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Enjoyable opening day in Kentucky

The weather was not the best for the Kentucky opener, but that ain't about to stop us, is it? I was in my stand sitting by 63 mins before SR. Not 2 mins later, I heard a noise and turned to see some shadows walking down the trail adjacent to my stand. Two deer veered off the trail and towards some scents I'd hung and raising my rifle let me see through the scope what looked like a large buck, with large main beam, but I could see no detail other than that, plus it was too early to shoot.

I saw a couple does (who actually bedded down within 65 yards of me in a thicket) and around 9 AM I turned to see a big buck headed down the trail towards my stand. I saw he was big, really big and counted 5 points on one side. Two of those points were broken and the other side was broken off at the skull. He was an absolute brute of a deer though and had a gorgeous head as he passed 5 yards from my stand

I was back in the stand by 2 after lunch and figured by 3 PM bucks would be on their feet moving. At about 3:20 I looked to my right and saw a buck walking fast through woods across an overgrown power line ROW. I figured he'd pick up the trail that ran behind my tree and sure enough he did. As he got close, I counted 4 per side and then hurridly tried to decide if I should shoot or not.

I decided yes, and the CZ/9.3 spoke, collecting it's first deer ever. After the shot, I got some support from my SIL & 2 yr old Grandson. My Grandson's first reaction as I started to gut him was "WHOOOOOOAAAAA!!"  He's not the biggest deer in the woods, by far, but the first I got to enjoy in the woods with my Grandson (who has now had his hands on three different 8 points in the last 7 days!) 

The other two pics are the other two deer we took this week, my Tennessee M/L  8 pnt and my SIL's BIG Tennessee M/L 8 pnt. We had a good week! 


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Sorry TN, I was gone and

Sorry TN, I was gone and missed this.  That's a heck of a buck!  You are very fortunate to live where you can easily hunt 2 states, and you look like you work hard to get yourself on the deer.  Some good ones up that way, that's for sure.

Congrats on a nice deer!  Love the photo with the kid too!  Future hunter there, for sure!

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congrats

Now that's a good season! Well done.

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I missed this also somehow.

I missed this also somehow. Great job for the opener on a fantastic buck!! I'm still jealous on how many you get to go after also, your not even close to being finished yet. By the way youn forgot to get your rifle in the picture,  I look forward to seeing the pictures of your rifles and with game makes them even better. 

I like the comment about when you went to gut him out. When my son was about 3 or 4 years old we took  him with on an antelope hunt and killed two does and he quietly watched as we guuted the first one. When we started to pull the second one around he looked up and said "can we not do that with this one?" I still laugh about it and give him a hard time. Of course now he just tells us to get out of the way no matter who's animal it is.

Looking forward to your next post and hopefully another great buck.

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  I'm coming in here almost

 

I'm coming in here almost two weeks later... but never too late to congratulate you on a very fine buck and a great harvest altogether.  I think it is fantastic you had the grandson participate in the pictures.  I type this with my 5 month old granddaughter sitting in my lap watching grandpa.  I very much plan to take her out hunting with me when she is old enough.  Again congrats and a great recap of your hunt along with some great pictures.  Thanks for sharing them with all of us.

 

 

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Thanks

Thanks to all for the nice comments. The 1st week of Tennessee gun has had horrible weather with rain, rain and a bit more rain. I went out this morning in light rain and snow hoping there would be some bucks moving in this cooler weather. Didn't see anything but the dawning of another wonderful day in Tennessee. Tomorrow will be colder and dryer too, and I'll try another spot and perhaps another rifle too. 4 1/2 weeks of rifle left in Tennessee now!

Good luck to everyone else still out there! Thumbs up

Anyone from Pa have a successful opening day??

 

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I still get jealous when I

I still get jealous when I read your posts. I count my season in days and you count yours in weeks. Applause Good luck on your next time out there,

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not today

Finally a nice cold morning here in Tn. 30* and no rain for a change. Got to my spot an hour before SR and about 15 mins before SR saw my first deer, 4 does. About two hours later 4 more does passed by, but no bucks trailing either group. Tomorrow morning is supposed to be even better, colder and finally the woods will be dried out, allowing me to (hopefully) actually hear some deer moving. Found three pretty fresh scrapes just 50 yards from my spot, so hopes are high for the morning.  Yes

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No doe permits, or do you

No doe permits, or do you have enough meat already, just looking for the big buck?  Dad called last night from Vermont, said he was cooking burgers on the grill at 7 PM. :lol:  He said it got up into the 60's yesterday.

Good luck! Get a big one and post it up!

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Does

To be honest, I normally wait until the last week or two before I buy the license that allows me to kill does (3 per day), choosing to concentrate on buck hunting until then. If I tag out on three nice Tn bucks, it saves me a few $$ that way. Actually two years ago I bought it on the last day and then missed a shot  Whistling   LOL!!

I've still got a left-over doe tag for Kentucky I can use for late crossbow or muzzleloader too. The last doe I took in Kentucky dressed out at 148 pounds.

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Oh, just go out and shoot

Oh, just go out and shoot one.  I think you have my address, I will take the whole thing done in Jerky please.  Peppered, or Terriyaki if you are able.  Thanks.....

 

lol

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