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Big Game Hunting => Deer Hunting => Topic started by: dvolmer on October 15, 2019, 11:04:33 AM

Title: The big Two was Due!!!!
Post by: dvolmer on October 15, 2019, 11:04:33 AM
So the last couple of years I have went up to the ranch I hunt in late November or early December to look and see what I didn't see during the modern rifle season (something about the rut seems to bring out the big boys from their hiding places).  The last two years I have seen this massive 2x2 (with no eye guards) ruling the roost and passing on his bad genetics to the herd.  I will be honest and say I even contemplated taking him out of the herd to stop the damage but we all know that that road is not a road a hunter wants to go down.  Slippery slope that ends in no good!!!  But when I saw him last year and that he had a pretty good limp in one of his front shoulders, I was hoping he wouldn't survive the winter.  I don't know if he hurt himself fighting other bucks during the rut or if he had been wounded with an arrow or a bullet.  I filmed him through my spotting scope and kept the video of him and other bucks on the ranch.

So this last Saturday on the opener I found him.  The only difference was that he had the audacity to somehow grow an inch and a half eye guard on one side of his rack.  It was a no-brainer as I pulled my rifle up and put him on the ground.  Good riddance I thought.  But as I got up to him, I realized just how unique of a buck he was.  I have shot quite a few deer in my life but this deer was the biggest bodied deer I have ever shot.  He had hindquarters like a spike elk and his back-straps were unbelievable in size and the fat on the buck was abundant.  25 inches outside width with lots of mass.  He had the frame and mass of a 175 class deer but was just missing the other two points on each side.  He was old with a roman nose and ground down teeth.  The last two years he was a huge deer but didn't have the eye guard.

As I mentioned above, when I filmed him last year he had a very noticeable limp.  I didn't notice the limp this year before I shot him but then again, he didn't move to far before the shot.  Upon inspecting him after the shot, I found a large lump just underneath the skin on his front shoulder.  While processing the buck I investigated the lump.  At first I thought is was a broad-head from an arrow but it turned out to be a bullet.  Smaller caliber like a 223 or a 243 so someone had taken a shot at him last year.  I could see how this can happen because if the buck jumped up in front of you and you saw his frame, there is no way you would have ever thought he was a slick headed 2x2.

So that is the story of how the big Two met his Due!  I wish I could post the video off of my phone of him last year and the video this year as I dug the bullet out of him but I just don't know how to do it!  I'm a technology idiot for sure!!!  Good deer to get out of the gene pool and an old mature deer at that!  Happy hunting all!!!
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Post by: boneaddict on October 15, 2019, 11:17:18 AM
Great buck!
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Post by: lewy on October 15, 2019, 11:43:14 AM
 :tup:
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Post by: Alchase on October 15, 2019, 11:48:57 AM
Nice!
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Post by: RockChuck on October 15, 2019, 11:59:29 AM
Nice!
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Post by: fishngamereaper on October 15, 2019, 12:03:06 PM
Love big 2's....
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Post by: mburrows on October 15, 2019, 12:06:37 PM
Really cool buck with a cool back story. Congrats!
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Post by: scrapperdude on October 15, 2019, 12:14:53 PM
congrats and great story to go along with it
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Post by: deadwoodbuck on October 15, 2019, 12:35:02 PM
Huge 2 x 2 big animal going to be some nice backstraps
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Post by: Jpmiller on October 15, 2019, 01:39:06 PM
Very cool buck. Thanks for sharing I love stories and deer like this.
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Post by: h20hunter on October 15, 2019, 01:39:54 PM
Stud of a deer, real trophy in my book.
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Post by: fishngamereaper on October 15, 2019, 01:42:57 PM
Technically it's a 3 point... let's not get confused. :chuckle:
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Post by: jeffro on October 15, 2019, 02:15:52 PM
Stud buck and good job.
See too many passing on the trait. Especially north of I-90. But also saw a couple in the Desert last year.

Yours looks similar to one I saw blasted by a semi truck just west of banks lake on Hwy 2 a couple years ago.
Wish I would have taken photos..... He was a brute. No eye guards.

Again, great buck! Thanks for sharing
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Post by: Johnny Doe on October 15, 2019, 02:27:34 PM
Sweet Buck!  :tup: The years of "knowing" him make it even better!
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Post by: jdb on October 15, 2019, 02:28:07 PM
Id almost take a big two point over a big four point!! Big twos just look cool to me
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Post by: blacktailer on October 15, 2019, 04:04:27 PM
Great buck and story.  Good for you man...
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Post by: tgomez on October 15, 2019, 08:07:26 PM
That's a sweet 2x2 man,  congrats!
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Post by: WapitiTalk1 on October 15, 2019, 08:10:25 PM
Good stuff, congrats on a great buck.
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Post by: RB on October 15, 2019, 08:37:07 PM
Nice Buck!  :tup:
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Post by: Gentrys on October 15, 2019, 09:58:23 PM
Great story!
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Post by: fishnfur on October 15, 2019, 10:30:00 PM
Awesome!  Freekin' love it.  Congrats man
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Post by: Skyvalhunter on October 16, 2019, 05:42:42 AM
Congrats on a fine animal
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Post by: blackveltbowhunter on October 16, 2019, 05:45:18 AM
Great buck!
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Post by: Birdguy on October 16, 2019, 09:47:08 PM
What a stud! Very cool and congrats!
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Post by: C-Money on October 17, 2019, 08:13:08 AM
Dandy old buck! Congrats!
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Post by: OutHouse on October 17, 2019, 11:10:09 AM
Awesome 2! You must have some good eyes or glass because I would be hesitant not knowing if the brow tine qualified as a point.
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Post by: jagermiester on October 17, 2019, 01:43:17 PM
Awesome 2! You must have some good eyes or glass because I would be hesitant not knowing if the brow tine qualified as a point.

When you read what it takes to qualify as a point I think that is a no brainer especially when it grows perpendicular to the main beam. You could almost say he is a 3 on both sides.
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Post by: sneakyjake on October 17, 2019, 09:40:32 PM
I had a similar buck come 50yards from me this week. Huge body, like a horse.  I just put the scope on the base of his antlers, but no dice.
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Post by: RB on October 18, 2019, 07:32:26 AM
I had a similar buck come 50yards from me this week. Huge body, like a horse.  I just put the scope on the base of his antlers, but no dice.


 :yeah:

First thing I look at when hunting Mule Deer, does it have eye guards, and are they long enough!
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Post by: BullMagnet76 on October 18, 2019, 01:29:19 PM
Congrats!!!
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Post by: bowhunterforever on October 19, 2019, 02:45:15 PM
Dandy 2 good one to get  :tup: