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  1. Shot a buck at 7:30 this morning, he came in, worked a scrape then headed past me at 20. I knew the shot was a touch back. Arrow looked and smelled like liver so i gave him seven hours. He went 63 yards, turns out I heard him die. He made some light grunts which Id never heard before as he died Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    68 points
  2. I got my first buck with me bow, have been bow hunting for about 8 years and have only been able to get shots at doe's. He was about 15 yards when I took the shot, I hit a little higher than I would have liked but he still went down. He ran about 50-60 yards before going down. Thankfully I heard him go down as there was not blood trail, a nice big exit hole but no blood until the spot he went down. I have to go out and look for the arrow a little more I wasn't able to find it at the time. The picture isn't the greatest, it was getting dark and I wanted to get him dressed and hung as soon as possible. He's a 9 point, it didn't look like anything was broken off, just didn't grow the same on both sides. Sent from my SM-G996U using Tapatalk
    63 points
  3. Success! From my angle, the shot went in low and out high.
    62 points
  4. ... Sent from my moto g fast using Tapatalk
    61 points
  5. Not much, but by God he'll due after hunt #62!! I was in a stand 60 yards from my yard! When I shot, he bolted directly towards my house! LOL Funny that he dropped ~100 yards from my house!! Had dinner and just dragged him in! Thought I better have a celebratory shot of Tequila before I start skinning!
    61 points
  6. Well , I screwed up . A few minutes after 7 , I shot what I thought was a doe . It was limited light in the laneway and the deer was 25 yards away . Luckily I had practiced at that distance . Anyway , the deer took off into the bean field and I lost sight of it . I called my son to let him know I had hit a deer because I had seen the illuminated nok hit . I waited a half hour , got down from the ladder stand and went into the field . It was overcast , so I didn't see any blood until I came across a bloody spot where the deer had laid down . I saw the deer stand , take a few steps and lay back down . I tore a piece of hankerchief and marked the spot on a tall weed where the deer had last laid . I went back to my stand and sat for well over an hour . My son who had been sitting in a stand at the back of the woods said we had waited long enough and came up on his ATV . He was several hundred yards away from me . I showed Matt where the deer was when I shot . We looked around and started finding specks of blood and then some big spots of blood . Finally found the deer thanks to it's white belly . Not a doe , it was a Spike buck . I have knee surgery this coming Thursday and today was the only day I could hunt . And , thanks to my son , I was able to hunt and retrieve the deer .
    59 points
  7. Well the shit was better than I thought he didn’t even go 70 yards target buck down Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    58 points
  8. Tonight I killed a deer. 200 yards offhand ,measured on my hunting app.
    53 points
  9. Very Happy right now. Not a giant, but it is for my property Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk
    52 points
  10. Just arrow this small six pointer, about 30 minutes ago. 25 yd shot got him to pause with a grunt. He ran 35 yd and collapsed dead.
    52 points
  11. Well I may have to retire, little Zeek is fillin our freezer all on his own. We went out after half time of the Bills game, got settled in he was in a hang on and i was in a tree next to him in my climber. Nothing was stirring not even a mouse or squirrel. Eventually a fox moved thru and then a single grey squirel. Maybe 45mins later a doe comes strolling down a path that will take her within 15 yards of his stand. He came to full draw and waited for a clear shot. Honestly one of the coolest moments ive ever experienced in the woods. To see the emotion in him...im one proud dad. Doe went maybe 75 yards, shot was high but got both lungs, easy trailto follow.
    50 points
  12. This morning, not the bigger of the two that were together but he will definitely do.
    47 points
  13. This young lady was selected to attend West Point yesterday! She has worked so hard the last three years! I'm such a proud Dad! Congressman Suozzi called her while getting on the bus traveling home from an away basketball game. The team went crazy!
    47 points
  14. Decided to take my last half day of vacation today with the snow sticking and more coming. Got to my stand and the neighbors where making all kinds of noise behind me so I decided to move and go to a ground blind I had set up and not sat in yet on the edge of some thick pines and the hardwoods. With about 15 minutes of legal light I hear a stick snap and look and see a deer working through the pines. I put the binoculars up and as soon as I could see it was a buck I reached for the gun and he vanishes. I'm searching hard to find him and figure he's gone when up to my right I hear something and there he is 75 yards away and looking away from me. I got the crosshairs on him took a breath and squeezed the trigger. The deer bolts and now I'm thinking how did I miss there's no f'ing way I missed. I get out of the blind to go look and there's blood then more blood then alot of blood and there he was 30 yes away. The shot took the bottom of his heart and and one lung. I'm glad I stuck it out like everyone has said it can all change in an instant.
