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  1. bowman

    bowman Super Moderator

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    After setting a lofty goal for myself in 2016, three seasons passed without a buck harvest. My goal was to harvest a buck that would outscore my biggest buck. The problem........ I haven't seen one. The reality is that no matter how old a buck gets, he may never be a high scorer. But an old buck is an old buck regardless of score and no less a trophy. It takes a genetic freak to achieve that "huge" status. The past three seasons have been dedicated to a buck I called Bob due to his bobbed tail. That pursuit came to an end when my landowner found Bob dead while shed hunting. This is a pic of Bob taken from my video when I encountered him on the ground last November. Bob won and I had three buckless years to show for it. But the chess match was fun!
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    Going into my 4th season since I've shot a buck, I was anxious to get it done. I hunted hard 12 days out of my 14 day vacation with no sightings of anything that would classify as "huge". I then hunted nearly every day off from work. I logged so many hours I lost track.

    I have to give my son, Hayden, the credit for this one. I was down last night and debating on whether or not to go the morning after Thanksgiving. Hayden told me that I would regret it if I didn't go and encouraged me to get out there. He even wrote me a note duplicating a note he wrote his brother Trent in 2018 when he got his biggest buck.

    When this guy came walking in on the morning of November 29th, I got that excited feeling that I had been waiting for. With 6 does to my left and the buck steadily walking by on my right, getting my bow off the hook and turned in the stand was challenging. I was able to calm my nerves to get ready for the shot. My first shot at a buck with my new Ironwill broadheads flew true at 34 yards and he went less than 45 yards before going down within sight. I was pumped!!

    After waiting for 4 years to harvest a buck, I'm super pleased with this guy!!! 143 6/8" 8 point. I've shot bucks that score much higher, but none got me more excited than I was that morning, and still am today.

    Special thanks to my son Hayden and my future son-in-law Justin for helping me drag, load, and take pictures! What a day to be thankful for!

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  3. Hardwood11

    Hardwood11 Well-Known Member

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    Wow that’s a stud!! Congrats

    && good pics!
     
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    meyeri PMA Member

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    Great buck! Sounds like you earned him for sure, congrats!

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    Big congrats to you
     
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    Congrats on mature brute! Great combo with elite bow & iron will. ;). Regardless of score I’d shoot that buck 100 times over. Congrats!
     
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    I totally agree with the notion that not every buck is going to sprout gigantic antlers even if he does get to 6 or 7 or more years old. But any mature buck is a trophy in my book and worthy of satisfaction. Your buck is a great example of that...congrats!!
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    Ishi Hang & Hunt Enthusiast

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    Congrats Wayne!! I like your Broadhead choice :cool:
     
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    Great story, photos, buck and diligence. Well deserved, I think your son earned more than $2.00 though ;)
     
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    Congrats! Really nice it worked out. At this point, if a deer makes me smile and my heart pound he makes the list.


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    In case anyone is wondering, the look Bowman has on his face in every picture is what you are supposed to look like when you harvest a great deer. Enjoy it and have fun! If you can't smile when you have success like that, you should take up a new sport!! Congratulations Bowman on a great buck!!! Great job with the pics as well!!!!
     
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    That note cracked me up. Congrats on a brute of an 8.

    Interesting broadhead.... like they did the job!
     
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    Congrats again Wayne.
     
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    Congrats. Nice buck
     
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    How big was Bob when u found him dead and maybe the previous years BTW? How it goes sometimes. At least u found him & knew his journey of escaping hunters til the end. Looks giant even though didn’t go the way u or many plan it often times.
     
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    Well done on a great buck. Love the pics and note. Congrats.
     
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    Congratulations, tank of an 8!
     
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    Keeping it fun. Congrats!


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    A bowkill can be exhilarating in a variety of ways - does, coyotes, and yes, bucks that make the pulse jump. Some years I can pass bucks that score 150ish if I think they have upside in the future, other years I am ready to punch a tag on a buck that makes me pick the bow off the hanger - but scores less than the one I passed the season before. Every year can be so different depending on circumstances, but a well placed arrow is no less gratifying in either case.

    Well done Wayne.

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  21. jkratz5

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    Great buck Wayne, Definitely an old bruiser. Way to be persistent and Congratulations!!!

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