I typically don't post my kills on social media but this brute deserves some attention. I took this dude Friday morning 30 minutes after shooting a nice doe on my lease in St Francisville. I was hunting a thick low lying area that I knew a good buck was bedding in according to the sign I found two weeks earlier. When I found his sign and beds, I quickly backed out, walked back to my truck over a mile away to retrieve a stand, set of sticks and a camera. Went right back in with the stand and my hunting gear to make a hunt. Got the set hung and hunted that evening without any sightings. That would be the last hunt I would make there for more than two weeks for a couple of reasons. One, I didn't want to pressure that immediate area suspecting that a good buck was using it as a bed and two, we was leaving for Disney the next weekend not to return until a couple days before Christmas which would not even give me a choice to hunt. The area typically gets low pressure so I hoped that the deer would continue its routine over those couple weeks while I was away. Well while I was away playing with Mickey Mouse, a buddy sent me a pic of a buck he got on camera some 800 or so yards away from the set I hung. When I seen this pic I instantly suspected this was the buck I was hunting! I slept very little for the next seven nights! I was sure that when I got back to my set, I would have numerous pics of that buck on my camera which was set up on one of his trails. Fast forward seven days to when I would finally have an opportunity to get back to the woods... My buddy Daniel (aka Willie) and I went up Tuesday night (following Christmas). The temperature forecasted for Wednesday was not favorable for making a one mile walk carrying all my gear without sweating not to mention the winds were forecasted to be light and variable which as most of you know means it will blow the wrong way just at the wrong time! Because of this, I would not chance messing the spot up even though I was dying to get my hands on that camera card! Thursday's forecast was favorable for the set even though it was not what you would consider perfect hunting conditions by any stretch. Only slightly cooler than Wednesday (in the morning at least) but stiff winds from one direction was just what I wanted. I eased into the area in the break of day following a quick rain shower. I grabbed the card from the camera and got set up in my set. From day till dark I sat there and only seen one doe which offered no shot however, the pics I been dying to see would not be a disappointment. I had several bucks on camera and a number of does. The best part was that most of the pics were taken during the day! Of the 20+ pics I would have, only one of them was in the dark and it would be the one I expected to see! Only thing is that it was not a very clear pic but there was one give away that could not be mistaken! The other thing is that the camera only ran for the first week prior to the batteries going dead (mistake on my part) so I had no intel for the past seven plus days which was actually a bit exciting. Friday's forecast would be the day that we all were waiting for...cold, cloudy and light steady winds! I left all my gear in the tree Thursday night so I could bring one more component of my gear out for Friday's hunt and the clothes I would need to make another all day hunt. This other component would end up being one of the most important pieces of the puzzle... I carried my decoy out and set it up out in the creek bed as a buck so that it could be seen by deer crossing the creek from a long distance hoping something would come in for a closer look. Well at about 8:30 Friday morning, four does came in from the northwest about 60 yards in front me with intentions to cross the creek. Had they crossed, I would have had no shot opportunity. However, when the lead doe got to the edge of the creek bed, she froze and had a 10 minute stare down with the decoy. She eventually backed up and changed her direction to south which would put her right in my lap with the others in tow! At about the same time these four does started easing toward me, I heard splashing in the creek. I swung around to see two more does, one who was trotting away from the decoy to the southeast after she too obviously did not care for it. As I'm turning back toward the does working my way, I notice movement in the brush to the on the other side of the creek to the northeast! I look again and it's a decent buck, one that I would happily shoot given the opportunity! He too was keyed in on my decoy! In a quick calculation, I ruled out any chance on that buck given the fact that two other deer already proved to me that they did not like it and he was already showing signs of not caring too much for it. This being said, I was going to take the doe with him watching from 75 yards away! I turned back to the does just in time to get drawn and release a perfect shot at 20 yards! I instantly turn my attention back to the buck who is now making a scrape on the opposite bank of the creek at exactly 75 yards. I knock another arrow and consider taking the shot. I regularly practice to 80-100 yards and am confident