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  • Luck Buck

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    On November 18, 2011, was a morning I said ' I dont know If I am going to hunt this morning'. I had to take my wife to work which wouldn't allow me to go sit in the stand before the break of light, because she had to be at work at 7:45. So I told myself that If I did anything, I would go get in the stand about 8:30 and sit until about noon because I had to work that night, and needed to get me some sleep. So as I was leaving my wifes work, I had a lady ask me, have i killed anything big this year, and I told her no, the only thing that I have harvested was a doe back in late October. Well she said, Good luck in the rest of the season, and that I hope you get a big one!! I really didn't pay that any attention even though I know she was being nice. Well as I was making my way to some private land, I called my dad and asked him what he was doing, and he told me that he had plans for a little bit later. So I told him not to go anywhere anytime soon, because I might need his truck to come pick up a Monster Buck. He laughed it off, and I just told him to keep his phone near him!! Well as I pulled up on the land, I got out and loaded my single shot .308 which is something I normally dont do, but I did that morning for some reason. Well I got out and started walking down the side of a soybean field which was covered in frost, I was walking as quietly as I could. Finally I got to a part of the land where I had to fork off and go to another bean field. I made my way to that bean field, then I noticed in front of me, some larger than normal tracks, and a swift smell of strong musk came across my nose, I told myself, either the deer moved last night or they already moved early this morning. So I continued to walk along the side of the bean field, and the musk smell kept getting stronger and stronger. Finally I made it to where the trail was where my stand was located, and I looked off to my right, and noticed a herd of deer standing there, at first I thought it was a bunch of does, then the one standing in the middle put his head up, and I about lost my composure!! All I could see was rack, so I lifted the rifle up, and looked through the bushnell scope that was mounted on top, then I took a deep breath in, and squeezed the trigger. I put the rifle down to notice the buck had dropped right in his tracks. I waited a few minutes to see if he was going to get up. After noticing he was not going anywhere, I made my way up to the deer, and got a real good glance at his rack, and I was blown away by how big he really was. I placed the rifle down beside me, and began to start counting points, and I have heard about non-typical deer, but nothing to the extent to what I was holding in my hands. I counted a total of 15 pts!! Which for our area that was huge!! I called my dad and told him I dropped a monster, and that I told him that he needed to come quick!! After getting him and taking him to get weighed, he weighed 200 lbs, and his rack was one of a kind. He was still partially still in velvet, and had a split drop tyne off of the left side, which made 10 points on the left side, and 5 on the other!!! That was definitly a one of a kind buck that I will cherish forever!
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    Wow!
    Great report on your hunt! that is one crazy looking rack. Don't write it off as all luck--luck is a part of hunting, but when we get lucky, we still have to do our part correctly. You did yours right and now you've got a nice to always remember that morning.
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    Thanks
    Thanks so much! That really means alot! And yeah your right, cant go on just luck on this buck because I done everything I was suppose too!! Just a different and unique deer that caught me by suprise!
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    What county
    You're welcome--what part of the state did you harvest that crazy-racked buck? I've seen a lot of nice, symmetrical racks on bucks before, but nothing stands out like a unique rack such as the one on your buck!
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    County-Area
    I harvested him in Marlboro County, and yeah I have seen a lot of nice racks, but this one blows my mind everytime I look at the pictures!
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    Other Pictures
    Here are post pictures of the rack a week after harvesting the buck!
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    Luck Buck
    Congratulations on the buck! It has been my experience that when something messes things up, like missing a trail turn in the dark or like you being delayed to drive your wife to work great things happen. Now, I always tell myself when I am discouraged, 'what a difference 5 minutes can make'. This, I believe is the way it was with you... sneaking in and 'bam' there he is. Ain't it great?! I love it when it unfolds like that.
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