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Old November 29, 2014, 01:08 AM   #1
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First buck on our farm

We bought our farm in early 2010. I have let several smaller bucks walk and only taken does until this year. I couldn't pass up a broadside 75 used shot on this old fellow. The photo doesn't really do justice to how grey his snout was. He was a randy old fellow because when I went to find him I actually smelled him before I saw him.

After years of does I had forgotten how heavy a big buck can be. It was a real effort to drag him up the hill and lift him into the truck.



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Old November 29, 2014, 01:29 AM   #2
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Nice buck. A whitetail buck occupies a spot on the spectrum that makes him light enough that dragging him is do-able...but heavy enough to be a real chore to get him into the truck.

Glad you filled your tag.
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Old November 29, 2014, 08:53 AM   #3
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I would understatedly call that extremely not bad....so, quite nice indeed.

What hardware did you use to harvest him?

I hunted a plot north of Lexington for 4 years and I saw many fine animals there.
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Old November 29, 2014, 11:04 AM   #4
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Nice mature old 8, actually officially a 9 point. Great deer to take out of the breeding population in any case.
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Old November 29, 2014, 11:12 AM   #5
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Nice buck! I see many very nice Whitetails in my back yard. Not a damn thing I can do about it though.
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Old November 30, 2014, 08:40 AM   #6
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Nice home grown buck .
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Old November 30, 2014, 10:23 AM   #7
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Good work, at self-control over those years, holding out for this: one nice buck! Congrats!

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Old November 30, 2014, 11:08 AM   #8
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Nice buck, You should get quite a bit of good meals out of that one!
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Old November 30, 2014, 11:24 AM   #9
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What hardware did you use to harvest him?
257 Weatherby magnum with a Hornady 90 grain GMX bullet. Range was about 75 yards. The rifle is a FrankenMauser that I built 20+ years ago from an Interarms Mark X action and a PacNor barrel.

I've taken three deer with the GMX bullet now, ranging from 75 to 341 yards and it has performed well at both close and long range. I found one small expanded copper petal under the skin on the exit side but the bullet base held together and made a good exit wound. He only ran a few steps back into the thicket before he dropped.
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Old November 30, 2014, 12:08 PM   #10
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Congratulations, beautiful trophy.
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Old November 30, 2014, 12:21 PM   #11
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There was something extra special about the first buck I shot on MY land. I have killed dozens in my life all over the Southeast but the first one that came off of MY farm tasted better and holds the top spot above the fireplace though I have better mounts.
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Old November 30, 2014, 04:31 PM   #12
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Nice buck! I'd love to have my own property to hunt; perhaps in retirement in a few years. Hope the land produces many more for you.
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Old December 1, 2014, 12:39 AM   #13
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Congrats! Passing on lesser bucks does pay off! Can't tenderize antlers enough to eat anyway, Does fill our freezers nicely when only lesser bucks can be found! Passed on several very nice bucks myself, this year, while bow hunting Illinois for three weeks this year, though I did come to full draw just to know I could. Laughed and said "you're dead" after letting off the draw.
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Old December 1, 2014, 05:52 PM   #14
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Old December 1, 2014, 08:56 PM   #15
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Congrats and nice buck. Has to feel good to take one off your own property.
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Old December 1, 2014, 09:12 PM   #16
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Outstanding.
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Old December 1, 2014, 10:34 PM   #17
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Home grown bucks are always better
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Old December 4, 2014, 07:39 PM   #18
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Nice. Hope he tastes good. They usually do.
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Old December 4, 2014, 09:00 PM   #19
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I have killed quite a few deer in the last 30 years, and the most special and memorable came off family land. Congratulations on a great buck!!!
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Old December 7, 2014, 07:52 PM   #20
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nice buck! how much land do you have?
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Old December 10, 2014, 12:45 PM   #21
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Good mature buck. I like to see deer taken from different parts of the Country to see the differences in the way they look. I have taken old mature bucks in Oklahoma that looked just like that and it shows that various characteristics are wide spread. He is old and in really great shape.
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Old December 11, 2014, 11:16 PM   #22
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nice buck! how much land do you have?
65 acres. It's a nice mix of wooded bottoms, cedar thickets and pasture. Really prime territory for deer...which has made it very difficult to raise a garden I can tell you.
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Old December 14, 2014, 12:27 AM   #23
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Very nice! Sounds like a really nice place. We are starting to look at land around here. Some of my family keeps telling me that 50-100 acres isn't enough to hunt on. we are hoping to find 100-150 acres in our price range, but i would settle for less if it was really prime land. I have always wanted a small farm that I can hunt and raise a few animals and a nice size garden.
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