Successful Hunt. 11 point whitetail in east NC


November 10, 2012, 01:03 PM
Man am I stoked, I just killed a nice buck this morning.

I hunt a small farm about a mile from my house, and I've been hunting it for the past nine years. The deer activity this year has been much greater than years past. Probably because all the fields either have sweet potatoes, soy beans, or peanuts in them, and because the rainfall levels have been perfect in the area. So plenty of food + plenty of water = plenty of deer, haha.

I have a trail camera set up and pull the pictures once every week or so. I pulled them wednesday and the last pictures were of a nice buck. Went through and found a few more of him roughing up some tree limbs.

Fast forward to this morning. I Arrived at 5:45 at my tree stand around 60 yds from the trail where the camera is. This stand is about 40 yds into the woods and I also have a clear view out into a sweet potato field. Around 6:45 a few does came out into the field. I watched them for a little while until they left the field and around 7 I decided to do a little calling.

I've recently started trying to learn effective calling as I've been trying it for a few years with no success. I called with an estrous bleat 3 or 4 times and then paused for a few minutes and called again. I repeated this a couple times and then hit the grunt tube. After a few minutes I heard something walking through the woods, so I bleated again. When I did that A buck came busting in looking for the hot doe. He ran in on me fast and was 20 yds away when I stopped him with a quick grunt.

Needless to say at 20 yds a .270win is quite effective. I double lung shot him and he ran about 75 yds or so into the woods. The bullet passed through and he dumped tons of blood so trailing him was not an issue. Walking up on him on the ground and my adrenaline was pumping and I was shaking like crazy! Felt like a little kid I was so excited. It was the same buck from the trail cam pics. 6 points on one side and 5 on the other.

He may not be a "trophy buck" but in the area I hunt he is huge. Plus this was the first deer I've ever called in, and that is exciting to me. The meat is in the cooler chilling, and some tenderloins and gravy are in my near future. :)


here a few pics.

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November 10, 2012, 01:16 PM
That's great that you were able to kill the same buck that you had on a trail cam.

Real nice buck!!

Andrew Leigh
November 11, 2012, 01:19 AM
Well done, that was great prep work, great in the field work and a real nice looking buck. Would not mind those horns in my collection.

Next time take a decent size rock. When they are at 20 yards again just use the rock and go for the head shot :D, less meat damage:D.

November 11, 2012, 05:06 AM

red rick
November 11, 2012, 01:38 PM
Nice buck, you did your homework.

November 11, 2012, 02:16 PM
That's why I use a .308, it puts them down on the spot.
That's a beautiful deer!

November 14, 2012, 12:43 PM
Wow, pretty exciting. Few hunters get a deer that nice in their lifetime. Also great that you have mastered calling which again, isn't easy and not many guys I know do well at. Record books don't mean much anymore with cultivated deer. It is your personal trophy. Congratulations well done and what a thrill.

November 15, 2012, 07:57 PM
Good deer, What part of ENC are you from?

November 15, 2012, 08:23 PM
I'm from Lenoir County

November 16, 2012, 08:26 AM
That's a huge deer. Jealous!

November 16, 2012, 09:22 AM
Cool! That is a great success story and a perfect trophy. You took advantage of one of the few things a normal hunter can control and that is age. I can't tell for sure and don't hunt in your area but the deer appears to be 3-4 years old and the neck is swollen. He should definitely go on the wall. Even if you can't afford the $400 for a shoulder mount you can get a nice euro mount for $100 or so and those look great on the wall.

I have given up on trying to find a Tecomate deer on my farm. I live an hour away from Bill Jordan, Michael Waddell, Jeff Foxworthy and Jackie Bushman and I know them all. The deer I hunt are out of the same genetic stock as the farms these guys own around here but we never kill 250# monsters like they do. I wonder why?

November 16, 2012, 06:12 PM
I'm definitely getting the deer mounted. I took it to a taxidermist last night. I've seen a lot of his work and he is very open and updates his progress with pictures as he goes. The work I saw is good and he is reasonable. Gonna wind up being about 350 for the shoulder mount I wanted with a plaque and Nameplate and all.

November 17, 2012, 03:14 AM
For Eastern North Carolina, he's a pig of a deer

Wow. Good going. Hope to be hunting along the Sampson/Duplin line next week.

November 17, 2012, 08:01 AM
beautiful! nice job and congrats

November 20, 2012, 09:07 PM
Awesome deer! I am very happy for you. It is very gratifying to know the deer you are harvesting and have a history via trail camera pictures. I have been tracking a deer for three seasons now and watched him go from a decent buck to a massive five year-old 11-point with an inside spread of 20" or more. I have not been able to take him yet. They don't get that large by being stupid. He will get to live another year because a large 8 point came out of nowhere the other evening and I could not pass on him. As it turned out, he had appeared for the first time on my trail camera four days before I took him and I had not reviewed the pictures in a couple of weeks. He may have pushed that 11 point out of the area, so I'm glad I did not pass on him.

November 20, 2012, 09:20 PM
20 yards with that scope? Were you aiming at individual hairs???


November 20, 2012, 10:23 PM
^^Haha :D. It's just a 3-9 with a 50mm objective, and it was set on 3x at the time.

Sleepyone, It's cool to be able to watch a deer mature through game cam pictures. I've been watching a seven pointer for the last 3 years. He's now around 16" wide and probably 4 years old but has carried the same number of points and the same rack shape since I first saw him. I have hundreds of pictures of him but all between 10pm and 5am, he just doesn't come around during the day. The Deer in this thread appeared for the first time on my camera on November 4th.

November 21, 2012, 05:38 PM
I had a camera out for 2 weeks prior to the start of archery season. The camera was set up on a corn pile and I had 14 different bucks visit the corn. All pictures were at night. Baiting is illegal in Alabama, a neighbor got busted this past weekend, but the corn has been gone for several weeks prior to the start of our gun season this weekend. I saw one 8 pointer that was on the camera on opening morning and have seen a total of 5 bucks in three hunts. None of the other four were on the camera. Where do they go? If I knew that I would be a gazillionaire.

November 21, 2012, 08:23 PM
Congrats on the nice buck.

November 27, 2012, 11:33 AM
Looks like a "trophy buck" to me. Congrats!

November 27, 2012, 12:02 PM
Good shooting that buck is a trophy, too!


BP Hunter
November 27, 2012, 12:39 PM
Congratulations on calling in your buck and harvesting it!

I remember the first animal I shot, a Javelina, I was like that too...shaking like crazy! I didn't know that a body could shake that much.

Trad Archer
November 29, 2012, 08:01 PM
That is a true trophy. Congrats.

February 28, 2013, 07:41 PM
I picked up my buck from the taxidermist today. I think it turned out pretty good.

February 28, 2013, 07:46 PM
Looks good... I'm right down the road in Albertson, NC...

February 28, 2013, 09:22 PM
That's a great buck and a great story. Thanks for posting it.

March 1, 2013, 06:50 PM
I took him to the Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh today because we were in town anyway and I was curious to see what he would officially score.

His gross score was 109 1/8 and net was 103 6/8

March 4, 2013, 01:52 PM
My Mom lives around 111 and 55 just outside your county. Great place for deer!

March 5, 2013, 06:04 PM
I live and hunt eastern NC as well. That, my friend, is a monster for this part of the country. Congratulations.

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