching motionless, thinking, wait till she passes and the you can boogie. She takes two steps out of the huck, and then I see horns with his nose in her butt, my blood pressure hit the roof, when he turns and looks to his left, at his back trail. Ear hanging and all, it's my obsession. Big Papa. I slowly turn and sit when they are behind some bushes approaching, getting ready for the shot. They should pass me on the trail to the left, what seems like forever, no deer, I want to turn and look, but know that is not an option, then I see her, she is on the right in the huck sneaking along, no big papa, she comes out of huck 20 yards in front of me heading to left trail, when she stops and looks back, my heart races, still in the game, I think, I see him in the same huck head down trailing her, it's Dec 10th and he is still acting rutty. She walks up the trail. When he pops out in same 20 yard opening, muzzy up, front pin on it's Mark, I let her roar. The white cloud masks all, I hear them run off, and the thoughts start scrambling in my head. Good hit, bad hit, Miss. Why did he not tip over, 300 grains Barnes tmz, 120 grains triple x magnum, how did he not just drop. I reload and climb down, walk to spot of shot, and lots of hair and blood. My first muzzy shot at an animal, mind is scrambled. I start the trail, blood is real sparse, just little drops, I go about 80yds, and this is what I find. A great season comes to a close, cold tired and eleated, both entry and exit same size as bullet dia.
After caping and looking at teeth, old broken ear looks only to be about 4.5 years old. Those choppers would make a dentist envious.
What Taxidermist would you recommend, going to have him mounted with ear hanging, as he was.

Happy Holidays, And much thanks for answering all my question this past year.
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Re: My Blacktail season comes to a close
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2017, 05:55:17 AM »
Is it a deer you shot?

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to a close
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2017, 06:10:31 AM »
Yeppers
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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2017, 06:13:52 AM »
I'd say so. Nice buck.

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2017, 06:16:40 AM »
That's a very nice buck and a unique set of horns, congrats

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2017, 06:27:32 AM »
Nice buck. Congrats.


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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2017, 06:30:59 AM »
Wow, he's a beauty and you really did your homework to get him.  :tup:
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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2017, 06:36:50 AM »
Nice buck.  Congrats.
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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2017, 06:41:56 AM »
Its about time. Glad it finally came together. Send me some more picks

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2017, 06:56:32 AM »
Great buck!

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2017, 08:23:35 AM »
 :tup: Congratulations and Thanks for sharing.

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2017, 08:47:50 AM »
Very impressive 

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2017, 08:53:43 AM »
Good work, Nice buck!
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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2017, 09:16:08 AM »
Great buck!! Not the closest taxidermist to you but I love the work Rick does at Cedar River Taxidermy.

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2017, 09:28:52 AM »
Congrats on a great Buck! I enjoyed reading your adventure & appreciate all the effort you put in to tag this bruiser. Thank you for sharing.  :tup:

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #15 on: December 11, 2017, 10:01:37 AM »
Congratulations!  That is a tremendous blacktail.  Thank you for sharing the story! 

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #16 on: December 11, 2017, 12:44:19 PM »
Nice work!

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2017, 12:57:12 PM »
Great pay off  for hard work and persistence!

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #18 on: December 11, 2017, 01:56:14 PM »
That's a big old buck! Congrats :tup:

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #19 on: December 11, 2017, 02:59:59 PM »
It was a blast.
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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #20 on: December 11, 2017, 03:04:54 PM »
sweet buck, lets see some more pics too. 

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2017, 03:14:25 PM »
Awesome!  Congratulations  :tup:

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #22 on: December 11, 2017, 04:22:18 PM »
Nice buck congratulations.

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #23 on: December 11, 2017, 06:07:07 PM »
That's a terrific buck!
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« Reply #24 on: December 11, 2017, 07:17:39 PM »
That is a great buck! Congrats

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #25 on: December 11, 2017, 08:01:18 PM »
Glad to see you scored that buck - especially this late in the season.  You've been working that spot hard and putting a lot of thought into which buck was the most desirable.  I think you made a great decision.  Does that mean the other similar buck is only 3.5 y/o?  Great genetics going on there!  One hell of a spot to have to yourself.

