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Successful Hunt. 11 point whitetail in east NC

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by v8stang289, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. v8stang289

    v8stang289 Well-Known Member

    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.





  2. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member

    That's great that you were able to kill the same buck that you had on a trail cam.

    Real nice buck!!
  3. Andrew Leigh

    Andrew Leigh Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Well-Known Member

  5. red rick

    red rick Well-Known Member

    Nice buck, you did your homework.
  6. Fremmer

    Fremmer Well-Known Member

    That's why I use a .308, it puts them down on the spot.
    That's a beautiful deer!
  7. d2wing

    d2wing Well-Known Member

    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.

    THHEAT Member

    Good deer, What part of ENC are you from?
  9. v8stang289

    v8stang289 Well-Known Member

    I'm from Lenoir County
  10. Fremmer

    Fremmer Well-Known Member

    That's a huge deer. Jealous!
  11. jrdolall

    jrdolall Well-Known Member

    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?
  12. v8stang289

    v8stang289 Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. countertop

    countertop Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. 03Shadowbob

    03Shadowbob Well-Known Member

    beautiful! nice job and congrats
  15. sleepyone

    sleepyone Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

    20 yards with that scope? Were you aiming at individual hairs???

  17. v8stang289

    v8stang289 Well-Known Member

    ^^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.
  18. jrdolall

    jrdolall Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    Congrats on the nice buck.
  20. erkman

    erkman Well-Known Member

    Looks like a "trophy buck" to me. Congrats!

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