Whitetail Deer

 


My Favorite Deer: Scroll down to 9 point to read about him.


6 point

I harvested deer on the morning of December 29, 2000. I was stalk hunting right after daylight and saw this guy rubbing a tree 125 yards away. He looked up and I identified him as a buck. The shot was well placed and he lunged at the hit before falling. He weighted 160 lbs., has a 17.5 inch outside spread and 10 inch tines. Probably 2.5 years old.

Weapon: Remington 700
Scope: Leupold VXIII 4.5x14 50mm
Caliber: 270Win
Bullet: Nosler Partition 130gr.
Range: 125 yards

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6 point

I found some small rubs along woodline of a hay field and hung a stand nearby. I need a southernly wind type, preferably southwest, to hunt it. With all the artic fronts moving through, the stand had not been hunted in over a month and I decided to try a northwest wind. Northwest will work but not have quite as many options as a southwest. At about 4:45pm this 6pt. came through and I shot him at 20 yards. He had a 15.5" spread.

Weapon: Remington 700
Scope: Leupold VXIII 4.5x14 50mm
Caliber: 270Win
Bullet: Nosler Partition 130gr.
Range: 20 yards

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7 point

I harvested this deer on opening morning of bow season during the 1994-95 deer season. I was hunting in a hardwood draw in Jackson County and it was my first hunt in the Mossy Buck Hunting Club. I had scouted the area and found several white oaks that were being used by deer. Lots of cut acorns, tracks, droppings, etc.. I hung a Loc-On Limit treestand in a red oak tree 25 feet high and was sitting there on opening morning. A few does came through right after day light and then around 7:00am a herd of does and a couple of bucks came into the acorn trees to feed. I had several shots at the doe, however I wanted to harvest the larger of the two bucks. The deer were about to spook and he finally gave me one shot through a hole about 25 yards away. The arrow flew true ... he traveled about 60 yards. Several of my friends helped me drag him out: Charles Edmonds, Vince Edmonds, Ranzy Evett and Brandon Givens. We noticed a snake bite on his shoulder as if he had lain down on a snake. The bite was scabbed over and appeared to be several months old. I got him mounted in a turned mount with his tongue out licking his side. It just so happens that he arrow cut in the hide is exactly where the mount placed his tongue. Pretty cool. He's not a state record ... but to me any deer harvested with a bow is a true trophy!

Weapon: Hoyt SuperSlam Bow
Arrow: Easton XX78 - 2312
Broadhead: Thunderhead 125gr.
Range: 25 yards

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7 point

I harvested this deer one afternoon while hunting on a ridge above a food plot. I had hunted there a week or so before and heard a deer come off the ridge above me. The deer traveled down the ridge to the food plot and started to act a fool. He was running everything in site out of the plot. It was too dark at a range of 150 yards to determine if he was a buck and big enough to harvest. The next time I hunted there, I heard a deer coming off the top again however this time quite a bit closer to me. He came down the ridge to just above my treestand. When he was about 40 yards above me I shoot him and he fell right there. It was a great afternoon of hunting as a friend of mine, Jim Childers, was hunting with me and we both harvested mature racked bucks that afternoon.

Weapon: Ruger M77
Scope: Leupold VXII 3x9 50mm
Caliber:
7mm Rem Mag
Bullet: Nosler Partition 150gr.
Range: 40 yards

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7 point

I saw this deer on a Wednesday afternoon. He was 300+ yards away and walking. Much to far for an off-hand shot and not much of a way to get any closer. I hunted him Thursday and Friday afternoons without seeing him or a single deer. Saturday morning I was hunting the thicket he disappeared into that Wednesday afternoon and he came through at 7:50am. My visibility is bow range except for one lane about 5 foot wide that runs about 80 yards. When he crossed the lane I fired. This is only the second buck I have seen all season on our property.

