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EmbryOklahoma 27-Oct-18
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midwest 27-Oct-18
Bowbaker 27-Oct-18
Rock 27-Oct-18
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Jaquomo 27-Oct-18
BigOk 27-Oct-18
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carcus 27-Oct-18
Bowhunter 27-Oct-18
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M.Pauls 28-Oct-18
EmbryOklahoma 28-Oct-18
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Charlie Rehor 28-Oct-18
WV Mountaineer 28-Oct-18
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Missouribreaks 28-Oct-18
EmbryOklahoma 28-Oct-18
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Ken Taylor 28-Oct-18
Shug 28-Oct-18
Treeline 28-Oct-18
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midwest 28-Oct-18
Big-Al 29-Oct-18
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BUCKeye 29-Oct-18
Jaquomo 29-Oct-18
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Marty 29-Oct-18
Grunter 29-Oct-18
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Native Okie 07-Nov-18
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Big-Al 07-Nov-18
hdaman 07-Nov-18
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ryanrc 07-Nov-18
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boothill 07-Nov-18
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Bodyman 07-Nov-18
Marty 07-Nov-18
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Charlie Rehor 08-Nov-18
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Brotsky 14-Nov-18
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Beav 14-Nov-18
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TEmbry 15-Nov-18
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27-Oct-18

EmbryOklahoma's embedded Photo
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After many seasons under my belt using modern and traditional equipment, I felt that it was time to put the work in and go 100% trad, this season. I've always wanted to kill a P&Y or mature buck with my recurve so this is the season. I'm not getting any younger. :)

I'll update this thread from now until the end of our season here in SE Oklahoma. I'm going to be as honest and level with you all, as I can be. Might be some bumps in the road, but I'll work towards my ultimate goal... and that is to kill a mature, and hopefully P&Y scoring buck with one of my recurves.

The action will really start around the 5th of November when my wife, Lana, and myself, take two weeks off during prime rut time. Until then I'll post some of my earlier pics from the woods here and practice from home. Hope you all will follow along and you enjoy it.

Oh... there will also be ample pics of our little dog, Tater tot. :)

From: deaver25btb
27-Oct-18
Good luck!!

27-Oct-18

EmbryOklahoma's embedded Photo
EmbryOklahoma's embedded Photo
My current location... 12 yards to that trail. Classic funnel stand. Had four different bucks cruise through yesterday morning. Swatting mosquitos away today. Had a female bobcat with two kittens walk behind me 15 minutes ago.

From: sitO
27-Oct-18
Good luck Rick, will be watching!

From: Treeline
27-Oct-18
Good luck! You can do it! Looking forward to your updates and success!

From: Rocky D
27-Oct-18
Good luck and keep us posted.

From: midwest
27-Oct-18
Best of luck, Rick....you got this!

From: Bowbaker
27-Oct-18
Go get em, and good luck.

From: Rock
27-Oct-18
Now you have done it. I did the same thing 38 years ago and have never looked back. It has really put the excitement back into bowhunting and when I do miss (not often) I am totally amased.

27-Oct-18
Well, drew blood about ten minutes ago. Not a buck, but a boar. Up and down was center mass, and about 3-4 inches back from a ten ring. I forgot to mention, I'll kill some hogs. They don't get a pass. Especially when they bathe in front of me.

From: BOWUNTR
27-Oct-18
Get'em... Ed F

From: Jaquomo
27-Oct-18
Atta boy! First blood!

From: BigOk
27-Oct-18
Good luck Embry!!! Whack an n stack em!! I hate pigs!!!!

27-Oct-18

EmbryOklahoma's embedded Photo
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So the blood was unreal for the first 100 yards and then he hit a nearby field. It was still quite easy to follow in the grass and we soon found ourselves going towards the truck. We lost blood under a big cedar tree where it turns out he had bedded. This bed was less then 50 yards downwind from my stand. When I shot, he did a big semi-loop and then behind me somewhat. When I walked to get initial blood at dark, I must have pushed him from his bed. If he would've went on a straight line away from my stand, i might have found him tonight. Nonetheless, he's dead out there, because you don't take an arrow where he took one tonight, and survive. I'll look tomorrow but doubt there will be any carnitas off of him.

From: carcus
27-Oct-18
Good luck getting a mature buck with your recurve and good luck finding your boar Rick

From: Bowhunter
27-Oct-18
Awesome good luck!!

From: BOHNTR
27-Oct-18
You'll achieve it!

From: 1boonr
28-Oct-18
If you were able to get within recurve range of mature bucks when you were hunting with the compound you should have no problem. Up close is always more fun

From: sticksender
28-Oct-18
Best of luck, will be following!

From: M.Pauls
28-Oct-18
Well you can obviously get onto nice bucks, and it’s clear that you can shoot that thing, so it’s likely a matter of time from here on out!

28-Oct-18

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This is what I did most of the summer... plug arrows. Some days were better than others, some days were a struggle. The days of struggling diminished to the point I was smashing arrows in the targets at my backyard limit of 18 yds. Plus the arrow building and sharpening broadheads brought back a bit of nostalgia from when I started out bowhunting. I killed a bunch of animals with Zwickey heads starting out on my compound. A part of the process I really enjoy.

From: wifishkiller
28-Oct-18
Good luck!

28-Oct-18

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Back to the pig I shot last evening. This is where the arrow entered and close to the same angle. Going to look again for him in a few minutes. I know he was hurt bad and the shot was lethal. Just a matter of finding him in waist high grass or briar thickets if that's where he went. Can't imagine he'd be too far away given how much blood he's lost, how quickly he initially bed down and the arrow location. He's dead, I know that.

28-Oct-18
Brings back memories! Good luck and have fun!

28-Oct-18
You got this. You are a killin' machine. Just follow your instinct brother

From: elkster
28-Oct-18
Blood trailing dog?

