hard work pays off


November 3, 2013, 09:06 AM
I've spent two years on my land cutting trails, shooting lanes, hanging stands, checking cams, planting food plots that never come out like i hoped.....

i've been skunked more times than i can count. i've been rained on, torn up by skeeters, felt my muscles cramp up working in the summer heat just to have a shot come fall.

i've shot a few does over the last two years. i lost a small buck last year in thick brush after two days of looking for blood....i've gone back and forth on what gun would be right in NC's thick swampy brush.... i've felt that sickness in my stomach knowing i lost a deer.

i've wondered out loud more times than i care to admit if i was doing something wrong because it never seemed to work out like it does on the television shows....

well yesterday, i had my Remington 11-87 super magnum with 3" 00 buck and settled into my stand two hours before sunset. i'd spooked one walking in and was mad that i hadn't gotten to my stand earlier. i was simply hoping to bring in another doe to put some more meat in the freezer... it was looking like another uneventful hunt.

half an hour before sunset, an eastern NC beast of a buck crossed a trail i'd abandoned last year. i'd seem him on camera twice, but never during the day. i used my grunt tube to bleat once, hoping i'd turn him back around. i heard him shuffle a bit then nothing. ten minutes later, he'd reversed back and stopped momentarily in the same clearing. i drew my shotgun and he looked right at me. awkwardly holding my shotgun, and with my arms trembling, he stomped and stared at me for 30 seconds before looking back to his left.

safety off, i lined up my trijicon fiber optic sights on his vitals 30 yards in front of me, and squeezed. i can't recall the recoil of that 3" 00 buck as it cooked off, but i distinctly remember the sound of him running for about 4 seconds then nothing....

with sunset fast approaching, i took a risk and climbed out of my stand 10 minutes later in search of blood. there was none. i pushed into the brush in the direction he'd run, but still no blood. i pushed another 10 yards but still no blood.

then a rub. then another rub. and a clear deer trail led to me rub after rub until i found him 40 yards away from where i shot him. the buckshot was right under his coat on the opposite side where i'd shot him. it had done its job.

finally, the right weather, the right stand, the right gun, and a good clean shot.

who needs drugs when there's a rush like this?

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Art Eatman
November 3, 2013, 10:06 AM
Darned good buck! :)

November 3, 2013, 10:53 AM
Nice one! I feel for you, I've been hard pressed just to see a deer(while I'm hunting:banghead:) I saw two does yesterday when I was walking with my sister, they were about 35ish yards away.:fire:

November 3, 2013, 02:08 PM
Nice buck!

November 3, 2013, 06:42 PM
Awesome buck....congrats!

November 3, 2013, 08:41 PM
Great shot, and nice buck!

November 3, 2013, 08:55 PM
Nice buck!

November 3, 2013, 10:02 PM
Good job!

November 3, 2013, 10:50 PM
Great story, and a great buck. There is nothing like that thrill.

November 4, 2013, 09:06 AM
Congrats nice deer.

November 4, 2013, 09:09 AM

I have to say I'm a bit envious. Not just about the buck, but about having a nice piece of land to work. It has to be an incredibly rewarding feeling putting in the hard work required to be a good land steward.

November 4, 2013, 09:33 AM
Congrats on the fine buck.

Outlaw Man
November 4, 2013, 01:36 PM
Congrats on a hard earned, but very nice kill.

November 4, 2013, 01:45 PM
On my first weekend hunting, I shot a monster 13 point. Beginners luck! I was hooked. Then I went 3 years skunked. All the time, my wife was bringing in the meat. I think she may still be up on me. For a while, my kids were even teasing me. But persistence and determination will win every time. Congrats on your kill. I know the feeling and anxiety as well as the relief and excitement to break the streak.

November 4, 2013, 02:45 PM
It looks like that one is being caped to put on the wall. You won't be sorry.

November 4, 2013, 02:46 PM
Nice buck

BP Hunter
November 4, 2013, 03:06 PM

November 4, 2013, 03:29 PM
Excellent Buck Herky!

A few questions from a "Shotgun Gearhead":

What brand of 3 Inch 00 Buckshot did you use?
What choke did you use?
How many of the 15 pellets (I am guessing it was a 15 pellet load) hit the deer?
Do you hunt a shotgun only area?

Just Curious,

November 5, 2013, 06:39 AM
It's the Wally World Winchester special 3" 00 buck. I shot it with a modified choke I had patterned at 20 yards. Yes it was 15 pellets. 24" barrel.

I found about 6 pellets under his coat on the opposite side from where I'd shot him. The entry wound was about 8" in diameter, but the pattern should have been larger. I'm sure more pellets were in there.

I hunt with a 30-06 on my open trails, but this particular stand is deep in the brush. I went back and forth between slugs and buckshot, ultimately opting for buckshot hoping it would drop a deer in a short distance since the brush is very thick.

Like I said, there was no blood at all. Luckily I made a good shot to the vitals and he didn't go far.

November 5, 2013, 06:47 AM
Poor little Bambi.

Dibs on the tenderloin!

Every year I hear of these early season kills knowing full well it will be at least a month until the crops are in and we can harvest game. You have a green with envy monster looking at you and that monster is me!

November 5, 2013, 11:18 AM
He's a Dandy !

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