    47 points
  15. This morning, biggest buck taken off the farm in a few years! Shot by my partners daughter, my God daughter. I think it's the buck I missed last Monday? Couldn't have worked out better. So happy for her! I'm sorry I wasn't there. I haven't hunted since Thanksgiving. Dealing with some issues. My season may be over.
    47 points
  16. 11/23/21 at 12:14 I jumped this guy while still hunting/tracking in our first snow, shot him with my Remington 760 in .35 REM.
    47 points
  17. Big gal, I love starting a season like this Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    46 points
  18. Put to bed last night, then put to rest this am at 6:07. Soaked to the bone ! 21#, 10.5" beard, 1" spurs. Sent from my SM-G998U using Tapatalk
    46 points
  19. A little luck this morning in the turkey woods. No goobling heard from roost or early morning. At about 8:45, I fired one up with some excited clucking&cutting. He sounded off so distant, I wasn't actually sure he responded to me or just a coincidental gobble way off. I then did some yelps and got no response. So to test if he had responded to me, I tried clucking and cutting again. He gobbled and sounded like he was a little closer, but still a ways off, so I gave a few reassurance clucks and purrs, then put down the pot call and waited for him to hopefully show up. After about 10 minutes and not hearing or seeing anything, I got nervous when some crows sounded off in the area and he didn't shock gobble at them. So, I decided to cut again to see if he was still in the area. I gave a series of clucks and cutting and he hammered right back with 2 gobbles and was now really close. After a few minutes I could hear him walking in the leaves and he let out a massive gobble right behind me...Love that sound, close up! I could hear him thumping going in and out of strut behind me and then he finally came into view, but walking on the wrong side of me. He walked by my right side at about 7 yds and I knew there was no way I could turn on him for a shot. I figured to let him go by me and turn for a shot if I got a chance when his head went behind a tree. But then, he caught sight of my decoys (jake with 2 hens) to my left and he crossed in front of me at about 10 yards, heading to the decoys. He strutted around the decoys for about 30 seconds and I was able to get the gun in position when his head was blocked by his fan. When I shot him he was standing right next to my jake decoy at about 15 yards. What an exciting hunt! About 1" spurs and about a 9.25" beard.
    46 points
  20. Daughter’s buck; Stephanie got in the same stand that we got two bucks from already. She had some quick activity in the field with the same does and spikes that we’ve been seeing. She had one group of does at 150 yds that were hanging around feeding for about 15 minutes when this guy stepped out at the far tree line. She said he wasn’t going after the does but was interested in them, just hanging around watching them. After a couple of minutes he gave her a perfect pose at about 140 yds. Nice 9 pointer dropped in place with a .270. So daughter’s family takes home 2 bucks and a doe from their annual visit. Great week! Granddaughter Evelyn, the Chief Whitetail Inspector approves of mommy’s buck! Had trailcam pics of her buck too. Daughter likes to edit Josh Allen jumping over things photos, lol.
    46 points
  21. First off.. There are two guys I'd like to thank. Both know who they are. One is a member here. The other a lifelong friend. I couldn't do the gutting, due to some issues I'm dealing with. Doc said to lay off hunting until we get things straightened out. And thank God and Savior for bringing them to me. And watching over me. This isn't the biggest buck on the property. But I am so proud of him. In my mind, he's my best buck ever! For so many reasons.
    45 points
  22. I scored yesterday at my friend's place in Chautauqua. Not my biggest, but this guy has a big body. I was doing a slow stalk to try and move something up the hill to my buddy and I caught this guy in his bed. He never saw me as he was distracted by a shot to the north, I caught him turn his head at the sound of the shot. He was bedded in some thick stuff so I didn't have anything but head to shoot at. I could only see 1 side of the rack and it looked like at least an 8 pt so I put it on the white spot on his throat and fired. He never got up, I probably ruined most of the neck roast. 67 yd shot with 30-06. Perfect weather for hanging so I probably won't cut him up until Wed? It's great not having to drag him the 3/4 mike back to the truck!
