GEORGIA NO LONGER ON MY MIND

hooksetterhooksetter Posts: 505 Officer
My Dad and I made it to our place in Georgia for or yearly deer hunting trip. Had a great time.
checked cameras the night we got there and we did not have any monsters or anything... Had one decent buck that had some pretty good browtines. Everyone around us had pics of him and I tried thinking of what stand I could catch him at the next morning. I decided that I might be able to catch him a few hundred yards froma water hole as he was going back to bed. I was right. shot him right at day light.
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As i was messing around loading this buck up it dawned on my that I had just hit a small milestone and where I did it was even better. I had killed my 50th buck not 100 yds from where I killed my first buck. pretty neat!

then we started hunting our creek club which is about a 5 minute drive from our farm. My dad killed a decent buck a few morning later after passing some younger bucks.
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by mid week I had passed a half dozen smaller 8's and young bucks and the rut had really not started yet. Bucks were nudging does and with the 2 weather systems we had go by they were still hitting the food hard.
I walked the creek one day looking for a bunch of fresh deer trails and crossings. I found what I was looking for about 300 yds down creek from one of my ladder stands. I figured the deer were hitting the other members corn piles then heading off the pine hills before daylight and getting in the creek to hit the acorns and run the islands in there checing doe trails.
The next morning I slept in a bit and crept into the creek and down past my stand. I was standin there looking for a comfortable stump to sit on where I could see up a drain a 100yds or so. Then I see a deer heading my way down a drain. I checked him in the scope and let him go. Then he got behind a dead fall about 50 yds to my left and he could see from my waist down. I played cat and mouse with him a bit and as he turned to walk away I though to myself. hmm he has some decent mass. Then my mouth went maaaaat. the crosshairs hit his neck and the gun went off. I still dont know how all that happended but it did. lol
that was a bad idea though. there was about 200 yds of really bad cypress knees and 6-8" deep mud in a river drain I was going to have to get him across, plus numerous downed trees and junk. Dad and I went back and took a store bought cart that I had stored in the shed. after almost killing each other and many threats of dismembering the deer we finally got him out.
He had a really neat looking black stripe down his neck. It was a fun week.
here is where i was standing when I shot him. had creek drain to my right and left
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where he fell
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got to love the look
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once we made it to 4 wheelers
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back at the farm
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  • DoradoDreaminDoradoDreamin Posts: 1,821 Captain
    Congrats on the bucks! Looks like a fun week.
  • Slopps08Slopps08 Posts: 1,038 Officer
    Very nice week! Congrats And good looking deer!

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  • flydownflydown Posts: 6,450 Admiral
    Couple of goodun's right there! Congrats!!
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  • BCSAILSBCSAILS Posts: 435 Officer
    Nicely done! Hunted in Pooler Ga. 10 years ago on my first hunt and been hooked ever since being a raised Key Largo fish head. Love getting out of state and would some day love to have a small farm like you guys all my own. Got to love "Road Trips".... I did just pull the trigger on a West Ky. lease of 500 acres for next year as I want to do more out of state hunting for big Bucks and see more of our country. Congrats again on some nice Bucks!
  • BatemasterBatemaster Posts: 1,699 Captain
    Looks good man. Congrats
  • huntmstrhuntmstr Posts: 6,284 Admiral
    Bang up job bro. Love this time of year. Congrats on the successful hunt.
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  • micci_manmicci_man Somewhere in FLPosts: 11,796 AG
    Congrats Dave :beer
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  • gottheitch22gottheitch22 Posts: 4,083 Captain
    Nice buck looks like a great weekend
    living life as i like
  • capt.d'scapt.d's Posts: 36 Deckhand
    Looks plenty big enough to me . Congrats !
  • james 14james 14 Posts: 2,816 Moderator
    Nice job, Dave! I'm sitting at deer number 49 waiting for the 50th myself.
  • huntmstrhuntmstr Posts: 6,284 Admiral
    Good lord James, what have you been doing with your time? I lost count years ago.
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  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 7,799 Moderator
    Nice work!

    I know what you mean about the gun "just going off." If I want to let one pass I have to force myself not to pick up the gun. Once the gun is shouldered the scope somehow finds it's way to the deer. The safety somehow comes off. I'm telling myself pass, pass, pass, and then all of a sudden there's a really loud noise and I have a dead deer on my hands. Crazy how it happens like that. ;-)
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  • james 14james 14 Posts: 2,816 Moderator
    huntmstr wrote: »
    Good lord James, what have you been doing with your time? I lost count years ago.