Weapon: Remington 700
Scope: Leupold VXIII 4.5x14 50mm
Caliber: 270Win
Bullet: Nosler Partition 130gr.
Range: 70 yards

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8 point

I harvested this deer one morning while hunting on the side of a mountain above a cutover thicket. The buck came off the top of the mountain and was heading to the thicket right after daylight. The deer was only 1.5 years old and weighted 98lbs. field dressed. He had potential.

Weapon: Ruger M77
Scope: Leupold VXII 3x9 50mm
Caliber:
7mm Rem Mag
Bullet: Nosler Partition 150gr.
Range: 70 yards

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8 point

I harvested this deer in a thicket. My visibility was only about 40 yards. That morning right after daylight this buck came in and bedded down about 40 yards from me. It was very thick and I thought it was a small racked buck. I had already harvested several bucks that year and decided only to shoot mature bucks for the rest of the year. He lay there all morning and at 8:30am I opened a jar of Hawaiian Delight baby food and ate it. I guess he was a sleep when the seal popped. :) I could see bits and pieces of the deer bedded, but saw no other deer all morning. Thinking he was small and it's 10:30am, I decide to play with him a little bit. I get out my doe bleat and hit a few calls. He stands up - then lays down. We go through this process several times and he eases off. I think he's gone but then I hear him - he's circling the edge of the thicket and he passes right under my stand. I shoot and he runs about 60 yards. It was very cold and had been for some time. I drove my 3-wheeler across a sage field to load up the deer. It's an open field and I know there are no stumps or holes in it, so I'm running along in 2nd gear ..... wham!!! I hit a frozen ant mound. It goes right by the front tire and hits my boot pinning my foot against the metal foot peg. The mound was at least 2 feet high and frozen solid. It bent the foot peg but luckily didn't break my foot. He was worth it.

Weapon: Ruger M77
Scope: Leupold VXII 3x9 50mm
Caliber:
7mm Rem Mag
Bullet: Nosler Partition 150gr.
Range: 10 yards

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8 point

I was sitting in a stand hunting a section of woods ... an old pasture was 200 yards away. I was trying to catch deer moving along a ridge that works it's way around a creek bottom. At about 5:00, I saw a deer walking down the edge of the pasture. He came all the way to the end closest to me which put him about 225 yards away. He was a small 4 or 6pt. I watched him in the scope for awhile. I had spent the morning shooting a couple of rifles and several pistols. I knew my rifle was 1.5" high at 100 yards and dead zero at around 225 yards. I had a good prop off my knee in the stand, but I had decided to shoot only mature bucks for the remained of the season. He was to small. He walked into some cutover and I put my gun down. I ran the magnification back down to 4.5x and set the adjustible objective back to 100 yards. Just as I finished I looked to the right and there stood a nice buck in some really thick saplings about 40 yards away. It was very windy and I had been so preoccupied with the little buck that this guy had walked right up on me. I stood up real slow and worked my way around to get a shot. He's a nice 8pt. - 17" wide.

Weapon: Remington 700
Scope: Leupold VXIII 4.5x14 50mm
Caliber: 270Win
Bullet: Nosler Partition 130gr.
Range: 40 yards

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9 point

I was hunting in the afternoon and saw this deer cross the creek right at dark. From the time I saw him until he was down was only 15 seconds or so. When I saw him, he was angling hard towards me. I put the crosshairs on the right front shoulder. The bullet went in at the back of the right shoulder and exited in front of the back ham on the left side. It didn't bust a shoulder and he ran 40 yards before collapsing. That's about it for the story. I would like to have watched him for a while but there was no time to wait around.

I loaded him on the 4-wheeler, by myself, and he fell off the other side. Bummer, he was pretty heavy to load for one person and I had to do it twice! I had to cross the creek going back out and it almost washed me away the first time. Now I'm thinking, "Will a 185 lb. deer help or hurt?" I found out real quick ... hurt! It washed me completely around and I was heading directly into the current. I keep the wheels turned toward the bank and finally got into less current. I made it out of the creek and headed back to the truck.

