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Old December 20th, 2016, 09:50 PM
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Assuming the bulk of deer season is over for most folks, figured now would be a time to brag, gloat, whine, moan, complain, etc. I haven't taken many big bucks in my time but this one was respectable enough to put out there. Hope everyone else had a good season and is willing to share a few pics!
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Old December 21st, 2016, 07:23 AM
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Nice buck Rhale... I see on your left side there is a tree that looks like it's got a few bullet holes in it. That wasn't in the pursuit of this deer was it.
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That's a beauty. While I didn't get one this season (and I usually get 1 or 2, sometimes 3) my grandson got a real beauty. I wish we had weighed it, the body was bigger than any I ever shot. The rack was similar to the size you show, with 7 points, but the body was a monster. When we have extra time we process our own, but we took his to a popular meat cutter. When we got there, the meat cutter (actually 3 meat cutters) had about 35-40 deer laying on the ground awaiting to be processed. While there were bigger racks none were even close to the body size of my grandson's. I've shot deer that weighed 175 on one and 2 at 180-185 on the heaviest (all gutted) but my grandson's was definately bigger. In fact my brother in law was talking to that meat cutter about 3 weeks later, and he said it was the biggest deer so far this season.
Generally around here a 1.5 yr buck goes about 125-130, a 2.5 adds maybe 15-20# and a 3.5 gets up to the 175-185 at most. We think this was a 3.5 yr old, 4.5 at the most and he had to go well over 200. While some areas in the mid west and Canada exceed that, I've never seen any over my 185 til now locally (central NY).
Most importantly, the deer is proving to be excellent table fare, tastes like a 2.5 yr old doe, mighty good eating.
We got so much meat (we get half, my grandson takes half to his house) that we had to get another freezer, we now have one that is about 3/4 full just with our half of the deer. We do mix in some pork for the sausage we make and we mixed in 30# of 80% lean ground beef for the hamburger we made (mixed at about 45% beef/55% venison). It makes the deer burger real juicy and everyone likes it, even those (who think they don't eat venison).
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Old December 21st, 2016, 08:40 AM
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... I see on your left side there is a tree that looks like it's got a few bullet holes in it. That wasn't in the pursuit of this deer was it.
what can I say, I get a bit trigger happy
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I was holding out for this guy, picture taken with a trailcam. He never came by, but a friend hunting on the land saw him late in season, so he might still be walking.
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Old December 21st, 2016, 09:12 AM
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Maple Flats - I often hear people brag up deer weights, but your numbers are spot on and what we see in southern Ohio too. I ran a check station for ODNR for 25 years and we had a scales ready to weigh any deer people wanted to weigh. Local deer hunters knew this and many times we had groups show up with bets on the line as to what deer weighed and someone claiming big numbers. Most of the "Big Deer" weighed between 165 -185 field dressed. The largest I ever weighed was 213 field dressed, seldom did i see a deer over 190. Maybe 2-4 a season.
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Don't want to seem too picky, I would have been shooting if this buck would have wandered by. Just on trailcamera, nobody saw him during season.
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Here's one my brother got. It did dress out at 202.
We may have did a little drinking after this too
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I ended up with an 8 pointer and a doe this year on public land in northern Wisconsin. I also included a picture of last years buck. It is the second one that I have gotten over 200 dressed up there. We did not put it on a scale but it was bigger than some that we have weighed in the 180 to 190 dressed range. My dad has one on camera that is just a hog for a body with short tines and about 20 inch inside spread. The pictures dwarf the pictures I have of mine from last year and I would guess that it would easily be over 300 live weight. He has been around for a few years and we think he is at least 6 1/2 years old. My dad got what we think in the father of this one a few years back and it was aged at 8 1/2 and had gone downhill quite a bit from the year before.
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nicely done guys! I didn't have any luck this year. it's the first year since 2006 that we didn't get a deer out of camp (4 of us). I let a small 4 pointer and small 5 pointer go during rifle season. chased around some absolute brutes during muzzle loader and the end of rifle... had a couple of real good opportunities but made a few bone head mistakes! congrats guys!
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