I'm surprised that Barnes slug made it out the other side with no enlargement of the exit wound.  Perhaps just because he was so close or just a clean hit that missed a lot of muscle mass?  :dunno:

Is that Evergreen Huckleberry or Red Huckleberry up in your area?

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #26 on: December 11, 2017, 08:09:24 PM »
Great buck! Congratz!

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #27 on: December 12, 2017, 04:53:53 AM »
FNF the Barnes crushed two ribs, I think maybe my velocity close to 2100fps muzzle was to much to allow the bullet to work properly, maybe I should have been using closer to 80-90 grains powder instead of 120 grains. It's all new to me. A bow hunter with a recent repaired shoulder.
Very good genetics.
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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #28 on: December 12, 2017, 01:44:57 PM »
Tell us about your stand setup and placement.   Trying to figure out this style.

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #29 on: December 12, 2017, 06:24:18 PM »
Placed on a deer freeway, 17' up in old growth maple
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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #30 on: December 12, 2017, 08:31:36 PM »
 :tup:  Beautiful animal!  Good job!

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #31 on: December 12, 2017, 08:37:41 PM »
 Nice blacktail!!!

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« Reply #32 on: December 12, 2017, 10:04:00 PM »
Great buck!

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #33 on: December 13, 2017, 12:43:11 AM »
Awesome Blacktail!  :tup:
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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #34 on: December 14, 2017, 02:01:02 PM »
Mallardmasher, Great buck!!  Sent you a PM

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #35 on: December 14, 2017, 05:34:23 PM »
I'm so jealous. Hopefully I can get it done tomorrow. Nice job bro!
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« Reply #36 on: December 14, 2017, 06:44:31 PM »
Absolute dandy, a huge congrats! 
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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #37 on: December 15, 2017, 07:07:20 AM »
Cool write up and beauty stud of a buck there man! Congrats!!

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #38 on: December 15, 2017, 08:45:25 AM »
Mallardmasher, Tried another PM

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #39 on: December 17, 2017, 06:52:47 AM »
Great hunt, great story and a wonderful Blacktail! so cool.

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #40 on: December 17, 2017, 06:08:56 PM »
Here is the bullet found laying on the trail when I retrieved my cams today. Not real impressed with the Barnes tmz. Both entry and exit holes same as bullet dia.
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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #41 on: December 18, 2017, 12:12:43 AM »
Seems weird that it didn't mushroom more, especially since it hit bone.  The bullets are favorites of many, many hunters.  It did the job for you, but I agree, there should have been some substantial internal damage and a large(r) exit wound.
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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #42 on: December 18, 2017, 06:09:15 AM »
It looks as if most of the petals folded in the bullet instead mushrooming
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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #43 on: December 18, 2017, 06:31:08 AM »
Like to see more pictures of that buck

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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #44 on: December 18, 2017, 05:57:51 PM »
Can’t post pic’s friends did not disable gps😎
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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #45 on: December 22, 2017, 06:42:40 AM »
Taxidermist found 6 - 00 buck in head and neck, just last two inches of neck, She thinks that is why ear was hanging. All healed up, not from this year. Looking at mohlers, he looks to be a 4-5 year old buck.
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Re: My Blacktail season comes to an awsome close
« Reply #46 on: December 23, 2017, 07:13:17 PM »
Great buck! Cool story to follow, congrats! Really cool that you found the slug as well. Hopefully you do not find to many more shot or bullet fragments in the meat as you eat it. I shot a mule deer once that was riddled with old lead, it was like eating release site pheasant I shot head on  :chuckle:. Crunch is not the sound burger or steak should make while eating.

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« Reply #47 on: December 29, 2017, 12:46:32 AM »
Nice pic!  :tup: