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Luckiest Deer on the PLANET

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We hunt in Central MN. WE hunt the edge of a tamarak swamp that is pretty tough to hunt in because it is Mainly Tall cane grass and little bushes.

Saturday night my dad is sitting in a stand when about 20 minutes left in shooting time he has a monster coming right at him about 30 yards away. He waits for a better shot and it turns behind a bush. Gets a little jumpy and shoots at it through the bush. Hits a tree and the deer jumps out in front of him and gives him an open shot. CLICK!! he didnt completly eject his shell and then it was too late he was gone.

My dad said it was the biggest deer that he has ever seen and he has a monster 16 point on the wall.

Sunday night we have 3 people in the swamp. Another guy we hunt with has the buck chasing a doe right in front of him in some tall grass and he unloads. He does use a red dot scope for some reason, He misses.

So i figure i will get him the next night. Me and my dad go out and i sit in a stand i put in a tamarak tree right next to the cane. I am down wind from the cane. I washed everything i had and used my scentlok suit. I hear a deer for 45 minutes in the cane and then look to my right and see one moving with it head down i could not tell what it was.

I stand up and turn around and wait till i hear something and i look. 50 yards away. The brute was chewing on some bushes. I pull up and wait for him to move closer. He just turns around and gives me a quartering away shot. My gun is right on at 50 yards and i have a rest.

I put the sight on him and shoot. He drops to the ground. Then tries to get up and drops and then tries one more time and drops. I think about shooting because he was moving then he just was done moving. I watched for a minute and nothing. Needless to say i was pumped. I started to get out of my stand and The bastard got up and ran away.

Went to the spot i hit him and there was blood everywhere.

Waited 3 hours. started tracking him

Very nice blood trail but it seemed a little high. where ever he would stop the blood would be everywhere we had no trouble folowing him. He had walked out of the swamp about 25 feet from where i was parked, walked into a field around the farmhouse out by us. WE followed bloode through a plowed corn field and up to a meadow next to the same swamp i had shot him. there was one last large spot of blood where he had stopped then there was a trickle and we lost the trail. Mind you it is now 11:30 and the fog is rolling in.

Go back out the next day at about 12 to take it up and could not find any more blood. We walked the edge of the swamp and nothing. We then looked north and saw a 25 by 25 yard thing of cane grass in the middle of the field. WE walk over to it and i walk in looking to find him.

I hear shots and the guy i was with was like that was him he unloaded as he was running out at about 75 yards and missed.

I watched him run the same circle he had took when we followed his blood and go right back into the swamp. There was no blood so it seems that it must have been a high non fatal hit.

Now i am kicking my self in the ars for not taking a shot when he was on the ground.

We still have this week and weekend to get lucky enough to see this deer that will not die. He was only shot at 4 days in a row and dropped to the ground.

Just thought that was a nice little story to share. I will keep you informed on whether or not we get him

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Wow....what a story.

That tells me that if I shoot a bruiser this weekend....even if he drops I might put another one in him just to be sure.

Good luck getting him....sounds like he's sticking around that area anyways.

Thanks for sharing your story.

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Similar thing happened to me two years ago. Shot a very nice 10 pt. buck late afternoon (3-ish). Appeared to be a solid hit arounf the front right shoulder. He took off like a bat out of hell. Waited an hour and began the tracking. Good blood trail, which was good with not having any snow on the ground. I knew he was hit well, because he didn't even try to hit the thick cover. He stayed on a well used deer path for about 1/4 mile. At that point we lost blood. Of course we had to lose his trail right around an area where several deer paths converge. Three of us spent several hours trying to pick up the trail....no luck that night. Next morning two of us go back. Now we'r eon our hands and knees like some sort of forensic scientists sifting through the soil for clues. I finally pick up the trail with one tiny little drop on the back side of a leaf. Sweet, now we at least know whixh direction he's headed. Couple hundred yards and still no more blood. Now we're wondering if we are on the wrong path again. So we keep in the same direction and end up finding another drop or two over the next few hundred yards. As we're walking my uncle says, "hey, do you see that over there?" He pulls me into his line of sight and points.....sure enough there he is...down about 20 yards away. That deer traveled at least 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile with only leaving 2-3 drops of blood and died. Turned out it was a very good shot. Busted the front shoulder and hit high in the vitals with no exit hole. He traveled 1 mile with a fatal wound and three working legs. Those big bucks have a will to survive like none other. I hate to say it, but your deer may be down but just not found. O.K. let's not try to think that way....You grazed him and he's there for you to hunt again. smile.gifsmile.gif Gotta stay positive right?

