Better to be lucky than good...

Discussion in 'Outdoors' started by Jarhead5811, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. Jarhead5811

    Jarhead5811 Rational Anarchist MSGO Supporter

    This story is mildly embarrassing but it's too good not to tell. It is 100% true.

    Early on the morning of December 9th, 2006 I woke up about thirty minutes earlier than usual. My dad and I liked to get to the stand before shooting light. This would usually have us parking the truck and walking a fair distance. On this particular morning my dad didn't really feel like hunting and being I would be hunting quite close to the county road he just dropped me off and headed back to the cabin. I got into the stand and settled about thirty minutes before shooting light.

    Right at shooting light I spotted a pale antlered buck traveling a trail about seventy five yards off. He was obviously big enough to meet our eighteen inch beam camp requirement. I knew, given the trail he was traveling, that I only had a small window to get a shot on him before he was gone. I put the crosshairs just above his shoulder and fired. Of course the smoke, made even worse by the cold morning air, obscured seeing what happened next. I quickly reloaded while keeping most of my attention focused in the direction I had fired.

    I know what the TV hunters say about waiting but I've never done that. Well, I did manage to wait about ten minutes before going to check things out. I eased down and slowly made my way toward the last place I'd seen the deer. Before I got there I caught sight of a pale antlered buck with his flag flying, running in the direction the one I'd shot at had been heading. I made a brief search for blood and not seeing any returned to the stand. I figured I had missed. I just knew I had screwed up.

    I always clean my muzzleloader after shooting it. So at the end of the '05-'06 season after I had killed a doe one January evening and cleaned my T/C Encore .50cal barrel (hot water, bore butter and all) I reloaded it for the morning hunt the next morning which didn't lead to me firing a shot. Later that morning I put the weapon in the safe and figured that being it was freshly loaded with pyrodex pellets and that it was in my safe, in my climate controlled home, it would be silly to unload it. Besides, I'll fire that shot sighting it in next year but I didn't. I had arrived at camp after dark the night before. (I know, don't start on me.)

    Once back on the stand, I texted my Dad that I thought I'd missed a nice one. He said he'd wait until about ten o'clock and come help me look while we made preparations to have another stand set up to hunt this deer. (We were anticipating a change in the wind direction making my location poor for the evening hunt.) I just knew that by not having reloaded the gun since the year before and not sighting it in this year I had just missed this buck.

    At ten my Dad showed up and we looked around for a little bit and still didn't see any blood or sign. We walked across the bottom the trail was in and up onto the next ridge. As we stepped into an old ghosty road when I saw him! He was laying down only about ten to fifteen yards in from of us and he was looking right at us! I knew instantly he was bigger than any buck, me, my Dad or my Grandad had ever killed! As he went to get up I unslung and fired a shot and killed him!

    It turns out my first shot was low and broke both front legs. He had doubled back and then gone straight away from me. The pale antlered deer I'd seen was a different animal. I back tracked his bulldozer like path and found that he somehow managed to go a good distance before he was on the ground.

    I feel guilty that this animal suffered on my account and I freely admit that I killed this buck in spite of myself and not because I was a some great hunter...

    I had him, and the one I killed two weeks later, scored at the Wildlife Extravaganza that year. He grossed 149 and netted 147.
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  2. pwhfirefighter

    pwhfirefighter Distinguished Poster

    That is one to be proud of!!
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  3. Jarhead5811

    Jarhead5811 Rational Anarchist MSGO Supporter

    Thanks, I am.
  4. Jarhead5811

    Jarhead5811 Rational Anarchist MSGO Supporter

    Well, two weeks later, this time with my .30-'06 barrel, I hunted a few hundred yards away. My Dad had seen a nice buck crossing near a stand I had there. A nice buck was crossing in front of me and I was scoping him but not planning on shooting being I had just killed my best buck and we only had two we could kill each year. It didn't take long for me to decide that this one was work "bucking" out for the year. So, I shot him. He only ran about thirty yards and dropped withing sight.

    The strange thing was I hit him perfect just above the shoulder but right in front of my hole was, what appeared to be another older bullet wound, that was partially healed. When cleaning him I found what appeared to be a .243 bullet lodged in his brisket.

    It turns out that a fellow in the camp next door had shot "a nice nine point" and had asked if they could blood trail him on our lease. They lost the trail within a hundred yards. Lucky me, again!
    It turns out he'd be my second best, and it was the first day I hunted since the ten point above. He grossed 133 4/8 and netted 128 5/8.

    Bottoms line: 2006 was the best year I ever had hunting!
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  5. 22lrfan

    22lrfan Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Congrats. That's a pair of nice ones.
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  6. Jarhead5811

    Jarhead5811 Rational Anarchist MSGO Supporter

    Well, being I had killed some very nice bucks and the camp rules were brutal, should you misjudge and kill a buck that didn't measure out, I decided to carry my DSLR and focus on taking pictures and only shoot when a buck was obviously huge.

    In 2008 this paid off and I got a photo of a nice buck before shooting him. I saw him passing by well over a hundred yards off through some thick brush. I used a Primos estrus "can" call trying to get his attention. He stopped, I did the call again and he headed straight for me!

    I was watching him with my camera, which had magnification roughly equivalent to and eight power scope and I took this photo:
    I then put the camera down and picked up my Encore Muzzleloader. He ran about 20 yards and dropped. He weighed 265lbs, he's a mainframe ten with a kicker and a split brow tine, making him a twelve. It was a real PITA to get his big butt into the back of our new Rhino. (We later came up with an alternative to doing that but that's another story.)
    My Dad killed the doe in the background. (It was much easier to put into the Rhino.)
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  7. Jarhead5811

    Jarhead5811 Rational Anarchist MSGO Supporter

    Thanks! As ya'll may have guessed, I'm feeling nostalgic about hunting for those Kingspoint Island bucks! Here in Jasper County I'd be happy to score some meat for the freezer.
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  8. captain-03

    captain-03 Moderator Staff Member MSGO Supporter

    Byram, MS
    Those are some nice deer!! Yep -- Never hurts to be LUCKY!! LOL
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  9. Doc

    Doc Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Those are some nice bucks there---- I often hunt my old home place near Souinlovie Creek in Clarke County.... not to far from the Jasper County line...
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  10. Jarhead5811

    Jarhead5811 Rational Anarchist MSGO Supporter

    Digging up old threads, these are three of the best buck I’ll ever kill. The location was just a few miles from where the deer with CWD was found.
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  11. namsag

    namsag Distinguished Poster

    Wow very nice deer. Thanks for the stories. I think the thing I love most about hunting, more than the deer you kill, is just going over the stories later, in your mind, or writing them down, recalling the roles played by beloved family members and friends, the way you felt and the things you observed, and looking forward to doing it again. These things make it worth having to dress the deer to me!
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  12. patchz

    patchz Court Jester

    Would you mind buying a lottery ticket for me? :rolleyes::lol1:
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  13. LearCo

    LearCo Distinguished Poster

    I like "storytime"!!!

    congrats! Fine mighty fine deer you got there!
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  14. Jarhead5811

    Jarhead5811 Rational Anarchist MSGO Supporter

    I’ll tell you what, in the few minutes after I killed that ten point, I couldn’t have felt better if I HAD just won the lottery.
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  15. Jarhead5811

    Jarhead5811 Rational Anarchist MSGO Supporter

    Thank you, I enjoy story time, too.
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  16. patchz

    patchz Court Jester

    I suspect that is an understatement, and justifiably so. He's a hoss!
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