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Old school hunt - nice NJ buck down
As I found him...
As I found him...
I say old school, because this state, this country has become addicted to trail cams, and in NJ - baiting those cams. I am guilty of same, but I generally prefer to hunt sign and acorns particularly. I am near a lot of agriculture - but I don't have access to hunt fields. My woods is a great funnel . That being said - my best big buck hunts close to home (walking out the door) depend on acorns or the rut. This year, all my reds and whites are barren. A spot I have stands on 2 miles away - loaded with chestnut oak acorns and MOST but not ALL the whites are barren. However 2 weeks ago I scouted an old stand on a plateau halfway up a steep hemlock & oak ridge. Tons of chestnut oaks but deer don't like them much this time of year too acidic... Lots of big mature white oaks but all barren. I found next to the stand I hung in 2006 but never did much out of - a few smaller white oaks that were dropping. No surprise - the only sign on this 52 acres was there. 40 yards from stand was a big, fresh rub... Like hit that morning fresh. It was burning in my mind to get over there and hunt it, but a massive heat wave set in, and I lucked out that the first cold morning coincided with a Friday work from home day. Plan was to get in 5:45 am and sit till about 8:15... The hunt started by spooking deer off the acorns on way in... Then a large pack of coyotes moved through effectively driving the entire piece right before shooting light. I figured hunt was over. Had a fawn come in and bed then a young 4pt at 7am feeding all around me. I still felt that whatever made that rub, was probably not coming in based on the coyote "drive". They were all spread out in formation. Well 7:40 this nice 165# dressed out split brow 9pt comes in. I glass him at 20 yards as he was slurping acorns, and thought "nice buck but a little thin on top", but as he turned and walked to me, I saw great mass on his bases all gnarly and such... Shooter! He stopped near broadside at 8 yards, my blood was pumping and he fell 40-50 yards from stand. No blood trail required. Bucks with this sort of mass (5 2/8 " bases) are rare in my area of Sussex County NJ, but of course at the norm in the Midwest... Very happy - very blessed just an awesome hunt! I am done until permit bow - 10/29... Off to Italy tomorrow (Tuscany/wine country) with my girl tomorrow. PERFECT TIMING. Thanks for reading and good luck.... Jack
The old venerable z7 gets it done again, and the 125gr VPA is a consistent performer with max penetration either side of shoulder!
tight to the shoulder on the entrance = good results.
Great buck Jack. Wow! Congrats!!
I always struggle to get that perfect shot... this was about best I could do with a local friend's help
Nice buck Jack! Have fun in Italy.
Tried to get the perfect "Matt Andersen" shot, but his Ohio bucks are a LOT bigger and he has a true professional come shoot! LOL See you soon in Ohio MATT!
he grossed out at 125 3/8, won't make book after shrinkage and the 1.5" deduction on the split brow, but in NJ - I'll sign on for this every year. Always good to take a pic making it look bigger though! LOL Easiest downhill drag ever - that's near end of the "sleigh ride" with the road just yards from the "gut sight". Doesn't get easier than that!
always like the "on the rack" shots...
and of course - the scale shots are great too... Ok I'm done...
Great shot on a nice trophy buck!
Real nice buck, congrats!
Nice job Jack. You don't have to worry about a long track job when you hit em there!
Nice nice deer. I'm happy for you.
Nice buck!! I'd sign up for that here in Michigan each year too!!
Congrats on a nice buck, Jack!
and with a heart shot! What is that all about? Very nice Jack and the way to get'ur done the old school way. Paul
You are a blessed man being able to hunt two miles from your home. Great shot and thanks for posting. C
"You are a blessed man being able to hunt two miles from your home. Great shot and thanks for posting. C " Well I hunt too much walking right out my door - had to drive away from my own human intrusion! lol
Congratulations. Awesome buck, even better in the early season.
Have a safe trip.
Great buck Jack!! Nice big bodied deer!! Ya figure he was 4.5 years old? Congrats!! Shawn
"Great buck Jack!! Nice big bodied deer!! Ya figure he was 4.5 years old? Congrats!! Shawn "
No less than that Shawn - hard to find a buck with those sort of gnarly base beams less than that around here. Thanks All!
Very nice. If you can get them to fly straight those 3 blade VPA are killers. I switched to there 2 blade 125. More consistent for me.
Great deer and even better story of the hunt! Congrats!
Great posing, I mean posting. Congratulations!
"Great posing, I mean posting. Congratulations" In NJ - we take all we can get.....
Great buck jack and safe travels!
Way to go Jack! Your scouting paid off.
thanks everyone. Good luck with your seasons!
Attaboy! I miss being able to hunt right out the back door
Nice Garden State deer! I grew up in Mercer County....lots of deer, but hard to find spots to hunt. Congratulations.
Congrats Jack! I've got a few B.O.B.'s with your name on them! See you in about 4 weeks! Have fun in Italy!
Way to go Jack! Congrats!!
Nice job, Jack! That's bigger than any buck I've killed... well, the body anyhow. :) Hope you're enjoying Italy!
PS... you need to work on your picture taking. You look awkward. Lol!
Congrats Jack, great early season buck!
Nice buck Jack! Congratulations.
Way to go "OLD SCHOOL". You earned that one Jack. Great story too!
thanks again everyone - just returned from 10 days in Tuscany region of Italy, and can once again reflect on a great hunt as I literally shot it Friday 29th and flew out Sunday the 1st. Have to go visit my taxi and pick my next form.