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Journey for an 8.5 year old buck
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
Arrowhead 15-Dec-23
sticksender 15-Dec-23
sitO 15-Dec-23
Grunter 15-Dec-23
wildwilderness 15-Dec-23
Buskill 15-Dec-23
Buskill 15-Dec-23
MQQSE 15-Dec-23
MQQSE 15-Dec-23
Bowboy 15-Dec-23
Beginner 15-Dec-23
12yards 15-Dec-23
KB 15-Dec-23
Overland 15-Dec-23
Julius Koenig 15-Dec-23
Duke 15-Dec-23
t-roy 15-Dec-23
Medicinemann 16-Dec-23
Charlie Rehor 16-Dec-23
Arrowhead 17-Dec-23
From: Arrowhead
15-Dec-23

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I recently took the time to finish my video about our quest for the deer we called El Gordo “The fat one”. I was incredibly fortunate to be able to spend multiple years hunting this buck. A day didn’t go by without us hoping he would show up below our stands or on our cameras. He continued to amaze us by returning time and again, surviving each winter as well as the dreaded Missouri rifle season. The bittersweet ending of El Gordo occurred this past October in a food plot we created for the sole purpose of killing this buck. If you watch the video I hope you enjoy it.

-Blaine

From: sticksender
15-Dec-23
Outstanding video, and a beautiful buck.

From: sitO
15-Dec-23
Great footage, and story of that buck Blaine, congrats and keep it up!

From: Grunter
15-Dec-23
Nice video, and congrats on a dandy buck. How many acres you hunting? Definitely some big bucks around there.

15-Dec-23
Congrats on a nice buck.

So it changed from an 8 to a 10? I often wonder if its actually the same deer when people say it is. Did you send a tooth in for official age?

From: Buskill
15-Dec-23
Congrats ! I really enjoyed that vid. Very inspirational as my hunting partners and I are discussing trying some new steps to improve our hunting grounds.

From: Buskill
15-Dec-23
Congrats ! I really enjoyed that vid. Very inspirational as my hunting partners and I are discussing trying some new steps to improve our hunting grounds.

From: MQQSE
15-Dec-23

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Bucks change antler configuration all the time. We live at our farm and watch the deer grow up and are fortunate to watch them evolve with age. This buck was special. Here he is in 2020 and he was big bodied at 5.5. We have the sheds. He is unmistakably the same deer.

Teeth results will come later.

From: MQQSE
15-Dec-23

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Here is an odd buck. He was a super wide buck since he was 2.5. He was always an 8 until this year. My daughter was happy to take him for her first buck. The crazy thing was he was a midget! The buck was always tiny and weighed just over 140#!

From: Bowboy
15-Dec-23
Great buck congrats!

From: Beginner
15-Dec-23
Very well done video.

From: 12yards
15-Dec-23
Enjoyed the video! Congrats on a legendary buck!

From: KB
15-Dec-23
Very cool! Nice vid.

I kind of want a midget buck now. :)

From: Overland
15-Dec-23
I rarely watch hunting videos but that was very, very well done. Truly excellent buck and story.

15-Dec-23
Congrats Adam and Blaine!

From: Duke
15-Dec-23
Excellent job. Congrats on the buck and great video commemorating the time you spent chasing Gordo.

From: t-roy
15-Dec-23
Well done on many fronts, Blaine (and Adam)! The chess match involved with chasing a particular buck over several season, and finally putting your tag on him, brings an even greater sense of gratification, IMO.

Any new potential suitors on the horizon for next season? It will be interesting to see what that buck with the big spike on his left side turns into in the next few years.

From: Medicinemann
16-Dec-23
I really enjoyed the video, and appreciate the time and effort that was required to make it. Well done.

16-Dec-23
Nice farm Pops… Congrats and Enjoy the ride.

From: Arrowhead
17-Dec-23
Thank you very much!

Grunter, we have several farms here where we live that we own and hunt. They range in size from under 100 to over 2000 acres.

T-Roy: no up and comers like Gordo. You never know when one will make a jump and become something special. Usually we have a sense about one when they are younger though. You are right about that funny buck with the spike, I would love to see what he has turned into at 6.5!

It seems most decent bucks get whacked at 3.5 in MO, which is what made this buck something special. Rarely do we see a deer live as long as Gordo did.

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