Curious: What kind of bullets are you using? I shot the buck in the story above with a 30-06 Ballistic tip 165grain. The ballistic tips are great if you don't hit the shoulders, but if you do they just don't have what it takes to get through and retain its mass. I've swithced back to the bullets I used 15 years ago. Just your standard lead round. Don't fix it if it ain't broke I guess!

Good luck, get the swamp buck!!!

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Wow, that story is eerily similar to a buck I lost in 2003. It was the biggest deer I had ever saw in my 10 years of hunting. A very nice 10. I shot it with my 30-06 at about 60 yards in the front right shoulder. He dropped on his front legs on impact, got up and made a mad dash for cover. The thing that still gets to me today is that I had a chance to at least put one more hole in him, but my pride got in the way. Up until this deer I had never taken two shots at a deer and nearly every one of them had dropped in its tracks. When I shot the deer, it dropped, I could see the spray of blood on the white snow upon impact and as it ran it ran like it was already dead, so I did not take that second shot (This was mistake #1). Well, a few minutes later my brother came to my stand as he knew I had shot. I couldn't hold back my excitement and neither could my brother when I told him it was a big 10 pointer. We only waited about fifteen minutes before beginning to track him (This was mistake #2). We follwed a good blood trail only 100 yards and jumped him in his bed, that is the last I would see of him. We hunt in the big woods and bogs of area 111 and we tracked this deer for somewhere between 6-7 miles. Some spots the blood was gushing, some spots the blood was the size of pinheads. In fact there was a 100 yard stretch of blood that was squirting out of his chest four to five feet to the side!! I could not believe it, but once he bedded it was back to pinhead drops. We had tracked for seven hours until dark, at the end the deer made it to some of the thickest cover I have ever seen. Also, the blood trail was all but gone now. So, I drew two conclusions from this. A) I now pump the lead into them until they go down or are out of sight. B) I always wait a minimum of an hour before tracking the deer. I know some say that in certain situations you should push the deer so they don't clot up. However if you are dealing with a big buck, once you push them off of a bed once they will not stop until they have absolutely no energy left. Oh yeah I forgot to mention, that I had shattered the bucks front right shoulder or leg, because for this 7+ mile stretch he was dragging the leg, the tracks in the snow looked as though the leg was just dangling there. Unfortunately this was the last day of season, all of our party had to get back to work, and I had to go back to school. School is five hours from camp so the following weekend was the first chance I had to get back and look for him. I brought a dog with a good nose and searched for hours to no avail. This loss still gets to me today and that deer is now referred to at our camp as Mr.Invincible. Hopefully this doesn't happen to any of you.

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Those big guys can be tough to say the least. I whacked one with archery gear last September, hit him perfect right behind the left shoulder with a quartering away shot. Not a drop of blood after about 30 yards... Nothing. Looked for 3 days with no success. It is truly amazing what a big buck can do after taking a shot that looks good and SHOULD have been fatal...

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I had shot him with a Federal barnse expander sabot slug out of a rifled barrel slug gun 870 express. A big hunk of lead to say the least flying at him and it splits apart at contact.

We kicked him up about 21 hours after i shot him and there was no more blood. He was also running very well across the plowed field. WE are heading out tomorrow night to se if he is moving around again. Hope he gets back to chasing some does.

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i shot a 6 pointer about 30 yards away with slug gun hit him dead on he fell right over for a couple of seconds then all of a sudden i heard the beast within hime

I DID NOT KNOW BUCKS COULD sound so much like an angry bull it sounded like when you are branding a cow or bull mooooooohhhh that could probably be heard miles away he kicks and kicks and i figure he is just dying so then he kicks and kicks and heads down the slope then hits the breaks and turns sharp directly at me all the meanwhile doing this horrific cry i move my gun up and he notices movement not 10 feet from me at this point and hits the breaks and turns left then hits the breaks then right he goes around my brother shoots at him 3 times (12 yr old) and misses he hauls arse up the hill into private property we looked for him for a couple of hours .. i have my soiled underwear as proof of his loud and horrifying whatever you call it. i have never heard them do this in any tv show or ever known of doing this i was scared shi...less has anyone every heard them mooohhhh like this .. the next thing im walking back and a cow mooohs and i nearly fall on my bu... i was still thinking of the buck.... holy..

