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Muley '17: the Last Fifteen Minutes
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Contributors to this thread:
Ambush 10-Nov-17
Jaquomo 10-Nov-17
Heat 10-Nov-17
No Mercy 10-Nov-17
Brotsky 10-Nov-17
t-roy 10-Nov-17
TD 10-Nov-17
Bowboy 10-Nov-17
Ambush 11-Nov-17
Treeline 11-Nov-17
SBH 11-Nov-17
Dooner 11-Nov-17
Scoot 11-Nov-17
ki-ke 11-Nov-17
otcWill 11-Nov-17
Rock 11-Nov-17
SDHNTR(home) 11-Nov-17
Scrappy 11-Nov-17
Scrappy 11-Nov-17
BOWUNTR 11-Nov-17
standswittaknife 12-Nov-17
dakotaduner 12-Nov-17
Rth1229 12-Nov-17
Wayniac 13-Nov-17
HerdManager 13-Nov-17
OFFHNTN 13-Nov-17
BOWNBIRDHNTR 13-Nov-17
njbuck 13-Nov-17
EmbryOklahoma 13-Nov-17
Mark Watkins 13-Nov-17
GotBowAz 13-Nov-17
Bullhound 13-Nov-17
Buffalo1 13-Nov-17
Beav 13-Nov-17
From: Ambush
10-Nov-17

Ambush's embedded Photo
Ambush's embedded Photo
Ok, so I had a "Live Hunt" that went on for several days and I was just about done for the day and ready to sign off. Then it got real busy real fast! So here is the end of the hunt.

I still had about forty five minutes of legal time left, but practically only about fifteen minutes of shooting light for my eyes. Figuring it wasn't going to happen again today, I was getting careless. A doe came in and was nibbling turnip tops and I picked up the binos to scan the hill behind her for any bucks that might held up in the bush. Nothing. Just as I set them down my eyes caught the shape of a deer's ears, down hill from the doe and in the brush. My heart jumped, because , though I could not identify the buck, he had those big droopy ears that mature bucks have. And I'd been busted! He was fixated on my position. Slowly I could see antlers, but they were dark against the dark brush and fading light. I couldn't reach for the binoculars again because he was staring right at me. For a long time! I was hoping it was the big buck!

A few more minutes and I was really beginning to fear the worst. Either he would fade back into the creek gully or I'd run out of light. Then, finally, he gave that "it's all good" tail flick and moved right into my best shooting spot. Facing me dead on. The doe had moved off to my right and I could just see her hind legs. While the buck was moving up I'd grabbed my bow and sat ready. Again something twigged him and he did one of those jolting squats like he was loading up to flee. Now I'm really a mess! I'd been drawing my bow and settling my pin on quite a few deer over the past few days, to practice holding that pin steady, right where it belonged. I was convinced I'd be Cool Hand Luke when the time came, steady as a rock and an ice cold killer. Well, Luke left the shack at warp speed! Just sweaty, heart thumping me left to do the deed.

A few more minutes passed, with the real fear of running out of light. Then the buck started to turn, like there was something he didn't like. If he went to my left, I had a great opportunity and time one my side, but of course he turned right, same direction the doe had gone. I quickly drew my bow. I knew the distance was twenty seven yards and had had many trail runs placing my thirty yard pin low on other deer's chests. I'm one of those guys that can never recall my shot sequence after the arrow is gone. But in retrospect, in my panic, I'm sure I put my thirty pin in the center of his deep chest and let her rip.

He dropped just as I shot and the arrow spine'd him, knocking him to his knees as he was spinning to leave. I've never spine'd an animal before, but I've heard enough stories of guys that did and while they were "high five'ing" the deer gets up and sprints away. In the few seconds it took to nock another arrow the buck was struggling down hill, facing straight away, with his front up trying to get his back legs under him. I centered the pin just below his shoulders and hit dead center on his spine. That knocked him right down. I jumped out of the blind and sprinted to the gully! He was thrashing in the brush and I tried to get an arrow through to his chest, and that one hit a sapling and then hit his neck. The only clear path was the one he made, so I got behind him and down low and drove one length wise into his lungs. It was over in a few seconds then.

From first shot to death was likely about three minutes, but I used up a lot of anxiety.

