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Butterbean

Good Saturday hunt

Friday afternoon I carried a friend down into the swamp and showed him where I though a big deer was hanging around.  I pointed out a spot where I thought he would cross an opening and suggesting setting up where he could watch this.  Saturday morning we eased into the swamp before sunrise and he set up in the spot and I moved to another spot.  At 8:15 a basket 8 walked in behind him within 30 feet of him but completely opposite of what the plan was.  Buck was a youngster so he did right and let it walk.  At 10:15 this 220 lb 8 point stepped out.  He has a 16" inside spread and we aged it to 5 1/2 years and was definitely on the decline.
In total we saw 13 deer yesterday.  It was a good one for sure.



BTW, if you look very closely at this deer's right ear you will see there is a bullet hole punched through it.  Around 4 years ago there was a young yearling buck that saw me in the stand and stomped his feet and carried on trying to show me how tough he was rather than running to safety.  To teach him a lesson that would help him later in life I shot him in the right ear.  Do you think this could be the boy I educated that day?

Dave C

Real nice Deer, well done pal.

Dave.
debbie

beautiful.  Venison on the menu then.  Are you going to cure the hyde?
Butterbean

debbie wrote:
beautiful.  Venison on the menu then.  Are you going to cure the hyde?


Gave the hide to the taxidermist so he could use it on another deer if he needed it.  I've got one tanned hide and it sheds too much and Amelia doesn't like it shedding all over the place.  I kinda like it though.

I'll be making some sausage this week.  He's pretty musky though so I think I'm going to soak him with some vinegar cause I cannot stand meat that is gamey.
debbie

is it the rut for you too?
sod

Very nice  
Butterbean

debbie wrote:
is it the rut for you too?


Yes, he was full in the neck and smelled pretty strong.  I had a nice one in front of me grunting but he just wouldn't cooperate.

I'll be taking an eleven year old this week.  He's never shot a deer but I understand he has been practicing and is really excited about the hunt.  He and his father will be camping on our place and I hope I can stack the deck in his favor cause I really want to see him get his first.  Been doing a little scouting before they arrive.  I saw 10 today in three different locations.  10:15 seems to be the magic morning hour and 5:30 is the afternoon time.  I hope they keep this pattern up cause this is perfect for my schedule.
Butterbean

Here is my eleven year old guest with his first deer. (its a small 8 point.  smaller than what I allow to be harvested but for a child's first deer I waive this rule)  After he got skunked the first afternoon I told him to be patient cause that was what hunting was all about.  Thursday morning this buck walked out and wandered through the trees and finally got about 75 yards from the stand and he took his shot.  Deer ran off and he and his father thought he just knicked it but I set my dog off on the blood trail and he found him about 30 yards from where he was shot.  Hit was a heart and lung shot.  Not bad for an eleven year old from that distance and through the trees no less.  He was psyched.  He asked his father if he was dreaming but this picture proves he was not.  I cleaned it and cooked tenderloin medalions, hog head stew and deer sausage for supper.  Boy said it was the best deer meat he'd ever tasted.

Does he look pleased?



Oh, on a funny side story my dog Eli figured the deer was his cause he found him and wouldn't let the boy touch it till I corrected him.
sod

Happy aint the word    great shot and great result has he done any shooting before?
Butterbean

Yes, his father told him that he would not take him deer hunting until he could do a four inch group at 100 yards so he has had some practice and he doesn't seem to get buck fever like many people do.
Jonty

That's a great write up BB.  I'm really chuffed for the young lad.
Butterbean

I don't know who is more excited, he, his dad or me.  We were all tickled pink.  He even used good judgment cause as they were waiting for me and Eli to get there a spike stepped out and they didn't harvest it.  I was pleased with their decision cause I trophy manage and this youngster might one day become something like this if the right decisions are made.



Besides, the antlers on a spike are rather tough I'm told.   Here is what I watched yesterday afternoon.  The nanny on the far left is now in my cooler after she took one in her upper neck.  She never knew what hit her and no meat was damaged.

bullcross

a really nice thread this, thanks Butterbean  

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