New Jersey Deer Hunting Success

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The first time I saw this deer was late summer when he was starting to rub off his velvet. I put our a trail camera a got several good pictures of the buck but they are all in the middle of the night. I scouted the areas surrounding the spot I had been seeing him and thought I had found his trail.

At the start of the archery season I hunted him but was not able to get a daytime look but I knew soon the rut would start and he might make a mistake. I hunted the first week of New Jersey extended bow and did get a glimpse of him but he was too far for a shot.

There is a special Muzzleloader season on Fort Dix that runs November 10 through 14 (early season) that falls in the middle of the rut and I thought I would get a chance at him if I stood with him. Opening day of the season I passed up a 6 pointer and a nice 8 pointer and seen a good shooter 8 pointer about 150 yards out but did not attempt the shot. The day ended without a harvest but I was confident I would see him.

The next day I hunted my stand in the deep woods but did not see a deer all morning. I started to think that maybe I should move to the edge of an open field where I was seeing a lot of does, thinking he might be chasing does. That afternoon there were several does in the field and out stepped a nice 8 pointer that I would estimate to score around 120 I put him in the sights asking myself should I shoot when he spooked and ran out of range but he was looking back and not at me and he looked uneasy.

I then thought he must be looking at another buck and I turned to my right and the deer I was looking for was behind me to my right. The right side was open and I had to let he walk by first and he came into the open about 60 yards away when I was able to move and place a shot on his shoulder. The 300 grain .50 Cal, XTP Thompson Center Bullet left the Remington Model 700ML in an instant and he dropped where he stood. The bullet was a little high and I hit the lung. I reloaded and climbed down. The deer raised his head and I was taking no chances he would get away so put a second shot into him that ended the successful day.

The deer had an inside measurement of 20 3/8 with a total of 13 scorable points. The rack was thick and palmated. and estimated score is 150 plus. After I stopped shaking and caught my breath I called home to tell my wife and then called my son at college to let him know. This was the second deer I took from this spot that scored over 140 the first was a typical in 2006 taken in the same area that scored 143 3/8 and was 4th in the state that year. There are many challenges to taking a deer on Fort Dix because you are never sure what areas will be open to hunters because if Military training is going on in a designated hunting area hunting is prohibited but if you persist good things happen. Fort Dix has a trophy deer program and bucks must be at least 3 points on one side. Photos below of the deer taken that evening 11 November 2008 and a photo of him alive on the trail camera before the harvest.


numbnutz's picture

WOW!!!!!! Great buck, thanks

WOW!!!!!! Great buck, thanks for sharing your story

ManOfTheFall's picture

Great story and great

Great story and great buck!!!!! Way to be persistent.

jpcomputers's picture

One word... WOW! Great job.

One word... WOW! Great job. Congrats on your success!