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The one that got away

Here's a pic of a deer that I had filmed in the summer a couple years ago. After seeing him in July i decided this was the deer i was going to hunt when the season rolled. I spent the whole season waiting and never saw him. decided to continue my quest into the next season. placed a stand the next summer in a spot i knew he would be if still around. I made it to my stand just before rut started, feeling real good about the location. after settling in i looked down at the ground and about 10 yds away i noticed what look like an antler buried in the leaves and tall grass. Sure enough ended up being the deer i was devoted to for a year and half. believe somebody had shot it the previous season and didnt recover their trophy . I guess i picked a good place to find my deer, just not the way i wanted to meet him. Brick Wall,)

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man what a bummer sad what a great lookin rack on that deer .just to bad u never got him instead of an unethitical hunter .

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That's a shame. What do you suppose he died of?

Anybody who shot a buck like that surely would have exhausted all possibilities to try and track him. You just don't give up on a buck like that.

He could have died of natural causes, I suppose. Certainly a buck with that rack is no spring chicken.

Hopefully he sired lotsa offspring.

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Unfortunately, I believe this deer was poached. When I filmed him in the summer he looked fine. He was with 2 other bucks of similar size, just not as many points.
The area he was in was a pretty remote area with little pressure until this particular summer. Someone had hired a crew to come in and build fence. a prett y big project that took most of the summer into the fall. I'm sure at some point somebody saw these bucks and couldn't resist. That next spring I had found 3 other deer shot and left for dead. The deer I found and these 3 were all found either in the creek or on the bank. Suggesting probably gut shot and headed for water.
Also, while hunting in this area for several years, it was not uncommon to see pickups driving down the dead end roads and through the fields and basically anywhere a truck would go, just to hunt from the truck. Sickening the way they hunt and it happens all the time. Im sure someone shot and did very little to recover any of these deer, because they are not suppose to be there in the first place.
Had one guy drive down the road and point his gun in my direction so he could use his scope to see if I was in my treestand. These people have no clue what hunting is about.

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That sucks.

In Illinois, there is a poaching hotline number you can call. Hopefully, the same in Kansas. I would definitely report any known instances of poaching.

-dave

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I have sheriff and game warden programed into cell phone. Ive reported several cases of poaching and tresspassing. don't know if it ever did anygood, but at least they keep a closer eye on whats going on in the area.