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Buck makes fatal mistake
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[email protected] 27-Oct-22
Djl 27-Oct-22
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Scoot 27-Oct-22
APauls 27-Oct-22
deerhunter72 27-Oct-22
Bowboy 27-Oct-22
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Rgiesey 27-Oct-22
SBH 27-Oct-22
TGbow 27-Oct-22
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badbull 27-Oct-22
GhostBird 27-Oct-22
JohnMC 27-Oct-22
Quinn @work 27-Oct-22
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Jaquomo 27-Oct-22
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Charlie Rehor 27-Oct-22
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Kevin Speicher 27-Oct-22
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27-Oct-22

Paul@thefort's embedded Photo
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this buck came past the stand in the early am, this same morning. A bird in the hand???????
Paul@thefort's embedded Photo
this buck came past the stand in the early am, this same morning. A bird in the hand???????
This is not a story about a huge racked buck but a story about how this young buck made his fatal mistake. That mistake was coming by my tree stand and seeing my buck decoy and offering me a shot opportunity at 10 yards.

Some times a hunter might see a huge rack but this time I saw venison back straps, rapped in bacon, and grilled to med, rare.

I woke this morning at 1 am and headed to the hunting area, 130 mile to the east. I had set up a tree stand the week prior and do not like to hunt this stand in the am so I hunted another area farther down stream. No action there but I was excited to be hunting. Had lunch in the truck and thought about taking a nap before the evening hunt but that did not happen so I was in the tree stand at 1 pm, way too early but hey, one never know what might come wandering past.

I wish I had taken that nap because while in the tree stand I started to nod a few times. I was thinking about climbing down and taking a quick nap at the base of the tree, but did not. 2 PM came and went. 3 PM., 3:30 PM and stood up and looked behind me and here comes this buck. Wind was good and the buck decoy was in the deer's path. At first I did not pick up the compound bow but as he got within range of the decoy, I did. Maybe I would just draw on him for practice. The buck sees the decoy, postures, scrapes the ground not 10 feet from the decoy, and then he circles down wind and to within 10 yards of the stand. This is too cool! A practice draw for sure.. I should have kept the finger off the release but did not. "a bird in the hand".

Before dark, I had the stand, decoy and deer back to the truck and then spent the next two hours process the deer for the cooler. I slept in the truck for the night as I knew I would crash on the way home for lack of sleep and, I drove home this morning. Time to process and bag the meat for the cooler. Tenderloins for dinner. A great way to end the hunt and with good memories. Maybe I should have waited! NA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "a bird.........................."

From: Djl
27-Oct-22
Congrats Paul. Those backstraps are going to be super tasty.

From: Nick Muche
27-Oct-22
That’s good stuff Paul!

From: Supernaut
27-Oct-22
Congrats on a great buck Paul and thanks for sharing your recap and pics with us!

I always enjoy your threads!

From: scentman
27-Oct-22
My man! Way to go Paul... yes, when finger on release hard not to finish the deal.

Naps are good at our age, but young buck backstraps... priceless!

From: Vonfoust
27-Oct-22
I too have found that a "practice draw" sometimes isn't just practice:) Very cool Paul, congrats.

From: Scoot
27-Oct-22
Atta boy, Paul!

From: APauls
27-Oct-22
There's a lot of humans on this earth thanks to practise! lol Congrats Paul! Sounded like a fun hunt which is what it's all about!

From: deerhunter72
27-Oct-22
Congratulations sir! Whatever trips your trigger...way to get it done. Enjoy!

From: Bowboy
27-Oct-22
Nicely done Paul!

From: Bou'bound
27-Oct-22
Great decision and execution

From: Rgiesey
27-Oct-22
Nice Paul!

From: SBH
27-Oct-22
Woke up feeling dangerous that morning eh Paul?

Good stuff man!

From: TGbow
27-Oct-22
Great job..that's what it's all about

From: labxtreme1.
27-Oct-22
Congratulations on a fine trophy and exciting hunt!

From: badbull
27-Oct-22
Paul,good work! Kinda curious as to where hit, broadhead that your using, and how far he went for your recovery. Did it go as smooth as it sounds? Badbull

From: GhostBird
27-Oct-22
Congrats Paul... u r a killa................

From: JohnMC
27-Oct-22
Congrats Paul. Are you going to miss not hunting the rut though?

From: Quinn @work
27-Oct-22
Congrats Paul! Looks like you're going to have a lot of time to bird hunt this year. :)

From: Jrhendricks
27-Oct-22
Nice work Paul, He'll taste good. With that tag squared away you can always swing back out to Nebraska if you haven't got your fill.

From: Jaquomo
27-Oct-22
Good job, Paul!

From: Scrappy
27-Oct-22
I've done that, practice draw only to figure out once my finger is in the trigger there is no going back. It is so powerful that I won't even practice draw on anything anymore.

Congrats Sir, thanks for taking us along.

From: TMac
27-Oct-22
Nice work Paul!

27-Oct-22
Good for you fellow “ole man”

From: Two Feathers
27-Oct-22
I've noticed over the years a lot of animals have made a fatal mistake with you. Congratulations on your buck.

27-Oct-22
Congratulations Paul!... job well done.

27-Oct-22
Congratualtions Paul

From: BC
27-Oct-22
Good going Paul. Always love when you share your hunts with us. Congrats...

From: jdbbowhunter
27-Oct-22
Awesome story and buck! Meat in the freezer, what it's about.

27-Oct-22
Nice work, large or small.

From: tobywon
27-Oct-22
Congrats Paul!!

27-Oct-22
Badbull asked this, "did it go as smooth as it sounds"? also, Hit, BH, and recovery?.

