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Old January 17, 2012, 03:45 PM   #101
12GaugeShuggoth
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Definitely some very nice deer in this thread, congrats to everyone, especially those that got their first deer this year!

The deer have been a bit scarce this year around here, lots of people reporting a fairly difficult hunting season. I really didn't get out in the woods as much as I wanted to, but was able to connect with this nice (for me) 8 pointer.



Didn't get to the stand until about 35 minutes before dark, wasn't really expecting to see anything but figured it was worth a shot. Ten minutes later a little 4 pointer came out and made a scrape about 10 yards from my stand. About 5 minutes later this fella came stomping out from behind me making a straight shot to the little 4. He crossed within about 2 feet from the ladder to the stand, and I dropped the hammer with him no more than about 10 feet from it. Shot was placed just to the side of the spine and angled in to the vitals. Dropped like a rock and never budged, shot him with my Traditions Yukon 50 cal. muzzle loader, 100gr. Pyrodex and a 295gr. Powerbelt.

When I climbed down and went to inspect him, I looked down the field and the little 4 was still standing out in the open no more than 50 yards away, I thought it was funny.
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Old January 18, 2012, 08:57 AM   #102
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It was a strange season around these parts as well. Not as much deer movement in the times and places we're used to. More deer movement in mid-day than normal. Less overall deer sightings and less deer than normal taken on the property we hunt. Our total harvest this year was 24 deer amongst all of us that hunt that property. Average is closer to 50...... I tend to average 4-5 a year personally and I took 5 this year, but it was a hard-fought 5 and I hunted A LOT.
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Old January 22, 2012, 07:52 AM   #103
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I hunt with RR & the deer were awful thin on the ground. I wasn't able to hunt much this year, but was happy to have taken 2, especially considering that one of them was my first deer ever.

All things considered, it was a great season for me.
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