My woods became a little lonelier this past weekend...
A tall tined 8 pointer I was hunting was laid to rest by a lucky gun hunter.
I shared a picture of a buck I started calling "Budweiser" some weeks ago. After the initial picture, of the buck, he started showing his face regularly over the next few weeks. Finally when November rolled around I captured my first picture of him in daylight. I hung 2 sets near this camera, on each side of the bedding area it was hung on. When I killed my buck November 9th, it was Budweiser I was after.
Friday November 16th was our gun season opener. I found myself in the same tree I had taken my buck from just one week earlier. At first light I see a buck working a scrape on the ridge above me about 100 yards away. Even with my H&R 20 gauge I was nervous. The neighbors open up with 3 quick shots, followed by 3 more. Budweiser promptly starts a fast trot down the hill as I follow him in my scope. He finally stops, but all I see is his neck forward and lay off the trigger. He takes off again, never offering me another opportunity and refusing to halt his trot. A very cool experience, but I was bummed.
Fast forward to Sunday morning, I get a text from my cousin saying a neighbor had killed a very tall 8 with a broken brow tine. I tried to dispute the fact it was "my" buck, but the picture I recieved that afternoon was the proof, Budweiser was killed 2 miles away from where I had seen him the morning before. Reports were the G2's (can't confirm this) measured just shy of 15" and 14".
That's the only picture confirmation I have on my hit list bucks, but rumor has it that bucks I called DJ and Big Jim were also killed this year. Anxious to check my camera on Friday and see what's still running around. Here are the daylight pictures of Budweiser, I have several others of him traveling at night also.
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