Buck'd Out. What now?

Crossbow Hunting

Moderators: Excalibur Marketing Dude, Bill T

User avatar
Posts: 1737
Joined: Sun Aug 20, 2006 2:07 pm
Location: Harpers Ferry, WV

Buck'd Out. What now?

Post by DuckHunt » Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:08 pm

Well, the hunting gods have shined on me this season in a big way. I was able to take two 8pt bucks with my Matrix 350 in October. Fortunately, the primary place I hunt in Virginia has three buck tags. With 24 days off planned during November, I found myself in a situation many of you have to deal with each season. I had one buck tag left. Obviously, this changes the level of deer I would consider a shooter even as a meat hunter. I can get all the doe tags I want, but no more buck tags.

I was on vacation Friday, but passed on the morning hunt due to the wind. By early afternoon, the wind wasn't too bad although it was only a few degrees above freezing. Not knowing how many kids would be hunting with me on Saturday, I needed to take a bucket up to the top of the mountain on the highest ridge as an additional sitting position. I pulled all of my camera photos on the way up the mountain. Once I positioned the bucket, I wasn't a fan of the view from the ground so I climbed up in the adjacent hang-on stand that is only about ten feet high. Then I started thumbing through the camera photos. There was the big bear still passing through, plenty of small bucks and a few decent shooters for the kids. With only one buck tag, all of them would be off of my hit list except for one. I had one fresh night time photo of a buck we'd not seen before. Even though the photo wasn't the best, he was the nicest thing we've caught on cam this year.

I forwarded his photo along with a few others to my kids as I sat there fighting the chilly breeze and told them he is the only buck worthy of my last tag. About 45 minutes before sunset just after a flock of seven turkey cleared the area, I heard a twig crack over my right shoulder. I turned and laid eyes on a buck not 35 yards away and closing. Really?!? At best, I was only hoping to tag another doe to donate to Hunters for the Hungry. Not only was it a buck, but it was THE buck I was after. He had never been seen during daylight. Within seconds I could tell it was him. He was mature, and at that close range he was every bit as big as the blurry trail cam photo. I stood and turned to my left, using the tree as cover, as I grabbed my CVA off of its hook. I cocked the hammer and aimed around the left of the tree getting more concerned with each passing second. He was slipping cautiously across behind my stand and the wind was blowing straight up hill behind me. Another few yards and he would be downwind and I'm sure would take issue with my scent. As his front shoulder cleared a big oak at about 30 yards, I settled the crosshairs and touched off the charge. He ran about 20 steps and went down, still within bow range. Unbelievable!




He's a main frame ten point with split brows on one side making an 11 point. He easily has the largest antlers this meat eater has taken. Now I'm in totally uncharted territory. I've filled my last buck tag before, but normally very late in the season. With a full half of the season still ahead, seven weeks being gun season, I'm out of buck tags. I'm fortunate to live in an area where we get more than one buck tag. For those of you that have been in this position before, what now? Do you still go out very often knowing doe are your only target? I'll certainly be going out with my adult kids to provide morale support and assist with their recoveries. I don't need any more venison, so any doe I take will be gladly donated. I have a feeling this situation may re-calibrate what I consider a shooter.

Micro Suppressor 400 TD/Micro 340 TD/Micro 335 (Gen 1)/Matrix 350 SE/Exomax

User avatar
Posts: 1459
Joined: Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:14 pm
Location: Patrick County Virgina

Re: Buck'd Out. What now?

Post by 8ptbuk » Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:59 pm

Congratulations! Not a bad problem to have! Love your pictures. You could hunt that bear you mentioned if it's legal?
James : 1 - 19-20 Know this , My beloved Brothers : Let every person be quick to hear , slow to speak , slow to anger , for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God .

8ptbuk's Flemish Strings
[email protected]

gerald strine
Posts: 2987
Joined: Mon Nov 30, 2009 7:41 pm
Location: southern Michigan

Re: Buck'd Out. What now?

Post by gerald strine » Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:08 pm

Wow great deer that's a wall hanger their congratulations !
I am kind of having a hard time feeling bad about your tag problem though :D
Hunt eat sleep repeat.

Posts: 11698
Joined: Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:35 pm
Location: NW Indiana

Re: Buck'd Out. What now?

