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Contributors to this thread:
Scrappy 10-Nov-20
paul@thefort 10-Nov-20
Scrappy 10-Nov-20
Scrappy 10-Nov-20
Scrappy 10-Nov-20
JohnMC 10-Nov-20
Scrappy 10-Nov-20
BigSkyHntr 10-Nov-20
T Mac 10-Nov-20
Bowboy 10-Nov-20
Scrappy 10-Nov-20
Scrappy 10-Nov-20
hdaman 10-Nov-20
drycreek 10-Nov-20
JohnMC 10-Nov-20
Glunt@work 10-Nov-20
t-roy 11-Nov-20
bowhunter24 11-Nov-20
Bou'bound 11-Nov-20
paul@thefort 11-Nov-20
Scoot 11-Nov-20
LINK 11-Nov-20
sitO 11-Nov-20
Ambush 11-Nov-20
Scrappy 11-Nov-20
Treeline 11-Nov-20
greg simon 11-Nov-20
Scrappy 11-Nov-20
deerslayer 11-Nov-20
From: Scrappy
10-Nov-20

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This story starts back in 2018 when I missed a buck and gave the same buck a pass a few hours later. Boy did I not know how this story would turn out in the end.

So back in November 2018 I see a buck running through the draw towards me, had just enough time to see he had an extra beam or a bunch of trash off his right base. Thats all it took for me to go into kill mode. Come to full draw, stop buck at a mear fifteen yards, and let the arrow fly right into a limb. Missed by a mile. Ya real smooth move right. Now arrow is stuck in the ground at fifteen yards and the buck is walking away laughing at me. He then proceeds to bed down one hundred twenty five yards away right in the middle of the pasture.

I spend the next three hours studying him and finally accept the fact he is only a two year old. Now that the buck is sure I have made up my mind about not shooting him. He comes back down and sniffs my arrow. Snickers at me and walks out of my life.

I guess I should say at this point I never expect to ever see a buck I let walk due to the fact I am just hunting by permission and others shot gun hunt the areas.

In the picture at the very end of the draw is were the 2018 encounter took place.

From: paul@thefort
10-Nov-20
Now we might learn the rest of the story. Bring it on. my best, Paul

From: Scrappy
10-Nov-20
We need to stop off for a minute in the 2019 season for a little side story that actually leads to the ending of this story.

Some of you will call me a bad hunter for this part and I won't disagree with you. I cant stand making a bad shot let alone two.

One November morning back in the 2019 season I finally have rattled in this very old, one eyed, giant bodied, heavy antlers buck that i have been seeing regularly all through the month of October. He shows up right after I rattled and is standing in the brush looking for the fighters.

Being the old buck that he is he started walking to cut the wind before coming any closer. There's my opening stop him and proceed to shoot him right in the right front leg brisket high. I instantly know I didn't get penetration and did not kill this big joker. Saw him several more time that season still all gimpy but still trying to breed.

Now you must be wondering how the above story ties into the original story huh?

From: Scrappy
10-Nov-20
Fast forwarding to 2020 and we have to continue for a minute on the side story from 2019. Oh boy here we go.

This past sunday the 8th I sitting along the creek the bucks cruise in between bedding areas. The first deer i see is doing ninty miles an hour across the ridge in front of me. He must hear something down the creek i don't to be running all out heading somewhere. About half an hour later and about two hundred yards farther up the ridge I see a line of bucks running back from the direction the buck from earlier ran to. Throw up the binoculars scoping the bucks out trying to find a shooter among them.

To my surprise bringing up the rear is this gimpy, old, one eyed, giant bodied, heavy antlered buck that I instantly figured is the same one from last year. What are the odds huh?

As soon as I realize he is the one I want I don't even lower the binoculars and snort wheeze at him. It was funny cause it looked like his head and body was doing two different things at the same time. His head tried to snap up to look and his body immediately turned to come give a beat down.

So he is now coming in on a string, closes the distance to fifty yards and locks up like a bird dog. I'm now ranging trees in front of him. The big hackberry is thirty three. If he gets there he is mine. Nope being the old crafty buck that he is, he starts cutting to get the wind but closing the distance at the same time. He is now close enough, I stop him, shot is on its way. Guess what, I shoot the gimpy, old, one eyed, giant bodied, heavy antlered buck right into the left front leg brisket high. Instantly realize i didn't kill this buck a second time. No penetration and I see him up with all the other bucks fifteen minutes later gimbing along. Still can't decide if this is the luckiest buck in the world or the most unlucky buck for keep getting shot.

From: Scrappy
10-Nov-20

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Due to the fact that I can't seem to kill the gimpy old buck leads us to the why I was still hunting monday the 9th.

Morning starts out with rain which the weather man said wasn't supposed to start till six pm. Later in the morning while it was still raining the weather man changed the forecast for the rain to start at two pm. Go figure right. Aint but two professions where a person can get paid to lie. A weather man and a politician

So by noon I'm soaked and ready for a move cause all the does that was in the bedding areas I was set up on had been blown out by a coyote.

