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Little Man takes 5-1/2 year old cull buck.

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 27,580 Senior Member
I mentioned that there was a narrow horned buck we needed to cull. Posted several pics of him in the Game Camera Thread. Well, even as a cull, he was worth something if someone was willing to pay. Then he broke his horns and wasn’t worth anything, but he was still a cull. 

So, I asked my rancher friend if my boy could take him and he said yes. 
Knowing we had a bit of setting up to do in the stand, what with the Spec-Rest and all, we got there EARLY yesterday morning. 
With 30 degree temps and over an hour before light, I told the boy to take a nap. He curled up in the chair wearing ECW Arctic wear and went to sleep. 
Eventually, I the cold grey light of dawn, I saw a few deer about 300 yards away down a sendaro. I placed my head back in the rest for a minute. When I looked out the window again, there he was about 40 yards away!
I slowly wake the boy up and tell him to quietly get on the rifle. He gets into position as the buck walks away from us. I tell him to aim in and be ready if he turns broadside. 
At about 80-90 yards, he turns a little left, away from the feeder, and appears to be heading for the brush. 
“Behind the leg, Shoot him.”
(After the fact photo.)

Watching through binos, I see a hit and the buck hunches up. Breaking into a run, he heads towards the brush at an angle back towards us. I can see he’s uncomfortable and doing the “losing altitude” run. 
He enters the brush and I stop at the location he does. Intent on burning its memory into my brain with the low light of dawn. Then, I hear a crash. “He’s down. I heard him fall.”
My boy says, “No. I just saw him running in that sendaro.”
“But I heard him fall.”
Oh well, let’s go look. 

We get down and walk over to the area he was standing at the shot. It’s still too low a light for me to really see blood. So, we walk towards where I saw him enter the brush. Now I se blood!!  A lot of it. From puddle on the ground and swath on the grass, we enter the brush. 
It’s everywhere. Then it stops. 
We are at the edge of the small trail my boy says he saw him running. I ask if he saw him cross or turn right to run down it. He doesn’t remember. Says he just saw him there. 
Frustrated, I stand at the last spray of blood and can’t for the life of me find more. Not crossing the opening or going down it. 
Then the boy says, “Well......that’s why!”  And points at the buck not 5 feet from me. On the other side of a tree. 

If you look, you can see blood on the brush, just this side of the tree. 
I thought from there, he’d have to enter the sendaro. What he did, was vault himself through that “V” in the tree!!
Cue the “Should’of has a V8 head slap.” 

I hug the “Little Man”. Proud father. 
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith

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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,580 Senior Member
    We pull him out of the brush and set him up for pics. Then, we head back to the stand to get the rifle for the pictures. On the way, I tell him I have a surprise for him. “What?”
    ”That’s your first deer with a full power .308 Winchester.”

    He didn’t even ask when I gave him a rifle that wasn’t his normal .243 Winchester that morning. He just dry fired it a couple times to try the trigger and was fine. A rifle was a rifle and he didn’t notice the recoil. Gotta love muzzle brakes. 

    He’s a broken up cull but still the biggest deer my boy has shot. A little bigger than his first deer, which was a nice young 8. 
    But, even broken, he’s a cool looking fighter. 

    Before the brake, his G2s almost touched at the tips. 

    Going to get him Euro Mounted. 

    His brows and bases have some character with the curls and knobs. 

    A man’s cull is a boy’s trophy. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    They can hide better than a mouse in a hay bail. Good shot and good eye tracking.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,580 Senior Member
    .308 Winchester (16.5” barrel)
    168gr Hornady ELD-Match
    Muzzle Velocity: 2,656 fps
    90 yards
    Impact Velocity: 2,500 fps (approx)
    Quartering Away Left
    Broke Rib on Entrance and Exit. 
    Distance After Shot: 38 yards 

    Live Weight: 140 pounds

    Entrance
    My boy has never shot a moving deer before. With that and the slight quartering angle, he hit a little back of intended. 

    But, the bullet still entered the back of the left lung and the temporary cavity ruptured the diaphragm and damaged the liver. 

    Exit right lung. 