    45 points
  23. This busted up 8 pointer cruised thru the woods behind my new tree stand 5 minutes after sunset. I wanted to save my buck tag for an Adirondack trip next weekend, so I was looking for one that had at least 4 points on a side. He still had 5 on the right, but only three on the left, having lost that side’s brow and g-3. No big deal for me, being mostly a meat guy, and with a 42-1/4” chest girth, he should provide plenty of that. When he stopped broadside at 50 yards, his front and rear ends were hidden behind big trees. The 1.5 Weaver on my old Ithaca 37 16 ga was fogged over from the cold and snow. I brushed the inside lens with glove, still all grey, then brushed the outside lens. Fortunately, he kept still long enough for me to get the scope cleared. I held as close as I dared to the front tree. The slug caught him right about on the diaphragm, midway up. He mule kicked and left a decent blood trail in the snow from the entry hole. It took me a while to find the trail as there was just a light dusting of snow. He piled up after about 50 yards. I did a quick gut job in the dark and didn’t save the nuts. I found the slug intact inside when I got him home and did a thougrough cleaning. It must have stopped against a rib on the outboard side.
    45 points
  24. My son wacked a great buck tonight with the xbow. Haven't seen a thing all year but a spike so far. Couldn't get in any of our good stands with the strong south winds. Until tonight, the wind switched just enough west to get into a good stand. Last half hour, this guy comes out of nowhere, 25 yards quartering towards us. He made an awesome shot, got the top of both lungs and never hit the guts. No exit hole so it was a tiny bits of blood as he ran with the bolt in him, but we heard him crash hard from the stand. But it started pouring and so little blood I started getting nervous that maybe I was hearing things when he crashed. He went about 100 yards total and piled up.
    44 points
  25. Beautiful morning. Love fall colors Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    44 points
  26. Mentioned was hunting lately but not going to burn myself out like years past. Awaiting the good , the rut. Well I picked one heck of a day it wasn’t raining nor turned off alarm and bailed. Had a four point walk almost directly under me. Later I hear foot steps in the leaves . 2 fawns with 2 good doe behind them. I know old logging trail is 25 yards from stand. First doe gets by my 2 clearings of branches to shoot through so I draw and hold awaiting second doe to hit the second window. Anticipating her step forward I let the arrow go. Luminock shows money . She bolts off. I’m gonna wait awhile to check arrow. But dang arrow who should be strobing slips under the leaves upon finally looking. Then I have a spike coming down trail followed by a different 4 point. 3 small doe coming down a knoll and the 4 point now has a good 6 join him. The 4 takes off running dogging the doe. He ran them off and they headed back under me with him still chasing. I had full draw contemplating sending it on the 6 but let off. Already have one blood trail so no bueno on sending it. After losing a doe last week I believe was a superficial hit and no idea what happened I’m glad to have redeemed myself on only my 3rd archery deer with a clean and quick kill. She went about 20 yards and crashed in a rose of Sharon. What a morning. Double lunged
    44 points
  27. So of course yesterday was the start of the youth weekend so it's about my youngest son and his last youth hunt. Last year he filled his first tag ever on a young doe so this year he had a couple rules. #1 no yearling deer, #2 no yearling deer. So yesterday morning we drive to my property about 1/2 hour away and it starts raining 5 minutes before we get there. I say out loud it's raining and I hear I'm not worried about a little rain. He might not care but I don't feel like getting rained on so I drive back towards home to another spot. We got set just as first light was poking through and 5 minutes later there's a doe and fawn 15 yards in front of us and of course directly down wind. They never bolt but we weren't moving an inch the both nervously walked off. A couple hours later we headed home for grandma's 97th bday so no afternoon hunt and he wasn't moving this am so I flew to a bow stand solo at about 9am I get a text asking if I'm taking him this afternoon. We drive to my property and get set around 3:30ish and here come two adult doe with fawns and they blew and blew so I said I had a spot to maybe sneak in with the wind how it was so we go. I no sooner creep through the hedrow and here's a good buck about 120 yds in the middle of this green field so I get the stick out he drops to a knee and takes aim. I just keep saying squeeze, squeeze when the gun goes off I'm looking at the deer through binoculars and he starts to bolt as I turn to tell him to shoot again I see a buck flop in the field to the left of the big one and then I hear "do you want me to shoot him too?" As I turn back again and he's now pointing towards the first buck I saw. No don't do it and thank God he didn't but no comes the what are you doing ? Shooting the deer. Why did you shoot that one? I didn't see the big one until I shot. Anyways I'm proud of my boy and he took a 165yd shot with the 30-06 and dropped his first buck.