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Deer in general are tough. If you ever, shoot a deer espiecaially a big buck you go up to it right away. I know it has saved a few bucks in our party, and not doing it has lost a few. Couple years ago my cousins husband shot a nice 8or 10 pointer. Was standing at 50 yards. Shot and dropped him. He figured he was dead so he turned around and waited for more deer to be pushed. That buck got up and made it 3/4of a mile across a plowed field and into a big woods never to be found again. This year i dropped a buck, sat and watched him at 75yds, no sooner did he drop, than he was wobbling away. Nice to have a rifle, so needless to say he didnt get to far. Same thing that happend to my girlfriend, shot a doe at 30yds trotting nad dropped it, i could see the hole right by the front shoulder figured done deal. Got up and ran another 100yds, even after i put two more into it. So anytime you drop one walk over to it and make sure. Otherwise one day you will lose the biggest buck of your life. Something that i know has happened to more than a few people. Oh and never stop shooting the deer until its on the ground, i dont care how good of a shoot you think you made. Using a couple extra shells is better than a lost deer.

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I gun hunted a little as a kid, but then gave it up in favor of bowhunting. I've taken almost 20 deer with my bow, but this gun season, after finally buying some land, I decided to give gun hunting a try for the first time in 15 years. A few years back I shot an antelope with my 30/06...It dropped it like a bolt of lightning. I figured that's would happen to any deer hit right as well. Well this weekend I took my first gun deer ever. It was a doe that I hit at 40 yards broadside. I was steady on the trigger and using a rest...I figured the deer would drop like a rock, imagine my surprise when it turns and starts running at me full speed. I caught it twice on the run once through the guts from above as it came directly under my stand and once texas style as it headed up a ravine that finally dropped it. You can imagine my surprise when I found that my first shot was right on the money, scrambling the lungs. I almost wish I'd have held off popping away at it and not gummed up the meat, but at the time I thought I flat out missed the first shot.

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I'm a lefty and shoot a righty bolt so I have to make them count, no second shot. I have dropped some deer with my 300 WM. Put them through the boiler room and the will go 25, 100yrds. Spine them or neck them and they drop on the spot. One you track for a bit one raises holy heck on the meat.

You choose

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I lost a monster buck 2 or 3 years ago where we had a great blood trail. Tracked him for over 11 hours over two days.

I felt terrible.

This year I shot a nice 8 pointer and hit him again when he dropped and was kicking just to make sure.

Here's the funny part. I process my own deer and after I cut him up, I was cutting the carcass up to get into the garbage and out drops an old bullet from some fat reserves in the body cavity up by the spine! It looks to have been there for at least a year but there was no sign of injury to the meat I had cut. It wasn't one of my shells since I found an exit hole from both hits.

It wasn't the same deer of course as the one I lost but someone else had shot this guy at one time.

I kept the bullet and will mount it on the board with the antlers.

ccarlson

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Well we know he lives, On the last day of Gun hunting on sunday evening my dad caught a glimps of him in the tall grass before he made it back into the cane grass. My dad had no shot so that was kind of a bummer. Back in the area that i shot him the first time.

Looks like we know where we are going muzzleloading this year. We dont get to Bow hunt this land which is a real bummer but we will do with what we have.

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Well was out pheasant hunting yesterday and found the buck that i shot during gun season. HE made it about 400 yards from where i last saw him. beaded down and totally eaten by cyotes. he was going back to where i had shot him. i had put about 6+ hours in walking around the swamp but no luck bummer i couldnt find it right away but i did find it so im happy

here it is 20 3/4 inch inside spread

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here is the shed i found in while walking around

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Looks like your a good way along at having a Euro mount done.

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might be true. Nice buck and great story

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BH

One of the best stories I've read here,the others were too

Great thread

Great persistence!!!