I run to the vehicle and change into dry clothes and grab the decoy. I move to a spot that two bedding areas form a V. Set up in the V with the decoy out in the corn. My wind is going up into the bedding area that the coyote cleared. At about 2:40 the wind switched instantly from south to north west. Horrible for this spot. Decided to rattle then bail out for the day due to the temp dropping from 60's to 40's with 20 mile wind. I'm wet cold and demoralized due to the wind switch. My November 9th which is been my best day over the years, was starting to suck.

Put a really loud frustrating rattle out and turned around looking back up the draw. Huh there's a deer coming on a string. Look through the binos and instantly saw trash flying out everywhere. My frustration level went up even farther due to the horrible wind and a shooter closing that is going to get my wind. Grabbed the bow and started ranging trying too get this buck shot now. I felt like it was a ticking time bomb about to blow if I don't make this happen now now now.

I'm at full draw and he stops behind two cedars eying the decoy. I'm looking through the cedars and see a path for my arrow. I say forty in my mind and bear down on the pin as the bow goes off. Shot felt great, the pop sounded good, but I couldn't really get a visual on impact due to the cedars. He shot out of there and my heart sank due to the fact of his tail was up. That just didn't look right at the moment.

Just after the shot the bottom fell out. I'm like I got to get down and read the sign at impact before the rain washed it out.

The next second I'm stand over the arrow where I got a pass through, I instantly ran to the fence where he jumped over and had great blood so I kept going with step looking for blood and one step looking for deer. Make it twenty yards and loose the blood, starting to panic. Kept looking down the trail and coming back to the big bush where I had last blood. After ten minutes I finally looked in the bush where my buck was laying dead.

That's it, my 2020 rut hunt is one for the books for me.

From: JohnMC
10-Nov-20
Awesome buck! Don’t think I have ever heard of someone shooting at same 4 time and hitting 3 times all on different occasions. Hell of a story. Congrats!

From: Scrappy
10-Nov-20
I'm not very good at story telling John. Its two different bucks I shot in the last two years. The non typical I killed yesterday that I also shot at in 2018, and the gimpy old buck i shot in both front legs in 2019 and 2020. Which is the reason I was hunting when I killed the non typical. Boy thats about as clear as mud huh?

Also I have real proof the non typical is the same buck from 2018 other than same area and same trash off of right main beam.

From: BigSkyHntr
10-Nov-20
Awesome story and I love that buck!! Huge Congrats!!

From: T Mac
10-Nov-20
Great story and buck congrats scrappy!

From: Bowboy
10-Nov-20
Awesome story congrats!

From: Scrappy
10-Nov-20
Took a ton of effort to get him out due to all the mud.

From: Scrappy
10-Nov-20

Scrappy's embedded Photo
Scrappy's embedded Photo

From: hdaman
10-Nov-20
Your persistence paid of, congrats!

From: drycreek
10-Nov-20
That’s hanging in there Scrappy ! Great buck, but.....how in hell are you gonna score him ? :-)

From: JohnMC
10-Nov-20
Probably more my reading skill than your story telling. Hell of buck anyway the story is told. Congrats again.

From: Glunt@work
10-Nov-20
Wow that's a neat buck!

From: t-roy
11-Nov-20
Crazy looking buck, Scrappy! Congrats! Almost looks like 3 main beams on the left side.

From: bowhunter24
11-Nov-20
Congrats on a great buck and thanks for the story and pics! I remember a deer drag in a bottom field that I didn't think I would survive either!

From: Bou'bound
11-Nov-20
Great job. Persistence and a full quiver will carry the day in the end. Way to get it done. Beauty.

From: paul@thefort
11-Nov-20
Great story and buck Kevin. Nicely done. Paul

From: Scoot
11-Nov-20
Awesome- many congrats and a job well done.

From: LINK
11-Nov-20
Cool buck! Maybe next year you get Limpy.

From: sitO
11-Nov-20
He's a unique old warrior, and I appreciate your honesty...I've made a few bad shots myself!

From: Ambush
11-Nov-20
Congrats Scrappy!! Definitely a One of a Kind and a One of a Lifetime buck! The history just makes it that much more special.

Who knows, maybe next year you can tell the story of "Old Gimper and the Third Arrow".

From: Scrappy
11-Nov-20
Old Gimper and the Third Arrow".

Ambush i like that title, but I hope to cross paths with him on my late season tag this season. Who knows that old guy may just up and die of old before I figure out how to kill him

From: Treeline
11-Nov-20
Awesome story and awesome results! Persistence pays;-). Congratulations on an incredible buck!

From: greg simon
11-Nov-20
So you are thinking the buck you killed is 4.5 years old? Hell of a good deer man!!! Congratulations!

From: Scrappy
11-Nov-20
Greg yes everyone that has looked at him says he is not an old deer. No tooth age but just looks like a 4 year old. If he was 5 or older on the 9th of Nov his neck would look to be the same size as his chest like the gimpy buck.

From: deerslayer
11-Nov-20
Amazing.... What a cool buck! Congrats!

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