    44 points
  28. Went to help track straight from work just got home. He went 100 yards no blood but we found him in thick mountain laurel. That's an elk and bear in back to back years for my little bro.
    44 points
  29. Buck down buck down!! My first buck ever, first buck with a bow.
    44 points
  30. I'm happy with him. I was limited on wall space, old home low ceiling.
    44 points
  31. My beautiful bride had some outpatient surgery this morning. Doc said all went fine, and she's going to be ok. It's been a long road since her breast cancer surgery last summer. Breaks my heart when I see her in pain. But I have her resting comfortably here at home now. So all is good! God heard my prayers.
    44 points
  32. Northern zone target buck finally makes his mistake. Can’t wait to seal the deal on the Tier target buck come late season.
    44 points
  33. With the arrival of our 2nd daughter in October, I knew my time in the woods would be hard to come by this year. I decided early on that I wasn’t going to bow hunt, as I wanted to spend as much time with my 2 year old as possible before her sister arrived. We have had family in and out for the past several weeks, leading right up to the start of gun season. It was great, but we never really developed a routine with our parents here. I finally figured that if I left to go hunting when our 2 year old started eating lunch, after which she goes down for a nap, then I would only be strapping my wife with both of them for an hour or two before I got home. I tried this method out last Wednesday, and it went really well. I let a spike buck walk, and made it home in plenty of time to take up the yoke. Today I played the same game. I left the house at around 11:45, and was up in my tree by 12:30. I had left my climber out on Wednesday, which meant the seat was plenty wet. However, I purchased a Muddy “Complete Seat” to put on top, and let me tell you, that thing is legit for keeping a butt toasty warm. It was a beautiful afternoon, with gentle snow showers throughout. At around 2:30 I heard something crashing around behind me, but since the woods was so thick behind me, I never saw what it was. I figured something had winded me. Then, at 3:30, this guy stepped into the swampy area that I was overlooking. Getting a clear shot at 100 yards, I took it and dropped him. The entry was in the right shoulder and exit through the neck. Then the real work began. I drug him the 100 yds across the semi-frozen swamp, tied a strap on him, and after crashing my own way through a creek, I pulled him across. Then I field dressed him and drug him another 200 yards to the hay field edge. At this point the land owner arrived and helped me drag him across 2 hay fields (his 4 wheeler was down and it’s wet enough that we didn’t want to drive on the fields) and I got him loaded in the back of the Subaru. The processor I use in Charlton was able to take him tonight as well, which my wife was really happy about This one was special to me, as I took this deer with a rifle that was gifted to me by a family friend. I documented my resurrection of the old Remington 760 in a previous thread. It really felt nice to take a deer with a rifle that’s approaching it’s 70th birthday, not to mention period optics to boot. My mom showed the picture I sent her to the old man that gifted me the rifle, and he was over the moon. I can’t wait to tell him the story the next time we go back to Illinois. Additionally, this is my first rifle deer and my first NY buck. He’s by no means my biggest buck, an 8 pointer, but it’s meat in the freezer and I checked a lot of “firsts” off this afternoon. If you read this far, good for you. I didn’t mean to write a book here, but it was a special hunt for me. Now I get to enjoy the holiday season with my family and we can have some grilled tenderloin for Christmas!
    44 points
  34. Success within the first hour of the season. She’s hanging out in the deer fridge now.
    43 points
  35. A “cruiser” came thru the woods behind my new stand, scent checking a clover plot, 5 minutes after sunset. I was able to cash in on the new 1/2 hour rule: A BB and bb (during early antlerless gun season) from that stand this year.
    43 points
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