I Rather be Lucky than Good

down4dacountdown4dacount Posts: 2,580 Officer
Another great weekend , but this one had lots of events from the start . A few miles from the entrance to the WMA , in the middle of my lane were 2 big hogs , luckily I saw them and swerved and avoided ramming and damaging my truck . We checked in a headed to our spot . The plan was to wait till daylight in an area last weekend I had seen a big buck with a doe right at daylight . We waited for an hour and nothing . Well since in my usual spot I hunt not much action happened the weekend before it was time for a new game plan . We drove to a few areas and walked a while , saw a small illegal buck 25 yards from us and never paid attention to us . Drove to a small oak strand and figured at least we can get on hogs and get my buddy on his first muzzleloader kill . Only a hundred yards in I see movement in a palmetto clump . I tell him to ease in slowly and be ready for a close shot . I was ready just incase . As he moved in the wind changed and the hogs got alerted , he had no shot and I was waiting for him to shot and all the sudden they bolted out , I raised my muzzle and as soon as one come into view BOOM , cloud of smoke and I can't see my pig . Reloaded and he says there a pig just standing there . I told him thats the one I shot , shoot em in the head . He fires and pig drops . I had shot him through the lungs and he was about to drop but a quick follow up shot from him secured any tracking . Well I had one down and back to the truck , got him gutted and in the cooler . 90 Lbs Boar , 20 yard running shot .
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Back on the road to do a little late morning scouting . Drove a while and saw some does heading to some nearby oaks . The rut is just beggining so eventually a buck is gonna be trailing . Drove down a trail and I see something on the side of the trail that looked like a deer bedded so I stopped . I walked around the truck and looked and there's a 3 point bedded 10 feet from me . I though he was injured or shot , I walked up to it thinking it would get up and run , but why didn't he run as we passed next to him . I walked right up to him and he wouldn't move . I tapped him with my boots and nothing , finally I reached down and grabbed him by the antler and he just stayed there no fight . I got my Gopro and filmed some and he finally got up kinda stumbling and walked in a cypress head and bedded 20 feet in the water . I got the # of the lady working the checkstation and called her and told her about what I had seen . She said she would call LEO and inform and she would get back to me . We kept going and about 2 hours later got a call that an officer was on his way if we could show where the deer was . We met the officer and went to where the buck was . He was still there , I showed her and we walked in . She took some pics and determined to dispatch to examine incase of any disease or wounds . She asked if could put inback of my tuck and take to the checkstation I said no problem . The head was removed and we gutted it to see if any internal bleedind or anything weird . All we could see some purple marks inside the skin like impact from another buck ramming him . Also had a gash behind the back of the skull where it meets the vertabrae . After more pics the lady in the checkstation she said we can either keep it or throw in the gut pile . I told her we would keep it . Well just be carefull if you are gonna eat it , I told her I would give some to my neighbor first and wait a couple days , LOL . After skinning it we noticed lots of small blood clots that looked like whe he was hit by another buck with it's rack . Well so far this has been an eventfull day . Back on the road again to finally setup treestands , got em setup but decided not to hunt the afternoon there , wind was blowing about 20 miles and was blowing in the wrong way . I decided we should drive around and it was 5 ish and game movement would pick up . As I was heading to an area that I had seen lots of hog sign , maybe my buddy could get one . I turned a corner and see a doe bout 40 yards from the road next to a flagpond , next to her all I saw was a big body and big antlers . I kept driving a few yards to a small palmetto clump and stopped and jumped out the truck . As soon as I had them in view , the doe was moving away and he turned his head and looked right at me . The only shot I had was a rear shot before he bolted . I decided to take the shot , Boom cloud of smoke I quickly reloaded and I see the buck slowly walking away hurt so all I had was a shot through the pines at his ribs Boom and he just walked a few steps and stood there , reloaded again I think I had a gatling gun instead of a muzzleloader . He finally moved a few steps and I settled on his shoulder and Boom , now he jumps and takes off **** !!!!!!!!!! . Reached in my pockett and reloaded again and I see him drop about 80 yards away , man my heart was going 100 mph . I was walking up to him shaking and he was done , Holy Craps I couldn't believe how this happened . My buddy finally made it over and asked how big he was , I told him it's a stud . I was still shaking and thanking God for this moment . Then the usual , pics , dragging and loaded him and off again looking for hogs . My buddy heard some hogs but couldn't seal the deal . Stud 8 , 155 lbs , and after all the days event I still had my CHIT together .
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  • DONY 1DONY 1 Posts: 557 Officer
    Congrats again bud! Good looking buck right there.
    Don't cost nuttin to be nice
  • ReelAffair23ReelAffair23 Posts: 784 Officer
    Congrats, that's a great 8!!
  • Bass&GasBass&Gas Posts: 14 Greenhorn
    That there is a nice deer. Congrats. Great story too. Did u ever actually figure out what was wrong with the three point?
  • flydownflydown Posts: 6,449 Admiral
    Awesome buck, Ray! Can you send a bit of your good luck a bit north??
    DYING for me was the most HE could do. LIVING for HIM is the least I can do
  • Lc-hunter86Lc-hunter86 Posts: 2,926 Officer
    You sorry dawg lol Congrats that's a goodun man.
  • down4dacountdown4dacount Posts: 2,580 Officer
    Bass&Gas wrote: »
    That there is a nice deer. Congrats. Great story too. Did u ever actually figure out what was wrong with the three point?
    Thanks and no this happened yesterday , if my neighbor lives , lol . I guess nothing . I think the injury he had in the back of his neck /head area caused some nerve in the spine problem .
    ShotKam Pro Staff
    Full moons make me crazy and I go out and kill deer . Come to think all moon phases do that to me
    Check out my videos http://www.youtube.com/user/Down4dacount1?feature=mhee
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  • james 14james 14 Posts: 2,816 Moderator
    And then there are those who are both lucky and good. Congrats.
  • DropTine797DropTine797 Posts: 681 Officer
    james 14 wrote: »
    And then there are those who are both lucky and good. Congrats.

