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ECU I have hunted leggett as

ECU I have hunted leggett as well.  As a matter a fact, I took my very first year in Leggett almost twenty years ago now.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  My dad and some friends had a plot of land they rented.  My first solo hunt is that of story book stuff.  My dad purchased a 20 gague youth shot gun to start deer hunting with.  I had been hunting with him with a single shot 410 mainly squirel and dove.  However he finally agreed to let me hunt a stand by myself.  That afternoon we drove to the plot in leggett marked our stands out front.  I took stand 2 1/2 and my dad was just up the path at stand 2.  I remember sitting in the ladder stand that overlooked the path we walked up and a small grass area just to the left of the stand.  Off to the right was open timber that lead down to the creek.  I was so excited to be in the stand on my own I felt like a grown man (mind you I was only 9).  I didn't care what I saw that day I was just having a blast being outside.  I saw several squirel in the timber that afternoon and continued to wonder if I would see any deer on my very first hunt.  Low and behold about thirty minutes before dard I noticed a deer moving through the grass area about 50-70 yards away.  As I looked closer I noticed a GIANT buck (at 9 any buck is giant).  I raised my shot gun and clicked the safety off.  My heart was beating hard and I couldn't control my breating.  I let off the shot and followed with two other shots of buckshot as he ran off into the woods.  I sat in the stand shaking and wondering if I had missed.  About five minutes after I shot my dad came walking down under my stand and said what did you shoot?  I remember shouting "It was a BUCK"  making the motion with my hands of antlers over my head.  I climbed down and walked my dad over to the area where the deer was when I took my shot.  He looked around and after a few seconds he found blood and I smiled from ear to ear knowing that at the end of the trail would be my first deer.  We followed the blood for about fourty yards and my dad saw my deer.  He said with an almost shocked voice, "it is a nice buck".  We looked at my deer, it was an eight point buck about sixteen inches wide.  That buck is now mounted on the wall next to other deer that I have taken.  He is not the largest buck on my wall but that day to a nine year old on the very first solo hunt he was the largest buck in the woods.

 

Sadly to say my dad has since passed and we don't get to enjoy our hunting and fishing trips I still have great memories of all hour time outdoors.  Needless to say Leggett will always be my favorite place to hunt.  Great deer and Great memories.

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Stillrolling, thanks for

Stillrolling, thanks for sharing your story. Reminds me of my earlier hunts as a teenager. I didn't get to start hunting as early as you. Unfortuneately, my dad doesn't hunt at all. I started hunting via my uncles. Regardless, some fond memories hunting with my uncles and cousins.

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great story

StillRollin,

That is a superior story!

I would love to see a photo and have you submit that in the "stories" section.

It would undoubedtedly become an immediate favorite!!

That is a tale that is well worth the telling (and would be well worth reading)!

Jim

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I'll post a picture up on

I'll post a picture up on tuesday.  As of right now my trophy room is now my five month old son's room and my deer are in the attic until we get a new place in a few years.

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Congrats

stillrollin300 wrote:

I'll post a picture up on tuesday.  As of right now my trophy room is now my five month old son's room and my deer are in the attic until we get a new place in a few years.

Hey, congrats on a new hunter to the family...you must be a proud papa!Thumbs up

 

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Well, back at it again this

Well, back at it again this Monday morning. Crisp....cool...frost on the ground.....what don't you live about November and being in the treestand chasing bucks....maybe a steady wind...hahaha...it's dead calm and the air is sinking....hope no buck gets in too close....he'll smell me for sure...
It's been a good morning already. I had a single doe come out and mill around on the far side of the field. The rut is almost here...I can feel it...
I just had a small 6 pointer appear in the field cold tracking a doe...I'll give him 1 more year to see if he breaks any more points...if not, he's going into the freezer....good start this am and it's only 7:15...
I'm beginning to see the makings of a December doe hunt..the farmer has planted wheat in his since picked tobacco field...after I trim a limb or two, I'll be in business...
I have the Renzo buck and doe decoys out this am...maybe they'll get a response u can film...Later

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Is it November? The middle of

Is it November? The middle of Nov and it's 72 degrees. Too hot for this time of year...partly cloudy with a slight breeze from the SE...the rain front is on it's way...should be here by tomorrow after lunch...today should be a good afternoon to be in the stand...
News break....buckle your seat belts...strap your chin strap...get the oxygen mask out....the rut is knocking in the door...I just had a small spike buck chase a doe across the field at full speed....it's on baby...

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Great updates, ECU!! Go get

Great updates, ECU!!

Go get 'em, I hope a giant walks out there.

There is nothing like this time of year, that is for sure.

I missed the start of the rut last week and hope the catch at least some of it late this week up in Illinois.

I am assuming, based on your posts, that the peak of the rut for you must be mid November?

Back down here in SC, we think it is more a week either side of Halloween.

We saw some good action - the best of the year here in SC - about 10 days ago now, so it was right on schedule.

If you are seeing cold tracking and then even little bucks chasing does, a big boy busting out there on one will not shock me in the least, in fact, I will be surprised if it does not happen.

Keep the updates coming, they are great incentives for us to get out of the office and house and head for the woods!

Great work!

jim

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Yea I have already submited

Yea I have already submited for my little man's lifetime hunting permit.  Can't wait to start taking him. 

 

As far as hunting goes, I will be climbing that tree tomorrow and overlooking the back side of a pond in the woods with a completely open back side that the deer walk to get to and from the bedding area.  I can feel something good going down tomorrow for someone.

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Actually had a small six

Actually had a small six pointer follow the same ground as the doe and spike this afternoon...I saw another lone doe on the opposite side of the farm from those three....
I got good reports of big deer being killed around some of the other farms I have been hunting...a nice twelve pointer was killed last week...17-18" wide, heavy horned, but didn't have really long tines...good deer by anyone's standards....probably will score in the 140" range...the other deer I don't have any info on, just that they were big...good luck everybody...
Stillrollin...knock down a big buck for us to see...the rut is going on, look for a big one

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