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Trebarkers 2017 Hunt 2
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Contributors to this thread:
Trebarker 15-Nov-17
Trebarker 15-Nov-17
Trebarker 15-Nov-17
Trebarker 15-Nov-17
keepemsharp 15-Nov-17
Trebarker 15-Nov-17
dragon76 15-Nov-17
Trebarker 15-Nov-17
Trebarker 15-Nov-17
Trebarker 15-Nov-17
Trebarker 15-Nov-17
Trebarker 16-Nov-17
sitO 16-Nov-17
Trebarker 16-Nov-17
boothill 16-Nov-17
Trebarker 16-Nov-17
keepemsharp 16-Nov-17
Trebarker 16-Nov-17
Trebarker 17-Nov-17
sitO 17-Nov-17
Trebarker 17-Nov-17
Trebarker 17-Nov-17
Trebarker 17-Nov-17
sitO 17-Nov-17
gamechangerop 17-Nov-17
Griff 17-Nov-17
Lord o' horns 17-Nov-17
R.E.D. Ranch 17-Nov-17
Scrappy 17-Nov-17
jkirkus 17-Nov-17
KSNimrod 17-Nov-17
Trebarker 17-Nov-17
keepemsharp 17-Nov-17
Kicker Point 17-Nov-17
KYBourbon 17-Nov-17
BuckStalker 18-Nov-17
Trebarker 18-Nov-17
BuckStalker 18-Nov-17
One Arrow 18-Nov-17
Trebarker 19-Nov-17
TwoDogs@work 20-Nov-17
ksq232 20-Nov-17
Trebarker 21-Nov-17
Trebarker 21-Nov-17
Bentstick54 22-Nov-17
Trebarker 27-Nov-17
Trebarker 27-Nov-17
One Arrow 27-Nov-17
Trebarker 30-Nov-17
Packrat 30-Nov-17
Trebarker 04-Dec-17
Trebarker 12-Dec-17
Trebarker 02-Jan-18
Griff 03-Jan-18
From: Trebarker
15-Nov-17
Starting a Part 2 as it takes too long on my phone to load too.

From: Trebarker
15-Nov-17
Been in Stand #3 for about 30 minutes now. Its 62f with a strong NNW wind. Was woke up out of the 2pm coma on my walk in when I busted a large covey of quail 40 yards into my walk in. As I sit here typing this, I can literally smell the estrous scent drifting in to me in the wind, it's strong! I have scanned to my NW looking for a bedded doe but I see nothing. She's either bedded close by or I'm not seeing the scrape close to my tree!

From: Trebarker
15-Nov-17
A doe and doe fawn just got up out of their beds SW of me along the crossing, walked along the field edge out in front of me and went towards the pond on the neighbor's property.

From: Trebarker
15-Nov-17
4:35, there is a deer standing outside the cedar grove and one out about where the forky came out this morning. Glad the wind has laid down some.

From: keepemsharp
15-Nov-17
Randy: are you saying you can smell hot does??? You need to go back to the house.

From: Trebarker
15-Nov-17
Dave, if you have never smelled it before, you must not have butchered many deer in November, been by an active scrape, or never purchased any doe in heat products.

At 4:45 four does came out into the enclosed field from the NW bedding area. They were followed shortly later by the forky and unicorn spike. They chased the largest doe around the field until she headed out into the middle of the main field. Dumb and dumber crossed over the crossing, Uni headed to the pond, the forky chased the doe towards the cedar grove. I shot some video of it.

From: dragon76
15-Nov-17
Very cool. I

From: Trebarker
15-Nov-17

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Not seeing the normal number of Rocky's this year, they must have been diseased this year or the hawk/owl population is up.
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Not seeing the normal number of Rocky's this year, they must have been diseased this year or the hawk/owl population is up.
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Fawn of the doe/fawn pair that were bedded down close to me and first to come out
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Fawn of the doe/fawn pair that were bedded down close to me and first to come out
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Does coming out into the main field
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Does coming out into the main field
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Largest doe watching for the two idiots to follow
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Largest doe watching for the two idiots to follow

From: Trebarker
15-Nov-17

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Unicorn headed to the pond. He does have a second tine on his one horn
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Unicorn headed to the pond. He does have a second tine on his one horn
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He was further out than the previous picture showed
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He was further out than the previous picture showed
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Hadn't noticed the extra tine on his one horn before reviewing his pictures tonight
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Hadn't noticed the extra tine on his one horn before reviewing his pictures tonight
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Doe out by cedar grove
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Doe out by cedar grove

From: Trebarker
15-Nov-17

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Forky, also seen this morning
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Forky, also seen this morning

From: Trebarker
15-Nov-17

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The chase scene I wrote about

From: Trebarker
16-Nov-17
Questions? Based on what I have described, shown in pictures and videos;

When is it going to be the peak of rut activity on this property?