in myself for making the shot. I range him, adjust my pins and prepare myself just in time for the buck to turn and walk away. Oh well... I text my Willie and tell him I got a doe and that I'm planning to sit another hour or so before getting down. Meanwhile, still only a couple minutes after the shot, another doe comes into the privet hedge right where the first doe came. She too stops and looks at the decoy then stares into the direction of where the doe I shot ran. What I didn't notice after the shot was that my doe only went about 15 yards before crashing! She was what the other doe was looking at! As the second doe is looking, my doe gives one last kick scaring the second doe off to the northwest where she would go blowing numerous times. Fast forward 30 minutes and I'm once again texting Willie my plans for when I get down... Out of no where I hear what I thought was a grunt... I text him back and say 'I think I just heard a grunt.' Then, now that I'm listening for it, I hear it again and confirm to myself that it was definitely a buck grunting. I instantly grab the Extinguisher and grunt back, he responds with a grunt, I hit it again, he responds again! I wait a few seconds and grunt back, this time he can't take it! I hear footsteps and grunts closing quickly! I get a glimpse of him through the privet hedge and see it's a good buck! I grab my bow and prepare myself for the shot! He comes in through the same opening as the doe did with his head on the ground... In another quick calculation of what's going on, I quickly recognize that two does had already been in this spot, both who had seen the decoy and one who had seen my doe lying on the ground. In a split second decision, I did not want to give this buck an opportunity to get nervous so I knew I needed to take the first clear shot presented to me! That shot would be a quartering to me shot at 32 yards. I center my 20 yard pin on him and turn it loose! The arrow would find its mark perfectly in the back of his leading shoulder low in his chest! He kicked and bolted back to the northwest! I was confident I just smoked a sure enough monster even though I knew very few details about his antlers! I text Willie and many others! It took me another 30 minutes to gather my thoughts and gear to get down the tree. Once on the ground, I go over to the where the buck stood and there lied my arrow covered in blood just beside a blood trail that a blind man could follow! It was at that point I realized I had just shot what was most likely the best buck of my life! I fell to my knees in tears of joy knowing that my grand prize was only steps away! I text Willie once more and tell him what I found. I tell him to take his time getting here and that I would not take to the blood trail until he got there. He wouldn't waste any time getting to me! We started on the trail and made it about 55 yards before finding him piled up in the thicket where the celebration began! There was absolutely no ground shrinkage with this brute! He was more magnificent than I had thought and instantly I knew he was my personal best buck! It was also at that point that I realized 'holy smokes, I got a lot of work ahead of me!!'
In the end, it would take Willie and I some three hours to get both deer and our gear out. And just when you thought the story was over, it gets better... All of the above was captured in 4K HD video! I really got some great footage of everything, but the reaction upon recovery may end up being the most entertaining part of the whole film! While I do have some experience editing my own films, and have done some previous videos that some of you may have seen, I'm considering seeking professional help with this one and want to do some more off set sit down commentary for the hunt...like explaining why I chose to shoot a doe when I had what I consider a nice shooter buck standing 75 yards away! Additionally, I'm also going to reach out to some of the commercial shows who feature amateur self filmed hunts to see if they might have interest in the film. My cousin and I rough scored him last night at 156. He is a main frame 8 with 11 or 12 scoreable points. He weighed 150lbs gutted. While he was on the trail of a doe, I don't feel like he was in rut or at least not in full rut. Be safe and good luck!
Was a big squall in the gulf Sunday morn which made things really choppy so we fished trout for a while inside of 4 bayou but the only thing biting live shrimp was big gaftops. After an hour of that it got slick calm... Headed out, hit two shrimp boats looking for a cobia but all I found was big jacks and 2 break offs. Got to my snapper reef and action was quick but stopped two short of my 4 person limit. 4 big bonus mangroves made up for those two snapper tho. Hit another trawl boat on way in but a shark, jacks and Bonita were the only takers... Not too bad for my first trip with the kids. Even brought the tube for the way in! My youngest (6yo) daughter, Claire wanted to know why I wouldn't let her get in the tube when we headed in from 25 miles offshore! Mallory (8yo) was quick to answer with 'did you not see the shark daddy just caught' lmao! Awesome day all and all!
