Opening day buck

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  1. Gonzoso

    Gonzoso

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    AC939401-7E22-4124-857B-6D9564634179.jpeg I knocked it out of the park this year and shot this huge 8 pointer at 7:18 am opening day with my crossbow still hunting state game lands.

    I shot him at 45 yards with a schwacker Broadhead. He ran about 1/4 mile but it took almost three hours to track him down the blood trail was sporadic although his lungs were jelly.
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    His brow tines have a neat hook to them. 7E4B463B-D958-4A03-8227-46E8F079F10E.jpeg
    This is the biggest buck I’ve gotten. It took 2 hours to drag him 1.5 miles. .25 miles was through a briar patch over logs and tree tops the logged it a few years ago and left the tops.

    I think I prefer does for meat:work ratio. He was freaking heavy.
     
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    Ramjet38 Mentally Frozen

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    Nice Buck! Lotta work, Lotta Fun.

    Congrats!
     
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    Very nice bow buck! Congrats!
     
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    ZX14R Silver Member

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    Nice! Congrats! ;)
     
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    I don't think you could have delivered that bolt any better. Great work and thanks for the post.
     
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    deputy tom Gringo Viejo

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    Good score. You'll be eating well for a long time. tom. :thumbsup:
     
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    Excellent shot, nice buck. Only that could have been better is if he would have run towards your truck and maybe hopped into the back for you.
     
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    Never ceases to amaze me how far they can go with a mortal wound like that. I've helped butcher a few where both lungs and the arteries going into the heart were destroyed, and still went a long way on adrenaline.

    Great looking buck, will make a nice mount if you decide to go that route. Don't tell anyone, but my favorite are road kill yearlings, some of the best, most tender venison I've ever eaten.

    Something about getting hit by a pickup doing 65 miles an hour just softens them right up.
     
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    Very nice. Congrats.
     
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    Its the kind of opening day deer hunters dream of. Nice buck. Great shot. Meat on the table!

    I've never hunted with a crossbow. A 45 yard shot sounds like a long one to me. Congratulations.
     
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    G30SF/F-250 Pinky Out

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    Isn't that rough on your truck?
     
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    That is a nice rack and great shot placement. Congratulations.
     
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    Thanks!

    It is, I’m shooting 3” groups at 50 yards though. Honestly it was a tough shot but it was one of those great opportunities I had to take and I nailed it.

    Last year I had almost the same thing happen but I tried to sneak in closer and blew it.

    It might even have been the same deer, I’ve been just out of range a few times on him.
     
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    Joshhtn The eBay Guy

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    Hell of a nice one!!!

    Congrats!
     
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    Nice, congrats!

    Modern crossbows are _so_ wicked.
     
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    hey man!!! VERY NICE DEER! I always forget how much shorter the season is up north. our opening day here is aug. 15th clean through new years! but we have little guys comparatively speaking. my buddy's wife shot what for all intents and purposes resembled a puppy last night.
     
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    Nice buck, nice shot! Any plans for taxidermy? How are the ticks out there. Everywhere in W PA.
     
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