28-Oct-18
Good job Embry.

28-Oct-18

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This is the stuff (grass/weeds) he ran into after his initial bed. It was like the old needle in a haystack. Well, we didn't find the needle. We did grids up and down the creek and in the field in various directions, checking every clump of trees. I still think we would've found him last night if he wouldn't have wrapped around and bedded directly behind my stand and right next to where I walk out. Again, I know the boar is dead and that brings me some satisfaction to eliminating another breeder. I rarely eat the big boars anyhow.

28-Oct-18
elkster... no dogs, except our little wiener dog. I'd like to find someone close by with one. Could be quite useful some day. Next hunt will be on the 5th of November for 12 days straight. Hopefully cold weather will move in along with the new moon.

28-Oct-18

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EmbryOklahoma's embedded Photo
This freaky guy would get an arrow too.
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This freaky guy would get an arrow too.
EmbryOklahoma's embedded Photo
Wouldn't pass this guy either...
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Wouldn't pass this guy either...
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Then there's this freak... odd palmation going on.
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Then there's this freak... odd palmation going on.
Meanwhile, here's a few bucks I hope to get an arrow in, they are now a year older. Assuming they made it through spring/summer.

We've also had lots of moisture here in the SE Oklahoma area. This has kept me from crossing a major tributary. I need that to change, because some of my really good stands are across that creek.

From: Ken Taylor
28-Oct-18
Good luck on your quest Rick!

It's great reading about it and I really appreciate your pictures too.

From: Shug
28-Oct-18
Cool stuff ... enjoining this much

From: Treeline
28-Oct-18
Awesome so far! Lovin’ the story (even though I’m not a whitetail hunter!)

28-Oct-18
Excited to follow along. Good luck

From: midwest
28-Oct-18
Not a single pic of Tater Tot yet... :-(

From: Big-Al
29-Oct-18
Man, those are some great bucks! Good luck. Things should start popping later this week with that cold front coming and the barometer fluctuation.

29-Oct-18
GL Rick

29-Oct-18
I appreciate all of you guys that follow along. I know these types of threads can get boring and rhetorical and I'll do my best keep it lively. Giving daily updates when the REAL hunt begins, next week. Including pics and videos.

One of the reasons, besides I love sharing my hunts with others, is that I wanted to hold myself accountable (not falling back on my modern bow) and not giving up on this goal. If there's hurdles that seem too large, I'll trudge on. But... I'll always be true to myself and the game I pursue. If I'm a stupid mess out there, I'll hang it up. But, don't think that'll be the case.

One thing I've done this year more than ever, is get 100% confident in my weapon. Getting the right arrow combo and enough grains per pound (gpp) with my arrow setup. I'm just under 10gpp on my setup off of my 60" 52# checkmate recurve. Also around 11gpp off of my 62" Roy Hall 43# recurve. I plan on shooting both this year.

I've hunted 3-4 sits this season and haven't stepped foot into my REALLY good stands. I'm sure looking forward to some N/NE winds and getting going. By the way... I don't shoot at the pigs in my deep stands. ;)

From: Mark Watkins
29-Oct-18
Great job with the storytelling and the pics!!!

You got this Rick!!!

Mark

From: Ron Niziolek
29-Oct-18
Good luck Rick. I'll be following along.

From: BUCKeye
29-Oct-18
Maybe just 1 pig....for practice

From: Jaquomo
29-Oct-18
Thanks for doing this, Rick. Great stuff. I've found that you learn a lot about yourself doing live hunts like this. We all have a lot of introspection as we do what we do for hours and days at a time. But thinking about and verbalizing it can make it coalesce into something to improve your hunting or your life.

Keep posting and don't kill anything for awhile, ok? :-)

29-Oct-18
I'm in brother.

From: Marty
29-Oct-18
Good Luck!

From: Grunter
29-Oct-18
I'm with ya. Good luck this year Rick! Look forward to the updates

From: Native Okie
29-Oct-18
Good stuff my friend. Glad your doing this and hoping your quest comes true.

From: bowhunter24
29-Oct-18
Good luck Rick thanks for taking us along. I hope to be out in the MO woods this weekend for my first hunt this year, life just keeps getting in the way.

From: Native Okie
29-Oct-18
I’ll say a couple of things for Rick, especially for those that have not met or hunted with him. He’s one of the most cerebral hunters I’ve ever been around. In the few years I hunted with him in Oklahoma, I was always amazed at how detailed he was from hanging stands to analyzing thermals/ wind to the enth degree. With his knowledge of his property to his level of detail, we all are in for a treat with this thread.

From: JLeMieux
30-Oct-18
Good luck Rick! Pulling for you!

30-Oct-18
Following! Good luck!

From: Kevin Dill
30-Oct-18
I remember being there. I think. I did a couple seasons of wheels and loved it...you know...like disco music. It was great. Going full 'trad' was my equivalent of putting down the chainsaw and picking up the double-bit. I may not knock as many down but I appreciate every one that falls. Cue the dulcimer music....

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Best of luck in your endeavor! I almost called it an 'undertaking' but thought better of it with Halloween in a couple days. ;-)

From: rallison
30-Oct-18

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You'll get em. My son followed me into traditional archery 4 years ago, after watching me shoot sticks his entire life. He's a fine hunter with a couple Wisconsin P & Y bucks to his credit with compounds.

Since the switch he's taken 2 does and 4 bucks, and got this one last saturday.

Keep on em mate...you'll do well.

30-Oct-18
Jaq, thanks man. I'll try to wait to kill until the 10th or 11th. ;)

Aaron, thanks for the kind words. You're a good friend.

I hope I can make this happen, I've been thinking about this since late April when I decided to go full in. Appreciate the words of encouragement. Sometimes, that's what it takes to go the extra mile, hang that extra set, shoot more or even stay on stand longer. This is going to be a long week!

