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So weds night I flip my back light on and there is a tall 3 pt out back with a NASTY leg issue. Every time he would take a step he would slap himself in the face with his right leg/hoof. With the feed out back and thick cover nearby I knew he wouldn't go far. Thursday I got home to late but glassed the field out back and spotted him laid up with a bunch of does, way to crunchy to put a stalk on so I decided Friday I would get home from work around 1 pm and get in my stand. Friday came and I settled in around 1:50, beautiful red came through the swamp and worked his way through the bogs on the ice, he went through the same spot 4 times (snare hanging there now). Then at 3:45 the action started. Does coming from all angles, 85% came from the primary trail through the thickest part of the swamp and the rest just filtered in, scope up i was looking for antler, no dice. 42 yes 42 does ended up passing by me on the way to feed and hit the bedding area, at 4:19 i see movement about 200 yards out in the swamp, I put the scope up and its him. I watch him painfully make his way all the way through, this guy was having a rough time. I let him keep coming and finally he was 12 yards broadside. BOOM. Down he goes. Upon further inspection he had buckshot pellets in his knee, ankle and high in the shoulder, I'm assuming from Monday or Tuesday. Without the wound this buck would have clearly gotten a pass, i have about a half dozen 4's 6's and baskets 8's coming in regularly and all got a pass this week, the big boys haven't showed themselves but are targets for winter bow. I have a youth coming to hunt winter bow and any of the smaller bucks would be a GREAT TROPHY for a first deer so im looking forward to that. I checked my buck in at gyps for the contest and with a little luck my name will come up for one of the 9 guns in the contest! The point of this story is its not all about antler, sometimes you gotta do the right thing and burn a tag. I would have still shot him if it was my second buck and then couldn't possibly take a buck during permit. I hate to see anything suffer, don't care if its a squirrel or a deer. I am very happy with my choice and he will be quite tasty! Goodluck to anyone out now for the last few hours of shotgun. I am patiently waiting for the woods to calm down and begin winter bow. I have put in HOURS and HOURs of scouting at High Point and just this week found a rub line with the bark on top of the snow. So my new quest begins. a 140 plus with the bow in the month of Jan in HP state park. Cant wait.
 

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So weds night I flip my back light on and there is a tall 3 pt out back with a NASTY leg issue. Every time he would take a step he would slap himself in the face with his right leg/hoof. With the feed out back and thick cover nearby I knew he wouldn't go far. Thursday I got home to late but glassed the field out back and spotted him laid up with a bunch of does, way to crunchy to put a stalk on so I decided Friday I would get home from work around 1 pm and get in my stand. Friday came and I settled in around 1:50, beautiful red came through the swamp and worked his way through the bogs on the ice, he went through the same spot 4 times (snare hanging there now). Then at 3:45 the action started. Does coming from all angles, 85% came from the primary trail through the thickest part of the swamp and the rest just filtered in, scope up i was looking for antler, no dice. 42 yes 42 does ended up passing by me on the way to feed and hit the bedding area, at 4:19 i see movement about 200 yards out in the swamp, I put the scope up and its him. I watch him painfully make his way all the way through, this guy was having a rough time. I let him keep coming and finally he was 12 yards broadside. BOOM. Down he goes. Upon further inspection he had buckshot pellets in his knee, ankle and high in the shoulder, I'm assuming from Monday or Tuesday. Without the wound this buck would have clearly gotten a pass, i have about a half dozen 4's 6's and baskets 8's coming in regularly and all got a pass this week, the big boys haven't showed themselves but are targets for winter bow. I have a youth coming to hunt winter bow and any of the smaller bucks would be a GREAT TROPHY for a first deer so im looking forward to that. I checked my buck in at gyps for the contest and with a little luck my name will come up for one of the 9 guns in the contest! The point of this story is its not all about antler, sometimes you gotta do the right thing and burn a tag. I would have still shot him if it was my second buck and then couldn't possibly take a buck during permit. I hate to see anything suffer, don't care if its a squirrel or a deer. I am very happy with my choice and he will be quite tasty! Goodluck to anyone out now for the last few hours of shotgun. I am patiently waiting for the woods to calm down and begin winter bow. I have put in HOURS and HOURs of scouting at High Point and just this week found a rub line with the bark on top of the snow. So my new quest begins. a 140 plus with the bow in the month of Jan in HP state park. Cant wait.
Nice job. I was unaware that High Point allows Bowhunting. I used to muzzle loader hunt there a few years back. Took a couple dandy's there.
 

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thanks guys, and yes zone 67 is a special permit you can get for winter bow. Last year i had the biggest buck of my life at 36 yards on jan 17th (my birthday) i wasn't comfortable with the shot or the angle so i let him walk and watched the type of buck the haunts my dreams walk away. It was a very very very tough call but if i would have wounded that deer i would have never forgiven myself, its better to have seen him and had no shot then to have shot, wounded and lost him. Knock on wood the last probably 30 deer i killed with the bow have dropped within site because i am such a stickler about my shots and i intend to keep it that way. Also yes i am LOADED with deer. I don't have much land but i have created a sanctuary complete with a 2 acre thicket that is almost impossible to walk through, hinge cut a feew trees and created an amazing bedding area, i supplemental feed all year long and they have a haven behind my house. I love watching them while eating dinner or having my coffee in the morning. You don't need a lot of land to create a honeyhole just need to be smart and keep low pressure on it. It also doesn't hurt to have 4000 acres of private behind me haha
 

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Pic question (not like hes huge or anything but ill post him up out of respect for the lil guy ha) when i click the pic button then browse, i add pic and hit upload file and nothing happens?
 

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Sorry we couldn't get together with the scents....ill remember for next season!
 

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no worries electric! i have sold out 4 times anyway ha. Also any help with the pics anyone?
 

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Load the pic to your desktop, scroll down to the bottom of the add a thread page ,click " Go Advanced" , scroll down to "Manage Attachments" click that and browse, click upload.
 

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yes i hit upload files and nothing happend
 

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who can i email a few pics too?
 
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