    I started keeping track 11 or 12 years ago when I actually started killing deer. Since then it's been about 4 a year and I just add to the sheet. I can tell you exactly how many I've killed, where it was at, what the weapon was and anything else memorable about the occasion. It also helps to remember the season and what happened during. As a result I remember past dates and life events through hunting seasons. I got married in '07 the year I killed 3 8's in 3 days, bought my truck, started working in elementary, hunted KCOLA and saw more turkeys than I had ever seen before in my life.
    Unless I stop I'll probably never lose count. I wish I would've also kept track of all the bucks I've let walk through those years. I could probably recall most of them if I really spent some time going through the memory banks.
  • hooksetterhooksetter Posts: 505 Officer
    James that is pretty much what I have done. when I was growing up some of the best fisherman and hunters I knew told me to keep a log. Of course I did not listen to them for a long time then I finally started writing down buck kills and turkey kills along with my fishing trips.
    I dont get real crazy with it but i jot down a few notes.
    I have one season logged from day one and every thing I did to end of turkey season. I really wish I would have done this over the years or whish I would do it now. it is really fun to go back and read the deer sightings, misses, almost stepped on snakes etc etc.
    It would be really easy to do now with smart phones.
    I was told to do so but never did. I really wish I would have made detailed notes and stories of every trip I made into the Big cypress or everytime I have camped and fished in Everglades National Park. Oh well
    NEVER START A FIRE IN THE WOODS THAT YOU CANT STOMP OUT. IT MAY COME BACK AND BURN YOUR A$$!

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  • down4dacountdown4dacount Posts: 2,580 Officer
    hooksetter wrote: »
    James that is pretty much what I have done. when I was growing up some of the best fisherman and hunters I knew told me to keep a log. Of course I did not listen to them for a long time then I finally started writing down buck kills and turkey kills along with my fishing trips.
    I dont get real crazy with it but i jot down a few notes.
    I have one season logged from day one and every thing I did to end of turkey season. I really wish I would have done this over the years or whish I would do it now. it is really fun to go back and read the deer sightings, misses, almost stepped on snakes etc etc.
    It would be really easy to do now with smart phones.
    I was told to do so but never did. I really wish I would have made detailed notes and stories of every trip I made into the Big cypress or everytime I have camped and fished in Everglades National Park. Oh well
    A buddy of mine does this . He writes in a Journal what he saw and what he killed , time , weather condition etc. I just take lots of pics through the hunt . I think I have 8 photo albums and over 60 Gigs of pics . But writing in a Journal your adventures is not a bad idea . I have a sheet with all the deers I have killed with am or pm hunts . I'll look for it and see where I'm at . I don't think I have updated since last year . I'll recheck my count with the pics .
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  • ducknfishducknfish Posts: 3,821 Officer
    Some of yall are just better at thinking like a buck than the rest of us too.
    Congrats on a job well done.
  • hooksetterhooksetter Posts: 505 Officer
    Taking detailed notes can lead to some interesting stuff.
    For example..
    The 2 largest bucks ever killed on my farm were both killed on October 28th on evening hunts
    6 years apart. We use to shoot anything with horns so we don't kill as man as we use to there but we had a 5x7 picture and name plate with date for every buck.
    The one I killed the first morning of my hunt was number 65.
    I have now taken the time to take the top ten bucks, the dates and compare it with moon phase etc.
    It is pretty interesting.
    NEVER START A FIRE IN THE WOODS THAT YOU CANT STOMP OUT. IT MAY COME BACK AND BURN YOUR A$$!

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  • ReelAffair23ReelAffair23 Posts: 784 Officer
    Congrats on the tag out on those two great bucks. I'm tagged out too, but i only got one buck, my SIL shot the other on my lease and we are only allowed 2/member. Heading out to the Midwest tonight.
  • ReelAffair23ReelAffair23 Posts: 784 Officer
    hooksetter wrote: »
    Taking detailed notes can lead to some interesting stuff.
    For example..
    The 2 largest bucks ever killed on my farm were both killed on October 28th on evening hunts
    6 years apart. We use to shoot anything with horns so we don't kill as man as we use to there but we had a 5x7 picture and name plate with date for every buck.
    The one I killed the first morning of my hunt was number 65.
    I have now taken the time to take the top ten bucks, the dates and compare it with moon phase etc.
    It is pretty interesting.
    Do tell, do tell...
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 7,799 Moderator
    I keep a fairly descriptive log... somewhat Dexter Morgan-like, which bothers my wife. Anyway, I have the following logged by .season..

    1. Species (to date... deer, hog, turkey, and alligator are the only thing I'm 100% current on. I consider Alligator the end of a season, not the beginning)
    2. Gender
    3. Body weight
    4. Tropy size (rack / beard / skull / cutters)
    5. Weapon used (type, brand, calibur... ex: Bow / Matthews Outback. Or... "Rifle, 270WSM, Browing ABolt"
    6. Time of day
    7. Locations
    8. Type of stand used
    9. Paid for processesing, or did it myself.

    I keep it excel and can drop into a pivot table pretty easily. Allows me to quickly discect when / what was killed. Where and how.

    What I have never done, and sure SHOULD start doing it, is to include... Temp, WX conditions, Forecasted Wind, Actual Wind at time of kill.

    To date I've taken 44 animals since my first kill which was a doe on 12/21/2005. For the next three years I killed 8 more animals (2 hogs and 6 deer). It was the 2009/2010 season when things really began to click with me. I got off a lease and really made the most out of archery season which taught me a lot. All good info to have, and it's fun. I also have every spike / basket rack I've ever shot. With a sharpie behind the skull cap I have the date and what I killed it with. I think it helps to make the most of the animal.
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