Richard, that buck would do just fine!

30-Oct-18
Well... that squares it. I'm definitely on team Rick this year. (Sorry Lana)

I always enjoy your threads, posts and humor, Rick. I'm looking forward to the "Cerebral Rick".

:>)

Good luck. Short bloodtrails!

From: njbuck
30-Oct-18
Looks like a target rich environment, best of luck.

From: wooddamon1
30-Oct-18
Good luck man. Looks like some great bucks around!

From: otcWill
30-Oct-18
Kill em kid!

30-Oct-18

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EmbryOklahoma's embedded Photo
Rick... funny you mention Lana. She is trying really hard to shoot her first P&Y buck. To the point that she's obsessed with it. I try my best to tell her to "have fun" and not obsess over it. Shoot what you want when that time comes and NEVER have regrets for what you shoot. She was a bit pouty last year after shooting the buck pictured here. I told her she should be extremely proud for putting a great shot and killing a buck that the majority of hunters in Oklahoma would be proud of. I do my best to not push my agenda or limits upon her, but she's driven as well. So, we could see a monster falling at her hands as well. Wouldn't hurt my feelings one bit! :)

From: Bake
30-Oct-18
Good luck to both you and Lana. I'll be following along as well!

From: Beav
30-Oct-18
Good luck! Hope you get it done!

From: Jaquomo
30-Oct-18
Was wondering where Lana was in this saga. Ok, we want reports on her progress too. Your workload just doubled, buddy!

30-Oct-18

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Jaq... she's healing from a fall she had a couple weeks back. She left the camper before me to head to one of her stands in the dark. She got about 100 yards from the camper and realized she had forgotten her seat cushion. She laid her bow down and started her way back. It had rained overnight so the ground was wet. She slipped on a wet rock and tumbled to the ground, hitting her face pretty good. It was shocking to me when she opened the camper door holding her mouth with blood seeping between her fingers. She bounced back pretty quick after realizing she hadn't broken any teeth or bones. On to the stand she went... lol

For the record... She knows I'm posting these pics too.

From: midwest
30-Oct-18
She's gotta be tough to live with you, Rick! lol

You're a lucky man!

30-Oct-18

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EmbryOklahoma's embedded Photo
Hah, Nick! I am, admittedly, a bit hard on people, but even more so on myself. She can give it right back too!

Here's a random Tater tot pic... she's hunting P&Y rats that live under our camper porches. :)

30-Oct-18
Great buck Lana! And cool face paint! Way better than Rick's clown mask.

From: Brotsky
30-Oct-18
Finally! Been watching this for 3 days and finally a Tater sighting! :-) Good luck brother! Hope you and Lana each fulfill your goals this fall. I know you guys will have fun no matter the outcome. Stay safe and shoot straight!

30-Oct-18
You guys kill me. This week is gonna take forever.

From: midwest
31-Oct-18
You're going to have to start another thread once the real hunt starts. Weather is looking kind of dicey up here in Iowa for this weekend but I'm only looking for one to make the Pokem' Young club. I'll be following. Good luck!

31-Oct-18

Too Many Bows Bob's embedded Photo
Too Many Bows Bob's embedded Photo
I got this puppy in Ohio a few years ago. Keep at it and good hunting.

TMBB

From: carcus
31-Oct-18
Watching this thread close, love the wiener dog, I have a year and a half old male, very stubborn! Good luck Rick and Lana

From: MQQSE
31-Oct-18
Good luck! Thanks for sharing this.

From: Jaquomo
31-Oct-18
That sucks for Lana. Hopefully the recovery continues. Something similar happened with my late wife. Had to take her to the hospital for stitches in her lip. Even though she kept telling them I didn't do it, I could tell everyone in there was thinking, "Sure, thats what they all say.."

31-Oct-18
Funny you say that, Lou. We laughed about that same subject. I'm sure there were people on both sides of our family and some of her clients that discussed that amongst themselves. I can assure you, there would've been ZERO pics if that were the case. Might've been pics of me with two black eyes, although. :)

From: The Kid
31-Oct-18
How have I missed this thread? Good Luck Rick!! I'm excited to see what happens!

31-Oct-18
My wife fell down the steps a couple years ago. Got pretty beat and bruised up. She swore she had broken her ankle so, the next day I took her to the ER. Man, was that ever a eye opener. Had people from human resources and several male doctors come in and kept asking her what had happened. It took 4 times before I caught on to their insinuations. At which point I told them what I thought about that. My wife was naïve too. But, when she realized I was right about their intentions, she got madder then I did

From: Ron Niziolek
31-Oct-18
You need a bigger harness for Tater Tot. Looks like she could bust right out of that one:)

From: Franklin
31-Oct-18
Tater Tot probably would of found that pig for you....try taking your kid to the emergency room for a broken arm or another trauma injury. You would think you walked in with radioactive material.

31-Oct-18
Phil... we thought about that, believe me. We had many concerns with her although. One, the grass was SUPER tall and the briars were another hurdle. We just spent a bunch of money in vet visits and lots of physical therapy for her herniated disc, back in May. We didn't want to derail the healing she's had up to this point. She's all of 9 lbs too. There's times when I wished she was a bit larger so I could turn her loose during times like those. Good point none the less.

02-Nov-18
First sit of November. Hunting a bedding/feeding transition area along an old grown up right of way. My stomach is queazy, like in a good way. Wind should be coming across my body and then in my face by 8am. I know does bed in here, so should see a buck or two hopefully. One sit them off to Lubbock, Texas to meet up with family for OU/TT football game. Love this time of year!

From: sitO
02-Nov-18
Good luck Rick, enjoy the time out-of-doors!