Post by xcaliber » Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:45 pm

Congrats, nice buck! :thumbup:
Matrix 380 (Max) Nikon P3 / TT / SWAT A-4 Mini Heads
Axe 340 Kryptek (Axe) Nikon P3 / SWAT A-4 Mini Heads
Vortex (Kix) Nikon P3 / TT / Bigfoot / SWAT Hybrid Heads
Y25 LH (Special X) Nikon P3 / ACP / SWAT Hybrid Heads

User avatar
Posts: 3973
Joined: Sat Dec 05, 2015 8:20 pm
Location: Beavertown. Ont

Re: Buck'd Out. What now?

Post by janesy » Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:18 pm

Nice Buck, good work :thumbup:
Micro-Hybrid-bulldog "PitBull370"
Blackout BD-Axe "Hatchet340"

Posts: 2900
Joined: Fri Jul 29, 2005 11:17 pm
Location: east central wisconsin

Re: Buck'd Out. What now?

Post by frisky » Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:32 pm

Very nice buck Congrats! :clap: Now to watch football??
2007 Phoenix
Custom Wood Stock
Gold Tip II 311 Grain
Meat Seeker, 3 blade, Mechanical 100 Grain
Boo Astroflight String
Varizone Sighting

User avatar
Posts: 715
Joined: Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:30 am
Location: Montreal Canada

Re: Buck'd Out. What now?

Post by ihunt » Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:40 pm

Congrats that's a pretty nice buck!
Micro Camo 335
Zombie Slayers

longbow joe
Posts: 3546
Joined: Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:55 pm
Location: south eastern pa (bucks county)

Re: Buck'd Out. What now?

Post by longbow joe » Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:07 pm

Congrats ....nice buck. That's why I'm not shooting anything l passed up some nice bucks but it would kill me to be doe hunting with 3 weeks of archery left.
Micro 335 camo crossbones /matrix 330 nikon bolt /vixen ll / offspring with a micro stock crossbones/ matrix 355 with a micro stock crossbones/ metal ibex (adopted manco morto)/Phoenix/ trigger tec's /xacts/super freak ex's/ spitfires/zombies

User avatar
Posts: 13135
Joined: Thu Dec 29, 2005 11:04 pm
Location: Newtonville, Ontario, Canada

Re: Buck'd Out. What now?

Post by Boo » Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:18 pm

Congratulations! That is a very nice buck!
Aim for excellence. Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong and never to be content with a half truth when the whole truth can be won.

Posts: 300
Joined: Sun Nov 29, 2015 4:06 pm
Location: Spartanburg SC

Re: Buck'd Out. What now?

Post by Patcon » Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:22 pm

That's a nice animal and you already have 2 8's, so that's pretty darn good overall. If I have enough meat in the freezer, I sort of get unmotivated. Now if my kids are going, that's a different story. But just me, I'll stay in bed where it's warm.
Excalibur Grizzly

mr meat
Posts: 4850
Joined: Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:40 pm
Location: The land of ice and snow North Bay

Re: Buck'd Out. What now?

Post by mr meat » Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:50 am

Great buck Congrats
vixen 11
exocet 175 with Aging custom stock #27
Exocet 175
exocet 200

matrix 355
Micro Camo 335
Micro Nightmare 335
380 Lynx
BJ custom arrows
Boo string on vixen

Posts: 525
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:16 pm

Re: Buck'd Out. What now?

Post by Timbrhuntr » Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:27 am

gerald strine wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:08 pm
Wow great deer that's a wall hanger their congratulations !
I am kind of having a hard time feeling bad about your tag problem though :D
What he said lol :lol:

User avatar
Posts: 1088
Joined: Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:09 am
Location: Deep in the Heart of the East Texas Piney Woods!

Re: Buck'd Out. What now?

Post by AJ01 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:44 am

Nice Buck!! :thumbup:

"The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions"

"Howdy"... from Deep within the Heart of the East Texas Piney Woods!! :wave:
Just make mine an Excalibur!!
AJ :mrgreen:

Posts: 152
Joined: Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wilson, NC

Re: Buck'd Out. What now?

Post by gunboy203 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:56 pm

Congrats nice Buck.....!!

Posts: 1746
Joined: Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:55 am
Location: NE Arkansas

Re: Buck'd Out. What now?

Post by SEW » Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:41 pm

I have the same problem. 1st day of our “gun” season. 7AM. Tagged out. So now, I’m going after bobcats and coyotes. 17 HMR and crossbow. Love hunting those varmints!


Post Reply