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Post  Hoosiernavy on Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:26 pm

I was lucky enough to have several days off to put meat in the freezer this year. Several of you have met my buddy Brandon, well we had been formulating a plan together for some hunting. I left last Weds at 3am from Tenn. and arrived in time to get in the tree. I bowhunted Weds, Thursday and Friday without as much as putting an arrow on my recurve but that was it. The Rut was on but just a lot of youngins chasing. We had figured that the older class deer were using the near full moon to do most of their breeding and chasing in the middle of the night and relax and sleep during the day. This brings us to the opener of the Indiana Firearms season. I chose a stand that I christened 2 years ago by taking 2 does out of with my recurve on one evening hunt ie why we call it the double doe stand (I know we are original Laughing
The wind was out of the south, the stand is located in a weedy timbered funnel/finger. I arrived at the stand 45 mins before shooting light, getting all my gear positioned in the tree and hanging my H&R Ultra Slug hunter 20ga. First deer to appear was a small button buck and put on a good show, coming to with in 6ft lol, of me eating as he went. Through out the morning I was fortunate enough to see 8 deer. I had texted Brandon around 945 am that I was going to stay up till 11am but wanted to know how to check his covert cam that was down the draw. He texted back and gave me the instructions on how to view the pictures etc. I put my phone away and for some reason looked behind me in the ravine, now mind you I can't hear anything due to the gusting 18+ mph winds. I look behind the tree out about 65yds and stare at what appears the last 3/4 of a deer, big bodied deer. I am now on full alert, and slowly retrieve the sluggun. As I am getting into position I notice the glint of white as he is making his way around a shagbark hickory. I shoulder my gun and inspect the deer, since there were two deer on this farm that we were after, crabby and another split brows. Well as this unidentified buck makes his way around the hickory, I automatically see the split g-2. GREEN LIGHT Twisted Evil  
I positioned the cross hairs on the crabby's shoulder after he fully cleared the tree and squeezed the trigger. At the report an unknown doe that was in-between crabby and myself runs closer to my stand. I am watching Crabby knowing I had put a great leathel hit on him but this tank of a body deer took the shot and kept his feet and trotted to where the doe had been standing during the initial shot. I loaded another lightfield slug and knelt down in the ladder stand and used the seat to steady myself. Crabby was standing under a honeysuckle bush and was pretty much blocked. He started to turn and positioned the crosshairs for a  quartering away shot. He gave it to me and squeezed the trigger again. This buck took this slug and still kept his feet, but trotted forward to disappear in the thick honeysuckle and molt floral rose bushes. This all took place in about 30 second period but seemed like it took forever to get that second shot. Well I regained my composer and lowered my gear to the bottom after about 15 mins. I headed directly to the honeysuckle bush where the 2nd shot took place. There was hair but no blood and I say again no blood. I slowly started walking in the direction of his route after the 2nd shot, still no blood. I was about to hit panic mode because I was within 20 yds of making it out of the funnel and ahead of me was a large patch of 6 ft tall switch grass. I chose to stop and start my way back out the way I came and wait for Brandon and his Dad. As I turned around I see Crabby, he had only made it about 20 yds after the 2nd shot and went down on a little rise of ground. I swear that image will be forever burnt into my memory, it was something that was very solemn and honorable on how he was laying.
I didn't go to him, I just backed out and waited for Brandon. Brandon and I have hunted together for 17yrs and this is the first buck either of us has taken while we have been together. Brandon and I are not related but probably have a closer relationship than most brothers. He takes food plots and habitat pretty seriously and started putting out plots and native grasses 4 years ago when he purchased this farm as his own.
Well I will let the pictures speak for themselves, it was a great memorable hunt.
Nov. 16, 2013
Taken at 10:10
65yds 20ga lightfield hybred slug
11pts 210lbs dressed
Dnr aged him at 4yrs of age.
Rough scored him using the B/C online scoring page. 165 6/8 gross, will get the official score in Feb when I take him back to the Indiana Deer and Turkey Show.








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Post  buckeyehunter on Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:43 pm

Congrats Eric, on an awesome buck!! Sounds like it was an all around great trip for ya.

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Post  bow_dad on Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:48 pm

Reading that was almost as good as being in the tree.  Congrats on a super whitetail!
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Post  OH Arrow Flinger on Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:50 pm

Way to get er done Eric!!! Crabby is an awesome buck!!!! Sweet read as well really made me feel like I was there! Congrats buddy!
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Post  bowGal on Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:53 pm

Bravo Bravo Woohoo! Woohoo! 
 So so  happy for you Eric, Excellant story and buck,  and to share it  with  Brandon had to be the ultimate, He is a super guy ( glad  a few of us  got to meet him in person) And by gosh  the smile on both of your  face's make for the  best hunter trophy  photo's I have ever seen
 Way to go bud!!

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Post  impactarcher on Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:58 pm

Awesome buck Eric!!   Congrats

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Post  soil on Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:59 pm

Not much better than sharing quality time with a good friend and having hard earned success! Congrats to you both!
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Post  Willy on Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:11 pm

Great Story Eric !   And what an awesome deer. Congratulations to you on the buck, and great job by your friend with the habitat improvement on the farm, it seems to be paying off!
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Post  lungbuster on Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:21 pm

What a beautiful buck! So cool that you got to share the memory with your buddy! Big congrats!!
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Post  TheCReW on Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:17 pm

Congrats on an awesome deer! What a beautiful buck, hes got it all.

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Post  booner40 on Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:26 pm

Congrats on an awesome Hoosier buck!
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Post  wihunter24 on Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:26 pm

Congrats Eric!  That buck is a stud- great write up as well!  You da man:cheers:
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Post  BuckRubIL on Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:38 pm

Great buck and great write up Eric!  Looks like you guys had a blast... and that's what it's all about! cheers
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Post  Godfather on Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:51 am

Awesome buck Eric!! Congrats!!!
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Post  Mountainman Vic on Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:13 pm

Congrats on an awesome buck. He is a stud.

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Post  Boss Gobbler on Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:36 pm

Awesome buck! Congrats.cheers
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Post  BBinPA on Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:28 pm

that's an awesome buck man! Way to get it done, congrats!
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Post  shedder on Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:41 am

What a super buck and great story!! You have to be beamin!! CONGRATS
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Post  MEhunter on Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:23 am

Awesome deer! Congrats

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