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  1. Pretty short and sweet story. Hunted Sunday PM with my son and we had an amazing sit. Saw piles of deer and even had some big bucks in the field. Unfortunately none came within bow range ( although my son said I should shoot them ) Got home and happen to check my cam and saw a giant bodied deer in a different field than the one we had sat in. I immediately wanted a closer look. I loved the fact he was a loaner away from all the herd we saw. Thankfully, the wind for that stand was perfect Monday so I hit it for an afternoon sit. The rest is history. He came out textbook the way he did the night before and I had a 17yrd shot. I waited in the stand for my dad and son to show up, and my son made short work of the track job. What an experiance to have 3 generations involved in! Thankful to punch a tag so early and be able to get some stuff done before gun season. According to the PA chest girth chart this buck dressed at 180# which was verified by an actual scale. Sent from my SM-G998U using Tapatalk
    70 points
  2. I’ll post more pics and story later in my journal. Super day, blessed with this chunk! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    67 points
  3. 64 points
  4. My first buck! 8 point, hanging weight is 140. I was watching another buck that was trailing a doe in and out of the woods and thickette. I sneezed and reached for the TP and a buck was looking right at me. He snorted and ran a short distance and stopped, I grabbed my gun and I shot and he turned just as I shot. So it entered front right shoulder and exited left hip. It was a stinking mess! He dropped in his tracks. I think I will do a mount since it's my first
    63 points
  5. I shot my first buck! He dropped. When I calm down I will get down from here. OMG
    63 points
  6. Well, my all day sit didn’t go as planned! LOL My son texted me before lunch and said he got a shot at one of the bucks that was chasing does around his stand. Told me not to leave my stand, wanting me to score today. It was more important for me to go be of assistance AND to share in the experience with him. God only knows how many times we’ll be able to share in the experience together, so I headed over. He took the lead and the buck was piled up in ~60 yards! Ran into some pines or my son would have heard and seen him go down. He’s been on vacation for the past 2 weeks and today was his last day off! LOL Got the buck loaded and I was able to be back in the stand by 2:45! Nice!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    63 points
  7. Got him guys. He didn't run 75 yards. I'm very fortunate and lucky. I have my own property that my Brother and I purchased and we spend two weeks every year here, just laughing and making memories. Our boys are nearly of age where they can start coming. I just don't understand why more people don't get into this past time. It's such a wonderful sport, it teaches so many great qualities and creates forever memories.
    62 points
  8. Got one down yesterday on my last day to hunt before gun season.
    60 points
  9. I’ll give more details tomorrow in the Harvest Thread when I have more time….killed this buck this morning.
    60 points
  10. Post of the story later. But I saw 3 bucks total today and grunted this guy in for a 10 yrd shot.
    60 points
  11. What a night! Those of you lucky enough to have family out there with you, take advantage while ya can. Sent from my SM-G998U using Tapatalk
    60 points
  12. Lurkin in the pine bush. Opening morning. Can youuuuu diiiig it?!! Sent from my SM-N981U using Tapatalk
    59 points
  13. My son has been begging to go out for this early antlerless season. He is 12 yrs old and unbelievably in to hunting lol. We got up at 5am today and made our way to our "comfy" 2 man stand. Around 645 we had a small buck come by and maybe 15 mins later a group of 4 flat heads were making thier wayin the same direction. The big lead doe knew something was up but at 40 yards she didnt have a chance lol. He made a great shot and she ran maybe 60 yards. To say he was pumped is a understatement. In his words after the shot it felt like he was making the whole tree stand shake lol. So happy to be able to share these times with him and see him truly love being in the woods.
    59 points
  14. I shot a spike this morning about 10 minutes before I had resolved to pack it in. I have been bowhunting for 11 years, and this is only my second deer with a bow. I bow hunt exclusively state land, and between work and kids I only get to hunt one half-day a week--some weeks not at all. I know a lot of guys would pass a spike, but I was absolutely shaking with excitement.
