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This young man strolled in to a new stand I set up earlier this Fall. I had made a conscious decision to try and take a big Doe with my Doe permit or any buck starting today. I especially wanted my efforts to scout and set up this new ladder stand to pay off. It's a 10 minute walk from my door, past some beaver ponds and up high in a patch of woods between a pond and a power line. I've been 'cross hairing' multiple does the last couple weeks at other spots, and with 2 days of rain and missing most of next week for a family Thanksgiving trip...no regrets. I've been itching to get back out with my bow anyhow, and Cash has been neglected too much already so grousin we shall go.

 

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Of course my my die hard buddy Scott dropped everything to scoot down and help me drag. We manhandled him a few hundred yards through the woods to the power line and angled it so we would have a shorter drag up the line to where I could get my truck in. He felt heavier than what the scale read at 130lbs. I haven't removed heart and his junk so 125 let's say. Thought he was a small 6 point while I scoped him walking through the woods. Ends up he has 3 on one side and a spike on the other. Don't matter, he's mine and I'll take him. My goal of a two deer year has been accomplished with my earlier bow Doe.  If his daddy is up near my bow stand in expanded zone that's great too.

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13 minutes ago, Wirehair said:

Nice!

 

Since your in Maine shouldn't you have to drag that thing like 5 miles....???

 

It was a good two miles. At least that's what my bum knee and lower back says...

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31 minutes ago, Clueless1 said:

Nice job Brad!  When I'm that far back in anymore I use the gutless method and pack out. 

 

If he was a real bruiser I think I would have quartered him. Never done that before, but I'm getting crotchety. As is, it was looking like I might anyhow since at first I couldn't employ any help. But Scott came through and will be rewarded handsomely in protein.

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In my blog I wrote "Teach your sons to hunt. They are the best deer draggers ever".   :)

 

Congrats Brad. Good eats there.

 

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Nice shooting Brad. I'm sitting in the stand right now waiting for my buck to show up. My wife tagged out at 1 o'clock. 7 pt with her marlin 336 30-30.

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20 minutes ago, Brad Eden said:

 

If he was a real bruiser I think I would have quartered him. Never done that before, but I'm getting crotchety. As is, it was looking like I might anyhow since at first I couldn't employ any help. But Scott came through and will be rewarded handsomely in protein.

 

I've quartered too, but at one point found myself asking why I was carrying bones?  So now that far in that I'm not dragging, it's debone in game bags and in pack.  Makes for a tough walk taking all out at once, but it ain't dragging!

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20 minutes ago, Brad Eden said:

 

If he was a real bruiser I think I would have quartered him. Never done that before, but I'm getting crotchety. As is, it was looking like I might anyhow since at first I couldn't employ any help. But Scott came through and will be rewarded handsomely in protein.

Its a good thing this is a family board.

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1 hour ago, Virgil Kane said:

The 7-08 strikes again? 

 

 

Virgil

 

Indeed. He was probably only 40 yards from me when I made the shot. I was 16 feet in a ladderstand that was already on a hill and he was at a steep angle. I threaded it through some trees and branches. He made a short ground hugging run straight towards me and collapsed within sight. Upon finishing the clean out I discovered I had shattered his heart. Good old 7mm-08, 140 grain, Remington CoreLokt came through again.

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8 minutes ago, Brad Eden said:

 

Indeed. He was probably only 40 yards from me when I made the shot. I was 16 feet in a ladderstand that was already on a hill and he was at a steep angle. I threaded it through some trees and branches. He made a short ground hugging run straight towards me and collapsed within sight. Upon finishing the clean out I discovered I had shattered his heart. Good old 7mm-08, 140 grain, Remington CoreLokt came through again.

I really like the 7mm-08. However I haven't used mine since I bought a Browning 1885 high wall in 45-70. 

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