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1st Deer of the Season

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by T.R., Sep 19, 2010.

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  1. T.R.

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    Greetings from Pennsylvania!

    September 16th was my first deer hunt of the long season. I hunted with fellow Veterans at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. This is a heavily managed hunting area within an active duty US Army Base. Aberdeen hunting is labeled as a Managed Hunt Area and is therefore outside the domain of Maryland. The deer kills at Aberdeen do not count toward my Maryland 12 deer tags. The Wardens at Aberdeen & Edgewood are Federal Fish & Wildlife Agents. One of the Wardens is very friendly toward me. We're both Gulf War Vets.

    Four of us were assigned an exclusive area to hunt. Although all of us had opportunities, I killed the only deer that day. My comrades were not presented clear shots due to branches or other forest cover which blocked arrow flight. But in one case, a mature doe crouched for a leap just as the string was released and the arrow flew high. They call this "jumping the string". This man was hunting with an older PSE (vertical) compound bow.

    My forky buck approached quickly from a thick area next to a small swamp and when he was almost directly below my treestand, I fired my crossbow bolt into the back and through the sternum. The animal collapsed at the shot but regained his footing only to wobble approx 25 feet; then he toppled over. I doubt this deer knew what happened. I'm thankful to our Lord Jesus for providing this dandy meat buck. Field dressed weight was 89 lbs. which is normal for a young Maryland buck. We anticipate many "trophy meals" from this young buck.

    I will continue to hunt at Aberdeen and other Maryland spots until FEB 1, 2011. The season is long and deer tags are abundant. When I bought my non-resident Maryland license it came with 12 deer tags. 10 doe and 2 buck. No kidding!

    I'm sold on crossbow hunting. Accurate, fast, and deadly. Best of all, my unhealed elbow injury from the '90s does not handicap my ability to hunt during archery season. Fun, too!

    Good hunting to you!

    TR
     
  2. wankerjake

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    Looks tasty!
     
  3. Fremmer

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    That's a good shot you made!
     
  4. Grizfire

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    Nice, good job
     
  5. quackslayer

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    Great kill; love hunting with my excalibur here in Arkansas; have to wait until oct 1; good luck on the rest of your season
     
  6. Roughneck08

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    Congrats, will be good eating, thanks for sharing your story.
     
  7. Yarddog

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    Nice shot Great deer ; )
    Y/D
     
  8. chains1240

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    Congratulations on the deer. I quoted part of your post because I try to say something similar every time I get a deer.

     
  9. Old Granddad

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    First deer

    Many of the American Indian peoples will, upon killing an animal for food, first kneel down by the slain animal and thank its spirit for its noble sacrifice, that the hunter's family now would have food. Not such a bad idea, I think.
     
  10. tom357mag

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    Just wondering why you shot such a young buck? If your hunting for the meat I would have waited for a doe. Just don't understand maybe you can explain.
     
  11. T.R.

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    I'm a deer hunter and not a trophy hunter like the paid guys on TV.

    The buck presented a good shot and I killed him.

    TR
     
  12. desidog

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    Yeah, those guys on TV are hunting inside a high fence and (the producers are) paying a lot of loot for those huge (sometimes purpose-bred) racks.

    Most folks who eat em, and don't just hang em on the wall, know that the younger ones aren't nearly as tough and gamey to eat.

    I'm not about wasting a harvest, so i hang the skull as well, regardless of size, on a nice slice of whichever tree has recently fallen; when i'm sawing logs i take a couple 1" slices on a 45 degree angle for mounting boards. I hang doe skulls too, as a reminder of the experience, and to honor the animal who provided meat. It's free and easy.

    Good job TR, i hope he tastes great.
     
  13. WTBguns10kOK

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    Ya buddy, the young ones are the best meat. Screw the trophy crap. Those horns are just big enough to drag it by. Nice kill!
     
  14. Arkansas Paul

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    As long as it was legal, he doesn't owe anyone an explanation.
    Good shot. Looks mighty tender.
     
  15. Armored farmer

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    Hunting with a blackpowder rifle, bow, pistol, or crossbow......
    any deer is a trophy

    congrats T.R.!
     
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