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    • SkunkedAgain

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      Driving a scenic route through a state forest is a great way to view fall color, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.   Finland State Forest “Routes through hilly or rugged areas dominated by deciduous trees tend to have the best mix of color,” said Jennifer Teegarden, DNR forestry outreach specialist. “And the dark green needles of conifers accent the yellow, orange and red leaves of deciduous trees in mixed forest.” Here are a few state forests routes to consider: Late September Finland State Forest heading northeast along County Road 7 from Finland. Early October Bowstring and Blackduck state forests along state Highway 46 between Deer River and Northome. Pillsbury State Forest along Beauty Lake Forest Road between County Road 77 and County Road 1. St. Croix and Nemadji state forests loop. From Interstate 35, take exit #183 and head east on state Highway 48. Head north on County Road 24. Head east on County Road 24. At Markville, head north on County Road 31. Head west on Park Forest Road. At Kerrick, head south on state Highway 23 to Interstate 35 exit #195. Mid-October Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest has two good options. Along Zumbro Bottoms Road off of state Highway 60 southwest of Wabasha. Along state Highway 16 between Interstate 90 and state Highway 26. Visit www.mndnr.gov/stateforests for information about visiting a state forest and additional scenic routes. Entrance into a state forest is free. State forest campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $14 a night. Visit the Minnesota state parks and trails Fall Color Finder at www.mndnr.gov/fall_colors to find areas in Minnesota with peak fall color. The Fall Color Finder is updated every Thursday through the end of October. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
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      A southeastern Minnesota stream reflects brilliantly colored leaves in fall – until the splash of a trout on the end of an angler’s line breaks the surface. Anglers can enjoy scenes like these now through a variety of fall trout fishing opportunities.   “Fall is a beautiful time to experience trout fishing in streams in southeastern Minnesota,” said Brian Nerbonne, stream habitat consultant with the Department of Natural Resources. “Anglers are fewer, the scenery can be awe inspiring and fishing can be quite good.” In most of the state, trout fishing is open until Friday, Sept. 30. However, anglers can make a longer go at it in southeastern Minnesota streams. Catch-and-release trout fishing is open through Saturday, Oct. 15, on streams in the southeastern Minnesota counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona. In these counties, fishing then reopens for a winter catch-and-release season that runs Sunday, Jan. 1, to Friday, April 14, 2017. For even more fishing, anglers who want to trout fish all year long can do so in streams in Beaver Creek Valley, Forestville and Whitewater state parks, whether through a catch-and-release or harvest season depending on the time of year. “If you think trout are hard to catch in winter, consider the research over the last year that shows trout continue to feed heavily in winter,” Nerbonne said. “Different teams of researchers found trout with anywhere from 30 to more than 100 prey items in their stomachs, depending on the study.” Vaughn Snook, Lanesboro assistant area fisheries supervisor, said numbers of brown trout longer than 12 inches are at record highs or close to it on some trout streams in southeastern Minnesota. “Now is the time to take advantage of those great fish. Numbers of young trout look good for coming years,” Snook said. Reports of anglers using hopper patterns (grasshopper imitating flies) have been good in areas thick with grass. Grasshoppers will become active, and thus more likely to fall into the stream, as the sun warms their bodies in the afternoon. Blue-winged olive hatches (try using no. 20-22 olive mayfly) will be seen until the first frost, sometimes even after. Because both brown trout and brook trout become aggressive in the fall, closer to their spawning time, anglers should also consider presenting streamers (minnow imitating flies) in deep runs and pools. “Numerous brown trout over 20 inches have been reportedly caught by anglers already this late summer and fall period,” Snook said. Minnesota has 3,817 miles of designated trout streams, plus 2,699 miles of designated trout stream tributaries. In 2015, the state’s five coldwater hatcheries produced 1.7 million fingerlings, yearlings and adult fish for stocking in 75 streams and 158 lakes – roughly 201 tons of fish. Last year, 106,463 anglers purchased a validation required to fish for trout, an all-time high. However, fewer anglers tend to fish in the fall. Anglers fishing on designated trout waters must have a trout stamp in addition to an angling license. Maps showing trout fishing locations in southern Minnesota, as well as other information on trout fishing, can be found at www.mndnr.gov/fishing/trout_streams. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
