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A Mid-South 13-Pointer

My previous post referenced the terribly slow deer activity of last weekend. I saw but one deer from the stand over the course of two hard days of hunting Kentucky's early muzzleloader season, but I suppose, as the saying goes, it was the deer that counted.

I was in a box blind overlooking a 5-acre field on our family farm. Two sections of the field are planted in food plot: clover on one side of the box blind, and a blend of clover, chicory, and turnips on the other side. The field is surrounded by a mix of cover, including some new-growth thicket, hardwood timber, and clear cut. It's where I've grown up deer hunting, and it'd be tough for me to hand-pick a better-looking spot.

That didn't seem to make much difference last weekend, though. In fact, we were beginning to wonder if deer even lived there anymore. My brother Matt, hunting an equally good-looking spot on the other end of the farm, texted me at about a quarter till 9. "Haven't seen a thing. Giving it until 9:30."

I'd no more than read the text when this buck burst out of the neighbor's thicket and across the field in front of me. My first look at him was head-on, and I could tell that although he was narrow, he was tall. He kept coming, and when he crossed in front the box blind, I got a good profile view. Plenty of mass, and a pretty good main beam.

I've been telling folks that I bleated to stop him, but it was more of an urgent cry that I'd be embarrassed to replicate in my story-telling. The point was to make a noise loud enough for him to hear, though, and it worked. He slammed on the brakes at about 120 yards, giving me just enough time to thumb my hammer back, settle the crosshairs and mash the trigger. Black powder smoke obscured my view of the shot, and initially, the buck hauled ass as if untouched. But he stopped just before reaching the woods and piled up.

I haven't scored him. I'm guessing mid-130s, maybe 140, but that's not all that important to me. He's one of the best bucks I've ever taken in Kentucky, and certainly the most massive deer I've ever shot. He's got bases covered with scorable sticker points.

You've heard that saying about deer hunting: "Stay in the stand; a big buck might pop out at any second." That's easier said than done when you're watching a cricket crawl across the floor of a box blind for entertainment. But, as this buck proved, it's a pretty valid argument.

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from scottduncan1234 wrote 25 weeks 9 hours ago

I've been hunting VA since urban archery and this week has been the hottest action/coldest weather deer hunting this year to date. Reports at the local archery shop last night were rolling in with stories of small bucks seeking and chasing and even trying to mount. I've found a couple nice scrape lines and sat on the biggest scrape and found a huge bodied buck come into 12 yards however his right side had 5 points his left antler was broken off below the tine-meaning fighting is already ongoing.

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from Brent Vestering wrote 23 weeks 2 days ago

I am hunting some property on the west side of Lake Anna, VA. Two weeks ago, we discovered a scrape line on the east side of the property and a rub lines on the west side of the property. I hunted on November 4th and it was dead. Is it normally like this in VA. This is my first year hunting in VA. Any helpful information is appreciated.

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from Brent Vestering wrote 23 weeks 2 days ago

I am hunting some property on the west side of Lake Anna, VA. Two weeks ago, we discovered a scrape line on the east side of the property and a rub lines on the west side of the property. I hunted on November 4th and it was dead. Is it normally like this in VA. This is my first year hunting in VA. Any helpful information is appreciated.

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from scottduncan1234 wrote 25 weeks 9 hours ago

I've been hunting VA since urban archery and this week has been the hottest action/coldest weather deer hunting this year to date. Reports at the local archery shop last night were rolling in with stories of small bucks seeking and chasing and even trying to mount. I've found a couple nice scrape lines and sat on the biggest scrape and found a huge bodied buck come into 12 yards however his right side had 5 points his left antler was broken off below the tine-meaning fighting is already ongoing.

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from Brent Vestering wrote 23 weeks 2 days ago

I am hunting some property on the west side of Lake Anna, VA. Two weeks ago, we discovered a scrape line on the east side of the property and a rub lines on the west side of the property. I hunted on November 4th and it was dead. Is it normally like this in VA. This is my first year hunting in VA. Any helpful information is appreciated.

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from Brent Vestering wrote 23 weeks 2 days ago

I am hunting some property on the west side of Lake Anna, VA. Two weeks ago, we discovered a scrape line on the east side of the property and a rub lines on the west side of the property. I hunted on November 4th and it was dead. Is it normally like this in VA. This is my first year hunting in VA. Any helpful information is appreciated.

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