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14 minutes ago, Belo said:

I shot a nice buck in Mississippi. It was right at legal light and he ran down a 6' wide and 10' deep crevasse and up the other side. I was already at the bottom of a steep ravine. Luckily the deer are smaller down south, but he wasn't small. 

I ended up having to toss him down into the crevasse and with him on my shoulders I squatted him up the other side. Then came the ravine. Every few feet I'd get him up he'd just slide back down. So I had to make these "pushes" to a tree where I could temporarily hold him. On top of it all it started to drizzle and there are all sorts of weird critters and noises in the woods in the south that this yankee wasn't used to. To tell you I was on the verge of tears is not an exaggeration and several times I considered leaving him there and coming back in the morning, but I made it out.

As my grandpa and dad have always said, the easiest part of hunting is pulling the trigger.  Congrats on the buck!

I shot a buck on state land that slid down into a deep ravine and I did what you did, kept throwing my rope around saplings and pulling him up, every few Id lose him and hed slide back down. I finally called my friend at camp and said "Eff this, come down the back road on the quad and fly across the field, Ill meet you at the base of the hill. If anyone comes out screaming Ill beg forgiveness and take my lumps lol. We got in and out clean

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I shot a buck on state land that slid down into a deep ravine and I did what you did, kept throwing my rope around saplings and pulling him up, every few Id lose him and hed slide back down. I finally called my friend at camp and said "Eff this, come down the back road on the quad and fly across the field, Ill meet you at the base of the hill. If anyone comes out screaming Ill beg forgiveness and take my lumps lol. We got in and out clean
Had my opening day buck expire at the bottom of a deep revine. Our property is the beginning of zore valley so once he crossed our 300 yard field....then we couldnt find him inside the wood line and right there my panic button went off and I figured he was at the bottom. Well after another 10 minutes of looking from the top my buddy spotted him laying across the creek in the far side. The drag back was God awful. Started with having to cross the creek....lift it up a 4' bank, gut, then drag what felt like straight up the wet, leafy muddy hill. I felt like both lungs were going to fall out-of my body, and I was shedding clothes like crazy cause I was sweating like a dog. Thank goodness once we got him to the field we could load him into the atv to haul out the rest of the way.

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39 minutes ago, mlammerhirt said:

Had my opening day buck expire at the bottom of a deep revine. Our property is the beginning of zore valley so once he crossed our 300 yard field....then we couldnt find him inside the wood line and right there my panic button went off and I figured he was at the bottom. Well after another 10 minutes of looking from the top my buddy spotted him laying across the creek in the far side. The drag back was God awful. Started with having to cross the creek....lift it up a 4' bank, gut, then drag what felt like straight up the wet, leafy muddy hill. I felt like both lungs were going to fall out-of my body, and I was shedding clothes like crazy cause I was sweating like a dog. Thank goodness once we got him to the field we could load him into the atv to haul out the rest of the way.

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We used to hunt a property in Illinois that had a steep bluff, and we'd kill a lot of deer below the bluff. We would take my uncles 6 wheeler out, wedge it behind a tree and drop the winch cable with some ropes attached. It worked like a charm. 

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Good day, bad day. 
Good, I retraced my steps from last Wednesday and managed to find my Buck knife. Careless on my part to lose it but very happy to have it back. I’ve had that knife close to thirty years and used it on all sorts of game. Deer, elk, hog and antelope not to mention all sorts of small game. Very good day. 
Bad, just minutes after finding my knife, I spotted a doe working it’s way across a goldenrod field and went on a stalk for about a hundred yards until I was thirty yards from her. Waited a couple of minutes while she grazed with her hind end facing me. When she turned broadside, I pulled the trigger and only heard the firing pin whack against the Hornaday Performance round but no luck with it firing. The deer looked up and hopped into a hedgerow and was gone. 

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4 hours ago, Belo said:

I shot a nice buck in Mississippi. It was right at legal light and he ran down a 6' wide and 10' deep crevasse and up the other side. I was already at the bottom of a steep ravine. Luckily the deer are smaller down south, but he wasn't small. 

I ended up having to toss him down into the crevasse and with him on my shoulders I squatted him up the other side. Then came the ravine. Every few feet I'd get him up he'd just slide back down. So I had to make these "pushes" to a tree where I could temporarily hold him. On top of it all it started to drizzle and there are all sorts of weird critters and noises in the woods in the south that this yankee wasn't used to. To tell you I was on the verge of tears is not an exaggeration and several times I considered leaving him there and coming back in the morning, but I made it out.

As my grandpa and dad have always said, the easiest part of hunting is pulling the trigger.  Congrats on the buck!

Start a thread asking about people's worst drags, because I have a couple doozies right about at that same level of misery!

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We all already carry dragging rope and possibly a dragging harness...

Add a ratchet strap and a d shackle to your pack.

Attach the ratchet strap to a tree uphill, place the d shackle on the strap pointing toward the deer.

Run your dragging rope through it and you can walk down the hill or ravine using your body weight to pull it up.

Only costs a couple bucks to put together and can be a life saver which doesn't even weigh much. 

ł prefer this harness and paracord combined with that method: 

 

 

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13 minutes ago, 46rkl said:

Good day, bad day. 
Good, I retraced my steps from last Wednesday and managed to find my Buck knife. Careless on my part to lose it but very happy to have it back. I’ve had that knife close to thirty years and used it on all sorts of game. Deer, elk, hog and antelope not to mention all sorts of small game. Very good day. 
Bad, just minutes after finding my knife, I spotted a doe working it’s way across a goldenrod field and went on a stalk for about a hundred yards until I was thirty yards from her. Waited a couple of minutes while she grazed with her hind end facing me. When she turned broadside, I pulled the trigger and only heard the firing pin whack against the Hornaday Performance round but no luck with it firing. The deer looked up and hopped into a hedgerow and was gone. 