Which deer is the one you would be concentrating on if you were hunting this property and why?

From: sitO
16-Nov-17
The 17th is the day with the most deer/car collisions according to KDOT so...

I'd still be on the lookout for that buck you had pics of at night...you know the one, but hey...I like Unicorns too ;?)

From: Trebarker
16-Nov-17
Guess you are the only opinion going to be offered Kyle. I'd like to see him in my sights too but considering that was the only proof that he has ever been here before, I doubt I will see him.

With all the vast experience and worldly knowledge offered by some on here, I was curious if anyone else has recognized what I have about this place this year and during many seasons previous.

From: boothill
16-Nov-17
The lunar table shows this weekend being the best time to hunt. Didn't look at it real hard as far as peak times though. Have found it to be fairly accurate as far as good days vs. poor days in the past.

From: Trebarker
16-Nov-17
I personally do not feel the moon phase has anything to do with deer rut activity. I've hunted with and without the moon, the rut happens with or without it. I firmly believe it is the length of the day, amount of time the sun is up that determines their cycle. I also do not agree that it takes colder temps for the rut activity to take place.

I am not seeing much rut activity due to the age of the resident deer that call this property home. The oldest deer I have seen regularly is the 8pt that I have allowed to walk several times already this year. I have seen an older 8pt but only when he is traveling thru either early in the morning or late in the hunt right at dark, he doesn't live here. The forky is the next oldest at 2 yrs of age. The doe with the fawn was born late last summer, that is why she still has the fawn with her. I know this because I have pictures of her from the last year. The other does are all orphaned fawns. The doe and fawn that came out first last night are not regular residents, I think they are staying here off of the properties North of us while bucks are working olders does over there.

The deer I am going to watch close is the doe with the fawn. If you look at her picture from last night, you will see her tarsals are getting darker, she is getting frisky with the dinks. When she shows aggression against the fawn, I will be watching closer for her male callers. The other doe fawns will not come in until late this year, or well into 2018. Like I stated in my very first post, I am not expecting much this year

From: keepemsharp
16-Nov-17
We have had five hanging around all summer, three does and two young'uns. This past five days it's just one button, so suppose you could say it's on big time.

From: Trebarker
16-Nov-17
11-16-17- Sat in Stand#3 from 1pm-2:15pm, it was 60f when I arrived with a 15-20mph SSE wind blowing. I got down out of the stand due to the wind, it was ridiculous. I went over to my ground set up from the other day hoping the timber would block some of the wind. The deer did not move until right at dark, when two bucks began chasing a doe around the enclosed field. It was past legal shooting time anyhow, I couldn't see who they were, just know two were grunting and one was trying to outrun them. One of the deer spotted me when I shifted my postion on the tree and blew the alarm. They all stopped briefly, then the chase was on again. They went North, I went South to the truck.

From: Trebarker
17-Nov-17
11-17-17- In Stand #3 at 6am, 57f with 10-15 mph SSW winds and light mist. So sick of the wind!

From: sitO
17-Nov-17
Giddyup!

From: Trebarker
17-Nov-17

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7:08, doe running thru the middle of the main field, across the crossing into the enclosed field
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7:08, doe running thru the middle of the main field, across the crossing into the enclosed field
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At 7:11 a buck came thru the hedgerow to my East trotting my direction along the field edge. As he approached my stand I stood up and gathered the bow
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At 7:11 a buck came thru the hedgerow to my East trotting my direction along the field edge. As he approached my stand I stood up and gathered the bow
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I stopped him with a loud bleat in the area of the previous picture, had a nice broadside shot, I released
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I stopped him with a loud bleat in the area of the previous picture, had a nice broadside shot, I released
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The buck let out a loud gurgling belch, reared up his front legs and ran SW along the front of the timber edge. I stayed in the tree 10min, got down and found arrow and blood at shot site.
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The buck let out a loud gurgling belch, reared up his front legs and ran SW along the front of the timber edge. I stayed in the tree 10min, got down and found arrow and blood at shot site.

From: Trebarker
17-Nov-17

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The blood trail was easy to follow, it was coming out both sides. It was not a difficult tracking job
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The blood trail was easy to follow, it was coming out both sides. It was not a difficult tracking job
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Blood trail
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Blood trail
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50 yards South of stand
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50 yards South of stand
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He ran a straight line from the shot site, expired 65 yards from Stand #3 out in the main field.
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He ran a straight line from the shot site, expired 65 yards from Stand #3 out in the main field.

From: Trebarker
17-Nov-17

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Made a good double lung pass through shot, what we want to do
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Made a good double lung pass through shot, what we want to do
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He was the young 8pt I had passed on multiple times before, he made the same mistake one too many times.
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He was the young 8pt I had passed on multiple times before, he made the same mistake one too many times.
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Not what I had hoped to see under me, but with what little I have seen here all year long, I am glad to have the venison and am thankful to have the opportunity to be able to hunt.
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Not what I had hoped to see under me, but with what little I have seen here all year long, I am glad to have the venison and am thankful to have the opportunity to be able to hunt.

