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My big little buck

Unread postby hunter_mike » Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:55 pm

I have been trying to maintain the "scouting more than you hunt" mentality this season. Two weeks ago I decided to check out a new area on the state land near my house. I told myself that I would just walk it until I found sign of a big buck that I thought was useful. I ended up walking a mile and a half that night until I started to finally find some sign and came upon a decent size scrape with some very fresh 3 finger wide tracks in it. I immediately set up a trail cam up in a tree overlooking the scrape, and also decided to hunt over that scrape that night since i was running out of daylight. I never did see or hear anything that night but I felt good that I had finally found some sign that seemed promising.

I finally came back to check the camera yesterday afternoon. I decided that if there was any indication of the scrape still being used, I would hunt near it that night as an observation sit, since i wouldn't have time for an alternative hunt. I approached from downwind and checked the camera. There were 3 different bucks hitting the scrape. I noticed that there was a noticeable pattern of bucks using the scrape in the early morning light, and that just about every buck using the scrape in the morning light was walking to the west of the camera, where I had already suspected bedding after viewing aerial photos earlier that day. Here is the buck I ended up shooting, he is working the scrape in early morning light headed west of the camera to go bed down. Camera is facing WNW.

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After viewing the photos of the bucks using the scrape in the early morning and headed west, I decided to walk west into the wind about 300 yds and I found a big transition area with 3 main types of cover coming together. I picked a tree, looked towards the transition, and saw another huge fresh scrape 25 yds away. Looked good enough for me to hunt. Set up the lone wolf and 20 mins later this 9 pt came in and was about to freshen the scrape until I drilled him thru the lungs and he went down within sight. I think he might be a 1.5 yr old buck but could possibly be 2. I am not sure? But he is better than any other buck I have taken so I could not pass him up. Even though he is not a really big buck, I feel like he is a milestone in my hunting career because I feel like I am hunting with reason now instead of going through the motions of my old habits. Anyways I had a blast hunting yesterday and I was able to have my brother, my girlfriend, and one of my best friends help me drag him out of the woods. I feel pretty blessed to have had such an awesome night.

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Unread postby AC Rider » Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:45 pm

Good job!

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Unread postby Stanley » Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:02 pm

Way to go.
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Unread postby matt1336 » Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:10 pm

Good job connecting the dots! I think you'll find that the bucks get bigger the more often you can piece the puzzle together.

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Unread postby Dabowhunter » Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:00 pm

Great story, congrats
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Re: My big little buck

Unread postby backstraps » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:12 pm

Good job , congrats on making it work!!! :clap:
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Unread postby Bigdaddy-yoyo » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:21 pm

awesome :clap:
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Unread postby PK_ » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:29 pm

Awesome interpretation of sign and pics, really impressive. He is a young buck but if it had been a slob using the scrapes and bedding the plan would have still been solid. How far do you think the second scrape was from the actual bed?

Great hunt. Congrats.
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Unread postby Edcyclopedia » Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:05 pm

Spectacular!
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Unread postby PLB » Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:44 pm

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Unread postby headgear » Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:59 pm

Congrats Mike! :clap:
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Unread postby BuckTrack81 » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:05 am

That is a Buck you will remember forever, and when you finally accomplish what you set out to do it's something that you can't explain...especially to others... Others here know how you feel right now, and a big congrats on a nice buck!!!

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Unread postby Hodag Hunter » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:11 am

Congrats on making it happen. That's a nice buck.

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Unread postby hunter_mike » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:13 am

PalmettoKid wrote:Awesome interpretation of sign and pics, really impressive. He is a young buck but if it had been a slob using the scrapes and bedding the plan would have still been solid. How far do you think the second scrape was from the actual bed?

Great hunt. Congrats.


That is really hard to say since i never heard or saw him get up. And since he is young, who knows how long he was on his feet before that. I have to believe that it is close by though since that transition i was sitting on of marsh/old clearcut/young hardwoods was so distinct. It will be a good starting point for spring scouting.

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Re: My big little buck

Unread postby Bucky » Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:18 am

Congrats on the buck Mike!

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