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Mature Northern WV stud killed beast style!

Postby flinginairos » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:40 am

He may not have the biggest rack or score much, but this buck is a true trophy to me in this highly pressured area!

I got this buck on cam one time in June and decided to target him since I thought he was an older deer. But as they usually do he vanished!
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Fast forward to middle of September. After all summer of running trail cams and moving them I finally found him nearly a mile away from the first picture. But as he did before, no more pics after that!
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I figured out there were three bucks bedding on this small point that is choked with big boulders and laurel when the wind was coming from the S-SW. after finding a faint, but fresh rub line coming off that point I knew where I needed to be.

Yesterday afternoon with a perfect SW wind blowing pretty steady at 5-10 mph I made my approach from 1/4 mile out after parking in a creek bottom. I snuck as quietly as I could up the steep hill and onto the bench where I suspected they where traveling. Using my tree saddle and climbing spikes I went up a knarly maple tree and settled in at 30'. My view was limited but I knew if a buck was bedded in there he would come out within range so I waited quietly.

At 6:15 I caught a flicker of movement and pulled up my binos to see a big rack sticking up! The big seven was bedded not 70 yards from me! He stood up, checked the wind, and slowly started feeding my way. I had one opening to shoot through and when he stepped out at 41 yards I had the pin buried and without even thinking the arrow was in it's way. Perfect shot!! He ran about 40 yards and was down within ten seconds!

I can't really explain how excited I was! To kill a buck of this age class, even with a gun, is extremely rare in this area. They just don't make it past 3.5 very often and if they do, they are poached.

Live weight was around 230lbs, giant neck, long thick body. Just a brute!
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Have to give a big thanks to all the beast hunters on this sight. After reading threads and learning so much on this site I went into this season more confident than ever and ready to put some new strategies into play. This buck was acting in classic hill country fashion and using what I learned on here I was able to figure out where he was bedded based on wind. I jokingly told my buddies as I went in yesterday that a big one was going to walk right by me never actually thinking it was going to happen! LOL


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Re: Mature Northern WV stud killed beast style!

Postby wmihunter » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:43 am

Nice!

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Re: Mature Northern WV stud killed beast style!

Postby Dewey » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:44 am

That is a heck of a buck. Congrats. :clap:

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Re: Mature Northern WV stud killed beast style!

Postby Jackson Marsh » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:44 am

Congrats! That is a slob of a buck :clap: :clap:

Big ol tank body and a dang good rack :dance:

Well done.

Could you slide him downhill for the drag out?

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Re: Mature Northern WV stud killed beast style!

Postby flinginairos » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:49 am

Jackson Marsh wrote:Congrats! That is a slob of a buck :clap: :clap:

Big ol tank body and a dang good rack :dance:

Well done.

Could you slide him downhill for the drag out?

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It actually was all down hill to the ATV. Thank the lord! haha!
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Re: Mature Northern WV stud killed beast style!

Postby nor' easter » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:58 am

Awesome buck! Congratulations!

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Re: Mature Northern WV stud killed beast style!

Postby Jackson Marsh » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:04 am

flinginairos wrote:
Jackson Marsh wrote:Congrats! That is a slob of a buck :clap: :clap:

Big ol tank body and a dang good rack :dance:

Well done.

Could you slide him downhill for the drag out?

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It actually was all down hill to the ATV. Thank the lord! haha!



That never happens! :lol: :dance:

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Re: Mature Northern WV stud killed beast style!

Postby Hawthorne » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:06 am

Great buck! Congrats

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Re: Mature Northern WV stud killed beast style!

Postby Zona » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:08 am

Definitely a hunt and buck to be proud of, great job!!!
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Re: Mature Northern WV stud killed beast style!

Postby mihunter101 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:12 am

Congratulations, that's awesome.

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Re: Mature Northern WV stud killed beast style!

Postby JAB » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:31 am

Awesome job, great buck!

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Re: Mature Northern WV stud killed beast style!

Postby Horizontal Hunter » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:34 am

Great buck. Nicely done.

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Re: Mature Northern WV stud killed beast style!

Postby csoult » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:38 am

Nice job!

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Re: Mature Northern WV stud killed beast style!

Postby mainebowhunter » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:41 am

Awesome! Beauty. Great story. Man heck of a hunt.

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Re: Mature Northern WV stud killed beast style!

Postby Joe68 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:44 am

Awesome buck. Congrats.

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