Hunting in Eastern North Carolina
My only 2012+ buck, but happy
As you may know, my usual comment to the pics of the big bucks i see here is something like 'Holy cow/Good gracious! If I ever see such a buck....'.
Well, I DON'T see those, and in fact the pictures below are of the biggest buck I've ever seen (apart from growing up in Ontario, Canada. but I didn't hunt then). :(
So, a few weeks ago, I got invited to hunt a friend's property in Halifax Co., and this is the result. He popped out at 704am, at 100+ yards, and I popped him with the .308. When the smoke cleared, he was leaping between the trees, looking like he hadn't been hit. I was shaking, and worried I had only hurt, or gut shot, a deer on my friend's property. He texted me and said it sounded like a hit, but let's play it safe. We went out for breakfast, and I could barely concentrate. We drove up to the field two hours later and there he was. 15 yards into the woods. Crumbled. Turns out it was heart and lungs. (I shouldn't doubt myself or the Ruger!).
So, he's not so big, and shucks darnit, his brow tines were busted. One almost healed, and the other sharp. Actually, when he ran, he ran smack into the tree he eventually died 'between'. His antler has shredded bark stuck to it at the base!
Thanks for the great photos all year. I pray I'll shoot a big one sometime!