He was really run down from the rut and had very little fat on him. He had lots of battle scars on his ears and neck from other bucks.

The end of his right antler is broken off. As he is, he green scores around 140B&C. If the end was not broken and matched the other side, he would score around 150B&C. He has a great spread of 21", good mass and some long points. He would be a great buck if the end were not broken off.

21" Spread - 24" Beams - 185lbs. - @140B&C

Weapon:
Remington 700
Scope: Leupold VXIII 4.5x14 50mm
Caliber: 270Win
Bullet: Nosler Partition 130gr.
Range: 100 yards
Deer Traveled: 40 yards
Size: 9 pt.
Weight: 185 lbs.
Date: January 2002

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9 point

I would like to say something to the effect .... I saw this deer during bow season and hunted him hard to finally outsmart him but .........this deer was a gift from God. I had no idea that a nice buck was in the area. I had devoted almost the entire season to an area that had some big deer sign in it, but had only seen a couple of smaller bucks. Discouraged - I decided to take a break and try another area that I had found some small rubs the size of your wrist in - this guy came walking along right a dark. It was almost like God said, "Jeff - here's a gift for you." I didn't know this deer was there, hunt this deer or deserve this deer. I was just very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.

Details: The place where I work has flex time. During deer season I work from 6:30am until 3:00-3:30 pm. That gives me an hour or two each afternoon to ramble around in the woods. I normally use the time to scout or hunt a place that is easy to get too with minimum disturbance to the woods. I've only missed 4 or 5 days of hunting since since October 15. The afternoon I harvested this deer, I was stalk hunting down this old logging road and heard some commotion up on the ridge above me. My first thought was that I had jumped some deer, but they just stopped. I blew a few bleats and grunts ... the deer started to run down the ridge and was going to cross the old road about 40 yards from me. It was to thick too be able to see or shoot where I was at so I decided to move up the logging road 20 yards or so ... quickly. The doe changed course and was going to cross the road right at me. She saw me and circled up the ridge and crossed the road about 50 yards up. I was on one knee waiting for the buck to cross and he did not. Most of the time if a buck is chasing a doe he will follow her right off the edge of the earth ... not this time. I had not actually seen another deer, but when the doe crossed the road she looked very much like a doe in heat. She stopped about 50 yards into the woods on the other side and looked back for a minute or two then took off again. I waited for 20 minutes for the buck to follow, but he did not. Occasionally I could hear a little noise up on the ridge. I just had the feeling that the buck knew I was there and would not cross my way. I decided to sneak out and circle him in hopes that right at dark he would cross this old field to avoid me. The patch of woods where I thought he was at separates the old field from the logging road. The patch of woods is only about 200 yards wide and thick. It was 10 minutes before dark .... I sneaked out and circled him to wait to see if he would cross the field. Just as I had completely circled him and arrived at the field ... he started across. I shot him at 100 yards. As I was circling the deer, I thought it would take a miracle for it to work ...... that day a miracle happened.

20" Spread - 24" Beams - 220lbs. - @150B&C

Weapon: Remington 700
Scope: Leupold VXIII 4.5x14 50mm
Caliber:
270Win
Bullet: Nosler Partition 130gr.
Range: 100 yards