    58 points
  15. My father bought me this Hawken 25 years ago, I had never connected with it and after a few years I bought a modern inline ML and put it away. I'm really thrilled to finally take a deer with it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    58 points
  16. I’m stuck in punta Cana for a wedding so i missed it but my daughter maddy got it done tonight with her great grandfather! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    57 points
  17. Story in the harvest thread maybe late tonight or tomorrow...
    56 points
  18. 1030 this morning shot this 8. Broken brow, and ear torn in half. Crossbow on the ground
    55 points
  19. State land 6 point. He's not huge but I've had limited time to hunt lately and my freezer is getting bare. I'm very happy to harvest this fella. Sent from my moto g power using Tapatalk
    55 points
  20. Went out for an evening hunt, nothing showed up on the kill plot, light south east breeze. Have to drive the family 6 hours to chataqua county today, so I pulled the plug at 645. My dad was at the cabin about 600 yards away making noise, working on the cabin. Walking down the wood road, stopped to look at our big plot which we mowed 2 weeks ago, there's a dozen deer in the field. This is less than 100 yards away from where I was sitting. Then I see a rack turn the corner, make towards the oak tree 15 yards away, so I freeze. He goes into the hedge row, and I hear munching. So I pull up the face mask, nock one, and slide over behind a big poplar. I know exactly where he's going to step out, but it's last light. Munching stops, I draw, he steps out, stares at me from under 20, and I watch the luminok slap home. Looked good, but didn't pass through. Saw him run and knock the arrow out on a tree. Thought I heard him crash. Back out, check again in 45, found the arrow, blood was excellent. Magnus Stinger went right through and poked out the other side. Got done butchering around 2am.
    55 points
  21. As some of you know, we've been looking to down size a bit, and have been house hunting. Was looking for something with a bit less upkeep, to free up time for other things, as we get closer to retirement. We found it and signed the papers yesterday! It's all we were looking for and more!!! Smaller yard and driveway. A huge, clean, semi finished basement, for reloading bench, workshop, and a nearly 20 yard archery range! All in a quiet, nice neighborhood in west Rotterdam. The wife has her new everything kitchen. And all on one level but a spare bedroom! And still only a 20 minute drive to our 700 plus acres of heaven at the farm! Already looking forward to some yard work and landscaping. Will PM Biz for pointers! The wife and I are so very excited to start a new chapter in our lives! Just wanted to share our good news, about our forever home!
    55 points
  22. got this guy 11/23/21 morning biggest ever 3 yrs of pics and first time i saw him,,,no great story came out just after legal shooting time started and took 60 yard shot ran about 40-50 yards and piled up , greatest part was the history of trail pics...
    54 points
  23. Tonight I killed a deer. 200 yards offhand ,measured on my hunting app.
    53 points
  24. Third time is a charm . Pretty much , due to my age , I don't go out unless one of my sons are with me . So today was my 3rd time out with the bow . My youngest son and I did an afternoon hunt . I was in my stand in the thickets by 1:45 . Can't see into the neighbor's field but I have had action on my trail cam in that area . It gets boring after a while of seeing nothing . At 4:45 I spotted a buck coming through the thick area heading for the field . I drew my bow and when the buck hit the opening , I hit the release . The buck took off like a rocket . I didn't wait and got down to see if I could see it running through the soy bean field . Nothing . I had left my bow , backpack , etc in the tree stand . I saw a few specks of blood and started looking for more . I called the neighbor who owns the field and left him a voice message . I lost the blood trail that was specks on the soy beans and back tracked . I cut up a hanky and marked the soy beans . It took me a half hour to find the deer . It was a 7 point buck . Not a big rack but a nice size deer . No shut-out during bow season this year for this 80 year old fart . I'm trying to get the picture I emailed from my phone to myself of the buck laying in the field so I can post it but it still hasn't come through . Took a couple pics of the deer in my sons driveway when I dropped it off .
    53 points
  25. Good friend of mine oldest daughter (12) is after her first deer. I offered to take them over to my spots in the evening if they were unsuccessful in the morning. They had deer around them, but they got busted. We set up around 3pm this evening. Seen our first deer around 5:30 150yrds out, but something spooked the doe, fawn and spike, and they ran over the rise in the field. 30 min later we had a big doe feed over the rise only 110 yrds out. Following her was her twins, a small spike, and a decent spike. Lila's leg was jumping uncontrollably as they fed closer. Around 90yrds out the wind swirled and they got nervous. Spike turned broadside, and Lila dropped him with a single shot from a .243. The smile on her face is priceless.
    53 points
  26. Not the biggest deer of my life but the most memorable one for sure. Both my sons contracted Covid last Sunday and recovered rather quickly. After isolation and quarantined finally got out to hunt with my 9 year old. Out steps this guy at 15 yards at 4:30. Needless to say, the shot was true and we made a memory that probably means more to me than him.
