Friday, December 3, 2021

"Shotgun" got his buck today

 




I offered to give him a loan if he wanted to have the head mounted.

"I thought about that" he said. "I've seen bigger ones out here and this one has a chip in one of his tines."

"So thanks for the offer but I think I will pass."

Shot at 7:36 AM. A 75 yard shot out of the Taj stand. He could see antlers and his cross-hairs and the rest is history.

For those of you who need a reminder, Shotgun is my fishing buddy and we had a standing date every Wednesday evening this past summer.

I am happier that he got it than if I had shot it myself. Shotgun puts in his time and passes up a lot of deer.

7 comments:

  1. Nice! A ten pointer ain't nothing to sneeze at. About how much meat will it end up with?

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    1. I will let you know.

      It would have been more but this guy has been chasing the ladies since October 15.

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  2. Nice buck! The rut out my way (Continental Divide Montana) didn't really start until mid-November.

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  3. What rifle and load? Where did he hit, and did the deer go down DRT? Need details, so we can vicariously enjoy the hunt.

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    1. This time-slot is traditionally muzzleloader/blackpowder season in Michigan.

      Eaton County's northeast corner is in a Chronic Wasting Disease hotspot and the powers-that-be determined that the deer needed extra help with social distancing so they opened up Eaton County (and several others) to any otherwise legal chambering, modern rifle/shotgun for the two-week muzzleloader season.

      Shotgun used his new, Mossberg Patriot chambered in .450 Bushmaster. He hit it in the exact, geographical center of the neck and it went toes-up on-the-spot.

      I think he was using factory ammo loaded with Hornday Flex-tip ammo.

      No tracking job for Shotgun this year.

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  4. The buck I shot this year was the leanest I ever killed. He was chasing a little doe when he blundered by me. I think he'd been after the ladies for awhile.

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  5. I see the chip in the 2nd photo, but to me, its minor and hardly noticed it. Maybe a European skull mount (skull cleaned and sawn through back to head to front jaw) mounted on a plaque would be appropriate. Those mounts aren't nearly as expensive as a shoulder mount with fur on a synthetic form.

    I'm glad your friend collected this. We are in middle of our south Texas deer season, with rut scheduled to begin very soon.

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