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Bud B.
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Well, I can't compete with that. I did have a very young six pointer come in this morning. He got within 10 yards of my stand but he had his eye on me the whole time.

He came in the first time at the twilight when the deer move like smudges among the leaves. Not enough light to shoot safely. Too many twigs where I hunt. He clumsily ran off crashing through deadfall. About 20 minutes later he was now on my right. Still making way too much noise for a deer that'll survive for many years. He got upwind of me and blew me about a dozen times. I figured that was it but darned if he didn't come in again in about fifteen minutes. I had bow in hand and was at the ready but so was he. He would take two or three steps and look right at me. Two or thee more and look again. He was heading down the very trail I watch from my stand but he swirled and ran off.

Maybe next time. I have to go back to work for a few days now.

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Nice work guys! I should have put a backstrap clause in the contract! [Big Grin]

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Good deal Bisch. Gotta feeling I may need to start saving for the Auction .RC
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Gerardo
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Excellent Bisch !!!!! [clapper]

Where at is your lease in south texas , I have hunted close to laredo in the past ,

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While hunting Monday I finally gave in to the temptation of the 6-8 squirrels that have mocked me this season. Faith took some game, albeit small game.

I had fried squirrel for lunch Monday. The shot was a little high and off to the left but no blood trail due to a pass thru pin down.

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The sun set on Faith and me again. I'll have a few more before I have to ship her off.

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Hope and I got this nice doe in North Texas last Saturday (12/10)! Sorry for the pic but I made a rather poor shot (which turned out OK because of the mojo in this bow) and it was late by the time we got her recovered and taking pics. She ended up only going about 60yds from where I shot her but since I made a bad shot we waited quite a long time before going to look for her.

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Oh yeah, Great shot on the tree rat, Bud!

See ya later,

Bisch

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quote:
Originally posted by Gerardo:
Excellent Bisch !!!!! [clapper]

Where at is your lease in south texas , I have hunted close to laredo in the past ,

Gerardo, my lease is near Tilden. It is about 1 1/2 hours south of San Antonio and probably about the same distance north of Laredo.

Good luck to you when you get your hands on Faith!

Bisch

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Well I got home from my weekend hunt on Sunday about midnight. I satyed home on Monday and then headed to south Tx to my lease on Tuesday. I was not really after anything in particular other than to get to hunt with my lease partner. Due to things going on in his life he has not got to hunt much this season and as such I have been hunting by myself a lot this year and have missed his company.

Hope and I arrived at the ranch in the afternoon on Tuesday just in time to hunt. I went to a ground blind we call the Astroblind. It was a pretty slow afternoon till right before dark when a gaggle of pigs came through feeding. Something spooked them and they all ran off. I thought it was over when a few minutes later a medium sized sow with white front legs and two bigger pigs came through. It was REAL close to dark and very difficult to see through the netting in the window of the blind. I could see those white legs clearly though and told myself "all you got to do is put it right above that white". Well, I took a shot and best I could tell, I missed low. The pigs skeedaddled out of there. I have always said I would rather miss low than hit high (esp on a pig).

The next morning I went to the same blind and saw a few little deer but no pigs.

That afternoon I went back to the same blind again. At about 4:00pm a nice little up-and-comer 8 point came in and fed for a while in front of me accompanied by a small 4 point and a button buck. We are very near the rut and the 8pt is a buck we have not seen before. Here is a pic of the 8 point:

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Those 3 deer fed around in front of me for about 30 minutes and then just left to go do other things. From then on until almost dark I saw nothing! It got too dark to see through the netting again so I reached up folded it down out of the way. About two minutes later, I catch movement. It is a single pig coming in. Oh yeah! It is the same white legged pig I missed the day before. The pig found my hand thrown corn and began to feed. It was rooting around and would not stand still. It was really starting to get dark and the pig finally stopped and was (I thought) a little quartered away. Hope came to full draw and the arrow was on the way. The arrow smacked hard and the pig tore out of there with my arrow still in it. I got out of the blind to make sure I had a blood trail and this is what I found about 12yds from where I had shot him:

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This was the first critter I had shot with Hope that I did not get a complete pass through. My buddy had texted me that he had shot a deer so I went and picked him up and helped him drag his little 4 point out of the woods. We then returned to find my pig.

