South Dakota opening day deer


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Davek1977
November 7, 2011, 10:12 AM
Another South Dakota opening weekend over and done!! Took this 5x5 whitetail buck less than a mile from my parent's doorstep on the family ranch!! First blood for my AR-15, and generally a great weekend all around. My 10 yr old nephew shot his first deer Sunday morning as well, making thee hunt that much more special. My favorite time of year....gone for another year!

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glock36
November 7, 2011, 02:04 PM
Well done, congestions for sure. What load was used ?

Davek1977
November 7, 2011, 04:44 PM
Federal Fusion 62 gr. took oout both lungs, nicked the heart, and exited opposite side....ran a few hundred yards when another small buck ran past him as I thought he was dying, but left a blood trail that was hard to miss. In all, could have happened with any caliber...

Pacsd
November 7, 2011, 10:31 PM
Dandy whitetail!! West River opens on the 12th so this one must have come out of "the Hills"? Where are you near? I haven't hunted the hills in years and years. I hunt the Buffalo area. Looks like we could have an open weather season?

Cleburne
November 7, 2011, 11:00 PM
Congrats on the harvest.

Davek1977
November 8, 2011, 01:35 AM
Dandy whitetail!! West River opens on the 12th so this one must have come out of "the Hills"? Where are you near? I haven't hunted the hills in years and years. I hunt the Buffalo area. Looks like we could have an open weather season? Almost correct....as MOST of West River opens the 12th. However, Mellette County, which is where i hunt, Gregory County, and maybe one more (?) county have a split season, the first of which opened last weekend. The Buck was taken roughly 4 miles northwest of Wood, South Dakota, in central mellette county. Good luck on the upcoming hunt....FWIW, our area seemed to have few mule deer, which is odd for our exact location, as they used to outnumber whitetails significantly. Also, while there were reports of many whitetails dying from that disease they seem to get every few years (blue tongue someone called it?) all the deer we saw were healthy....but oddly wild for it being so early in the season.

surjimmy
November 8, 2011, 09:15 PM
WOW.

Freedom_fighter_in_IL
November 8, 2011, 10:17 PM
Bluetongue disease or catarrhal fever is a non-contagious, non-zoonotic, insect-borne, viral disease of ruminants, mainly sheep and less frequently cattle,[1] goats, buffalo, deer, dromedaries and antelope. It is caused by the Bluetongue virus (BTV).

Taken from wiki. The whole article can be found here if interested.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetongue_disease

Nice buck by the way.

Pacsd
November 8, 2011, 10:39 PM
Oh yea, I forgot about that season down there. Never really paid much attention to it as I don't hunt the area. Regardless, he's a dandy. Looks like it's gonna be a brown season up in the northwest county and the Hills.

Davek1977
November 9, 2011, 04:05 AM
Yeah, I hunt the Mellette County early season every year, and I've hunted in t-shirts as often as winter gear. You just never know what you're gonna get....it might be 60 and sunny, or it might be 20 and snowy...and I've had opening weekends where I've had both extremes!
And thanks for the compliments...He's not huge, but he's a good representation of whats out there. At the time he was shot, he was the biggest I had seen that day, but saw at least three others later in the day that could have topped him....not saying I had a shot at them necessarily, but I certainly saw bigger! Oh well...maybe they'll last the season and be around next year!!

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