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The "One"

Unread postby muddy » Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:17 pm

This story starts last year. I was scouting some land locked public and a landowner was nice enough to not only access it, but to hunt their little 20. I threw some cams up and got pics of a couple good bucks. One had, what appeared to be, an arrow wound in his shoulder.

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Come this summer I deployed cams again and that same buck was still around.... and LOTS bigger. He quickly became "The One" I was going to target the hardest.

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Come this fall the kids all wanted to get him, but it being a new property, I didn't want to start throwing random blinds up and risk spooking him off. They all ended up having great seasons and finally it was my turn to climb a tree. I did a few observations hunts to get an idea of the land. I'm glad I did because the hills were tricky. The winds were never as predicted, often times a N wind would feel like it was out of the S or E... it was very frustrating. One rainy day I found "the stroke zone" up on the back side of a pine planting. It was high enough hill that a S wind would be consistent if I had good thermals.

Fast forward to today. Low of 15 rising to 50 by noon... PERFECT scenario to play the wind with thermals. I got in early and put the LW up, ready by 0550. Action was immediate and constant all morning. Around 0940 I was texting a buddy congrats on his mornings kill when the hair on my neck went up. I froze and cautiously looked behind me. He was 40 yards away just standing there. No idea where he came from, but I knew I was gonna do my best to give him a truck ride

He walked in to 15 yards and only had 2 more steps when he froze. Earlier I had a doe acting spooky right there and i dont know if he sensed her nervousness from earlier but he FROZE. I dont know how long he stood there, it seemed like forever. My heart was pounding so hard my glasses were moving and I could FEEL the pulse hammering in my eyes. Things were rapidly escalating when suddenly he spun on a hoof and was walking quickly away. I drew and aimed and murped. As I murped I touched it off and anticipated him stopping... but instead he LURCHED forward and I ended up hitting him full in the buttocks. Mentally I sunk but after 3 bounds the arrow popped out and blood just FOUNTAINED out in a geyser. He went 40 yards and stopped, did 2 circles with his mouth open, then collapsed. His head was up and he let out 2 loud bawling grunts and then died. Femoral artery works.

It. Was. Insane.

I lost it. I tried calling my buddy, couldn't talk. Then I started dropping stuff and had to sit before I fell. The shakes were the worst I've ever had. Eventually I came back down to earth and eased out of the tree and down to him.

The set up and arrow



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The One

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Re: The "One"

Unread postby johndeere506 » Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:27 pm

That buck is A GIANT!! Nice job Muddy, Congrats!!!!

Buddy shot one in that artery once and we were super disappointed. Then we watched him drop after a 50 yard jog. Crazy stuff.

Great job with the pictures too!!
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Unread postby Jonny » Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:30 pm

Awesome buck muddy! Beer choice is something we will need to discuss later... :lol:

You always manage to wow us with the bucks you get on. Just awesome
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Unread postby Moose » Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:30 pm

Awesome buck! Congrats!
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Unread postby Dewey » Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:30 pm

That there is a BEAST. Huge CONGRATS Muddy. Great job having a plan and killing a specific buck. That’s quite the feat anywhere. :clap: :dance: 8-)
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Unread postby matt1336 » Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:49 pm

Love it....I for one don’t mind the one, the only, the Latte! Nice spin Mud.
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Unread postby Crazinamatese » Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:50 pm

Crikey! :clap:
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Re: The "One"

Unread postby Jackson Marsh » Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:54 pm

Holy cow :shock:

What did those beams tape?


Doesn't matter, that is one heck of a buck. :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Unread postby muddy » Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:57 pm

Jackson Marsh wrote:Holy cow :shock:

What did those beams tape?


Doesn't matter, that is one heck of a buck. :dance: :dance: :dance:


Just soaking it in right now. Will maybe measure some stuff up tomorrow
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Unread postby muddy » Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:59 pm

Jonny wrote:Awesome buck muddy! Beer choice is something we will need to discuss later... :lol:

You always manage to wow us with the bucks you get on. Just awesome


Not much says Iowa like big bucks and Busch lights!

I'm into the porters now.
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Unread postby JakeB » Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:08 pm

Huge congrats! That buck is a tank! I imagine some good whiskey is being poured tonight!
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Unread postby 218er » Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:14 pm

That is the one. Nice work
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Unread postby greenhorndave » Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:19 pm

Beer sucks.

Buck does not!

Great job man! :clap:
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Re: The "One"

Unread postby JAB » Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:26 pm

Wow, nice one Muddy! Congratulations!!
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Re: The "One"

Unread postby oldrank » Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:31 pm

That is a nice buck !!! Great story, could you still see the shoulder wound?


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