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I saw something yesterday so odd I passed on hunting and just observed for over an hour and well past shooting time.  I have a buck coming to my property that I've only seen very near dark all season (and in previous seasons)... however, until yesterday I thought he was a doe.  He came up earlier than he normally does and very close and I saw that he had "equipment" a doe does not possess.  However, there is no indication of antlers, no nubs (and he is at least 3 years old and weighs in the 110-120lb range), no sign he has ever had antlers.  I watched him with binoculars (Canon 8x IS) for nearly an hour... I hate to admit it, but I do SOMETIMES use binoculars...  I've never seen a buck of that age that just had NO SIGN of antlers... his head was as smooth and clean as the doe standing next to him.  
Weird to me...
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Maybe he's a transgendeer.
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Maybe...
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It's all it's mother's fault!  She wanted a doe...
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Spent today setting up some new stand sites... got tired of the ELR stuff.  I can now easily get shots at 20-25 yards.  Really makes my ballistic calculations easy... I can ALMOST ignore wind.  
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Iva had bucks come up and rub their antlers on the ladder stand i was sitting in.

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Be careful Dan, might need to compensate for coriolis effect at that range.
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Originally posted by Urimaginaryfrnd Urimaginaryfrnd wrote:

Iva had bucks come up and rub their antlers on the ladder stand i was sitting in.

I've heard of that happening, seen a couple of videos of similar things... never had a deer do that.  I once, EARLY in the morning... before daylight, headed to a stand... encountered a herd of deer.  I ducked into a bush and the herd passed me by without knowing I was there until I reached out and touched one... it got exciting for a few seconds... no one stomped me.  
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Originally posted by Dogger Dogger wrote:

Be careful Dan, might need to compensate for coriolis effect at that range.
I think at that range it is only on the equator...
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You mean at knife range or you could have bludgeoned it to death...
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Nice buck man!! I haven't heard much from any of my family and friends in AL. Nice to see a good one down!
 
 
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Originally posted by cbm cbm wrote:

Nice buck man!! I haven't heard much from any of my family and friends in AL. Nice to see a good one down!
 
 
Thank you.  There are a couple of nice ones that are fully nocturnal... it's like they knew exactly when gun season opened because I've only seen them at 2200 or later and disappear by around 0300 since.  I guess that is why they are so much bigger... smarter.  One is a 10 point, one an 8 point... much bigger than the one I got.  I guess at least they are spreading their genes into the pool.  
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I've held off on taking another deer this year... 3 does have babies that just went out of spots... two that look pregnant.  North Alabama breeding seasons still weird.  The only bucks I've seen in shooting hours are young... a couple of very young spikes, a 4-point, a 7-point.  Way young.  
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Front yard about 30 minutes ago...


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You have some nice deer in your area Dan!
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Looks to be young, 2 1/2 not more than 3 1/2. Great genetics!! If you can keep him alive for 2 or 3 more yrs you should have some nice trophies for several yrs to come. Have you found any sheds from him or similar deer? Next 20 days is prime for shed hunting. Find a stretch of dog wire about 6 or 8 ft long 4 ft high and staple it to some post or trees and put corn right at the bottom line. It works good for hanging up and pulling loose antlers.
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That deer is at least 3 years old... I've been watching him grow.  I doubt he will make through this year.  The illegal hunters are out in force.  
If you don't get sheds in the first couple of days, squirrels, rats, nutria and woodchucks chew them up.  Antlers have only been "nicer" in the last couple of years, anyway, and, due to work and family, I have not hunted on my property since about 2009...until the buck I shot this year.  I've had to pass on several really nice ones due to a limitation I have right now.  I had to cancel my Africa trip for this year... trying to get it set up for next year.  Going to be devoting some time to hand loading.
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Did he just say that out loud?!?!?!?  Roll on Floor Laughing
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He did... 

Some more bucks... the big one is "atypical", very odd rack.  Nice, though:

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New buck showed up today, he is a 10 point...


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