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Title: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: Big58cal on October 09, 2011, 06:24:40 PM
This weekend was the youth gun season, but the boy didn't want to go.  I went on with the crossbow, the only "condition" for hunting the weekend was that I had to wear orange since guns could be used.  Got up to my little blind around 6:30 AM and got settled in and waited for daylight.  A little after daylight, I saw "a" deer on down the hill, but couldn't tell what it was.  Later on around 8:30 or so I had a little doe come in, but the wind was swirling and she busted me.  :x   Around 9:15 another doe came up the hill toward the corn.  I know it's 20-22 yds to where she was standing at, so I put the 20 yd crosshair on her, squeezed the trigger, and shot right under her.  :x ;D   Don't ask me how or why, but the only thing I can figure is that it was destiny.  O0
 
At 10:35 AM, I looked up from my magazine and saw 2 bucks coming around the hill toward me.  I dropped the magazine and grabbed the Excalibur.  Both of the bucks looked to be about the same size, but I didn't get that good of a look at either.  I thought they would come on over to the corn, but they turned and headed up over the saddle of the ridge.  Swung over to a shooting lane up there and waited.  The lead buck stepped out in it and stopped.  O0   I put the 30 yd "triangle" right behind the front leg and squeezed the trigger.  He was angling to me just a little, but it wasn't going to be enough to matter.  Just as the bow went off, the S.O.B. took a step forward.  :x   The Luminok was shining and I could see that it was going to hit further back than what I wanted, and then I heard the "pop" of the hit.  He ran off about 10-15 yds and stopped and stood there for a while.  I was hoping that he was going to drop, but he walked on off around the back side of the ridge.  :x   I hate it when they go back there because it's thicker than the hair on a cat's back and steep!  Don't know what happened to the second buck.  Guess he went back the way he came.  I didn't really know how big the one was that I shot, but I was figuring it was probably a good 8 pt.
 
Since the shot was pretty far back, I waited until 11:30, an hour, before starting to trail.  Went over and picked up my arrow.  It smelled of a paunch hit just as I suspected.  :(   Went on up to where he stood and found a bunch of dark blood, so it was looking like I clipped the liver.  I started on around the hill following the blood trail and quietly as possible, stopping every few steps and scanning ahead the the binoculars.  Got around 50 yds down the trail and he jumped up out of a bed and headed down the hill.  I backed out and went back to my blind to sit for a while and give him some time.  After 3+ hours, I got up at 3:00 PM and took out on the trail again.  Went back to where I had jumped him up and started down the hill.  Got about 20 yds down the hill and jumped him up again!  :x   He didn't go very far though and bedded back down.  I slipped on down the hill a little piece to where I could see a little and started picking everything apart with the binos.  I finally found him, about 40-50 yds away on down the hill.  It was so thick, there was no way I could get a shot.  He would lay his head down and periodically raise it up, look around, and then lay it back down again.  While he was doing this, I finally got a half-way decent look at his rack.  Holy S**T!!  He was a BEAST!  :o   That's when I really started shaking!  ;D   I sat down right there and waited another hour.  During this time, he got up, walked a few more steps down the hill and bedded down again.
 
By this time, it's around 4:30 PM and I decided that something had to happen if I wanted to recover him and still be able to use the meat.  It was in the 80's yesterday, so I knew if I left him overnight, the meat would spoil and coyotes would probably get him.  As slowly and quietly as possible, I started down the hill toward him, stopping every couple of steps to glass and try to find him.  I worked my way down to where he "had" been and knew he couldn't be much further.  I finally found him, bedded on the other side of a little drop off about 30 yds away.  I kept glassing, but couldn't tell if he was facing toward me or away from me.  Luckily, the ground I was on was kinda rocky and didn't hardly have any leaves on it.  I finally slipped down to a tree about 20 yds away.  I was finally able to tell he had his back toward me and his head was down.  Just as I stepped out away from the tree to thread an arrow through the stuff, he raised his head up.  I aimed just below the spine since he was kinda laying on his side, thinking I'd either get the lungs or the spine.  The distance was about 15 yds and I hit high.  He jumped up, took about 2 hops and fell with blood pouring out a hole in his neck.  The arrow went in high right between his shoulder blades and came out about mid way up his neck, getting the wind pipe and jugular.  I looked at my watch and it was 5:05 PM, 6 1/2 hours after my initial shot.
 
