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My first whitetail

Now that it's to cold out to do anything else I'm finally getting a chance to put some pictures up.

I've been waiting over 20 years to finally take a whitetail buck.

I was born in the U.P. of Michigan and took a couple of does when I was around 15 but we moved out west before I ever got a chance at a buck. I had always planned to go back up north as my family has 80 acres near Hardwood, but due to low deer numbers and driving distance I decided to go to Texas instead.

I know he's not big by some peoples standards but it's an incredible trophy and dream fulfilled for me.

Of course the nice thing about dreams is we can start another one right away.

Btw this was a low fence panhandle hunt.

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Congratulations

Congratulations! I can only imagine how happy and proud your fine harvest has made you. Although I have always felt that the true joy of hunting comes within the hunt itself, I also know how joyous any hunter feels when they take a fine animal as you have. That is a beautiful deer and a very fine trophy. I hope you are planning on keeping that special memory preserved by having that big buck mounted or perhaps simply mounting that great rack as a special remembrance. I wish you many more trophies in your future and hope, especially, you continue to enjoy the joy of the hunt as much as you do now.  Thumbs up

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defnitely a trophy

That is a FINE looking buck that I would be proud to tag.

Well done and thanks for sharing the photos.

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I only have one buck mounted

I only have one buck mounted and a lion rug made. Other than that I pretty much just do my own european mounts and hang them in the garage.

I like the way they look and enjoy the work that goes into doing them myself.

PLus I can't bear for anything to be gone that long while I wait for it to get back from the taxidermist. When I had my lion done by Mat Gillilan in Clifton back in 97 it only took 3 months. The last time I was in he told me It's usually over a year.

 

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you're right

I can't argue with that! Having a nice new rack away for 4-5 months does suck, little doubt!  Huh?

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hunter25,

First Congrats on a great whitetail and very cool hunt ! Thumbs up

Second If you kill a bear in a few years you will be looking at 14-15 months. As far as a deer, elk, or antelope you cans always take the antlers or horns home with you until it is time. I european all of mine until it is time to be mounted by Matt.

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Well, by standards, that

Well, by standards, that thing is a stud and a true trophy!!!!

Congrats!  It's been 8 or 9 years since I killed my last whitetail, but I still go back every chance I can.

It's addicting!!! lol

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Thanks guys, I think we look

Thanks guys,

I think we look at too many pictures in forums and magazines and sometimes forget that those monsters are a small percentage of what really comes home with a lot of us.

Plus like has been said it's the experience of the hunt and the memories made that are the greatest trophies of all

Btw I forgot to mention he was 205 pounds on the scale before he was dressed out. I was surprised because of all the stories I had read about the tiny Texas deer.

This was all way beyond my expectations.

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Congrats on your first buck.

Congrats on your first buck. The first one is always a trophy.

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I guess I should clarify a

I guess I should clarify a little.

I have taken quite a few bucks over the years but this was my first whitetail buck.

But the feeling and excitement was just like the first time that's for sure.

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That is one fine looking

That is one fine looking animal, congrats on your sucess!!! I have yet to take a whitetail (buck) myself, when i hunted in Minnesota i only took does. I live in oregon and we dont have to many whitetails. I have seen a few in eastern oregon but have not taken any. again good job.

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