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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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The history of the backyard buck

I've written about this buck a few different times over the years here. Thought I would post a few pictures and put it all in one thread.
The first year I could tell this buck from all others was 2004. I saw him on the last day of rifle season just after passing up a 2.5 year old 8 point. He was feeding 125 yards from me in the waning moments of the season but I didn't feel I had a killing shot in the last moments of a rainy day. The next day I saw him in the same location and got some video.
In 2005 he became a regular visitor to the backyard buckwheat and clover fields. He watched us play summer kickball many times.

We never saw him during the season but I did see him the day after it closed.
In 2006 he was a common sight. I had many pictures of him close to the house and in the backyard. I saw him a couple times during the season feeding in the plots behind the house. We alwys had Saturday soccer games and he would tease me by feeding while we prepared to leave.
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I found both his sheds together in a funnel behind my house. I scored them at a gross of 155.
By 2007 he was a common sight. Typically I would see him Thanksgiving weekend and then again the Sunday after close. Some of that was due to treating the woodlot behind the house as a sanctuary. On the last day of the season I had only a couple hours to hunt due to soccer. I hunted an easy to get to spot and had my first on stand encounter. In total shock of actually seeing him I missed. I'm claiming it was due to not really wanting to kill him. [img:left][/img]
My son found his shed while we were late season rabbit hunting 200 yards from the house. Based on that antler his score would have been close to 140.
2008, the last year we saw him. His rack seemed to have recovered to mid 150s so he wasn't going downhill the prior year. We think it may have been the drought the restricted his antlers in 2007. He disappeared sometime in mid October. While he could have wandered off and been shot by an archer I don't believe that's what happened. A buck his size would have created news. I think he was poached. He really stayed close, particularly during the season. I think he was 8.5 in 2008. I believe I have his 2003 sheds but it was before the split brow developed. [img:left][/img]
I saw this deer hundreds of times. His core area was my backyard. We didn't have a deer within 30 inches of him before or since. It was exciting knowing at any time he could show up. We miss having him around.

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Re: The history of the backyard buck

Great story and pics thanks for sharing.

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Re: The history of the backyard buck

Did you ever go out and look for him, maybe he got hit by a car, died of old age etc.
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Re: The history of the backyard buck

He lived in my backyard. I was always out there. October is not exactly a high mortality time, unless an archer got him. That is possible, but bucks like that get talked about.

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Re: The history of the backyard buck

What is the possibility he is still alive. Maybe he just found a better hiding spot???
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Re: The history of the backyard buck

Cool history, HITW! Thanks for sharing it!

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Re: The history of the backyard buck

Very cool post HitW....a respect for the animals we hunt and steward, a level not many get to reach. I have had bucks i got familiar with via the trail cam, but due to land size was never was their prime hangout all year long.

He did his job while he was there I am sure...I figure you got another coming along. I really hope you do.




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great post, thanks for sharing with us
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post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Re: The history of the backyard buck

Lakelurker - Guess anything is possible. But this is a buck I often would see up to 5 times in a week's span.
My house is on the edge of our hunting land, and while I no longer hunt I do spend considerable time on habitat projects and just being outdoors. Hard for me to conceive of the idea that an 8.5 year old buck who's core area had been behind-the-house woods for 5 years would suddenly relocate.
We own all the way to the dirt road behind my house, which would be 600 yards from where this buck bedded. There is a cluster of 3 large apple trees that is a prime camera set up. I've captured many bucks in that set up, but never this one. I have many photos of him eating from the pear trees 50 yards from the house.

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Re: The history of the backyard buck

Great read. Should have put some pictures of the sheds off of him in this thread and it would have been complete. Well although he is no longer alive at least you got photos and some of his sheds.

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