Well sort of. Being up in the tree stand and the deer only 10 yards away and below, many hits are from a high angle as this one was. The actual hit was, as the deer was quartering away, half way back, top of the back, and into the lungs, etc. Not a pass through but at least 20 inch's of penetration with the 125 gr, 3 bld, VAP.. The buck sprinted back the way he had come, and I watched him go out of sight, 90 yards way back to the river which is very shallow with high sand banks. I was saying to myself, "Go down".

With that hit, I just figured he will be dead within a few seconds so I climbed down and headed to where I last saw him and looking for any blood along the way.. As I moved along, a blood trial was not evident until I got to where I had last seen him and found a few very small spots of blood in the tall grass, but that did give me a direction to follow. A few yards later, the complete arrow at the edge of a five foot high sand bank along the river.. I looked over the edge expecting to see him dead, but no. The sand bars below and across the exposed sand, were covered with thick cocklebur brush but I headed in that direction, crossing over the shallow, narrow, river in a few inches of water.. Fifty yards ahead, I see a white belly of a dead deer. A sigh of relief as always. Recovery, 100 yards.

I had been there before, a high hit and not a pass through that can lead to a poor blood trail as the majority of the blood is remaining in the deer's body cavity.

I left the buck there, and headed back to the truck to gather up a few processing items and also to bring back my Jet Sled to haul him out with. I had to field process the deer in the sled as the river bottom was all sand.. I, with some difficulty, I pulled him along on the sand bar, 400 yards, to where I could get to the river bank, adjacent to the path to the truck. I left him there, and then retrieved the stand and the decoy in two more trips back to the truck and then pulled the deer sled back to the truck. All in all, this is taking 3 hours but it was still light to see, as the sun was just ready to set.

The back of the truck was full of stuff and there was no way to lift this buck to the tail gate so I tied the sled's haul rope to the trailer hitch and pulled the deer sled down the two rut road for a mile where I knew another hunter, who I met was hunting. He had a very large empty truck and was was glad to take the deer and sled back to camp and also to help hang the deer to cool on the deer pole. This was here I ended up skinning and quartering the deer under the lights of the truck, and then bagging it up for the chest cooler, for the drive home the following morning.

So you asked, "Did it go smooth"?. Yea, until I released the arrow!!!! Then the work begins.

From: Grey Ghost
27-Oct-22
If you're happy, ol' boy, so am I.

Congrats.

Matt

From: Whocares
27-Oct-22

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Way to go Paul. Sounds like another fun and satisfying hunt for you! I'm currently standing in 7" of snow glassing an area for tomorrow's 2nd season opener. Sun out and beautiful evening.

From: Whocares
27-Oct-22

Whocares's embedded Photo
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27-Oct-22
I love it!!

27-Oct-22
Sounds like an honest day’s work!

Well done. Not that you need it, but I certainly would endorse your priorities.

27-Oct-22
Congratulations Paul! Always happy to see you posting a recap. Looking forward to your next one.

From: badbull
27-Oct-22
Thanks for the added details. Not surprised that you had some work to do after the shot. You made it real and earned him. Another job well done. Badbull

27-Oct-22
Way to go Paul ! It’s awesome when a plan comes together like that. Good hunt with good weather can’t ask for much more!

From: Lewis
27-Oct-22
Congrats Paul great job enjoy the meals and as always you the man Lewis

From: Marty
27-Oct-22
Well done Paul!

From: t-roy
28-Oct-22
Good stuff, as usual, Paul! Like, scrappy, I’ve have some kind of disconnect between my trigger finger and my brain, once I get to full draw ;-)

From: South Farm
28-Oct-22
Looks like you're having fun, and that's what matters most! Also, looks like you have a beautiful hunting area there!

From: hdaman
28-Oct-22
Another great story! Thanks Paul!

From: BigOk
28-Oct-22
Congrats!!

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
28-Oct-22
Awesome job Paul. Right back home for more training time with Teal! Congrats, Jeff

From: Will
28-Oct-22
Congratulations Paul!

From: Blue Buck
28-Oct-22
Congratulations! Days like that keep you young!

From: drycreek
28-Oct-22
You had a lot of “did nots” in that story but you got “the do” right. Good for you Paul, sometimes we just want some good eating !

28-Oct-22

Paul@thefort's embedded Photo
Paul@thefort's embedded Photo
From field to table, the full circle of life for the hunter and the deer. This is why I like to do the total processing here at home. Whitetail tenderloin, seasoned, bacon rapped, grilled medium rare. No knife needed, so tender. Side of sweet potato and steamed asparagus. Washed down with red wine. Yum.

29-Oct-22
Thanks for all of your kind remarks. Still having fun as usual and maybe the reason I killed this young buck was, one never knows when the next hunt might be the last. Keep the faith. my best, Paul

From: Catscratch
29-Oct-22
Congrats Paul! I've shot many deer who's antlers weren't what I wanted, but the experience and memories outweighed the inches. Great post and great deer!

From: adam_cav51
30-Oct-22
Congrats Paul!! There’s nothing like fresh backstrap!

From: spike78
30-Oct-22
Nothing like backstraps and asparagus good stuff Paul!

From: rooster
30-Oct-22
Congratulations

From: 2Wild Bill
30-Oct-22
Congratulations, I liked the whole story too.

30-Oct-22
In addition, Tricia and I enjoyed the deer heart last night. Sautéed onions, mushrooms, red and yellow peppers in olive oil. Set aside. Placed the prepared, cut up heart in marinade for 1/2 hour. Cooked in a steel frying pan, olive oil (do not over cook) Rest the meat for a few minutes. Mix all together. Side of mash potatoes. Wine to wash it down. Another YUM.

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