Buck taken during Archery Season

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Buck taken during Archery Season

Postby UpTheIrons » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:33 pm

It has been a stunningly awful beginning to the Archery Season so far. A strong front came in the night before opening day which brought rain and acorn-dropping winds. The deer stayed in the trees at "The Acorn Buffet" that whole weekend, and no one on our lease - or the neighboring ones - got any deer in 4 days of hunting. I saw 3 bucks and a doe that morning, but they were 150 yards away.

I tried again last week, and it looks like the acorns are about gone, because I got one doe and saw several more, but I was lucky to take this 8-point buck last Saturday afternoon at 5:30.

The stand I was in for this deer has been awful for me for several years during archery season, the tripod being so tall as to cause weird aiming geometry problems. I have shot over or under every animal until this buck and a smaller buck that morning.

This buck was 37 yards away and standing broadside. I aimed for 40 yards and almost shot over and still hit him a bit far back. Even so, I broke his back and severed the Inferior Vena Cava (or whatever you call that main artery that runs down the spine) and he expired in mere seconds. He had a 16.5" spread (which is decent for that part of Gillespie County), and has quite mature, thick beams. I'll probably do a European Mount and hang it in my study.

I was using my Dad's crossbow, which has been dead on, and brought down a doe a week ago. Perhaps the strong north wind pushed the bolt, because my morning shot was a bit to the right, too. I'm thinking of trading in my bow on a crossbow now, but I'm still conflicted since it is much easier and faster to "reload" my old compound bow.

Rifle season starts Saturday, so I'll be off to fill my last tags.

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Re: Buck taken during Archery Season

Postby Oldgringo » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:35 pm

Good job, Rev!


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Re: Buck taken during Archery Season

Postby RPB » Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:27 am

A reverse draw crossbow is up there on my want list. (After my gotta get list of Insulation, new tankless water heater[though I deviated and got an AMD65/AK-47 and Glock 26 and 2 satellite TV dishes and HD receivers for FTA Free To Air HD Satellite TV last week from the want list])
I have been researching reverse draw crossbows and one brand seems less likely to break than the other.

I also want a pistol crossbow.
I don't hunt, I just want 2 crossbows for open carry where *firearms* are prohibited to supplement my knives and pepper sprays... and for where 30.06 signs are posted, like at one medical Imaging office, to supplement my knives and pepper sprays and concealed AK-47 :mrgreen:
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Re: Buck taken during Archery Season

Postby UpTheIrons » Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:33 pm

Thanks, Oldgringo! :tiphat:
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Re: Buck taken during Archery Season

Postby Carry-a-Kimber » Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:08 am

Nice buck, I'd be proud to hang him on my wall. I didn't get to make it out for archery only season but will be out Saturday morning rain or shine.....looks like rain.


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Re: Buck taken during Archery Season

Postby FishInTx » Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:37 pm

Nice Buck and good hunting. It's been real slow in East Texas as well. My hunting area was flooded out opening weekend. The warm weather and plentiful supply of acorns have kept things slow. This past weekend was better. I saw quite a few does and yearlings and one shooter buck. He was out of range but maybe he'll slip up next week when I'm on vacation and the rut gets going.

I only hunt with a bow. I have a Martin compound bow but I'm thinking about going to a recurve or long bow. It's a challenge and a rush to get one in close.

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Re: Buck taken during Archery Season

Postby 77346 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:22 pm

Nice buck! :tiphat:

I may get into archery next season... nice to have an early start...
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Re: Buck taken during Archery Season

Postby lithium398 » Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:34 am

nice!!


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