Check out the "Cast Iron Grill" if you're lookin for a good Bkfst place down there...right across the street from the Buddy Holly center too.

From: Treeline
02-Nov-18
Safe travels down to Red Raider Land for the game! Although I would have to root for the old alma mater and you’re probably on the other side of the stadium:-). Hopefully you don’t miss a visit by Mr. Big while your over there at the game!

02-Nov-18
Good luck Rick and Lana! Will be following this one for sure.

02-Nov-18

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Tavis... you know, it will be okay if I do. I don't spend a lot of time with my family and this is a big deal for us to get together. I'll have plenty of time in the next two weeks while on vacation to catch up to a buck. We will be staying with my cousin who is a HS basketball coach there in Lubbock. A few of my Okie sports junky cousins from Norman are all going. I've never been and looking forward to the experience. Monday... it's full fledged killing time! :)

Here's where I'm at now. Should catch some deer heading to bed in the next couple of hours, hopefully.

Knocked the antlers around awhile ago, along with my damn fingers. Beautiful out here!

From: Ambush
02-Nov-18
Pic like that and I can just feel the cool of morning and hear the natural world coming alive for the day! Now I want to go sit in a stand and wait for a moose to wander by!!

From: cnelk
02-Nov-18
Rick, anyone else hunting the lease while you and Lana are?

From: Treeline
02-Nov-18
Beautiful morning for sure! And the best action is going to be coming in the next few weeks for sure! I have confidence that you will get a good one with a couple of weeks to hunt!

02-Nov-18
One lone doe so far. Funny thing she did too. She came right down a trail at 30 yards and then before crossing into the woods, she did a Z pattern all the way to the creek and then back to the same trail but into the woods to my North. She was completely upwind also, and calm.

Brad, yep. 3 others.

02-Nov-18

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Here's a random Tater tot "the camp bitch" pic for Nick and Justin. Lol

From: JohnMC
02-Nov-18
I grew up in SE OK - Hugo. Cut my teeth hunting the area. Good luck! I miss the area this time of year.

Where did you get the hat you have on in some of your pictures with the state of OK and a broadhead in middle? I usually only wear OU hats but might make any exception for that one.

02-Nov-18
John... if you're on social media you can look up Oklahoma Bowhunter. The fellas name is Kregg Griffith. He's got a variety of style of hats. If you need his number, I can get it to you. He's a good friend of mine.

From: JohnMC
02-Nov-18
This is about as social media as I get. No Facebook or Snapachat or twitter., but I do do google so see if I can find that way.

From: GhostBird
02-Nov-18
Good luck Rick. Worthy quest for sure. I wish you the best of luck. Following along. However painful, perhaps you should stop shooting hogs to up your odds. But, I admit, I don't have to deal with them on a regular basis. Carry on!!!

Looks like Tater Tot could very well bite your ass. Haha.

From: midwest
02-Nov-18
Tater is a bad ass, squirrel killing machine!

03-Nov-18
Thank you, Andy. I'm laying off the hogs unless it's one monster we call "Goldie". He's huge! Probably close to 300# and reddish/gold with black spots. If I see him, I'm dropping the hammer! As far as TT goes, she's a pushover unless you are a squirrel. ;)

03-Nov-18
Rick, I hope you have more luck the next two weeks then OU is having against TT in the first quarter

04-Nov-18

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Man! That was stressful. I don't EVER want to do that again. I loved being with my family, but I love hunting MUCH more. Glad OU got the W. :)

04-Nov-18
They squeaked it out. Good for them. About the 10 minute mark in the first quarter, I thought it was about to get ugly.

05-Nov-18

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Time to go...

From: M.Pauls
05-Nov-18
Good luck Rick!

From: GhostBird
05-Nov-18
Best of luck.

From: midwest
05-Nov-18
Gettem Rick! Enjoy, buddy!

From: Paul@thefort
05-Nov-18

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Hey Rick, good luck, the very first PY buck I killed was with the stick a few years back in Nebraska. So if I can do it , you surely can. The score was PY 126 3/8. No doubt, that memory will be at the top of my list for WT kills. I hope for the best on your quest.

my best, Paul

From: Zbone
05-Nov-18
"Looks like Tater Tot could very well bite your ass. Haha."

Yeah, can tell she's got spunk just by pix...8^)

Will Tater Tot blood trail?

05-Nov-18

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Thanks guys!

Paul... I think I've seen that buck before. Nice job!

Zbone... if it's in a position where the grass isn't too high, and not afraid she'd injure herself, we might use her. But mostly she's a little squirrel chasing lap dog. :)

Took a couple shots and finished up camp now I'm off to an evening stand. Man I love this stuff!

From: Stinkbait1
05-Nov-18
Good luck Rick! I start my annual hunt on Wed. with a trip to Boggy at MCAAP (if you have any tips for Boggy, let me know. The place I used to hunt in Boggy is now in Deer Creek!) After that I will hunt until the Sunday after Thanksgiving. This is without a doubt the best time to be in the Oklahoma woods!

05-Nov-18

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Rob, for sure man! Best of luck at Mac! What a great time to be there! I don't know a lot about Boggy, except it's the first one they call to load up in the mornings... "Boggy drivers!" Lol. Good luck man!

Here's where I am tonight. I really don't have a lot of confidence in this stand. It's a stand I put up two weeks ago because I noticed there were white oak acorns falling and a fresh scrape 20 yards from the tree. Wasn't a lot of room to go high with this stand so it's only 10 feet off of the ground. Bedding to my SE and West. They will transition across the field in front of me some. If I see one I want to shoot, maybe there will be a opportunity to call one in. Will probably be last hour movement. Also, I've never sat in this stand or area before. There's also a pond to my North and persimmon thicket to my East, which is void of fruit.

If you look between the "V" in the tree you can see the ladder stand.

From: APauls
05-Nov-18
Go get 'em!