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10 point

I saw this guy twice. The first time I saw him was Christmas Eve morning and it was very COLD. The temp was down in the low teens to single digits. I was sitting in a treestand that overlooks about 5 acres of nasty cutover. I had been sitting there for about 45 minutes and it was still dark. I heard two bucks break into a fight in the cutover about 100 yards away. They were really going at it. It was deathly quite except for the antlers crashing together. The bucks would fight for a few minutes then I would not hear anything for 5 minutes or so then WHAM - back at it again. As it started to get daylight, I heard another deer coming up the ridge to the cutover. He was directly behind me. I think it had walked up really close when the bucks were fighting, because the first time I heard it he was only about 30 yards from me. I thought he was going to walk by me, but he stopped right behind me. I slowly turned my head to see him. The other bucks started fighting again and he jumped into the cutover. It was so cold that I wore a pair of goosedown coveralls that have a very loud nylon shell. I was pinned down with the buck right behind me. If he didn't walk past me - I would not get a shot. He didn't. I didn't see either of the 3 bucks that morning. 7 days later in the same treestand, he came up the ridge again at daylight and I shoot him. A couple of weeks later I harvested an 8pt. out of a treestand on the other side of the same thicket that had several battle scars ... could have been from that cold Christmas Eve morning.

Weapon: Ruger M77
Scope: Leupold VXII 3x9 50mm
Caliber:
7mm Rem Mag
Bullet: Nosler Partition 150gr.
Range: 90 yards

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Muzzleloader

This was one of the most memorable hunting trips I have ever been on. Jim Childers and myself were both members of the Mossy Buck hunting club and decided to take advantage to the end of season either-sex muzzleloader hunt. It was my first experience with blackpowder hunting ... I was hooked. We had a great hunt as we both harvested deer. We stayed in the old cabin and hunted for several days - the deer were really moving! I shot the deer with a 300 grain 44 caliber Hornady XTP pistol bullet - some serious power.

Weapon: Pedersoli
Scope: None
Caliber:
50 cal
Bullet: Hornady XTP 300gr. 44cal Pistol Bullet
Range: 20 yards

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Handgun

I harvested this deer in South Alabama while hunting with Ronnie Conerly. The deer were really moving during that week and it was not uncommon to see 50+ deer a day. We had several weeks of hunting and videoing for a major treestand company at this land for several years. It was a fabulous place to hunt ..... some great memories. This was the first deer I ever harvested with a handgun. This little jewel is hardly a typical handgun though. It will shoot some impressive groups at moderate ranges.

Weapon: Thompson Contender
Scope: T/C 4X 28mm
Caliber:
30/30Win
Bullet: Nosler Ballistic Tip125gr.
Range: 40 yards

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Georgia Hunt

Jim Childers and I decided to go on a guided hunt to Georgia. We heard about a hunt in Sumter County that was on a Cotton Plantation that supposedly had not been hunted in the last several decades. We were part of the first group of hunters who had the opportunity to hunt the farm. The two landowners were the "guides" for the hunting and knew about as much at deer hunting as I do about skydiving. I know it starts with jumping out a plane and they know hunting on their land starts with several Ben Franklin's in their pocket. They had spread some rye grass seed in the corners of their cotton fields, put up some ladder stands and expected people to pay to watch it grow. They would pick us up after daylight in the morning and bring us back to camp around 10:00am. In the afternoons they would pick us up 2 hours before dark and by the time the last guy was dropped off it was only 30 minutes before dark. They were in the middle of harvesting cotton and we were looked at as a nuisance. In the middle of one day, Jim and I went into the field in front of the camp without our weapons to just look around, as they would leave us at camp for 4 or 5 hours in the middle of the day. We found a nice food plot tucked off in the woods about 500 yards from the camp. One of the owners came looking for us and went ballistic - accused us of "rambling". I ask him about the food plot and he said it was for a relative to hunt. No hunting in decades - I don't think so. I was allowed to hunt the green plot and harvested a doe on it that afternoon. Jim harvested the largest doe I have ever seen outside of New Jersey.

Weapon: Remington 700 Sendero
Scope: Leupold VXIII 6.5x20 50mm
Caliber: 7mm Rem Mag
Bullet: Sierra GameKing 140gr.
Range: 80 yards

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Disclaimer: I am not a photographer nor English Professor, just a good-ole country boy who rather be out in the woods than reading a camera manual or studying the correct usage of verb-noun conjunctions.

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