Got him field dressed and drug up the hill a little ways and knew I wasn't going to be able to get him out by myself.  I was totally spent, physically and psycologically.  Between getting up at 4:30 AM, trecking up and down the hills, and the stress of staying after that deer, finding out how big he was, and REALLY going after him then, I was spent.  My jerkey and trail mix at 12:00 had worn off long ago.  Left the deer laying and hiked back up the hill, grabbed my pack back at the blind, and walked out to the 4 wheeler.  I can't get any cell reception down there, so I got down to the truck and went over to my uncle's house to see if he would help me.  We got back over there and drove the 4 wheeler up almost to the blind and left it.  Started around the hill and then down.  Got to the deer, found a strong limb and broke it off about 2' long, tied the rope onto the antlers and the stick and started clawing our way back up the hill.  Not only did the deer have a big rack, but he had a big, heavy body.  After clawing, falling, grunting, cussing, and sweating, we finally got the beast back onto the front side of the hill after about 2 hours.  Joe took the deer on down the hill and I took the 4 wheeler off in another spot and met him at the bottom.  The hill is too steep and would probably roll sideways if the deer were on there.
 
When I dropped Joe back off at his house, he and his wife took some pictures and then I was headed back.  I finally got back home at a little after 10:00 last night.  I was tired, my back and legs were hurting, I was hungry, and still had to skin it out, debone, and get the meat cooling.  I finally finished and came back in the house at 3:30 AM this morning.  ::)
 
Now, with all of the talk, I bet your wondering just "what" I got.........  ;) ;D   He's basically a main frame 10 pt, but has 2 additional points, making a total of 12.  One is probably 8" long and comes off the left main beam, the other is a fork coming off his right G2.  The rack is only about 14" wide, but it's thick and tall.  He's the best one I've got to date!  O0   The heavy bastage weighed in a 172 lbs.  :o   Normally, I can fit all of the deboned meat in 1 cooler.  Couldn't last night!  :D
 
On to the pics.....  I was so freaking tired, I never remembered to get any with me and the deer or the deer and the crossbow.  :'(   Oh well.
 
After the final shot
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In the back of the truck at my uncle's house
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Backed into the barn prior to hanging
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Rolled up and ready for the taxidermist  ;)
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Sorry for being so long-winded, but it was a LONG day yesterday.  ::)   I think I finally got in bed at about 5:00 this morning.  :crazy2
 
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: Gutpiles on October 09, 2011, 09:21:10 PM
Nice job BC!!!!!  I know you had to be beat - but that mount will be one of the best - it's got a cool tale to always go with it!   O0
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: MOSPARKY on October 09, 2011, 11:26:28 PM
Excellent work BC and good story too. Can't wait to see the mount. Don't forget to tell the boy, that could have been his deer  :twisted:
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: occ on October 09, 2011, 11:29:14 PM
Good deal, I bet the kid wishes he had gone now. What broadhead are you shooting? That thing really opened him up.
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: Bowhuntr115 on October 10, 2011, 02:53:20 AM
Way to go BC!!!  O0 O0 O0 That's gonna look great on the wall.
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: Big58cal on October 10, 2011, 09:52:11 AM
Thanks folks!  O0   I'm tickled to death with him!  :D   I definitely earned him, that's for sure.  If he had just not taken that 1 step...........  :tickedoff   Since I'm a meat hunter, it would have defeated the purpose of me even being out there if I had left him overnight because the meat would have spoiled and coyotes would have probably gotten him.  I hate it that things happened as they did, for the deer's sake, but I was determined for it not to have been in vane.  O0
 
I was using an Excalibur Equinox (225 lb draw) with Firebolt carbon arrows, Luminocks, and Excalibur Boltcutter broadheads (3 fixed blades, 150 grains).  The broadheads don't look like much, but they're bad little critters!  I must have clipped a limb on the last shot and it sent the arrow higher than I wanted (not surprising considering what I had to shoot through).  I was going to get him one way or another, even if I had to run him down and stab him!  ;D
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: John Andrews on October 10, 2011, 10:00:01 AM
 O0 O0 O0 O0 You done great, BC! I would call that buck a solid 12 pointer.
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: Big58cal on October 10, 2011, 10:40:56 AM
Thanks John.  O0
 
The wife and boy had been to a birthday party and then on a haunted hay ride that night.  They didn't get home until around midnight and Mason was half asleep when he came down to the barn to look at it.  Even if he had of been with me Saturday morning, we would have never seen those 2 bucks since we would have probably already been out of the woods.  But I know he would have probably gotten that doe I shot at and missed.  ;)   Those 75 gr. BTHP bullets out of that .223 wouldn't have missed at 20 yds like I did.  ;) ;D
 
Here's a couple more with Mongo checking him out as I was raising him up on the gambrel.  With the little dog there, it gives you a size perspective and you can see how wide he was.
 