05-Nov-18
Just heard two bucks fighting at 4:40 central time. One came running towards me and the other peeled off into the timber. The buck that went away from me was a shooter. It's on!

From: Paul@thefort
05-Nov-18
First time in is the very best time to kill one.

From: The Kid
05-Nov-18
Get it RICK!!!!!

From: Stoneman
05-Nov-18
Best of luck and safety on your hunt start to finish

05-Nov-18

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The day ended with this rather large button buck eating acorns underneath my stand. 6 deer viewed and a good buck fight. Not a bad start!

From: BigOk
05-Nov-18
Good Luck!!!

06-Nov-18

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Another day started... Lana stuffs TP in her nose to keep from dripping while she walks to her stand. ;)

Me on the other hand, I made about every noise possible getting in this morning, along with walking through spider webs, breaking every damn stick and dead limb, splashing through the holes the hogs dug (and almost breaking my ankle), and having deer blowing at me. Not to mention the waist high WET grass I walked through now has my pants saturated. But, it's gonna get better. Lol

:)

From: Treeline
06-Nov-18
Sounds like you are a shoe-in to kill a big buck after all that!

Just hope you didn’t drop something important on the hike in to your stand! At least you don’t have to worry about losing your release or not having your adjustable sight on the wrong distance ;-)

Good luck!

06-Nov-18

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True enough, Tavis! :)

The spot I oh so eloquently snuck into this morning is about a 200 yard walk through a grown up field. It's about 150-200 yard wide briars and oaks that border a creek to my North. I'm on the SW edge of the trees with a slight NE wind blowing into my face. 4 does came through minutes ago heading South.

I came in here back in August and cleared some pretty good lanes.

Lana just reported she had a wide spindly eight point dogging does over by her. Needs another year she said. Check in around noon or so...

From: Treeline
06-Nov-18
Looks like a great spot!Kill a big one!

06-Nov-18

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Just had a mid 130s 9 point run a doe right under my stand... I mean directly under! I was debating on shooting him until I saw that he was almost 20" wide. Probably 7-9" g2s and 3s. Split g2 on his left side. I watched him at 10-15 yards for several minutes behind me, before he broke out of the briars and chase the doe under me. Good stuff!

06-Nov-18

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The gap he ran through under my stand.
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The gap he ran through under my stand.
Here's what it must've looked like from the bucks view point... he came screaming out of the briars, and soon, out of my life. Lol

06-Nov-18

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Here's what we do on warm middays. Tater on squirrel watch lying on Lana... :)

06-Nov-18
I'm tuned in, good luck sir!

06-Nov-18

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Thank you, Iowabowhunter.

The evening ended with a small buck chasing a doe and then a sighting of "Goldie" the monster hog. I'm going to kill him!

Then there was a bourbon sighting at camp. :)

Until tomorrow....

06-Nov-18
Rick, how do you get in that stand the buck run under this morning. Looks to me like you climb into a short ladder stand and then....?

06-Nov-18
Justin, exactly! There's an old ten foot ladder there and then there's 4/5 screw in steps to the hang on. That short ladder was part of another stand years back when an F1 tornado came through and tore down my funnel stand area that was 75 yards to the East. I simply utilized it to get higher. Good eye!

From: Nick Muche
06-Nov-18
Good luck bud!!! Fun stuff and I wish you the best!

From: Quailhunter
06-Nov-18
Hey, that 1783 is good stuff.... you still shooting the Chekmate? Good luck! You’re gonna connect this week.

07-Nov-18

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Thanks, Nick & Aaron! Aaron... yep, still shooting the old checkmate.

Back in the same stand as yesterday morning. Reasoning is the amount of doe traffic I saw yesterday. Plus the 9 point was nice to see as well. The brisk NE wind serves me well in this stand too. I almost didn't come to this stand because it is so hard to get in here. I tweaked my back this morning while taking a dump. Good lord! You ever heard such crap?! lol

Here's a shameless selfie to tie you all over. :)

07-Nov-18

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And then there were three... :)

From: otcWill
07-Nov-18
Smoke em if ya got em ;)

From: Bake
07-Nov-18
Uh oh!! It's either blondie or a big buck!

Don't keep us hanging!

From: cnelk
07-Nov-18
Geez Rick, 'No Shavember' really took off! :>)

From: boothill
07-Nov-18
So your saying you flung an arrow already or you dropped one out of the tree?

07-Nov-18
I love it man.

From: Inshart
07-Nov-18
Outstanding narrative - keep it coming. Backstraps OR Bacon???????

Great thread.

From: M.Pauls
07-Nov-18
Yeah buddy! Do tell!

07-Nov-18

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I'm not the type to keep people in suspense. I'm not sure what NT P&Y is but right now I don't care. I'm writing this because it's raw, right now and in the moment. I killed this beautiful buck this AM and I knew he was running dead when I released the arrow. I am now sitting here looking at him and pulling in his aroma. I thank god for this opportunity and I'm so grateful! I shot him at 7-8 yards. The arrow hit its mark and i saw blood explode from the "ten ring". I could hear him expiring from my post.

This is unreal!

From: boothill
07-Nov-18
Congrats Rick!!!

From: Bake
07-Nov-18
Stud! Congrats Rick!

07-Nov-18
Awesome buck. Congrats!!!

From: Crash
07-Nov-18
Congratulations Rick. I wouldn't care what any book says about score either, that is a trophy for sure.

From: cnelk
07-Nov-18
Well that didnt take long...

From: otcWill
07-Nov-18
Wow! Congrats Rick!

From: Brotsky
07-Nov-18
Holy chiznit Rick! What a buck! Congrats!

From: midwest
07-Nov-18
Fantastic buck, Ricky!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You gotta be stoked!