The blood trail started out like this (I always like to see blood coming out of both sides):

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I was real confident. Then about 25yds into it the blood trail went down to just single tiny drops (and I started to get a little worried and second guess my shot):

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We followed the tiny drops for about 30-40yds and then foud this:

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We got stuck right at the last big bubbly blood but I knew my pig had to be close. We did a small circle pattern and could find no more blood anywhere. I then went back to the big bubbly spot on my hands and knees and my pig was 4 feet away in a THICK pile of brush. It turns out that the pig was actually quartered to me just a bit and not away like I had thought. So I got to shoot at the same pig two afternoons in a row and bagged her with the second shot. It was a nice sized (70#-80#) sow. Here is a couple pics of the sow that Hope and I were able to take:

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I don't know if I will get out again before Christmas but I am sure I will between XMas and New Years.

See y'all later,

Bisch

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Congrats Bisch!

I wish hunting spots like yours were close to me. I am stuck to two small tracks of private land and public land. Public land during gun season 'round here is a gamble. You might be the one that gets harvested.

I saw another sunrise with Faith.

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Then after a bout of sneezing at about 8am I decided my morning chances were nill. I got the climber down and did some scouting since the recent rain had the leaves silenced.

I have seen these before but thought I'd show you all a little of Faith's hunting grounds.

These are all within 50 yards of my stand.
sorry for the poor photography


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And just so you don't think the deer around here pick on only small trees.


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And I saw this right as I got to the road where I parked.

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I gotta do some chores and then I'll be back this afternoon trusting in Faith to get me through and get some harvest photos up.

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Good luck Bud!!!! I am blessed to have a good place to hunt and a few friends that have good places too. A couple of the animals I have taken with Hope are only due to the friends part. Looks like there is good sign in your area, but for whatever reason, the deer just are not cooperating with you and Faith. Keep at it because a day in the woods (even with no harvest) is better than almost anything else!

See ya later,

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Nice pics Bud B !!!!

Bisch [Not Worthy] I am spechless !!! CONGRATS !!! you sure are taking hope for a ride around TEXAS

keep on sharing

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I


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HIM!!


I made it back to the stand today at 1:30pm. I was s-l-e-e-p-y! Thank goodness for the harness.

I was in a daze at about 3:30 when I heard what I thought were footsteps behind me and to my left. I'm backed up along a treeline that has a creek running along the property line. I'm facing east-northeast. I turned and there he was. A massive antlered thick buck. I caught him as he jumped the creek. His antlers gleamed in the low sunlight. He cleared the creek with ease. He hadn't a clue I was there. He had a tag along. I thought it was a doe.

The big buck landed and looked around. I prayed he would turn right. He turned left and slowly walked along the creek. he was only 15 yards away when he landed but it was too thick to get a shooting window. I was afraid to move and get busted by the next one in line. It came up to the creek to follow the big leader. It thought about jumping the creek. He bobbed and dipped but must've thought he couldn't do it so he jumped in the middle of the creek and came up. He was a little spike with a left 4" tine and his right tine was either gone or too small to see. He looked right at me!

He paused for about two seconds and then took the same left turn and followed Big Daddy. This was last year's crop. The old buck was definitely mature and wise. He had a dark patch on his crown and thick neck and body. He looked to outweigh the spike by about 75 pounds at least. He was taller too. I'm not a real good judge of animal weight but I'd bet he go 200lbs live weight. He's the biggest buck I've ever had that close to me while hunting. His body disappeared long before I lost sight of his antlers in the thick brush.

Dwight Millsaps, "see" here on tradgang, hunted this patch on Thanksgiving. He can tell you how thick it is. (Dwight, he went near the tree you were in.)

I have never seen such a magnificent animal while hunting. He's the one that's been polishing that big cedar.

I'll be back. I only had about 45 seconds to see them both. The little one was just tagging along. I hope and pray I get a chance with Faith on this guy. What an accomplishment that would be.

I'm still dumbfounded.

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When he jumped the creek he landed behind the big dead tree in this photo. There was a small parallelogram just to the right of the tree that would have been my only window, but he was quartering away and spine was all I could see. I was shaking pretty bad too. [Smile]

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Good luck to you Bud!
Way to go again Bisch!

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Good Luck Bud !!!!! Hope you get to see him again , this will be good motivation !!!!

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quote:
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Good Luck Bud !!!!! Hope you get to see him again , this will be good motivation !!!!

You bet it's motivation. I didn't get a bit sleepy after seeing him. I'm still feeling a little of the rush!

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