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Just got an invite to hunt a friends lease with him Nov. 10 and 11 out in the Texas hill country.  His lease is about 1.5 hours from the state draw hunt that I won.  So I get to spend a full week hunting in the hill country!  Leave out on the 9th and return the 16th.  Can't wait!

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Just a few days out from heading to the hill country.  I've been getting some trail cam pics sent to me and while there's no monsters being seen it is a target rich environment so I shouldn't have a problem filling a couple of tags, putting meat in the freezer and points on the board for the team.  The area holds whitetail, axis, stag, hog and turkey.....all of which have been caught on camera the last couple of weeks.

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Well guys I'm completely tagged out!  First time I have filled all 5 tags in my life.  In my excitement I failed to get pictures of the does I killed but I did get a picture with the 10 point.  I have to get a picture of the tag this evening and I'll upload them to the entry thread.

Here's a quick recap of my hunt in the Texas hill country:

0800 11/9/20:  I had everything packed in the Chevy ready to roll out.  Dropped my daughter off at school and pointed the truck west for Mason, TX.  Arrival time was around 1500 that afternoon.  I met up with my buddy in Mason, we topped off with gas, stocked up on adult beverages and ice and made our way into camp which was about 12 miles out of town.

Made it into camp, unpacked/unloaded most of everything from the truck.  Time now is about 1630 hrs and my buddy is itching to show me around the lease so we throw a couple bags of corn on the 4 wheeler and head off to find me a spot to hunt.  There aren't any permanent stands so are looking for the right group of cedars to make a ground blind in.  I find my spot, we throw a sack of corn out ~100 yards in front of my blind.  On our way back to camp my buddy locks up the brakes on the 4 wheeler and says "shoot that buck!", I turn to see the 10 point standing ~125 yards broadside looking at us.  I settle the crosshairs and squeeze off a round, hear the impact and he bolts.  We give him a minute knowing it was a solid hit.  Drive up and find him piled up 30 yards at the bottom of a small ditch.  In camp for 1.5 hours and have my first deer on the ground, things are looking great!

That evening we sit around camp and relax after getting my deer on ice.

0600 Tuesday morning:  I make my way to my blind, misjudge the distance in the predawn light and park a little closer to the blind than I anticipated but this didn't seem to bother the deer at all.  As I ease toward my blind I can make out several bodies in moonlight out in the pasture.  As the light got brighter deer seemed to pour out into the field from all directions.  I saw ~40 deer that morning, could have easily filled a couple more tags but chose to sit and take in the scenery.

Tuesday evening I can't wait to get back in the blind so I set off about 1430.  It was HOT and my chair ended up being in direct sunlight so I moved in back further into the cedars to get some shade.  10 minutes later I have my first set of does in the field followed shortly by a pencil horned 8 point.....from there it was a steady flow of deer in/out of the pasture.  As the light was fading I decided to try to fill a doe tag, as much as I don't want to admit it I smooth missed a head shot on a doe at about 80 yards.  I let everything settle down after the shot and decide to ease down the road to see if I could catch one slipping and sure enough that's exactly what happened.  I tagged my first doe, got the truck, loaded her up and was easing back to camp when another doe pops out of the wood line to my left.  I contemplate on filling another doe tag for about 30 seconds and pull the trigger on her.  That's 3 deer down in 24 hours.....I'm liking this!

My plan was to save a buck tag for the state hunt I had won which started Friday at 1300.  Well that didn't go as planned LOL.

