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I logged more hours in the woods this year then ever before. With my job I was able to put in a couple hundred hours this season during archery. I had some great encounters and missed a huge buck. I continued archery hunting in 3D until the season ended then hunted in 5C up to Thanksgiving. I decided to hunt public land in 4C for rifle season. I needed to come up with a plan since I never hunted the area before. After a day of scouting and using topographic maps I figured out where I wanted to be. I wanted to go deeper than anyone else out there to avoid the orange army.



Yesterday morning was cold and crunchy. When I pulled into the lot there were 6 vehicles parked. There was frost on the ground so I made my way in and sat until sunrise. I wanted to get on the south facing slopes where the sun had melted the frost making it much more quiet to move. The plan was to still hunt all day. As I made my way around the mountain I came across a great rub. The tree had marks on it from the ground to almost 5ft up, never saw a rub that high. Shortly after that I snuck up on 5 doe. They walked off and I continued. About 35 mins later I stepped over a tree and spooked two doe, they snorted like crazy but didnt run just walked about slowly. I stood still for about 15 mins then started moving again. I caught movement to my left, a deer was running down the hill towards me, it was a buck! I brought my rifle up and let out a grunt. The buck stopped with his head and shoulder sticking out from behind a tree. I shot him at 20 yards. He ran 15 yds down hill and crashed.



There was no cell service where I was, so there was no texting or calling anyone. I just sat down next to the buck and thanked him. He is not my biggest buck, but I couldnt be me proud and thankful. I shot him at 11:20 and it was almost a 2 mile drag I didnt get back to my truck until 17:30.



I always hear people complain about public land but the deer are there. You have to be willing to go farther and hunt harder than the other guys that will be there. I hunted only THREE times on two different public land spots this year. First time I missed a huge 8 point and the third time I shot this great buck. I rely a lot on topographic maps to choose a general area and scouting to pin point it. Good luck to those who are still out, don?t be afraid to think outside of the box and change the way you have hunted for years.
 

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Great buck and nice story! People don't realize sometimes how hard it is to take a quality buck each year. As you stated, time and hard work usually pay off.
 

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Nice buck and rub!!
 

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Your dedication and perseverance have paid off handsomely. Congrats on a tremendous buck!
 

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Congrats, have any tips on your topo scouting? Both archery and rifle? What are you looking for ect...?
Basic techniques we all know. I have great success when I locate benches along side mountains as well as saddles. If the deer are around they make there way onto those Benches at some point.
 
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