From: BigOk
07-Nov-18
CONGRATS, another awesome hunt from Embry!!!

From: Native Okie
07-Nov-18
Hell yes!

07-Nov-18
That's awesome

From: GLP
07-Nov-18
Great job!! Way to get it done. Love your posts. Greg

From: bohuntr
07-Nov-18
That is awesome!!! Congratulations!!! Good luck to Lana. Great thread.

07-Nov-18
Atta boy! Beautiful buck!!

From: Big-Al
07-Nov-18
Well done, sir! Amazing buck my friend!

From: hdaman
07-Nov-18
Your last post was captivating. Like we were there with you! Nicely done and congrats!

From: BOWUNTR
07-Nov-18
Outstanding.... Congrats Rick. Ed F

From: ryanrc
07-Nov-18
Well done! More pics!

From: JohnMC
07-Nov-18
Cool looking buck! Way to get it done in SE Oklahoma!

From: Ambush
07-Nov-18
What a buck!! This will be a "forever moment" forever! Gorgeous, unique buck as your first trad kill. Goal double accomplished. Congratulations!

Serious question. Would you have hit him if you weren't cross-eyed? Or was he that close you had to go cross-eyed to see the ten ring?

07-Nov-18
Congrats man! What a great looking buck.

07-Nov-18
Fantastic!! Congrats Rick!!

07-Nov-18
Wow!!! Congratulations, Rick! That buck has so much cool character going on! The forks, the palmation and holes in the right antler: so cool! Super happy for you! Pete

From: Bwana
07-Nov-18
That is an awesome beast of a buck, congrats to you!

From: Paul@thefort
07-Nov-18
"unreal". I guess. Now for the story. my best, Paul

From: boothill
07-Nov-18
Looks like Rick's hunting vacation just turned into a camping vacation while Lana hunts. Oh wait there is always Goldie to go after.

From: cnelk
07-Nov-18
Im thinking the Evan Williams will be gone tonight...

From: JohnMC
07-Nov-18
boothill in Okiehoma you can kill two bucks. I bet he gets back in the stand.

From: Scoot
07-Nov-18
Saweet! What a beauty!

From: Nick Muche
07-Nov-18
Wow!!! So happy for you Rick! Way to go!

From: jdbbowhunter
07-Nov-18
congrats great deer!!

From: sitO
07-Nov-18
That's a cool buck Rick, congrats on fulfilling your quest!

From: DRR324
07-Nov-18
Huge congrats! Awesome deer right there!

From: tobywon
07-Nov-18
Awesome buck Embry, Congrats on a great animal and how rewarding it is with the recurve as well.

From: M.Pauls
07-Nov-18
WOW!!!! ABSOLUTE STUD!!!!!!! Congrats man!!

From: dakotaduner
07-Nov-18
Congratulations. Thanks for taking us on your adventure

From: Willieboat
07-Nov-18
Congrats !!

From: stick33
07-Nov-18
What a giant - congrats! Need to see a frontal view on that guy

From: Ironbow
07-Nov-18
Swweeett!! I really wish I could be there to take the pictures and help you get him out. I enjoy that almost as much as shooting one myself. And I have never even met you! Good job Rick!!

From: Big Dave
07-Nov-18
Very nice job on a fantastic Buck !

07-Nov-18
First rounds on me in April:) Cheers buddy!! Never a doubt !

From: JW
07-Nov-18
Way to go Rick! Hats off to ya!!!

From: Inshart
07-Nov-18
yowzer --- dandy, congratulations.

From: 1boonr
07-Nov-18
It will make it as a nontypical. Great buck with primitive or any type of bow. Good job. I love it when a plan comes together even if it wasn’t my plan

From: Jaquomo
07-Nov-18
What a super buck! Congratulations, buddy! I think you achieved your goal... ;-)

From: carcus
07-Nov-18
Holy crap Rick, what a deer!!!

07-Nov-18
Awesome Rick.

07-Nov-18
Awesome! Congrats on a beauty. Well done.

07-Nov-18

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Thank you all so much!

This has been a goal of mine since May. I put all of the pieces together with my bows to make this happen. Namely, practice, practice and practice some more. Getting the right arrow combo and darts for broadheads was key, in my opinion. Once that confidence builds, then fall back on your hunting abilities.

This morning started out with myself doing the internal debate... which stand? Eventually, my intuition told me to go back to this stand, as it sets up great for NE winds and it's a great transition area. Plus, I'd seen seven does and a very nice buck the morning before. I usually get in this stand right about shooting light, because of its nature and it takes me a long time to get in there due to overgrown fields and the holes from the hogs.

Once on stand I got all my garb ready and sat down to have a chew. About 30 minutes later I hear grunting and two small bucks come running through doing circles. I know what that means. Hot doe in the area! They jacked around like they were in some kind of circus and finally after snort wheezing at each other, they moved on.

At 7:25 I catch a glimpse of movement to right and close! My immediate thoughts, Holy S--t! He was coming fast and on a trot, bearing down on my locale. I stood, grabbed my bow and had just enough time before he got behind some brush to "meh" him to a stop.

Now, here's where I almost F'd up... for some reason I had my hat on "normal". Don't know why, because I know I can't shoot my curve with my bill forward. I didn't realize this until I came to almost full draw after the buck stopped at 8 yards! Well, I muscled through it and in the process pushing my hat to the side and anchoring, solid. Then I delivered one of the best shots of my life. When the arrow hit, he gave out a bellow and immediately I saw blood explode from his rib cage! He ran off and seconds later I could hear him taking his last breaths. I sat back down and tried to capture what had just happened. It was like a dream.

I'm SO VERY grateful for this opportunity and also proud that I could share this with so many. It's something I'll talk about and think about until I die.

Thank you all SO very much for checking in. Grateful.

