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Iowa Buck

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by leadaddict, Dec 17, 2013.

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  1. leadaddict

    leadaddict Member

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    I shot my largest buck to date on Saturday. Our late gun season opened and I wasn’t able to go out in the morning. L I’ve been bow hunting this same area and have seen several 8 point whitetails (4x4 to you muley minded people), but nothing that warranted a shot yet. I had a buck tag and a doe tag for this gun season. I spotted what I thought was a does at first at about 300 yards and decided to sneak closer. After getting a better look I found it was one of the small 8 pointers I’d seen before. I got within about 65 yards of it just for the pure amusement of seeing how close I could get. He finally saw me and hastily departed.

    I decided to setup and watch the same route he had just come from, and not 20 minutes later this guy walked out. Unfortunately he was heading a different way. At about 75 yards was only giving me a look at his rear end. He was nearing the end of my shootable angle (due to a road and a house) so I decided to take drastic measures. I ran about 15 yards behind some tall grass and dove out into the field in a prone position. A cold 15 mile per hour wind was working in my favor and he barely noticed.

    He still hadn’t turn at all so now at about 90 yards I yelled out a quick “Hey!” He looked back and turned about 45 degrees. I took the shot. When the smoke cleared (love muzzleloaders) he was just standing there. I really didn’t think I missed. A split second later he started running back the way he came from and I could tell he wasn’t going far. Only about 25 yards as it turns out! He was nice enough to fall in the field where I could back my car up to him. J


    His left side has two broken points. One toward the base of the main beam, which I think was probably another odd non-typical point and there is a nub of another point which broke off that thing sticking off the front (you can kind of see it pointing inward). So he used to have at least 6 scorable points on each side. The mass is great, especially on the left base. I’m planning to try my hand at a European (skull) mount with it. No, he won’t be the most tender, but most of him went through the grinder over the weekend anyway!

    .50 Cal. CVA Optima
    250gn Hornady SST w/ Low Drag Sabot
    77gn by weight (110 by volume) Blackhorn 209
    Vortex Crossfire 3-9X40

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  2. gspn

    gspn Member

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    Great story and a great deer!
     
  3. Dthunter

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    Whitetails are my favorite!
     
  4. wankerjake

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    Nice buck!
     
  5. Patocazador

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    Gnarly horns are my favorites. :D
     
  6. leadaddict

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    Thanks! I'm still riding a high from bagging this deer.

    Patocazador - Dejavu, huh? :) Don't worry, unless we're friends on facebook I should be done.
     
  7. ole farmerbuck

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    Nice deer. We have big deer here in Ks but I think they all left from the dry dry weather. Havent seen a deer for months now. Good job.
     
  8. grovey

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    Nice buck. Kinda odd looking face on him.
     
  9. gspn

    gspn Member

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    Low blow dude. He's already been shot…you don't have to make fun of him too. Sheesh.
     
  10. grovey

    grovey Member

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    Low blow? I did say nice buck.... Just thought maybe it was a hybrid or something
     
  11. gspn

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    I was totally kidding...
     
  12. leadaddict

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    No worries. I'm just glad you were joking about the deer's face and not mine! I think his look is just because he's an older deer. He also had a few scars on his face and neck healing from the rut. He was a fighter!
     
  13. gspn

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    I know funny…and THATS FUNNY! :D
     
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