Success in the West!

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Success in the West!

Unread postby Swampbuck » Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:51 am

This is a special one for me here, been dreaming of getting a mature Midwest Whitetail and finally had it happen! I kill some nice deer in the SE Louisiana Swamps but have realized getting one of this size here is a longshot so I’ve decided to make OSS trips a priority. Made a couple trips that were tough the last few years but I learned a lot and decided I just need to keep hammering. This trip I was all in, went for the early Muzzleloader season and averaged 10 miles of scouting a day and was throwing the book at it. I was seeing some deer but it was unusually warm and pre-rut activity I was banking on hadn’t started so the movement was still pretty much on an early season pattern. Here we go again on the tough factor lol… I had bumped two nice bucks the first day scouting, so my plan was to jump around that area and hopefully get something going. This particular day I didn’t have a good wind so with it being so dry I was map studying, and decided to make a blind hunt near water where a thicket funneled down close to it which would allow for cover. Figuring a buck might hold up in that thicket waiting for dark.

The evening was gorgeous and the scenery was pretty awesome. A group of does came out behind me at about 4 pm. About 6pm a young 8pt came out and lingered around for awhile. As I was pondering the next days move, I noticed he kept looking into the thicket but didn’t think much of it until I heard a buck start thrashing some branches 30 yds in the thicket. I knew immediately it was heavy from the sounds of the thrashing and the thuds of the foot steps. The young buck got right under my tree and I couldn’t see him anymore so I moved a little to get ready for where the big one sounded to be heading. The young buck must have seen me move and bound about 40 yds off and the big one went silent. This youHe didn’t move for a few minutes but then started coming again. Finally he stepped into the open, I pulled the trigger on the muzzle loader…. NOTHING, trigger doesn’t move. The buck heads for the younger one and starts posturing, In panic mode I flick the safety opposite direction, NOTHING again. Pull the knob on the back, NOTHING… I’m totally melting down now, watching the biggest deer I’ve seen 20 yds away circling this young buck and its sinking in that I am going to watch this happen and them walk off and I’ll have to cry after! I’m fighting with this gun now and realize this knob on the back unthreads, so I unscrew it until it bottoms out, put the crosshairs on again, pull the trigger, BLAM! When the smoke clears the little buck is still there, the big runs right under my tree and back into the thicket…. Did I miss from all the chaos? As I’m playing it through my head I heard him gasp and knew he was done. Talk about frying ones nerves lol, but it was an awesome moment. Then being 3 miles back by myself and all the work sinks in, but even that fiasco that I won’t go into couldn’t get me off that high! Out of state trips are tough but pretty thankful to get to do it especially this one!

Big shout out to Bryan Landry with Mobil hunting gear for going above and beyond on getting my packs and stands setup . The Stick Talons and the Pack Talons are game changers for being able to jump from place to place without the frustration of fighting gear. This was the first deer I’ve killed from the saddle and being able to have it all so compact and quiet helped immensely on the long trecks of scouting/hunting and was a huge part in making this happen!

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Re: Success in the West!

Unread postby Ognennyy » Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:57 am

What a deer! Congrats man.
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Unread postby justdirtyfun » Thu Nov 25, 2021 7:25 am

Rollercoaster moment!
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Re: Success in the West!

Unread postby oldrank » Thu Nov 25, 2021 7:48 am

Nice buck !!!
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Re: Success in the West!

Unread postby NorthStar » Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:04 am

Wow, way to get it done and out of state! Nice deer!
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Unread postby Bonecrusher101 » Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:18 am

Wow that’s a brute!
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Unread postby Edcyclopedia » Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:08 am

Bucktacular!
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Unread postby WV Bowhunter » Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:11 am

Heck of a buck, congrats!!
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Re: Success in the West!

Unread postby Lockdown » Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:14 am

Awesome! Congrats!
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Re: Success in the West!

Unread postby greenhorndave » Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:33 am

Awesome buck! Congrats! :clap:

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Unread postby upwind predator » Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:04 am

Congrsts
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Unread postby john1984 » Thu Nov 25, 2021 3:01 pm

Awesome buck :clap:
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Unread postby muddy » Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:16 pm

Congrats
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Re: Success in the West!

Unread postby Ryan549 » Thu Nov 25, 2021 11:47 pm

Very nice, Congratulations!
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Re: Success in the West!

Unread postby thwack16 » Fri Nov 26, 2021 5:02 am

Congrats man! Great buck!


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