From: iceman
07-Nov-18
Congratulations again, bud. Way to stick to your goal! and to end up with a deer like that! You da man!

From: JohnMC
07-Nov-18
That deer looked a lot more narrow until you posted a front on picture. He is bigger than he looked it your first set of pics. Great deer love seeing them from area I grew up!!

07-Nov-18
Sooooo awesome. Congrats

From: Quailhunter
07-Nov-18
Holy cow, Rick! What a deer. Congrats!

From: Rickm
07-Nov-18
way to go! Great buck and just a little extra special!

07-Nov-18
Alright, alright, alriiiiiiiiiiiight!!! Congratulations on a great buck!!

You done did it, porkchop!! That's really cool!! And a rack with a lot of character.

From: fastflight
07-Nov-18
This was so awesome to follow. Who tries trad and shoots a buck like that? So cool looking... nice job.

From: JTreeman
07-Nov-18
Congrats.

—jim

From: Bowboy
07-Nov-18
Awesome buck congrats!

From: Nick Muche
07-Nov-18
Outstanding! And yes, the hat thing kinda sucks but it's worth it! Way to go again man!

From: Stoneman
07-Nov-18
So much for suspense, well done on a great buck!

07-Nov-18
Congratulations Rick!! It’s a special thing is it not!?

From: Matt Rehor
07-Nov-18
Well done...nothing sweeter than that!!!

From: Ken Taylor
07-Nov-18
Fantastic... congratulations Rick!

We forgot to tell you that you weren't supposed to start your traditional quest with a buck that big...LOL!

From: SBH
07-Nov-18
What an incredible deer. I don't care what bow you killed him with but to do it with a stick bow is of the highest order. Well done man. Well done.

From: Old School
07-Nov-18
Congrats on a great buck with the recurve!

--Mitch

From: BigOk
07-Nov-18
CONGRATS again now you can work on filling your second tag. Good luck to you and Lana.

From: Bodyman
07-Nov-18

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Great deer Rick congratulations p.s. I can't believe it but I got a taylor tot also had him about eight yrs.

From: Bodyman
07-Nov-18

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Great deer Rick congratulations p.s. I can't believe it but I got a tator tot also had him about eight yrs.

From: Marty
07-Nov-18
Wow, great job! Only bad news is I was hoping you would drag this out a while! Congrats

From: sticksender
08-Nov-18
Dream buck......huge congrats!

From: Glunt@work
08-Nov-18
Congrats!

08-Nov-18
Set a goal, start a thread and get it done “big time”. Congrats!

From: HUNT MAN
08-Nov-18
Way to go Rick !! Wow

From: Jack Harris
08-Nov-18
Simply Awesome on every level. That is a world class buck. If that don’t make p&y then to hell with them - sure looks like it will with ease. Congrats Rick! Most guys are happy with a fork horn as their first trad buck - thanks for raising the bar buddy! Lol

08-Nov-18

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Entrance...
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Exit under opposite elbow.
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My stand in center frame. I'm standing where the buck stopped.
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My stand in center frame. I'm standing where the buck stopped.
Thanks guys! Really appreciate the comments. I do have another buck tag I'd like to fill. Lana is on stand right now. Haven't heard much from her, assuming it's quiet where she's at. I'm lying in camp with Tater tot because I came down with a major head cold. Got me feeling like junk!

Here's a few more photos showing entrance and exit.

From: Paul@thefort
08-Nov-18
Rick, Great stand location. Super story , super buck, super shot. Had you ever seen this buck before? Paul

08-Nov-18
Paul, I had never seen him before yesterday. He appeared like a ghost coming in fast from my right. I was fortunate to get him stopped and put an arrow in him. Those opportunities are fleeting as we all know.

08-Nov-18
Congrats! Enjoyed following this!

From: wooddamon1
08-Nov-18
Holy smokes what a deer! Congrats!

From: ki-ke
08-Nov-18
WOW!! Thats all I got. The whole deal is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!!!

From: GhostBird
08-Nov-18
Congratulations Rick.... SUPER nice buck....WOW

From: KSBOW
08-Nov-18
That is awesome I have been toying with trying this for last couple years, think I am going to have to give it a go!!! Congrats!!!

08-Nov-18
Way to get it done Rick! Spread didn't look like much until the later pics - what a toad. Another buck and a few doe tags along with 'blondie'. You've still got more hunting to do once feeling better. Good luck Lana.

From: Inshart
08-Nov-18
Outstanding! Ya know when something like this happens, it's ALMOST always ..... "darn, all of the sudden this giant buck came barreling in and was just there looking at me, I reached for my bow and the last I saw was his good by wave, and he was a monster" ..........

Not this time, way to get it done.

From: huntnmuleys
08-Nov-18
Omg what a buck! Congrats. Well done.

08-Nov-18

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Inshart (Bob), you are so right! He came through a lane I purposely cut back in August. The deer were diverting around the briars and this downed tree to the point they were 30-40 yds out and behind obstacles. I spent a hot day in hell working my ass off on something I thought would work. I'll be damned if he didn't walk right out of the thick briars and through that lane. All of that blood, sweat and aches/pains the days following was worth it!

From: Treeline
08-Nov-18
Dang it Rick!

Can’t leave you alone for a minute and you go and kill a slob of a big buck!

Congratulations! That is an incredible buck! Spectacular job all the way around with the practice with your recurve, setting up the trails, picking the right stand and making the shot on a big buck under pressure!

Thanks for taking us along on the adventure, even though it was over quickly! Thanks for not for not dragging it out to Christmas:-)

From: Copperhead
08-Nov-18
Excellent, that's one to treasure for a lifetime. If you're like me you'll still get excited when telling the story for years to come.

From: JohnMC
08-Nov-18
So have you put a tape to him?

08-Nov-18
Awesome buck Rick. Congrats.