    52 points
  27. Track went about 150yds. Found him around 1030. 8 points with a kicker on one of the bases. Sent from my SM-G973U using Tapatalk
    52 points
  28. I’ve had months of Trailcam pics of this buck but literally would only come around from 11pm-4am and then vanish. So I stayed out of the woods until I got some daytime activities. It was great staying out of the woods with the cell camera sending pics. Last couple of days I caught him moving in the daylight so I had the wind that I needed and was able to slip in. He gave me a 15 yard broadside shot and it felt to good to be true
    52 points
  29. Low for the year temp wise was uneventful for the early morning. All day sit was mandatory for where I was and the wind got better as the morning progressed. I get ansy after about 3 hours which is customary but I settled in and was good. At 12:45 this guy made his way up the small ridge at 30, but began to work away. I have no idea why (no scent or calls used) he turns and walk dead at me. He gets to 15 and shakes, wind is perfect. I draw on the shake and he comes two more steps and quarters too. I hate this shot, both too steep and quartering too. I held steady and was comfortable and let it go. waited til 4, tracked till dark. Had blood all the way. Was a liver. Bumped him last night, but Winston made it happen!!! Can’t thank D&W enough. Awesome guy and I know he went through some shit and never said a word. Made my year and season.
    52 points
  30. Not live Per se but shortly after my last text on here yesterday, I got one. Needless to say I let it lay and began the track at 4. Bumped it and stopped the track at dark. Called a dog which came this morning and we had success. Awesome guy and awesome dog. Tired as hell , story and pics later. My PB is down and at the butcher. Congrats to those that scored as well.
    52 points
  31. On the board! My daughter’s first time hunting from a tree thanks to a member here. Not the biggest but she made the call. She was shaking like the best of them, most fulfilling hunting experience of my life!
    52 points
  32. Doe tag filled! 6K. My first deer on MY property! What a great feeling! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    51 points
  33. 6 minutes before last legal. I think it’s my best buck. Better pics later.
    50 points
  34. Second sit of the season Friday night. With cold front I went to a spot I scouted in August. Left my trail cam and wasn't going back till I hunted it. I had 3 does come in with small buck chasing/harassing them. They worked off and 30 mins later I saw a large body moving down the hill my direction. Took him what seemed like an hour to make his way to 25 yards. He put on a show. Making multiple rubs and scrapes. He presented a 25 yard quartering away shot and the rest was history. Only trail cam pic of him when I checked camera was him at 25 yards right before the shot. Also got me looking at arrow after shot. What a hunt I'm super pumped. Will be moving my vacation time for the first week of gun!!!!
    50 points
  35. My boy got it done today, first hunt, first deer, saw a small spike and 4 does this morning that he opted to pass on, then this afternoon we saw 2 does and this 3 pointer. Shot with 6.5 creedmoor, heart shot, only went 40 yards. We were both in tears as he wished his grandfather had been there to see his first harvest.
    50 points
  36. Had 2 youth hunters today one had to leave early for sports commitment. The other came back for a eventful afternoon. 1st deer 12 years old , congrats to duce!!
    50 points
  37. My nephew's Kayden's first archery kill. It's his 2nd yr bow hunting. Doe fed out into the food plot 10min after he got on stand. 30 yrs shot. Went above 80 yrds. 106lbs. @chef bow look familiar?
    50 points
  38. Been hunting in New York state for 8 Years now. Second year bow hunting. Hunted Minnesota before moving here. This guy is my first bow kill. Put alot of work have alot bigger bucks on the property we hunt but I am very happy and blessed to take this nice 3 pt!!
    50 points
  39. Don’t know where this rates on Biz’s score board but I’m gonna take it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    50 points
  40. 10 minute hunt of the ground with my crossbow Sharing this deer with my in-laws Now house chore and enjoying my vacation Thank you God for this harvest
    49 points
  41. I hunt 5 acres with about 3-4 houses in view of my 2 stands (suburban bow only) and this morning the neighborhood does were acting real strange. Yearlings were alone. Figuring some lockdown starting, I went back this afternoon around 330 and felt like bucks were hanging close knowing the does bed very close by. This buck I've seen a few times was bedded about 10 yds from my stand while the doe he was with browsed. I crawled to 20 yds and waited for what seemed like an eternity for him to stand up and move into a shooting lane.
    48 points
  42. My son shot a 7 pt this morning 0730 hrs. Had a button come in walked by his stand , then trotted away. 5 minutes later in walks this buck shot him through the lungs at 25 yards. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    48 points
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