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I have had that happen and I believe that has happened to a few others on the forum this year. after my misfire I spoke with a gunsmith who warned me that if the round's primer was dented that the round is very unstable and to be sure to dispose of it and not keep it laying around.

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As I head from the doctor to PT, I get this pic. This buck has been in my area all season. This is killing me. Hopefully I can pull it together soon and make a move on him. D44EE087-CED9-4137-ADAB-F57984F57825.thumb.jpeg.bb4937f61f1092c72b00724fcc8d8d92.jpeg

Nice Buck!!
I wonder if lighting up the poundage on your bow would work ?


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Doe down. Ridiculous story. As I posted earlier, I lost a doe due to a misfire. We’ll, I was sitting in a stand when two doe stepped out about 80 yards away. No good shot because of branches in the way. I waited impatiently for them to feed their way towards me and they did. The smaller one was at twenty and the bigger one at forty when I first tried to shoot. Misfire. Slowly work the bolt while they are both looking around and trying to figure out what the noise was. Ejected round rinks off of the stand and I get the action closed. They are back to feeding so I try to shoot again. Misfire. Now I’m screwed as the clip is empty. I slowly eject the bad round (caught this one), remove the clip, unzip my backpack and get my spare (loaded) clip out. I’m surprised that I remembered where I had put it. Get it loaded and rack a round. I look up and the bigger one was now out around 60 yards and acting nervous while the little one is closer. I managed to lean over to my right a bit and get a clear shot off. She bolted but circled back in 15 yards and fell right where I shot her. Nice heart/lung shot. The only problem with the whole thing was that I had a very long drag, more than half a mile and three creek crossings to get this deer to my truck. Getting way too old for that but as the song goes,”I may not be as good as I once was, but I’m as good once as I ever was”. Sort of…

All in all a good day but I’m beat and I need a beer. 

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First, I went to stand along a cornfield that was recently cut that borders my property on the backside. I felt like I stood out like a sore thumb with minimal cover, so I moved to a stand ~150 yards from the corner of the field, hoping to catch something moving towards the corn. About 4:30, I look through some treetops and see 4-5 does and a small buck in the cornfield just about where I was standing earlier. Could have been more deer, but I couldn't see that well. Thinking about throwing up a hang on or ground blind at the back of my property around lunch time tomorrow and hunting it in the evening. Afraid my frustration will get the best of me and I'll shoot a doe or small buck that I really don't want to shoot though. Then again, if it looks promising tomorrow, maybe I'll put my daughter in a ground blind there some evening when she doesn't have school. She's not as picky "selective" as I am! :pleasantry:

 

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8 hours ago, NonTypical said:

As I head from the doctor to PT, I get this pic. This buck has been in my area all season. This is killing me. Hopefully I can pull it together soon and make a move on him. D44EE087-CED9-4137-ADAB-F57984F57825.thumb.jpeg.bb4937f61f1092c72b00724fcc8d8d92.jpeg

Wow! What a beauty! Sure hope you're feeling well enough to get after him before the season ends!

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1 hour ago, 46rkl said:

Doe down. Ridiculous story. As I posted earlier, I lost a doe due to a misfire. We’ll, I was sitting in a stand when two doe stepped out about 80 yards away. No good shot because of branches in the way. I waited impatiently for them to feed their way towards me and they did. The smaller one was at twenty and the bigger one at forty when I first tried to shoot. Misfire. Slowly work the bolt while they are both looking around and trying to figure out what the noise was. Ejected round rinks off of the stand and I get the action closed. They are back to feeding so I try to shoot again. Misfire. Now I’m screwed as the clip is empty. I slowly eject the bad round (caught this one), remove the clip, unzip my backpack and get my spare (loaded) clip out. I’m surprised that I remembered where I had put it. Get it loaded and rack a round. I look up and the bigger one was now out around 60 yards and acting nervous while the little one is closer. I managed to lean over to my right a bit and get a clear shot off. She bolted but circled back in 15 yards and fell right where I shot her. Nice heart/lung shot. The only problem with the whole thing was that I had a very long drag, more than half a mile and three creek crossings to get this deer to my truck. Getting way too old for that but as the song goes,”I may not be as good as I once was, but I’m as good once as I ever was”. Sort of…

All in all a good day but I’m beat and I need a beer. 

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Was that 3 misfires today? Wow!

BTW, congrats on the doe!

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1 hour ago, 46rkl said:

Doe down. Ridiculous story. As I posted earlier, I lost a doe due to a misfire. We’ll, I was sitting in a stand when two doe stepped out about 80 yards away. No good shot because of branches in the way. I waited impatiently for them to feed their way towards me and they did. The smaller one was at twenty and the bigger one at forty when I first tried to shoot. Misfire. Slowly work the bolt while they are both looking around and trying to figure out what the noise was. Ejected round rinks off of the stand and I get the action closed. They are back to feeding so I try to shoot again. Misfire. Now I’m screwed as the clip is empty. I slowly eject the bad round (caught this one), remove the clip, unzip my backpack and get my spare (loaded) clip out. I’m surprised that I remembered where I had put it. Get it loaded and rack a round. I look up and the bigger one was now out around 60 yards and acting nervous while the little one is closer. I managed to lean over to my right a bit and get a clear shot off. She bolted but circled back in 15 yards and fell right where I shot her. Nice heart/lung shot. The only problem with the whole thing was that I had a very long drag, more than half a mile and three creek crossings to get this deer to my truck. Getting way too old for that but as the song goes,”I may not be as good as I once was, but I’m as good once as I ever was”. Sort of…

All in all a good day but I’m beat and I need a beer. 

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What gun and caliber are you using?

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