08-Nov-18
Thanks everyone, sincerely appreciate you. John, I have not. I wouldn't know how to score a NT. :)

I do know his beams are around 22" and his spread is like 17.5

08-Nov-18
Ha! I love it bro! Congrats. You earned him.

From: David A.
08-Nov-18
Great shot! I learned my lesson a few weeks ago trying to go too tight behind the shoulder, hit the buck's scapula which can happen all too easily if the buck dips or you are off just a few inches. Well done!

From: Griff
09-Nov-18
What a great deer Rick. Congratulation on accomplishing your goal. Look forward to seeing that head in Feb. at Convention if you and Lana can make it. I hope she has one to hang next to it as well.

From: greg simon
09-Nov-18
Congratulations on a great accomplishment. I have enjoyed following this thread. All except the part about tweaking your back taking a dump! That is just TMI my friend;)!!!

09-Nov-18
Ha ha, Greg! I actually hurt it leaving to go down there, by lifting the trailer on the ball. I'm resting right now and Lana and myself have another week of Hunting ahead of us. I think I'll start another thread so folks won't have to sift through this thread. ;)

From: greg simon
09-Nov-18
Congratulations on a great accomplishment. I have enjoyed following this thread. All except the part about tweaking your back taking a dump! That is just TMI my friend;)!!!

From: 12yards
09-Nov-18
Dang! Nice job man! Great buck Congrats!

From: greg simon
10-Nov-18
That double post is weird. Rick commented on my post then my post popped up again. ???

Good luck with the rest of your hunt!!!

10-Nov-18
Nicely done Rick!!!!

11-Nov-18
Thanks again, all! Something about dragging a big buck out, put me down for the count! I've been sick since Thursday. Feeling a bit better today, but still have lots of drainage. Coughing is another story!

I'll post on here if things get hot and heavy. Lana did have a Big 10 run a doe past her setup tonight. Another fella sat one if my stands this morning and shot two pigs and a 117" 11 point. Glad he shot the pigs!

Onward... :)

From: t-roy
11-Nov-18
Wowzer Rick! It’s all downhill from here for ya now! What a great buck and thread! A huge congrats!

From: Mark Watkins
12-Nov-18
HOLY MOLY Rick!!!

HUGE congrats on staying focused on your goal and making it happen on a great buck!!!

Mark

From: Mark Watkins
12-Nov-18
HOLY MOLY Rick!!!

HUGE congrats on staying focused on your goal and making it happen on a great buck!!!

Mark

12-Nov-18
Wow, I don’t know what to say Rick. That’s amazing. Great story and what an amazing buck. The palmations make it almost look like a Fallow deer. Incredible. Grats!

From: mission man
12-Nov-18
Great thread Rick and congrats! Chuck Coffeyville

12-Nov-18

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Thanks a lot fellas!

Lana, myself and the Tater came home to drop off the meat from the buck and the head/cape. Going back down in the AM for 5 more days. These cold temps can go back North anytime now! It's damn cold!

Tater wondering what the hell is in those bags. :)

From: deerslayer
12-Nov-18
Rick that is a seed buck and a huge accomplishment. Big congrats!

From: LINK
13-Nov-18
Congrats, what a cool buck.

From: Heat
13-Nov-18
Way to go Rick, that is outstanding! That one will be hard to beat!

13-Nov-18
Hunt is back on tomorrow... thanks for following!

Lana is in a new spot, I'm in a stand I've not hunted all year. In fact, I've got three stands in the next 5 days that are virgin. Ready to arrow another and help Lana drag one out. Stay tuned... this could get REALLY good. :)

From: BigOk
13-Nov-18
Good luck!!!

14-Nov-18

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Near disaster this morning... :)
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Near disaster this morning... :)
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Old school bibs for tonight's hunt. Made by Sitka.
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Old school bibs for tonight's hunt. Made by Sitka.
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Back in the thick stuff...
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Back in the thick stuff...
This morning was cold AF! You Paul's brothers can keep that stuff in Canada, man! I'm not used to 21 degrees in November!

I did manage to see some point blank does, a black boar hog and a coyote. Lana had some good action! Had does in the neighborhood of 15-16. One decent buck that got behind her and got her wind. She's was distraught so she got down and went back to the camper by 10 am. Found out she had some type of stick tights all over her ass and in her under clothing. She wasn't happy at the camper... ;)

Here's a few pics from yesterday and today. I'm back in my old haunt from last Wednesday. Will be my last NE wind for a bit. South winds are coming. Blah

First pic is of Lana and her crazy ass makeup. She loves her some latex paint. Cracks me up!

From: Brotsky
14-Nov-18
Apparently the deer are so embarrassed by the mere sight of those bibs that they hide their heads in shame.

14-Nov-18
Brotsky, apparently the hogs like them. A gigantic black boar just strolled by at 15 yds. I just couldn't do it given the stand I'm in. He had balls like cantaloupes! Lol

From: Beav
14-Nov-18
Congrats once again on a great buck and accomplishing your goal! Good luck!

15-Nov-18
This was great read.. thanks and congrats

15-Nov-18
Rick, why wont you stick a hog in there? Worried about tromping around looking for them? Why not just bring a rifle into the stand and blast them? Next day, the deer won't even care, wont they? You could also use a .22 with a suppressor and take head shots if you're worried about lighting off a rifle round on your land...

From: TEmbry
15-Nov-18
What an awesome buck. Congrats again bud!

16-Nov-18
Thanks fellas! Can't wait to take him to the taxidermist on Sunday. Going to do my first pedestal type mount.

Ike... it's mainly right now during the rut that I will let a few pass. Primarily my deep sets where it's tough to get into. I wouldn't want to have to move a 200 lb boar out of the area and stink it all up as well. I'd also hate to carry a bow and a gun in there. Actually not sure of the legalities either.

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