I'm trying to find and make contact with the guys that got stuck in my front yard in Lafitte while trying to turn their boat around... After helping them get back on their way, I talked to them for a little while just to see what their plans were for fishing the next day to see if I can help them out a bit... They were heading offshore out of Grand Isle via Lafitte in a maybe 80's model cuddy cabin boat 25-27' range with a single yamaha two stroke engine. Boat make may have been a grady white, mako or similar. I believe the guys were from the Slidel area and was having one heck of a night trying to get that boat in the water! At some point in the journey they lost a wheel on the passenger side of the trailer and was forced to limp along with one wheel Their tow vehicle was an F-250 and there was another black dodge pickup as well If this sounds familiar to any of you please have one of these guys get in touch with me! I would just like to know how the rest of their journey went! With all the troubles they had getting to the water surely they must have slaughtered the fish! Just looking for a report from them Thanks!
After some suspension work, an addition to the front bumper, a tune up, a new "homemade" back door and a quick camo paint job the camp bronc is ready for another season of abuse dished out by Buck Road...
Any of you guys catching any fish (Bass, Perch or Sacalait) around Brouilette (Red River Pool 1 or Spring Bayou) lately?
Any of you guys catching any fish (Bass, Perch or Sacalait) around Brouilette (Red River Pool 1 or Spring Bayou) lately?
Can any one tell me what is the best way to get Chicken Dolphin blood stains off of the deck of a fiberglass boat? We caught a handfull of them yesterday and our normal routine when we get home is pressure wash everything with a 3500 psi pressure washer...but even that could not get it entirely off. What is the trick??? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
We went on our first trip in our own boat chasing tuna this past weekend. We came home with a bunch of blacks and 3 yellows. Not too bad for some rookies...
There is a tree near a friend of mines home that produces a potato like fruit. The skin and the meat is just like that of a potato. Does any one know what kind of tree this is??
A friend of mine claims that deer are eating the bark and sap from the bottom of the Maple trees in the area he is hunting in the Pearl River area. He says that it looked like deer bite marks in the trees and it looks as if they are licking the sap off of the tree. There are also deer tracks all around these trees. I have never heard of this before and was wondering if any of you have ever seen or heard of it before? Thanks in advance.
Does anyone know or heard of a really big buck taken somewhere north of Baton Rouge sometime this week? Heard that it scored over 170"'s. Thats all I've heard about it at this time.
Am I losing it or was there a report and pics of a BIG 8 point killed in central Miss. on here? I just seen the report and pics 24 hours ago and now can't find it to save my life. If someone has the pics please email me or re post them. Thanks in advance!!
I thought this would be a good comparison. I think the buck in your pic is a little heavier and about the same in width or maybe even an inch wider. He is probrably a P&Y buck.
Here is a pic I was sent of a true FREAK of a buck. Cannot imagine what it must feel like to even hold such a buck much less harvest one. P.S. Notice that fine bow laid across him
Hey Don, what parish or county are the beautifull photos of all them bucks coming from???
Has anyone heard of any good bucks taken from Lake Ophleia this weekend for the last muzzleloader hunt???
Does anyone know of any good bucks taken off of Lake Ophelia for the lottery muzzleloader hunts?
very well said karl & kibb!
I agree jimmy. If I would let bucks like that one walk, I would not have ever killed a buck in my 26 years of hunting. However I do beleive in passing on small bucks but that deffinetly dosen't fall in small buck catagory in my book. Doe slayer can't be serious about letting that buck walk, but on the same token any good buck I have ever seen with the exception of one or two I recall saying 'imagine what he would have been next year'. I don't and won't beleive that any body breathing fresh air with a weapon in there hands would have passed on that buck any where on this Continent.
Thanks bleeding duck. The pic does look very dark and I was expecting some uneducated folks with nick names such as pro killer (which by the way is the correct spelling) to make such comments about the pic. Jealous people just have to find some kind of way to make themselves feel just a tiny bit better about someone elses achievements. Fortunately for me I have about 35 witnesses that were there including a refuge official when the buck was taken out of the woods. If you read the post I said I had to cut the pic to fit it on the site. In this process the daylight that could be seen on the oustide of the trees was cut out. If any one has something they would like to comment on about this you could personaly e-mail me and reveal yourself and your REAL name since you are somewhat scared to post it and we can discuss this like gentlemen, otherwise you could put your negative comments up your $#&(*%%#@&%#$%. I for one do take it personal. About the hunting in Lafitte, it is good but you have to not mind getting wet and walking through a lot of swamp and marshland. I do some hunting around the house but to me a 3-4 hour drive in my truck is a whole lot easier and more comfortable than a 3-4 hour boat ride and walk through the swamp, not to mention the hell it takes to get an animal out of there.