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Both of the dogs are big fans of my deer hunting.  ;D   Especially during the quartering and deboning portions.  I'll usually cut off small scraps left on the bone or small pieces that are hanging and give it to them.  They really like that fresh deer meat.  O0 ;D
 
 
 
I just noticed, "the buzzard" is shameless and was determined to get in at least one of the pictures (look on the bumper in the first one).  ::)
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: Ks_Sniper on October 10, 2011, 03:49:07 PM
Wow, BC. Great write-up and a serious deer you got there. Not gonna lie that I'm a little jealous. O0
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: bohicajuan on October 10, 2011, 04:00:40 PM
I don't know WHY you took so long to find that deer. After all, you ARE the OFFICIAL tracker. We may have to send you back to Long Island for remedial schooling! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :wink: O0 :twisted:

That is a SA-WEET buck, forget about the inside spread. The symmetry and height of the tines makes it a outstanding looking buck and will look super cool on the wall. You decided what kind of pose you're going to mount him in?

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Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: Big58cal on October 10, 2011, 10:49:14 PM
Figured I'd need to get a left turn on him to help cover up the hole in his neck.  ::)  Other than that I hadn't really decided much about it.  I know they've come out with all kinds of new forms, turns, and everything else since I had the last one mounted, probably about 8-10 years ago.  Figured I'd see what the taxidermist has available.
 
As far as "tracking" him.............. ::)  There wasn't a whole lot of actual tracking involved.  I found where he first stood and blood trailed him on around the hill about 50 yds and then jumped him up.  After waiting the 3  hours and starting back in, I wasn't following a blood trail, I was slowly going in the direction that I had heard him go, and then finding him bedded with the binoculars.  O0  Tedious process, but it was paying off.  :)
 
Man Ks, that deer has been a long time coming!  Shooting a nice deer like this one is cool, but it'll probably be several more years, if ever, that I get another good one like that.  It was just luck that he came by and I was still there.  Since I'm after meat when I go, I generally shoot the first thing I see, buck or doe.  If I had hit that doe Saturday morning, I wouldn't have still been there when he came through.  A big set of antlers like that are cool, but try as I might, I still haven't figured out a way to cook them to make them taste very good.  ;)
 
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: John Andrews on October 11, 2011, 09:39:41 AM
A good taxi should be able to fix that hole in the neck, BC.
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: Big58cal on October 11, 2011, 03:37:50 PM
A good taxi should be able to fix that hole in the neck, BC.

Fixing the hole, I'm not too worried about.  It's being able to cover up or hide any hair that the broadhead may have cut.  With the forms they've got now, you can get ones with wrinkles in the neck where they've got their head turned.  If there is any cut hair, hopefully they'll be able to hide it in a fold/wrinkle somewhere.  O0
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: bohicajuan on October 11, 2011, 04:43:38 PM
Only AFTER meat? How can you be that way? Don't you realize it must be about the trophy??!!
You see, EVERYTHING MUST be measured in terms of size. You can't hunt because you enjoy the outdoors! You can't hunt because you enjoy the taste of venison! You can't hunt because you enjoy the challenge! You can't hunt because you want to be around your friends and family.

In fact you can't have any friends or family. It must be about trophy hunting only. Kill! Kill! Kill!
you understand?!

The only time you can post here is when you are bragging on yourself! You can't congratulate anybody for their success because you're too jealous and insecure. You can never post anything here unless it is about you! All about you! And nothing but except stuff about you. We should start a contest and call it......Its All About Me!

