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General Hunting => Other Big Game Hunting => Topic started by: DTP on February 11, 2020, 06:03:26 PM

Title: Florida archery buck
Post by: DTP on February 11, 2020, 06:03:26 PM
Even to this day it still blows my mind that I can chase rutting bucks in February. 

On Feb 2nd I was able to put down this cool buck on a super fun hunt. 

I was sitting in an area that I had a feeling would be active and it didnít disappoint me.  The first few hours of the morning I saw bucks cruising around like crazy about 150 yards ahead of my on this little saddle. 
Once it warmed up and the winds started to switch, I snuck over to that saddle to pick a new tree to climb once the winds stabilized. 

No sooner than I marked the spot on my phone I heard a ďcrunch crunchĒ coming up the hill.  I looked over to see a buck heading my way and I didnít even have to second guess that he was getting shot. 

I froze and every time he was behind a bush I would reposition.  It finally got to the point where he was 30 yards away coming straight for me.  There were two trails he could take.  One less travelled path coming directly at me which would have resulted in a 2 yard quick draw and shot and the other trail (which he ended up taking).  He started cutting left and I was able to draw while he passed behind a bush only 7 yards away! Then he emerged at FOUR YARDS BROADSIDE! I stopped him, shot, and instantly smiled because I knew it was a good hit.



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I think if I physically could I would have done a couple of backflips out of excitement.  Not only was the whole encounter super awesome, I walked up on this gnarly of a buck 6 point.

Busted up ears, double throat patch, and a mature 6! Something that Iíve just always dreamed about shooting!

Itís just so cool to see the difference in deer all over the US.  I shot a buck in Kansas this year that was a 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 year old deer who tipped the scales at around 230lbs.  Then here is this 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 year old Florida deer who weighed a whopping 85 lbs field dressed....

Doesnít matter though, this is why I love bow hunting.  What a cool buck and fun experience! Iíll never forget that day!


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Title: Re: Florida archery buck
Post by: Bowhunter1 on February 12, 2020, 04:55:18 AM
Congrats again Dan. The pics on here are way better than the phone pics you sent me. I have arrowed a few buck by chance from the ground at less than 10 yards. It is exciting. It is a good thing he chose the other path rather than straight towards you. If he came straight at you I bet you wouldn't have pulled off a shot that close.
Title: Re: Florida archery buck
Post by: cohunter14 on February 12, 2020, 11:11:42 AM
Congrats on a great buck Dan!
Title: Re: Florida archery buck
Post by: Rdub on February 12, 2020, 02:00:12 PM
Nice buck, and to think I go down to the redneck riviera for the fishing. May need to rethink that.
Title: Re: Florida archery buck
Post by: WW on February 13, 2020, 08:52:38 AM
Notched ears?? Looks like he escaped from a cattle ranch. :mock: Congrats!
Title: Re: Florida archery buck
Post by: nclonghunter on February 13, 2020, 04:43:15 PM
That's an excellent Florida buck. Congrats on a close encounter harvest. Those ears are probably cut by those 3 lb skitters doing flybys.