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Posted: November 19 2017 at 7:37pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Connected with the crossbow this morning. Rack is OK, but he was very large bodied. Gonna be a lot of meat on this one.



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Posted: November 20 2017 at 4:47am | IP Logged Quote Rex

Way to go Richard!
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Posted: November 20 2017 at 5:13am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Rather interesting story besides the deer hunting. I hunt public land which is gated and you have to park at a gravel parking lot with a nice stone sign the corps of engineers put up. I sometimes run into other hunters, usually duck hunters this time of year, and like to stop and exchange plans when I can so we don't interfere with each other.

I was running late, it was already light and a guy pulls up who is another bow hunter. Nice guy and is a deputy sheriff in that county. While we were talking, he asks "is that your shotgun"? I was like "huh? this is a cross bow" and he pointed, sure enough there was a shotgun propped against the sign. Nice one too, Browning BPS. It had been there all night judging from the frost on it. Anyway, he took it and was gonna look into getting it back to the rightful owner. Seen some strange stuff, but that was a new one. Fortunately, it was unloaded. I'm guessing a pheasant hunter got distracted getting his dogs policed up the night before and set it aside then drove off. Probably worried sick about it too.

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Posted: November 20 2017 at 9:23am | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

Nice buck. Good job, Rich.

I have heard similar stories about shotguns, rifles, etc left somewhere while loading up a vehicle. Some were left on top of the trunks or roofs of the vehicles and lost off somewhere on the way home. But I don't guess I have heard of someone returning them. Hopefully this guy will report it lost and connect up with the finder.

I have heard a story of a guy claiming that he laid his rifle up against his deer for pictures and the deer came back to life and snared the rifle by the sling and ran off with it. But, I suspect that those stories are just stories, but maybe not. I guess it could happen.

Anyway, congratulations on a nice sized buck. I got home from my annual deer camp (this year a week during bow season and first three days of firearms season). I justfinished cleaning up all the none edible tissue and such off all my firearms season buck a couple of days ago. That is a good bit of work, but I know it will be worth it come time for a deer dinner.

I did not manage to find what I considered a shootable deer during my crossbow hunting. But I did hang around camp a bit on many days instead of hunting as the temperatures were well up into the 80's the first few days. After we finally got some cool weather I felt more like hunting, but saw only does and their little ones. Some of the young ones were very small. Minus spots, but certainly late season births and way too young to be without mamma.

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Nice deer, Congrats.
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Posted: November 20 2017 at 4:20pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Congrats on a nice buck. Those steaks should be DELICIOUS!

Ya, sometimes people walk off without their guns: shotguns, rifles, even handguns..

Dang... He should be able to get it back. I recovered a couple of "lost" guns over the years, returning them to their owners. Somewhat embarrassed owners...

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Posted: November 20 2017 at 7:47pm | IP Logged Quote Yeti

Well done! I love the fact that we can "eat right up to the hole" when we use
stick and string. Crossbows aren't legal here or I would be using one.

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Posted: November 20 2017 at 9:04pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Yeti wrote:
Well done! I love the fact that we can "eat right up to the hole" when we use
stick and string. Crossbows aren't legal here or I would be using one.


Not bragging, but shot placement on this one could not have been better. You can see the exit hole in the pic, the entry is a couple of inches higher on the other side. It center punched his heart and both lungs. Oddly, the blood trail wasn't as much as I would have expected, but I saw him fall so it didn't matter.

I shot over ones back a week before this one and last year's was a high hit. I hunt almost exclusively from tree stands, especially with archery equipment. Next year, I'm gonna work with this thing more from an elevated shooting position and zero it accordingly.

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Posted: November 21 2017 at 8:44am | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

Cross bows can certainly be very accurate and fairly flat shooting out to 30-40 yards. I had not archery hunted for likely 15 years or so before I got a cross bow because I just did not spend enough time practicing with my compound. My back was giving me so much trouble that I did not even want to sit in a tree stand and eventually my shoulder/arm strength therefore was not kept up enough to confidently pull the bow back and give it an accurate release. I just was not going to attempt to shoot a deer unless I was almost certain of a clean killing shot.

Well, between a buddy talking me into getting a Summit climbing tree stand and another buddy selling me his almost new Ten Point Titan Xtreme crossbow, I am now back into bow hunting and got a nice 8-point last year. The climbing stand proved to be something that I could manage even with my back problems and the seat/platform arrangement easily being adjusted, was so comfortable that I could sit for hours without any problems.

This Ten Point has the little winch type cocking device so I can cock the bow while sitting in the stand as well as uncock it before lowering it down out of the stand. The trigger is excellent compared to other brands of cross bows that I had fired and after I balanced my 22" arrows with my 150gr. broad heads to around 12-13% front of center, it shoots into the same hole every shot. One can not shoot at the same bullseye dot twice because you will absolutely hit your first arrow. Amazing bows and this has gotten this old guy back into archer hunting.

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Posted: November 21 2017 at 9:41am | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

richhodg66 wrote:
Yeti wrote:
Well done! I love the fact that we can "eat right up to the hole" when we use
stick and string. Crossbows aren't legal here or I would be using one.


Not bragging, but shot placement on this one could not have been better. You can see the exit hole in the pic, the entry is a couple of inches higher on the other side. It center punched his heart and both lungs. Oddly, the blood trail wasn't as much as I would have expected, but I saw him fall so it didn't matter.

I shot over ones back a week before this one and last year's was a high hit. I hunt almost exclusively from tree stands, especially with archery equipment. Next year, I'm gonna work with this thing more from an elevated shooting position and zero it accordingly.


Nothing wrong with a little bragging if it's warranted. Well done, sir!

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