But seriously. Aren't you happy we don't have people like that here? I know I am!(heavy sarcasm)
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Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: John Andrews on October 12, 2011, 09:50:11 AM
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D And how about a certain flashlight maker?
He was in a category all by himself!
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: Big58cal on October 12, 2011, 12:18:40 PM
Only AFTER meat? How can you be that way? Don't you realize it must be about the trophy??!!
You see, EVERYTHING MUST be measured in terms of size. You can't hunt because you enjoy the outdoors! You can't hunt because you enjoy the taste of venison! You can't hunt because you enjoy the challenge! You can't hunt because you want to be around your friends and family.

In fact you can't have any friends or family. It must be about trophy hunting only. Kill! Kill! Kill!
you understand?!

The only time you can post here is when you are bragging on yourself! You can't congratulate anybody for their success because you're too jealous and insecure. You can never post anything here unless it is about you! All about you! And nothing but except stuff about you. We should start a contest and call it......Its All About Me!

But seriously. Aren't you happy we don't have people like that here? I know I am!(heavy sarcasm)

Hey, I didn't get to my present size by only eating veggies.  ;D   Good fried deer meat and nice cold adult beverage...........  That's the good stuff right there.  O0   Not to mention, I've got growing boy at the house.  Little turd is a bottomless pit!  :o   Hate to see what it's going to be like when he gets to be a teenager!  :o :o :o
 
The only time I put a tape measure to him was the measure the spread just 'cause I was curious.  I'm not worried about ever getting one big enough for the record book because, 1. I don't have to impress anyone; 2. You can't eat those antlers; 3. Hunting is about getting out to relax, be with friends/family, and having a good time.  The kicker to all of this...............  When I dropped the head/cape off at the taxidermist this morning, the guy looked at it and seemed to think it would make the record book for crossbows (if there is such a thing).  ;D   He would know better than me, with as many as he sees though.  He said he would do a rough score on it for me.  They seemed to think Buckmasters had a category for crossbows.  Don't know.  Even if he does score high enough to make it into it, I won't list him.  ;)   That ain't what I hunt for.  O0
 
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: bohicajuan on October 12, 2011, 04:06:45 PM
I'm shocked! Truly shocked! How can you say such things? Don't you want to see your picture on the cover of Super, Nifty Cool Outdoorsman and Neat Guy magazine? I mean really. That's the only real reason to go hunting.

If you can't shoot something to mount, then just stay home.

 Remember that your camo must be totally matched with your socks and underwear. Your  rifle must be a belted magnum sighted in at 400 yards. Check with everyone else you hunt with and make certain that your rifle is the most expensive weapon there. It must be close to three thousand dollars and four thousand would be better.

Make sure you memorize ballistic charts and gun manufacturers info so you can talk a good game.
Drop names of famous outdoor writers you don't know, but who you'll know will impress the other guys there.

Always take the time to criticize other hunters because of the guns they shoot. The optics they use. The camo they wear. The vehicle they drive. Point out what you've hunted and what the other guys haven't. Tell them for all practical purposes you are a professional hunter and your words are dipped in gold.

Actually they're dipped in something else.........

But you know it's all good! :D :D :D :D ;D ;D ;D



Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: Bowhuntr115 on October 12, 2011, 04:47:06 PM
I'm shocked! Truly shocked! How can you say such things? Don't you want to see your picture on the cover of Super, Nifty Cool Outdoorsman and Neat Guy magazine? I mean really. That's the only real reason to go hunting.

If you can't shoot something to mount, then just stay home.

 Remember that your camo must be totally matched with your socks and underwear. Your  rifle must be a belted magnum sighted in at 400 yards. Check with everyone else you hunt with and make certain that your rifle is the most expensive weapon there. It must be close to three thousand dollars and four thousand would be better.

Make sure you memorize ballistic charts and gun manufacturers info so you can talk a good game.
Drop names of famous outdoor writers you don't know, but who you'll know will impress the other guys there.

Always take the time to criticize other hunters because of the guns they shoot. The optics they use. The camo they wear. The vehicle they drive. Point out what you've hunted and what the other guys haven't. Tell them for all practical purposes you are a professional hunter and your words are dipped in gold.

Actually they're dipped in something else.........

But you know it's all good! :D :D :D :D ;D ;D ;D
Sounds just like a guy I used to hunt with. Had the best of everything and wouldn't hesitate to tell you why his was the best and yours was crap. He would have to kill the most deer and the biggest deer or he wasn't happy. The best part was he didn't even eat the meat :idiot2 :idiot2 He was a killer not a hunter!

Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: Big58cal on October 12, 2011, 05:10:21 PM
Sounds just like a guy I used to hunt with. Had the best of everything and wouldn't hesitate to tell you why his was the best and yours was crap. He would have to kill the most deer and the biggest deer or he wasn't happy. The best part was he didn't even eat the meat :idiot2 :idiot2 He was a killer not a hunter!

Was his name Bohica?  :?
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: John Andrews on October 13, 2011, 10:12:56 AM
I'm shocked! Truly shocked! How can you say such things? Don't you want to see your picture on the cover of Super, Nifty Cool Outdoorsman and Neat Guy magazine? I mean really. That's the only real reason to go hunting.

If you can't shoot something to mount, then just stay home.

 Remember that your camo must be totally matched with your socks and underwear. Your  rifle must be a belted magnum sighted in at 400 yards. Check with everyone else you hunt with and make certain that your rifle is the most expensive weapon there. It must be close to three thousand dollars and four thousand would be better.

Make sure you memorize ballistic charts and gun manufacturers info so you can talk a good game.
Drop names of famous outdoor writers you don't know, but who you'll know will impress the other guys there.

Always take the time to criticize other hunters because of the guns they shoot. The optics they use. The camo they wear. The vehicle they drive. Point out what you've hunted and what the other guys haven't. Tell them for all practical purposes you are a professional hunter and your words are dipped in gold.

Actually they're dipped in something else.........

But you know it's all good! :D :D :D :D ;D ;D ;D
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D Don't forget the ascot!
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: BigStrutter on October 17, 2011, 06:12:55 PM
That is an awesome deer BC!!!!!!!!! Big time congrats on the deer and your effort to recover him as quickly and humanely as possible. I do have to ask one question.......can your taxidermist fix the exit hole in the neck good enough or is he gonna have to use a different cape? Congrats again, now get oyu rbutt down here for a rabbit hunt.

Ned
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: Big58cal on October 17, 2011, 09:03:11 PM
Thanks Ned.  O0   I'm tickled to death with him!  :D   I catch myself almost daily looking at the pictures of the beast I've got on my phone.  ;D
 
The exit hole should be OK Ned.  It's the entrance hole that I was worried about.  With it going in, it will punch inward and cut hair.  Coming out, it should have sliced the hide, but not cut any hair in half or anything.
 
The people I took it to have been doing taxidermy for 30+ years.  They ain't cheap, but they're good.  O0   The form they're going to use has all kinds of detail from muscle structure in the face, neck, and shoulders.  They said they would also add some clay in there to bring out the detail more as well.  Since I got him before he got his winter hair, they said that they should be able to get all kinds of detail in him because the hair was thin enough.
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: bohicajuan on October 17, 2011, 09:38:02 PM
Sounds just like a guy I used to hunt with. Had the best of everything and wouldn't hesitate to tell you why his was the best and yours was crap. He would have to kill the most deer and the biggest deer or he wasn't happy. The best part was he didn't even eat the meat :idiot2 :idiot2 He was a killer not a hunter!

I hate to say it but we have one or two people like that here. We've run off a couple too. Hard to respect people like that.

The only time they stop by is when they have something to show off and brag about. Never once have they congratulated anybody here, but they'll talk ad nauseum about their success.

People like that have no self respect and even less honor and no concept of what it means to be a sportsman or conservationist. They only think about themselves and they measure their own worth through killing. Not hunting, but killing. Really sad, but people like that will never change and it will be people like that who will wind up destroying the sport someday if we aren't careful.
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: Bowhuntr115 on October 18, 2011, 12:11:43 AM
People like that have no self respect and even less honor and no concept of what it means to be a sportsman or conservationist. They only think about themselves and they measure their own worth through killing. Not hunting, but killing. Really sad, but people like that will never change and it will be people like that who will wind up destroying the sport someday if we aren't careful.
I agree Bo. And to think these people are reproducing and teaching their kids the same messed up values and ethics they have :tickedoff  That's why I like GPS, full of down to earth- good people carrying pointy sticks (of course)  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: John Andrews on October 18, 2011, 09:00:12 AM
 O0 You fellas are absolutely correct about the two types of hunters. I deal with both every day at work during hunting season.

