Stress Test Today

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  1. Captcurt

    Captcurt Member

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    The doe turned broadside and posed at about 40 yards. The smoke boiled from my Ruger in-line obscuring the results. Much to my surprise there was no white belly in sight, After reloading I eased to the spot to find a blood trail going off of a 30-35 degree grade. The deer had gone 50 yards down into a hell hole and had started up the other side for 25 yards before running out of gas and staggered back down to the bottom. I field dressed it and retrieved my little 4-wheeler. I always carry a climbing harness that doubles as a drag harness. The 100 yard drag up the steep hill reminded me of a stress test except there was no doctor present to call a code blue. You can bet your favorite muzzleloader that this 70 year old Grandpa will shoot the next one in the middle of the road.
     
  2. CoalCrackerAl

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    My neighbor shot one tonight just before dark. He called me to help him find it. We searched for 2 hours in heavy brush. No luck. Temps are going to be in the upper 40's over night. So it will probably go bad by morning.
     
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  3. Atavar

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    40s should be ok. That’s refrigerator temperature.
     
  4. CoalCrackerAl

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    Yes i agree. I hope he does look again tomorrow. He said it was a nice size doe.
     
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    Just gotta find it before the sun gets high.
     
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    Yes agreed.
     
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  7. Armored farmer

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    You need a winch and a long rope on that ⁴wheeler! You don't need to have a grabber over a box of venison. 20191124_104205.jpg
    We rarely need to drag one here. Its pretty flat. I did have to borrow a small rowboat, drag it through the woods in order to retrieve a little basket rack 8pt that my son shot across the flood water from his stand.... I told him, "whatever you do..,don't shoot one over THERE unless its a MONSTER....!"
    I guess it was to a 13yo!
     
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  8. Shanghai McCoy

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    Around here you would need to find it before the coyotes...
     
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  9. Captcurt

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    Same here. I have heard 3 different packs get cranked up at dusk on this 800 acre place. I field dressed deer by the road on this farm. Drove the ATV by it 2 hours later and the gut pile was gone. This was midday too.
     
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    A good dog is worth his weight in Alpo if he will blood trail.
     
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    He found it this am. Lowest temp was 56. And it had flies already on it.
     
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  12. Armored farmer

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    Nope...too bad.....No-go
     
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    They always lose about 30" when they hit the dirt;)
    My wife's first buck was a little 8 point. She thought it it was huge until it was next to the other racks. She couldn't understand why I kept saying it's a good first buck till then.
     
  14. Captcurt

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    Any deer is a good deer.
     
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    Yes. Especially when it is the one that starts their love of hunting.
     
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