Wednesday morning I set off with the plan to fill my last doe tag.  This was the coldest morning we had so I figured the deer would be up on there feet......much to my surprise there wasn't a deer to be found after there was enough light to glass the pasture.  Knowing the amount of deer I had seen prior I knew it was just a matter of time.  After about a hour after sunrise I had only seen one doe cross the road about 300 yards to my left so I decided I would ease that way to see if she was feeding in the adjacent field on the other side of the wind row.  As I'm taking my coat off, getting my shooting sticks adjusted for standing height and walking out from under the cedars I look up to see a buck in the hand corn, looking dead at me.  I drop to my knees behind a bush and look at him thru the scope.  With the bush in the way I couldn't really tell how good he was so I crawl around to the edge of the bush and give him a better look.  I could tell he was at least as wide as the 10 point but couldn't get a solid count on points but could tell he was at least another 10.  If there's one thing I've learned in life, it's not to pass up a good opportunity when it's directly in front of you so that's exactly what I did.....I settled the crosshairs on the front of his right shoulder and squeezed off....he mule kicked and ran about 40 yards and piled up right in the middle of a cactus patch.  He ended up being about an inch narrower than the 10 point but I was happy with the extra point.  This left me with one doe tag, so after I wrangled him up on the 4 wheeler I set off on foot toward the other field I mentioned earlier.  As I reach the wind row I can see another pencil horned 7 point and two doe.  I wait until the deer are separated and put my last doe on the ground.  Very fun hunt and am looking forward to going back next year!

Needless to say, I did't make it out to the state hunt LOL.

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Congratulations DAWG! Looking forward to seeing the pictures.

By the way... If you look at the first trail cam picture I posted you will see the deer in front I named COVID and in back Corona. The 8 point I shot was COVID! LOL didn't realize it until looking at pictures later.

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I finally got on the board guys!! What a fall it has been!!   So been  after this 5x4 since Sept. 12th I believe.  Got to full draw on him once, but my peep tube had broke, and instead of using a NEW one, I tied the old one back on. THEN I tie it to the cable that goes up and around the cam when you draw!  DUMB!  as I got to full draw, buck at 10 yards, the tube gets so stretched it goes "squeek" just as I get to full draw! he boogers out towards winter wheat thru a shooting lane, I got pin on him, but not feel comphy with him high stepping out. I not shoot.  He shows up in daylight at 3;17 ONE DAY..I GET THERE AND PULL CARD, CLIMB UP at 3:24!!  I sat 9 CONSECUTIVE days from 2 pm to 6 pm...of course he not show!

So gun season most does are past first heat cycle, bucks are cruising looking for a late doe. Sat., I get in and look thru card form eve. He is on it several times middle of eve.  Not show up Sat in shooting hours.

Today Sunday, got in stand at 6 a.m.  daylight comes about 6:45   a few deer early, a couple around noon, some more about 3 pm. about 4 p.m. Im watching all, my trails..off to right a big dark deer steps out, binos come up, high rack drop 'em (they on harness),grab rifle with left hand while right hand flips window latch opens window flips latch to hold open gun out window crosshair on buck, BANG! 125 yrds Down he goes in his tracks!   He almost did not stop, and was just one step from entering woodline.  It happened as fast as you can read it folks!image.thumb.png.36cee4157d284dcb69ace4dabf0f8837.pnglks!

 

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Congratulations Martin! Fine looking buck.

Well, the rut was good to me. Sent my broad head through this one thanks to a hot doe. While I have plenty of pictures and videos this was the first (and last) time to see him alive in the daylight. I figure this to be a 4.5 year old buck and after some antler repair for the busted brows this beast measured out at 134. This was my number two buck I had named Corona. If you go back to page 1 you will see the first picture I posted was of COVID (in the front) and Corona in the back. As mentioned earlier the previous 8-point I took turned out to be COVID.

I called my son and told him I just got Corona! He said... sorry dad. You'll probably be fine though. LOL

I've been telling everyone that the vaccine for COVID and Corona has been administered. Best dad joke yet. 

Frank with Corona.JPG

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Congrats Martin and Frank!

I'm having trouble getting pictures uploaded.  I use Tapatalk app on my phone and can't get it to connect to these forums so I tried emailing them to myself from my phone so I could upload them from the computer at work and phone won't send the email.  If there is one of y'all that I could text the pictures to let me know so we can get these points added to the board.

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