One example, the deer hunters in my jurisdiction have to harvest a doe or antlerless buck before they can hunt a buck. "Antlerless" also includes a spike buck. I've seen 35 pound deer get checked through the checkpoint. We refer to the tiny deer as "dogs".

We also patrol and check hunters and fisherpersons in the field. Some folks will go to any length to satisfy their personal  kill tally, as most of you have witness, too. I am forced to work with a fella that is only interested in how many ducks, geese, and deer he can kill for bragging rights. He is also the laziest and most worthless cowardly slob Bas***d I have ever had to misfortune to work with. Every hunting season, he bids to my shift so he has more time to hunt. :tickedoff  His hunting pals are well known as our local thieves and liars and get along grandly with each other.
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: Big58cal on June 15, 2012, 11:23:44 PM
Got my mount back from the taxidermist last Friday.
 
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They gave me a net score of 138 5/8" on the deer.  O0   That will be big enough to make the record books for the American Crossbow Federation (ACF), BuckMasters, and Safari Club International (SCI) for crossbow-taken deer.  I'll probably have it listed with the ACF because I'm a member and support them and their mission of promoting ALL TYPES of hunting, without discrimination to weapon type.  :)   As far as BuckMasters and SCI, I still haven't decided.  :|   As I said back in October, it's cool that I got a deer this big, and I catch myself looking at it and admiring it each day, but the size of the rack is not what I'm about.
 
When I got up at the butt-crack of dawn that morning, got dressed, and drove down to the farm, I didn't do it with the intentions of shooting a record book deer.  I did it with the intentions of getting some meat, which this deer provided, although not easily.  :x   The meat has been excellent, as well as the sausage, salami, and snack sticks I had made from the meat.  O0   That's why I hunt.  Not to have my name in some record book for self-gratification.  ::)
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: John Andrews on June 16, 2012, 07:52:51 AM
 :shock: O0 Nice deer, BC! I would have mounted that one, too!
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: 2Nutz on June 16, 2012, 10:33:17 AM
 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: John Andrews on August 13, 2012, 08:48:02 AM
It would be tough to top that one on the wall!
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: bohicajuan on August 14, 2012, 03:07:05 PM
Way to go!!  O0 O0 O0 O0 O0

Now you can be on the cover of a magazine too! LOL!!
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: 2Nutz on August 14, 2012, 04:21:46 PM
So whens the jerky being shipped out to me?  :roll: :roll: way to go.  O0 O0 O0 O0
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: Big58cal on December 21, 2012, 11:15:15 PM
Finally decided to get the deer "officially" measured earlier this month (yes, it took me that long to finally make up my mind).  Found a Buckmasters scorer up here pretty close to me so I took a half day off work and met him at his house for him to score it.  I had asked him over the phone if there was any charge for the scoring and he said that there wasn't and that he didn't charge anything.  To "compensate" him for his trouble though, I took him a roll of salami with pepper cheese that I had made last year that I still had in the freezer.  ;)

Between scoring, checking the math, shooting the bull, and filling out all of the paperwork, about 4 hours later we got done.  ::)

Final total on it was 144 3/8" composite BTR  O0   Due to the small hook on the right antler and the big extra point on the left, it put it at 7% irregular, which threw it into the Semi-Irregular category of the BTR (Buckmasters Trophy Records).

I got the certificate and notification tonight where it was accepted into the BTR program.  O0   Just for giggles, I looked on their online records to see if it was listed in there yet.  It wasn't, but what I did notice was that for a crossbow in KY, it will be the 3rd largest recorded.  O0

Got Mr. Anderson (the scorer) to fill out all of the paperwork I needed for the American Crossbow Federation entry.  Sent it in about a week ago but haven't heard anything back from them on it yet, but I can't see them having a problem with it.

It's cool that I've got one "officially" in the record books and I still catch myself looking at the mount about every night, but the rack wasn't why I shot the deer.  Don't get me wrong, I don't know anyone who doesn't like a big rack.  >:D   But I enjoy the meat a heck of a lot more than the rack.  ;)   Matter of fact, we had spaghetti tonight with deer meat in the sauce.  O0
Title: Re: A Long Drawn Out Day!
Post by: John Andrews on December 22, 2012, 08:41:23 AM
  O0  O0 O0 Great score and congratulations, BC! I hope the other set of paperwork gets processed quickly. The awards will look great next to each other.