From: sitO
17-Nov-17
Congrats Randy! You had a ton of cool encounters, excellent pics, and made a perfect shot...now you can be in charge of mashing the potatoes next week!

17-Nov-17
Way to go Randy!

From: Griff
17-Nov-17
Nice hunt Randy. I'm glad we got to share the time watching your adventure. I will be hitting the trees hard from this Friday through next weekend.

17-Nov-17
Great hunts, thanks for taking us along

From: R.E.D. Ranch
17-Nov-17
Awesome!

From: Scrappy
17-Nov-17
NO say it ain't so. Now who's hunt am I gonna follow. You guys gotta quit tagging out. Big giant congrats I loved following along and thank you for bringing us along on your season.

From: jkirkus
17-Nov-17
Excellent job! Started checking your story while I was on a cruise last week and have followed every day since.

From: KSNimrod
17-Nov-17
Thanks for sharing the journey with us and congrats!

From: Trebarker
17-Nov-17

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Somebody snuck by me at the crossing this morning unseen
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Somebody snuck by me at the crossing this morning unseen
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The only ethical bait that should be used IMO. Baby sis bringing my deer to me
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The only ethical bait that should be used IMO. Baby sis bringing my deer to me
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Check out that Poseidon fork on this guy, bet he has torn up some trees with that
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Check out that Poseidon fork on this guy, bet he has torn up some trees with that
Thanks guys! Glad you enjoyed the ride. Wish more people would do them. I will be posting more trail camera pictures thru the rest of the season.

I enjoy being out there with the camera(s) as much or more than the hunt itself. I have 1000s of wildlife pictures I should do something with someday. I'm going to hate it when this current camera dies, it has been the best/easiest camera I have ever owned. The zoom trigger is about worn out, and they don't make the camera any longer. We bought a replacement two years ago, it is much larger and bulkier, won't fit in my coat or pants pocket like this one does.

From: keepemsharp
17-Nov-17
Good job Randy, look out pheasants and turks.

From: Kicker Point
17-Nov-17
Congrats Randy! Thanks for sharing.

From: KYBourbon
17-Nov-17
Congrats. Thanks for taking us along. Enjoyed the read.

From: BuckStalker
18-Nov-17
Really enjoyed following the hunt. I'm trying to pick up a couple trail cams to do something similar.

From: Trebarker
18-Nov-17

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Make sure it has Zeiss lens if you find one.
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Make sure it has Zeiss lens if you find one.
Justin, the Wildgame camera has been on sale at Wallys, comes with batteries and a 8mb memory card for $64. Tractor supply had same camera 2 for $99 a week later. By far, my Bushnell has been my favorite trail camera, excellent settings choices and control, long battery life, best picture quality at 14mp.

My point and shoot camera is a Sony DSC-H20 Cybershot 10mp w/10x Zeiss Zoom lens that I bought several years ago, best electronic purchase I have ever made. The little camera will fit in your pocket, but takes SLR quality pictures and video for 1/3rd the money that the larger cameras cost. I wish I had bought 3-4 of them when they were available new, awesome little camera.

From: BuckStalker
18-Nov-17
I've found some Apeman brand ones online that look good for about 60. I hunt public so I'll have to be careful about five finger discounts. Looking to lock them up. I know there's big bucks and I need to get patterns straight but can't sit regularly to scout as it's 2 hours from home and I am about to have my 5th mini me running around. Anybody have the Apeman brand cameras?

From: One Arrow
18-Nov-17
Congrats Randy! Enjoyed your hunt.

From: Trebarker
19-Nov-17
Skinned, deboned, ground burger and packaged up the deer last evening. He had some very nice back straps, tender loins were pristine, and he produced over 60#s of burger for jerky as well.

My shot was a bit high and forward, was about 3" above the 10:00 position of the right front shoulder paddle bone. The 125gr Muzzy broadhead plowed thru a rib breaking it in two, made mush of the right lung, angled up and forward(rib deflection I assume) went thru the top of the left lung, and exited above the left paddle bone. I was surprised to see the exit wound higher considering I was shooting down at him.

Neighbor and his friends pushed two very nice bucks out of the timber behind my house this morning while quail hunting. One was a very tall/wide 10pt. The bucks were tending a doe.

From: TwoDogs@work
20-Nov-17
Good job Randy. Like you I have some eight points around like yours. If I get a chance at one of them in the next week, I will probably loose an arrow. I have seen nothing better and none on my cameras.

20-Nov-17
Congrats Randy. Good job.

From: ksq232
20-Nov-17
Congrats!!

