2019 archery buck

Discussion in 'Harvest Report' started by meyeri, Nov 23, 2019.

  1. meyeri

    meyeri PMA Member

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    2019 will go down as one of the biggest learning seasons for me. My main area in Warren county got wiped, like buck apocalypse wiped. Had 4-5 shooters/would be shooters on cam last year and they all disappeared, doe population took a big hit too. In a place that historically has great age structure my oldest deer on camera was a 3 yr old, just one 115" 3 yr old. Anyway, I figured surely something mature would show up, but by the end of October I found myself scrambling and abandoning this piece altogether.

    I hit up some pieces I don't hunt much and found one outstanding buck and he was active just minutes after shooting light. I got very agressive on hunting this deer, but he never showed up again. Pressure in this area skyrocketed and I resorted to hunting less pressured spots. I spent a lot of time hunting new areas and pretty much hoped for a random mature buck as I didn't have much to go on.
    After 12 days of grinding it out I finally released an arrow. At 11am in the morning I glanced over to see tall G2'S cresting the hill. I thought shooter and grabbed my bow. I didn't recognize this buck and he was on me in seconds. At 7 yds slightly quartering too me I launched one through his boiler room. He disappeared around a ridge 70 yds away and I questioned how good my shot actually was. Gave him 3 hrs and found him 120 yds away. Coyotes had already started in on him, so he had piled up pretty quickly I assume.

    He ended up being a buck I actually had on trail cam and intended to pass. In the heat of the moment I didn't realize it was him. Still a great buck and one I'm happy to wrap my tag around. Good luck to those still grinding!
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  3. Gundog

    Gundog PMA Member

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    Way to stick with it. Great buck!


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    cybball PMA Member

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    Congrats! That’s a good one. Glad you got to use that tag.


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  5. bob-bowhunter

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    Nice hunt! those are great G2's.
     
  6. Meat Hunter

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    Great buck, congrats.
     
  7. Kkoppy

    Kkoppy Active Member

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    Stud. Congrats
     
  8. Handcannon

    Handcannon Active Member

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    Nice buck!
     
  9. muddy

    muddy Administrator

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    Good one, congrats.
     
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    Copenhagen Tob PMA Member

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    Great job, congrats
     
  11. zvholk

    zvholk Active Member

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    Congratulations on a good looking deer
     
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    Nice buck. Your diligence paid off, after all the struggles with finding mature buck he would feel like a 170 to me, congrats!
     
  13. JNRBRONC

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    Congrats!


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  14. 4DABUCKS

    4DABUCKS Well-Known Member

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    Congrats!
     
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    Fox Valley Hunter PMA Member

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    mplane72 Active Member

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    That'll do. Nice buck! Congrats!
     
  17. Sligh1

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    Great buck in any case & pushing through ehd wipe out is tough but paid off. Congrats!
     
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    Great buck! Congrats on the success!
     
  19. DannyBoy

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    Nice buck! Only way that buck makes it past me is if I miss!

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    Congrats, nice buck!
     
  21. Ishi

    Ishi Hang & Hunt Enthusiast

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    Hard work pays of congrats meyeri!
     

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