Buck down! They're moving.

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Buck down! They're moving.

Post by DuckHunt » Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:22 pm

This morning I put my son in law in my stand and he had the opportunity to launch two arrows with his compound bow unsuccessfully. A dreaded sapling stepped in front of his shot at a small buck that I had watched in bow range for more than a half hour. :eusa-doh: About an hour later, a doe busted him at the exact time that he released the arrow and he buried the arrow right where she was standing a second earlier. :eusa-doh:

Fast forward to this afternoon and he sat out. So, I was back in my stand and my daughter in hers.We were in the stands around 4pm. Out of no where at 5pm, I caught movement about 40 yards in front of me. A buck had came out of the ravine and was heading right to me. He was moving so fast, I barely had time to text my daughter I had deer under me. Since we're sitting relatively close together, we try to give the other a heads up just in case we both end up with an opportunity. Well, the buck made a beeline for the oak that is 15 yards in front of my stand. Right after I first saw him, I knew he was a shooter. It was certainly less than a minute from the time I first saw him until he was just barely quartering too at 18 yards under the oak. I sit about 24 feet up, so it was a fairly steep angle. I put the 20 yard dot about 3/4 of the way up just behind the shoulder and squeezed the trigger on my Matrix 350 SE. The Rocket Hammerhead tipped Zombie Slayer found its mark as highlighted by the Lumenok. The bucked jumped and headed downhill toward the ravine about 60 yards away. Just after he went out of sight, I'm fairly certain I heard a tumble or crash.

I sat for 45 minutes before climbing down. There wasn't much blood the first 20 yards, but I did find a little.
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When I ventured beyond 40 yards, the blood started to paint thicker.
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Sensing that the deer probably wasn't far from the edge of the thick stuff, I took the opportunity to try out a new thermal tracker. The buck is about 20 yards away. Can you see him?
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He's right there.
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Here is the way I found him...
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Here he is pulled out to more level ground.
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So far this bow season has been phenomenal. Although I really like how maneuverable my Micro is in my tree stand, this Matrix appears to be in the right place at the right time. This is the second 8pt I've taken with it in as many weeks and both were taken with the same arrow. At first glance, it may ride again. We'll have to see after a closer inspection. I wasn't going to shoot another buck unless it was larger than the last. This one appears to be a year older and is slightly heavier all around. If I take another buck this season, it will have to be even bigger so I'm really raising the bar now. Well, for bucks anyway. No mature doe is safe. :lol:
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Re: Buck down! They're moving.

Post by xcaliber » Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:31 pm

Awesome and congrats!
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Post by longbow joe » Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:09 am

Yea ...that's a nice buck for sure.congrats.
I'm seeing really early rut activity here this year
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Re: Buck down! They're moving.

Post by Stepnoutnb » Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:17 am

Very nice, congratulations! :thumbup:

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Post by Bcxbow » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:13 am

Congrats DH :thumbup:
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Re: Buck down! They're moving.

Post by ihunt » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:15 am

Congrats! Thanks for posting
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Post by mr meat » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:25 am

Nice Congrats
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Re: Buck down! They're moving.

Post by gerald strine » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:39 am

Way to go that's a good buck ,nice body on him congratulations !
What is the heat imagining thin you use can not see the deer at all in the first picture but he is on the scope looks to be a big help.
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Re: Buck down! They're moving.

Post by grouse » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:51 am

Congratulations! Nice deer and a good shot.
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Post by elkaholic » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:00 am

:thumbup:

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Re: Buck down! They're moving.

Post by Reinyrooster » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:18 am

Awesome hunt! Thanks for the pics.

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Re: Buck down! They're moving.

Post by DuckHunt » Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:09 pm

gerald strine wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:39 am
What is the heat imagining thin you use can not see the deer at all in the first picture but he is on the scope looks to be a big help.
It's a Leupold LTO Tracker 2. I like it a lot better than the FLIR One that I was using, but each has its benefits. The FLIR One connects to your smartphone, so you can take photos with it. But it has a built in rechargeable battery that only lasts an hour at best. The Leupold LTO Tracker 2 has higher thermal resolution and will run 10 hours on a CR123 replaceable battery. I can see squirrels at 50 yards with it. If you wait a half hour or more after a shot, any blood trail will turn cold so it will not help much in that case. But it makes searching thick cover for downed game a lot easier.

BTW, its on sale right now at Bass Pro (and Cabela's). I had been looking for a used one so I couldn't pass up a new one for 50% off.
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Re: Buck down! They're moving.

Post by gerald strine » Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:29 pm

DuckHunt wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:09 pm
gerald strine wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:39 am
What is the heat imagining thin you use can not see the deer at all in the first picture but he is on the scope looks to be a big help.
It's a Leupold LTO Tracker 2. I like it a lot better than the FLIR One that I was using, but each has its benefits. The FLIR One connects to your smartphone, so you can take photos with it. But it has a built in rechargeable battery that only lasts an hour at best. The Leupold LTO Tracker 2 has higher thermal resolution and will run 10 hours on a CR123 replaceable battery. I can see squirrels at 50 yards with it. If you wait a half hour or more after a shot, any blood trail will turn cold so it will not help much in that case. But it makes searching thick cover for downed game a lot easier.

BTW, its on sale right now at Bass Pro (and Cabela's). I had been looking for a used one so I couldn't pass up a new one for 50% off.
I normally like to wait an hour after a shot before I do any tracking but I think it would still help with locating the carcass and at night it would be real handy.
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Re: Buck down! They're moving.

Post by XB I GO » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:18 pm

Nice one, that's a wicked hole in that deer!

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Post by vixenmaster » Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:54 am

Really nice tick toter congrats
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