From: Trebarker
21-Nov-17

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Enclosed field camera
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Enclosed field camera
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Not a bad deer, but notice the neck? Swelling is down already
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Not a bad deer, but notice the neck? Swelling is down already
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Toothpicks
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Toothpicks
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Older 8pt that would not have been allowed to walk like the one I shot
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Older 8pt that would not have been allowed to walk like the one I shot
Checked the cameras this morning, a bit disappointed in what I found. My best camera had zero pictures on it, the one by the scrape and Stand #4. Nothing but dinks, broken up 3-4yr olds, and four does on the camera by Stand #1, and nothing special on the camera near the crossing. I put the carcass/remains behind my home with a camera set up on it to see what predators would come to dinner. There was only one picture on it of the remains, nothing else.

From: Trebarker
21-Nov-17

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Another one that needs a year or three to grow
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Another one that needs a year or three to grow
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Doe fawns back to their normal 7:35 time frame schedule
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Doe fawns back to their normal 7:35 time frame schedule

From: Bentstick54
22-Nov-17
Congrats Randy, thanks for the ride.

From: Trebarker
27-Nov-17

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Wile E is still around
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Wile E is still around
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Usual doe morning activity by Stand #4
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Usual doe morning activity by Stand #4
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Does at scrape
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Does at scrape
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Buck activity
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Buck activity
Went out to check my camera set up on the buck remains this evening. I had been out of town since Wednesday, got home last evening. The remains were scattered all over the place, the rib cage picked clean, hair and hide everywhere, leg bones and rear hips 20 yards out into the grass. I was excited to get the card back to the house to see what pictures the camera had taken. After I loaded a new memory card, went to turn the camera back on, nothing, no power. Went back to the house to get another set of batteries (were new last week when I put the camera out), thought wow it must have taken a butt load of pictures! Put new batteries in, still nothing??? Wiggled the battery door around, light flickered some, would not come on. Back to the house again, put out a different camera and dumped out our Thanksgiving turkey remains amongst what was left of the deer. Hope to finally catch some predator pictures before it is all eaten up.

Came back to the house and discovered why my best camera didn't have anything on it back on the 21st. I had put that memory card into the Predator camera by mistake, doh! The predator camera set up never worked over the weekend at all.

Shooting my buck, walking around afterward, driving down to pick him up, none of it disturbed the deer activity in the following days according to the pictures off #1 camera.

From: Trebarker
27-Nov-17

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Busted up buck
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Busted up buck
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Another busted up buck checking the scrape seconds later
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Another busted up buck checking the scrape seconds later
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3rd buck a few seconds later
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3rd buck a few seconds later
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Yet another busted buck the next morning
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Yet another busted buck the next morning

From: One Arrow
27-Nov-17
That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing.

From: Trebarker
30-Nov-17

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Scavengers just about have the remains of my deer picked clean
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Scavengers just about have the remains of my deer picked clean
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Got a better picture of the buck with the trident fork this last week, he has some character. Sure hope he will move closer and come back next season.
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Got a better picture of the buck with the trident fork this last week, he has some character. Sure hope he will move closer and come back next season.
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Liked this pose too
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Liked this pose too

From: Packrat
30-Nov-17
Congrats Randy!

From: Trebarker
04-Dec-17

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Youngster
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Youngster
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Only daylight buck picture
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Only daylight buck picture
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Ummm
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Ummm
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Shed already
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Shed already
Checked cameras this morning on my way home from work. Most of the pictures I had were night time captures, still some rutting behavior going on around the scrape camera, and had pictures of a shed buck already.

From: Trebarker
12-Dec-17

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For those that worry about field dressing or remains being left in the field.
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For those that worry about field dressing or remains being left in the field.

From: Trebarker
02-Jan-18

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Changed out the predator camera with a new one I got as a gift at Christmas, put the doe remains out in front of it. Nice rifle survivor captured on the old camera.
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Changed out the predator camera with a new one I got as a gift at Christmas, put the doe remains out in front of it. Nice rifle survivor captured on the old camera.
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Big Yote
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Big Yote
Had a bit of bad luck today on my way home. 40 years of driving and 1st time not seeing the deer in time.

Was driving North at 55mph, doe came leaping out of the West ditch at full speed, hit her in the head and neck. She destroyed the left front end of my truck, then proceeded to pinball off the driver's side denting it from front to rear. $8600 of damage.

She looked pretty clean, got a salvage tag from the deputy, loaded her up and took her home hoping to salvage some meat. Back straps and one rear quarter was only thing not heavily bruised and damaged once the skin was peeled back.

She was still lactating, in January. Her tarsals were clear, not stained in the least bit, had not gone into estrous yet. A 3 year old at least, big heavy fat covered sheila that still had nursing fawns somewhere closeby.

From: Griff
03-Jan-18
Sorry to hear about the accident. That is the expensive way to get one.

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