2024 Hunting Picture Thread

The 4th is furthest back, if you look to the left above my right shoulder, where the plain snow meets the grassy snow, his white neck is pointing left and his back is brown. Hard to see, but thats where he fell.

I cant wait for Wade to get outta school and crew up with us.
 

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I took a buddy to the property where I hunt deer today, to look for edible mushrooms. We didn't find any, except a single large Pheasant Back that had been ravaged by ants, but we did find a turkey nest full of eggs....

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I've spent my life in the woods, and this is the first time I've come upon a turkey nest full of eggs.
 
This is one of my whitetail bucks from the 2023 season and I am happy to get him on the wall. I do my own taxidermy work and it takes a while to get everything going in the right direction. The buck is mounted on a Competitors Choice semi upright form, Brad Eppley nose, Tohekin eyes, and Ozark Wood walnut panel. This is a large Oklahoma whitetail that weighed over 200 pounds with a 21 inch neck measured behind the ears. I worked really hard to get this one. I was setting in a ground blind in brush and grass on the side of a ridge in the late evening when he appeared. It was about 30 degrees with patches of snow and ice on the ground. There were 7 doe and 2 smaller bucks in front of me at about 100 yards and I noticed them looking intently down the canyon. The two smaller bucks ran back into a side canyon so I knew something was going on and then I saw him. IMG_5111.JPG IMG_5112.JPG IMG_5114.JPG . His antlers are naturally chocolate colored and they were even darker when seen in the tall winter colored blue stem grass and snow covered ground. This is a short hair buck with genes that probably came east from the Texas panhandle. It is common in my area to see both short hair bucks from Texas and long hair bucks whose genes came south from the Dakotas. I was very happy to get him.
 
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This is one of my whitetail bucks from the 2023 season and I am happy to get him on the wall. I do my own taxidermy work and it takes a while to get everything going in the right direction. The buck is mounted on a Competitors Choice semi upright form, Brad Eppley nose, Tohekin eyes, and Ozark Wood walnut panel. This is a large Oklahoma whitetail that weighed over 200 pounds with a 21 inch neck measured behind the ears. I worked really hard to get this one. I was setting in a ground blind in brush and grass on the side of a ridge in the late evening when he appeared. It was about 30 degrees with patches of snow and ice on the ground. There were 7 doe and 2 smaller bucks in front of me at about 100 yards and I noticed them looking intently down the canyon. The two smaller bucks ran back into a side canyon so I knew something was going on and then I saw him. View attachment 1209801View attachment 1209802View attachment 1209803. His antlers are naturally chocolate colored and they were even darker when seen in the tall winter colored blue stem grass and snow covered ground. This is a short hair buck with genes that probably came east from the Texas panhandle. It is common in my area to see both short hair bucks from Texas and long hair bucks whose genes came south from the Dakotas. I was very happy to get him.
Great work on that mount! He looks absolutely alive!
 
This is one of my whitetail bucks from the 2023 season and I am happy to get him on the wall. I do my own taxidermy work and it takes a while to get everything going in the right direction. The buck is mounted on a Competitors Choice semi upright form, Brad Eppley nose, Tohekin eyes, and Ozark Wood walnut panel. This is a large Oklahoma whitetail that weighed over 200 pounds with a 21 inch neck measured behind the ears. I worked really hard to get this one. I was setting in a ground blind in brush and grass on the side of a ridge in the late evening when he appeared. It was about 30 degrees with patches of snow and ice on the ground. There were 7 doe and 2 smaller bucks in front of me at about 100 yards and I noticed them looking intently down the canyon. The two smaller bucks ran back into a side canyon so I knew something was going on and then I saw him. View attachment 1209801View attachment 1209802View attachment 1209803. His antlers are naturally chocolate colored and they were even darker when seen in the tall winter colored blue stem grass and snow covered ground. This is a short hair buck with genes that probably came east from the Texas panhandle. It is common in my area to see both short hair bucks from Texas and long hair bucks whose genes came south from the Dakotas. I was very happy to get him.
Nice Buck. And definitely better than many “diy” mounts I’ve seen!!! grew up in the Dakotas. And currently hunt so far south in Nebraska I have to stay north of the road or I’m in Kansas. I know what you’re talking about.
 
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This is one of my whitetail bucks from the 2023 season and I am happy to get him on the wall. I do my own taxidermy work and it takes a while to get everything going in the right direction. The buck is mounted on a Competitors Choice semi upright form, Brad Eppley nose, Tohekin eyes, and Ozark Wood walnut panel. This is a large Oklahoma whitetail that weighed over 200 pounds with a 21 inch neck measured behind the ears. I worked really hard to get this one. I was setting in a ground blind in brush and grass on the side of a ridge in the late evening when he appeared. It was about 30 degrees with patches of snow and ice on the ground. There were 7 doe and 2 smaller bucks in front of me at about 100 yards and I noticed them looking intently down the canyon. The two smaller bucks ran back into a side canyon so I knew something was going on and then I saw him. View attachment 1209801View attachment 1209802View attachment 1209803. His antlers are naturally chocolate colored and they were even darker when seen in the tall winter colored blue stem grass and snow covered ground. This is a short hair buck with genes that probably came east from the Texas panhandle. It is common in my area to see both short hair bucks from Texas and long hair bucks whose genes came south from the Dakotas. I was very happy to get him.
Fake news. Nabbed it from Cabela's
 
Fake news. Nabbed it from Cabela's
Now you're bringing back old memories. In years past I worked in the oil & gas industry and spent a lot of time in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I always had a rental car and if I got free early in the afternoon I would head it east for Sidney, Nebraska and at the time Sidney had the only Cabela's store. The company I worked for probably wondered how I put so many miles on a rental car driving from Little America to the State Capital.
 
The 6.8 collected a couple more fat sows tonight and a third was screaming back in the swamp. They were bigger than I thought they were when I shot them. Top pig is gonna go 150-175 lbs. Having nothing to show scale doesn’t do her justice.
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