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Score another one for the ladies!

Post by VixChix » Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:56 pm

Wasn't too motivated to go out today. Have been bucking a nasty flu that's going around and it's still hanging on. Sitting in the cold trying not to cough wasn't too attractive.

Got up and stalled. Almost didn't go. Got out to the stand about 8:30. Was tempted to huddle in the blind where it might be warmer and less windy, but climbed into the tree stand instead.

I took out my Wabi call and tried a few soft bleats. Only some fat squirrels. 30 minutes later I tried two bleats followed by buck grunts and about 9:30 I watched a little buck come out about 80 yards away and wander past my blind and back. I bleated to him from the stand but he wasn't interested. ARGH. If only I'd been in the blind!

Just before 11 a.m. I tried another bleat-grunt sequence. Getting to the point where I'd had just about enough of being cold when I heard noise behind me. Was sure it a squirrel.

Well, this time it wasn't. The same buck was coming in from behind me along a path that would lead him past my stand. I held my breath and squeezed my eyes shut every time he looked up at me. He kept coming. Each time he looked away I slowly raised my bow.

I was waiting for him to get past me so I could get that classic quartering away shot, but as he come closer he angled in front of me. He passed behind a tree then began to turn back toward me.

Now or never.

He presented quartering on, so I put the crosshairs in front of his shoulder, aimed for the opposite leg and pulled the trigger.

NOTE: I strongly discourage anyone from taking this shot angle. It is high-risk and too many things can go wrong.

He took off and I saw 1/2 of my Big John arrow drop into the leaves. Oh no! No pass-through.
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Didn't have to worry though - I watched him fall about 40 yards away. Dead before he hit the ground.

Later we found the TrophyRidge Hammerhead expandable had severed his heart and both lungs Very satisfying.
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Huge entry wound:
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Called Tim and told him to bring the "Deer Ambulance" :D He brought along some medics: (More likely they wanted to make sure it was real! :lol: )
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The DaGrizz knife didn't stay this pretty and clean for long... :mrgreen:
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Tagged:
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I wanted to hear "Hey little lady, let me gut your deer for you!" No such luck, but they did help unzip him and hold him for me:
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The part of the arrow from inside the deer:
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Ryan/DirtyGun helped drag:
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No gurney to get him into the ambulance - a little help from friends:
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I thank God for the deer, for the hunts, for the memories - so many blessings! I thank all whose hands have crafted the items on my Vixen and the things I pack for my hunts - I feel like I carry a part of each of you with me every time I go out. Am also thankful for the friends who celebrated with me this afternoon in the woods and in cyberspace!
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Re: Score another one for the ladies!

Post by bigsy » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:01 pm

Congratulations on a great deer Vix :D
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Re: Score another one for the ladies!

Post by lscha » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:02 pm

Congratulations Monica!! That's a nice looking deer. Look how big his neck was too. Thanks for the story and the pictures. You've got some great friends there too.

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Your turn Tara and Gena.
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Re: Score another one for the ladies!

Post by DirtyGun » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:05 pm

Was a pleasure, nay, a privilege to assist with your first crossbow harvest. May you have many lasting memories of this hunt and many more successful ones in future.

And I'll come hold a leg and drag a bit for those too. :lol:

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Re: Score another one for the ladies!

Post by awshucks » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:09 pm

You. Shot. A. Deer! W/ the blue fingernails? OMG, I can't believe it, well yes I can!

Congrat's Moni!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Score another one for the ladies!

Post by VixChix » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:11 pm

awshucks wrote:You. Shot. A. Deer! W/ the blue fingernails? OMG, I can't believe it, well yes I can!

Congrat's Moni!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't go into shock on me, Dan! :lol:

Forgot about the nails - I would have changed them to something more colour-co-ord, like yellow for the tag, or PANK for the arras. :D

Special photos coming your way, Dan. :D
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Re: Score another one for the ladies!

Post by mikdor » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:19 pm

Great Buck Monika,and You are a tough hunter being sick like You are I probably would have went back to bed and asked for my mom. Good on You.
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Re: Score another one for the ladies!

Post by Cryon » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:19 pm

Congrats again Vixchix!!!!
Great story and what a nice harvest. Can't think of a better way to break in the Vixen.
And wow that hammerhead certainly did put the hammer down on him.

Looks like your freezer Is going to be plenty full this year.

Congrats and looking forward to hearing more stories in the future

I'll be celebrating for ya tonight.
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Re: Score another one for the ladies!

Post by strum » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:23 pm

awshucks wrote:You. Shot. A. Deer! W/ the blue fingernails? OMG, I can't believe it, well yes I can!

Congrat's Moni!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i heard you do it with pink ones shucks :lol: :lol: :lol:

hey monica thats a wonderful deer you got there looks like yuo guys were havin a blast..great pics and story..too..
i may have to give that blue a try.. :shock: cant hurt, ive tried everything eles :lol: :lol:
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Re: Score another one for the ladies!

Post by frisky » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:26 pm

Congrats on the fine buck. Isn't it a good feeling?

Looks to be a nice sized animal. You may have blue nails but the red on your arms is blood. I like the "Deer Ambulance" I may have to resort to that. Again Congrats on the "first", they come a little easier now. frisky
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Re: Score another one for the ladies!

Post by georgiaboy » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:29 pm

Nice buck...CONGRATS!!! :D :D :wink:
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Re: Score another one for the ladies!

Post by Riflemanz » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:30 pm

Congrats on a fine buck!Nice shooting,story and pics! :D
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Re: Score another one for the ladies!

Post by wabi » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:31 pm

Way to go!!!!!!!!!
Nice buck!!!!!!!!

Good to hear the call is working for you. :D

Gotta say the blue nails just don't contrast well with the deer blood on the arm, though. :lol: :lol:
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Re: Score another one for the ladies!

Post by Masboy » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:32 pm

congrats! nice buck and hunt story! sure put a. Big hole in him and wish you many more too come!

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Re: Score another one for the ladies!

Post by gerald strine » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:36 pm

I am very happy for you Vix :D he is a wonderful harvest sure to provide many wonderful meals this cold winter.
Congrats on the heart shot way to go.
Hunt eat sleep repeat.

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