    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,580 Senior Member
    5-1/2 years

    Something I only see on the older bucks is the formation of calluses on their front knees. 

    And this rutting buck was quite odiferous!!  His Hicks and back legs were almost black from urinating on them. 

    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    That rack has some character and mass to it!  Great trophy!
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,763 Senior Member
    WTG, Dad!

    Though credit goes to your son. ;)

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,089 Senior Member
    Awesome deer, and congrats to the young man!


    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 18,149 Senior Member
    Very well done...both of you..

    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,198 Senior Member
    Great deer. He isn't broken. Just some bruises from being a tough fighter
    Congrats to you both
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Great work by the little man.  A shot at a moving deer is always an achievement.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • MichakavMichakav Senior Member Posts: 2,907 Senior Member
    Congrats!

    But I was really hoping to see the .243 heavy.... :'(
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,296 Senior Member
    Nicely done, let the kid rattle one morning if they are rutting 
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,580 Senior Member
    Michakav said:
    Congrats!

    But I was really hoping to see the .243 heavy.... :'(
    Haven’t used that one in awhile!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,580 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Nicely done, let the kid rattle one morning if they are rutting 
    Yeah. That would be kinda fun for him to see a pissed off buck charge through the bush we’re hiding in. 😁 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,580 Senior Member
    Diver43 said:
    Great deer. He isn't broken. Just some bruises from being a tough fighter
    Congrats to you both
    We dropped the skull off at my taxidermist friends shop this afternoon. 
    I asked her if she could do restoration work and she said yes. 
    I then looked at my boy and said, “That means she can rebuild his broken tines.   Is that something you would want or do you want him left alone?”
    His reply made me a happy father. 
    “No. I want him like he is. That’s how I took him.”

    ”Good man.”
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,198 Senior Member
    Your Boy is wise beyond his years
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,522 Senior Member
    Excellent, as usual!!
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,296 Senior Member
    edited January 2020 #19
    Zee said:
    Diver43 said:
    Great deer. He isn't broken. Just some bruises from being a tough fighter
    Congrats to you both
    We dropped the skull off at my taxidermist friends shop this afternoon. 
    I asked her if she could do restoration work and she said yes. 
    I then looked at my boy and said, “That means she can rebuild his broken tines.   Is that something you would want or do you want him left alone?”
    His reply made me a happy father. 
    “No. I want him like he is. That’s how I took him.”

    ”Good man.”
    Sorry, responded to wrong post..... :)
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,296 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Nicely done, let the kid rattle one morning if they are rutting 
    Yeah. That would be kinda fun for him to see a pissed off buck charge through the bush we’re hiding in. 😁 
    Ha, see if he can outrun you in those Crocs of his...... ;)
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,410 Senior Member
    NICE!  Who wants to shoot pretty deer anyway?  One like that, you can say you had to plug him when he pulled a switchblade on you. :D

    What's your methodology for aging a deer by their teeth?  Or have you just been watching that one that long?
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,580 Senior Member
    Bigslug said:
    NICE!  Who wants to shoot pretty deer anyway?  One like that, you can say you had to plug him when he pulled a switchblade on you. :D

    What's your methodology for aging a deer by their teeth?  Or have you just been watching that one that long?
    Been doing it awhile. 

    And, we have a molded template of jaws in the barn that ages deer for every year. 

    I usually try to estimate the visual age, look at the jaws and age, then compare the template and see how I did. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,746 Senior Member
    Great Story 👍

    Spending quality time with Dad. So many young parents could learn a lot from your example and then maybe they wouldn't have such disrespectful kids 😡
    Good on you, Good on your son. He's coming up right!
    Congrats.
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
    How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again! -- Mark Twain

  • Lt.Lt. New Member Posts: 66 Member
    Congrats to your boy AND you!
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,580 Senior Member
    Lt. said:
    Congrats to your boy AND you!
    Much grats!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,720 Senior Member
    Nicely done, congratulations to you both. I can see the family resemblance..robin
    I don't often talk to people that voted for Obama, but when I do I order large fries!
    Life member of the American Legion, the VFW, the NRA and the Masonic Lodge, retired LEO
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