I immediately texted my buddy and long time hunting partner and sent him a pic. And in true to form, he dropped everything and headed straight there. His headlamp came bobbing up the trail about 45 minutes later and we spent some time just admiring the buck. I'd tried to kill this buck last year but was unsuccessful and now I'm sure happy I didn't. We figure he put on over thirty five inches in length and especially mass.

My buck of a lifetime and a real monarch.

Thanks for following along. I followed a lot of the Live Hunts while in the blind and it was very entertaining, so this is paying it back.

From: Jaquomo
10-Nov-17
Wow, Rod - congratulations on keeping it together on your true "BOAL"! AWESOME JOB!!!

From: Heat
10-Nov-17
Thanks for sharing the rest! So cool!

From: No Mercy
10-Nov-17
So awesome. Congrats!

From: Brotsky
10-Nov-17
Way to go Ambush! What a big old buck! Congrats!

From: t-roy
10-Nov-17
Wow! What a beast! Congrats to you,Ambush!

And kudos to you as well for quickly finishing the job after your first shot. Drives me nuts when you see these guys celebrating after hitting one in the spine.

From: TD
10-Nov-17
Not only a toad of a buck...... a finish you won't soon forget! 5 arra quiver? =D

That was pretty awesome. Relax, fondle..... enjoy. Congrats again! Thanks for the exciting finish! That was the coolest live hunt in a long time......

From: Bowboy
10-Nov-17
Awesome buck congrats!

From: Ambush
11-Nov-17
Yes, five arrow quiver, but the fifth one is a small game head. Would have had to run back to the blind for some coyote arrows if he hadn't given up.

From: Treeline
11-Nov-17
That makes for a lot of adrenaline! Bet you were shaking like a leaf for several hours afterwards! Definitely good to have extra arrows sometimes...

Thanks for the play-by-play.

From: SBH
11-Nov-17
Helluva buck!! congrats!

From: Dooner
11-Nov-17
Very nice Muley! Thanks for sharing; I really felt like I was there. I bet it took a while to settle down:-) Congrats!

From: Scoot
11-Nov-17
Wow- that's an amazing animal. Congrats on the buck of a lifetime!

From: ki-ke
11-Nov-17
Still can't stop looking.....

did you have the opportunity to weigh him?? The size of those things always amazes me....

From: otcWill
11-Nov-17
WOW! Heckuva deer.

From: Rock
11-Nov-17
Rod, Congrads on a great buck.

From: SDHNTR(home)
11-Nov-17
Goodness what a monster! Huge congrats. I love stories like this where an average joe kills a giant through hard work and dedication.

From: Scrappy
11-Nov-17
Awesome story and buck. Love to see that it's ok tail flick.

From: Scrappy
11-Nov-17

From: BOWUNTR
11-Nov-17
WOW... helluva hunt, story and buck. Congrats. Ed F

12-Nov-17
Awesome deer! It’s teally hard tnot find let alone kill big kile deer.. lov d the thread and the Story..

From: dakotaduner
12-Nov-17
Congrats that's is a great deer. Way to keep it together

From: Rth1229
12-Nov-17
Awesome buck, congrats! I was getting anxiety just reading the post!

From: Wayniac
13-Nov-17
Congrats on a bomber of a buck, and getting an old adversary.

From: HerdManager
13-Nov-17
Awesome buck!!! Does that deer even have a neck? Unreal neck and antler mass.

From: OFFHNTN
13-Nov-17
CONGRATS ON A GREAT BUCK!!!

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
13-Nov-17
Awesome buck and terrific story. Thanks again for sharing with us!!

From: njbuck
13-Nov-17
Hell of a deer and hell of a story! Congrats.

13-Nov-17
Heck of buck! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

From: Mark Watkins
13-Nov-17
A HUGE CONGRATS once again Rod!!!

You planned the work and then worked the plan...over a couple of years!!

What a buck!!!

Mark

From: GotBowAz
13-Nov-17
Wow, what a buck and a great story too Ambush. Thanks for sharing it with us. Nice job!

From: Bullhound
13-Nov-17
Absolutely outstanding muley!!! Great job on sticking with it and getting it finished up however you needed to. What a bruiser!

From: Buffalo1
13-Nov-17
Awesome experience. Great job of keeping your wits. Congrats on a great trophy!!

From: Beav
13-Nov-17
Congrats on a great buck!

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