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      Hunters who were not chosen in the lottery to receive an antlerless deer permit can obtain one of 12 surplus antlerless permits for deer permit area 260, which covers the northwest corner of Minnesota and borders North Dakota and Manitoba.  Permits will be available starting 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, on a first come, first served basis, anywhere DNR licenses are sold, or online on the buy a license page. Both residents and nonresidents can purchase these permits but must first purchase a firearms or muzzleloader deer license. Permits purchased online will be mailed. Orders by telephone will not be accepted. In lottery deer areas, including permit area 260, firearm and muzzleloader license holders who intend to take an antlerless deer must possess an antlerless permit; otherwise, they are restricted to hunting bucks. The total bag limit for deer in lottery areas is one deer per year. To stay informed about the deer management and other important deer-related topics visit the deer page and to receive updates via email, consider subscribing to the Deer Notes email list by entering an email address at the bottom of the page. The DNR works to protect and maintain Minnesota’s white-tailed deer. The deer population, which varies in density from place to place and year to year, is dependent on adequate habitat and directly influenced by the severity of winter weather. Deer are ecologically, socially and economically important in a state where hunting and wildlife watching generate more than $1.3 billion in annual economic impacts. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
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      Pheasant hunting can put food on the table, supports grassland conservation and is a fun sport that doesn’t require a lot of specialized or expensive equipment. Once you’ve identified some areas you might hunt – the hunting usually takes place in grasslands or frozen wetlands – there are a few things to consider to make the most of time in the field once the Minnesota pheasant season opens on Saturday, Oct. 15. Here are some tips from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Regulations handbook and hunting license
      A small game license and pheasant stamp are required. Hunting regulations are covered in the 2016 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook. Licenses are available at the buy a license page  or in person at any DNR license vendor, and handbooks are also available there or online at the hunting regulations page. Hunting licenses are also available by phone, any time, by calling 888-665-4236. Don’t forget a $3 Walk-In Access validation, so you can hunt another 23,000-plus acres of private land. Maps
      Scouting an area will increase your odds of finding pheasants and good maps will help your efforts. Visit the wildlife management areas page for free online, interactive maps that identify wildlife management areas and Walk-In Access areas. Combined, these programs provide over 400,000 acres of public hunting land in Minnesota’s farmland zone. A local plat book may also come in handy to identify specific pieces of land. Shotgun and shells
      The best shotgun is one you are comfortable with. The style or gauge isn’t nearly as important as your ability to use it. Since pheasants are fairly tough birds, choose a load such as 4 or 5 shot and limit your shooting distances to 40 yards or less. This will result in fewer wounded birds. Nontoxic shot is required on federal land and many hunters prefer to use it any time they’re in the field. Blaze orange
      Minnesota pheasant hunters are required to wear at least one visible article of clothing above the waist that is blaze orange. This could be a hat, jacket or hunting vest. Consider that the more blaze orange you wear, the more visible you’ll be to other hunters. Good footwear  
      Pheasant hunting involves lots of walking on uneven terrain. Good quality, above-the-ankle shoes or boots will provide comfort and support for a day in the field. Since crossing creeks and marshy areas is common, many hunters prefer waterproof boots. Layered clothing
      Cool fall mornings often turn into sunny, warm afternoons. Layered clothing will prepare you for a variety of weather conditions. Long sleeves and gloves will help keep you from getting scratched up when moving through tall grass, cattails or woody cover. Hunting chaps or brush pants are an option to protect your legs and keep you dry on mornings when the grass is wet. Eye and ear protection
      Any time you use a firearm, protect your eyes and ears. Sunglasses and foam ear plugs provide basic protection. More expensive options include coated, colored, high impact lenses and digital hearing aids that enhance some sounds while protecting ears from loud noises. A good dog
      A dog is not required to hunt pheasants, but a good hunting dog will be a companion in the field and increase chances to harvest and recover birds. Be aware that owning a hunting dog is a year-round commitment of care and training. Be sure you’re willing to invest significant time and energy before taking on the responsibility of a dog. Refreshments
      Be sure to carry at least two bottles of water in the field and have jugs of water at your vehicle. Water your dog and yourself, often. Bring snacks to keep your energy level up and consider canine energy bars for your dog. Finally, grassland habitat is the key to supporting pheasant populations, and much work remains to improve pheasant habitat in Minnesota. The grasslands that support pheasants have multiple important benefits for people, other wildlife, pollinators, water quality and local economies. To learn more about pheasant hunting, as well as about what the DNR and partner organizations are doing to improve pheasant habitat, visit the pheasant page. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.