    Exactly what I told him LOL
    Seven down, Eight to go.
  • huntmstrhuntmstr Posts: 6,284 Admiral
    Ray, that 3pt sounds like he's suffering from EHD. It's been popping up all across the country this year. The midges have been bad in many places. Oddly enough, Florida usually doesn't get it in drought years (unlike other states). The midwest is having a terrible time of it because of their drought conditions. We get it when it's exceedingly wet... and that's what we're finding this season. I hope it get's cold soon so the bugs are beaten back and the deer get some relief.
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    Great story & buck! Congrats!
  • Camocam813Camocam813 Posts: 244 Officer
    Great Buck, and story!
  • DoradoDreaminDoradoDreamin Posts: 1,817 Captain
    Dang Ray. You make it sound soooo easy. LOL Congrats. That's a beauty.
  • maq attaqmaq attaq Posts: 555 Officer
    Way to go Ray...great story and heck of a buck
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  • FloridaBoyFloridaBoy Posts: 284 Officer
    That is an awesome buck! How was the rut activity out there? Did you have your shotcam on? I'd like to see that GoPro video
  • #1 DDH#1 DDH Posts: 111 Officer
    Sounds like a good day in the woods. Awesome buck.
  • spfldbowhunterspfldbowhunter Posts: 889 Officer
    :beer
    Eph. 3:20
  • Humble hunterHumble hunter Posts: 446 Officer
    Congrats!
  • gator4evergator4ever Posts: 2,501 Captain
    I had asked you if he was a 6, cause on my phone I couldnt tell the brow tines started so far up.

    Ray he has to go on the wall.

    Way to go buddy.
    "sometimes it's OK just to kill a little time" my grandpa 1972
  • omegafooomegafoo Posts: 3,081 Captain
    Congrats Ray. Guess you thought he was old and tough enough that you had to "pre-tenderize" him prior to skinning and aging, huh :grin
  • Derek ArsuaDerek Arsua Posts: 2,474 Officer
    You did it again man that's one hell of a buck congrats on the amazing hunt
  • ROGERSANCHEZROGERSANCHEZ Posts: 308 Deckhand
    What an awesome story! Congrats again, that's a great buck.
  • down4dacountdown4dacount Posts: 2,580 Officer
    omegafoo wrote: »
    Congrats Ray. Guess you thought he was old and tough enough that you had to "pre-tenderize" him prior to skinning and aging, huh :grin
    was making sure he wasn't gonna get away
    ShotKam Pro Staff
    Full moons make me crazy and I go out and kill deer . Come to think all moon phases do that to me
    Check out my videos http://www.youtube.com/user/Down4dacount1?feature=mhee
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  • omegafooomegafoo Posts: 3,081 Captain
    was making sure he wasn't gonna get away

    Don't blame ya. I would have kept shooting until he stopped moving too :machinegun
  • novaalexnovaalex Posts: 88 Deckhand
    Ray you are the only stud around here, having yourself a great season so far. You work hard so you deserve it! Congrats!!!
  • capt louiecapt louie Posts: 9,036 Moderator
    Good stuff , congrats.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • Chris71404Chris71404 Posts: 101 Greenhorn
    Real nice buck, congrats again Ray.....
  • swampwalkerswampwalker Posts: 1,087 Officer
    OMGoodness - you are on a roll! Is this like the best year ever for you or is this just an average one? Way to go (again)!
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  • ducknfishducknfish Posts: 3,821 Officer
    Somebody's been living right!
    Somehow I don't think it's all luck
  • down4dacountdown4dacount Posts: 2,580 Officer
    gator4ever wrote: »
    Ray he has to go on the wall.

    .
    Ohhhh Yeaaahhh !!!!!! , already looking at molds , different poses
    ShotKam Pro Staff
    Full moons make me crazy and I go out and kill deer . Come to think all moon phases do that to me
    Check out my videos http://www.youtube.com/user/Down4dacount1?feature=mhee
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  • down4dacountdown4dacount Posts: 2,580 Officer
    OMGoodness - you are on a roll! Is this like the best year ever for you or is this just an average one? Way to go (again)!
    Been fortunate to hunt some good areas this season , but persistence is what has made it a great season . This has been my seventh weekend and have killed game 6 of them . The one I didn't kill is cause I missed an 8 and hit bad a 7 , that still alive with just a limp , on my second archery hunt . Scouting , lots of miles on the boots , and years of hunting these areas is what has helped me year after year , and some luck ain't a bad thing . A few guys on here that know me , know that I don't quit .
    ShotKam Pro Staff
    Full moons make me crazy and I go out and kill deer . Come to think all moon phases do that to me
    Check out my videos http://www.youtube.com/user/Down4dacount1?feature=mhee
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