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Too bad it wasn't the one I thought it was.:sad: I am not sure what my hunting has come to when I drill a buck like this and end up with a pit in my stomach upon recovery. I had a gut feeling that I was gonna kill a buck tonight, and yet was shocked when I saw him coming through the timber down a draw straight to my bean patch. I saw that the tine length was good but the brows where short like the buck in a few pics that I had posted a few weeks ago in a thread asking age and score. Everything was text book perfect as he stopped behind a clump of tree and allowed me to stand up and grab my bow. It happened fast but as he approached I noticed his belly was tight and neck was thin so I thought maybe he was run down from the rut. Wheels were spinnin and smokin in my head. What to do, what to do?? I drew as he was at about 8 yards and I wasn't very high in the tree. I continued trying to figure out how he looked younger and I struggled in my head whether to shoot. Even knowing that this meant that he wasn't a "shooter", at just the last second before he step into the brush on the edge I just put the pin on him, thought this is crazy, and let it rip. I don't think I even enjoyed the moment as I was stressed out on what I was about to do. I have been to the tree over 120 times since Oct. 1st and this is the only deer close to a decent buck that I have seen all year out of the tree. After the buck fell within 50 yards I glassed him wondering what I had just kept from ever getting bigger. The neighbor had just shot a 130ish 9 point on the last day of season and I told myself I was gonna shoot the deer I had on camera except I now realize I had pics of two different bucks with in the same minute or two that were very similar but one was wider and a much bigger body. Ahhhhh hindsight!
I bought this property last Oct. and this was the first year for the food plots. I have dumped my whole life into this 40 acres and some how I am managing to make it awful stressful!
Anyway....... I guess I ought to be happy to do what I do! I will try getting a few pics up now.
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Sorry for the small pics. I don't know how to enlarge them.
 

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I only have a few bucks bigger than forkys and small baskets on camera and they all seem to have small brows. This deer was definitely only 2.5 and might have made something in a couple years but I guess the one I was after and didn't see will get bigger too.
 

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great buck man congrats
 

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Man what a tough racket:confused:that's a beautiful buck and you should be proud of the animal, IMO anything with a bow is a trophy.

I'm not harping on you buddy but if hunting has become that stressful than why hunt? It's supposed to be fun and relaxing and just enjoying the wild. I don't understand why you would be disappointed with your harvest??? You hear it all the time, "well he's not my biggest buuuuut", "I couldn't pass him because the neighbor....." This is whats wrong with hunting today, the "Horn Porn" industry has taken the fun out of the hunt for some guys. I mean I have heard of guys making their kids pass young bucks to let them grow....when in reality the kid has never harvested a deer and would be ecstatic with a small buck, doe, anything.

Now if you are serious about QDMA and establishing a better herd and environment that's great.....do like I do. I take my camera and lens and shoot all kinds of animals with my camera lol. I have set goals for what I will and won't harvest and IMO it's just as fun getting all kinds of quality wildlife pics and it helps pass the time while waiting for the right animal.
 

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Thought it was this deer which I think is at least 3.5
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IMO, that deer is 5.5+, likely even older and on the downhill slide. Look at his roman nose, big neck, huge body (way more body than legs) and brisket. I'm used to Texas deer but even then, he looks beyond mature to me.

As far as your other buck, the one you shot, congrats on the kill.
 

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congrats
 

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IMO, that deer is 5.5+, likely even older and on the downhill slide. Look at his roman nose, big neck, huge body (way more body than legs) and brisket. I'm used to Texas deer but even then, he looks beyond mature to me.

As far as your other buck, the one you shot, congrats on the kill.
Nice buck. And yes you are used to Texas deer.:wink:
 

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Man what a tough racket:confused:that's a beautiful buck and you should be proud of the animal, IMO anything with a bow is a trophy.

I'm not harping on you buddy but if hunting has become that stressful than why hunt? It's supposed to be fun and relaxing and just enjoying the wild. I don't understand why you would be disappointed with your harvest??? You hear it all the time, "well he's not my biggest buuuuut", "I couldn't pass him because the neighbor....." This is whats wrong with hunting today, the "Horn Porn" industry has taken the fun out of the hunt for some guys. I mean I have heard of guys making their kids pass young bucks to let them grow....when in reality the kid has never harvested a deer and would be ecstatic with a small buck, doe, anything.

Now if you are serious about QDMA and establishing a better herd and environment that's great.....do like I do. I take my camera and lens and shoot all kinds of animals with my camera lol. I have set goals for what I will and won't harvest and IMO it's just as fun getting all kinds of quality wildlife pics and it helps pass the time while waiting for the right animal.
I agree with you 100 %. I have killed a ton of deer in my life and I guess I am at that stage where I want to manage my property which is only 60 acres when you figure in my dads 20 acres that connects to mine. This is probably impossible with that acreage but what else can you do? I can shoot buttons and doe fawns all day long and enjoy the heck out of it even though it is pretty easy. I have been seriously evaluating my hunting since I released the arrow on this buck and I have never felt this way before about any deer before. Does the long bow or the recurve need to come out??? I just never seem to see big deer and I hunt my butt off but I hate to shoot a deer that might make it to 150" one day whether I shoot it or the neighbors shoots it in the end. Will I stop hunting no way.....deer, coyotes, turkeys.....it is what makes me tick. I don't need to kill big deer to be happy I just hate to shoot those that are one year away from being a big shooter. I just knew this deer had to be the one it the pics but then again I just knew he looked too small and in the end I confirmed the latter. I just wish this deer could have been shot by some little kid or my wife instead of some seasoned guy like me. This whole big buck thing has its down falls for sure. Thanks for the comments guys!
 

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Great deer man! I wouldn't have passed him up!
 

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Congrats and quit beating yourself up brother. You got a nice deer, you shot him very close, made a great and ethical shot, and now have fresh meat in the freezer. It doesnt get much better than that IMHO.
 

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My cousin manages his 44 acres with some select cut of the timber and some food plots in the middle of his timber, has neighbors that shoot anything and everything yet he still manages to pull some nice bucks into his little paradise. Passes multiple young border line p&y bucks every year only to see his neighbors whack most of them come gun season, however he still manages to kill some nice bucks, killed a 140 inch eight point this year and had a parade of bucks coming to check the plots he has!
 

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Hate to see guys discount their kill or beat themselves up for reasons already mentioned.

Congrats on buying your own land and good luck getting back to just enjoying the hunt. Grill some backstrap, have a beer, be happy you have a nice chunk of land to call your own, and enjoy the holidays. :cheers:
 

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got a nice deer you seem dissapointed:confused:
 
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