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Terrific buck. Hope you get him.


AR in all it's glory. Let them go to grow, that is what you get right there ladies and gentleman...
 

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Dang!!
 

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I see alot of trail cam bucks......THAT one is impressive.
 

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My son's first year of varsity football this year. I won't be able to hunt until October 20th. :(
 

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That might not be a bad thing WOL. Well bad for you, haha, but the wait might be worth it. Big boy like that will be ready for the first estrous does by the end of October. I'm a firm believer that no matter the amount of scent control procedures you go through, that big bucks know when you're there and when you're hunting them. I have nice bucks on camera all around my stands all summer and early fall and after my first sit in those stands, regardless of scent control and playing the wind, my pictures drop off. Just my opinion. Some of this is natural movement but if he has minimal human intrusion until October 20th you might up your chances. Either way I hope you connect at some point this year. I have enjoyed the last few years of pictures of him but one with you smiling behind him would be priceless.
 

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thebuckshow - that's actually an excellent point. Every other year, my son and I would hunt morning and evening on Saturday and be doing trail cam stuff on Sunday. And, to tell you the truth, the hunting ain't that great the first couple weeks. It's hot, it's mostly doe and small buck and only at first and last hours of light. We usually end up with a doe, either in the first 30 minutes of the day or, more commonly, the last couple hours hunting over a field. Due to all the rain, we never even planted anything, so we have a big weed field anyway.

The first time in the woods will be around 3:00pm on October 20th. Unless they win, then there's no Saturday morning practice, so maybe we go to camp late Friday night and hunt the morning.
 

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Just some Positive food for thought buddy. Three years ago we had a great 8 point on camera all summer and early September frequenting two stand sites we have. nothing of the caliber you're after but a nice buck nonetheless. We hunted opening day and once that first week. we played the wind and used every scent control measure we could with no sightings. I didn't get another picture of that buck until October 22nd. My brother hunted a stand less than half a mile away that we hadn't given much thought to on October 28th and killed him as he followed a doe to within 15 yards. After recovering him we checked the camera we had on that stand that we hadn't checked in weeks and that buck was there almost everyday. I really believe if we had hunted that stand or checked that camera like the others he would have just moved somewhere else. It only took two times to bump him to the other end of the hollow and he stayed because no one bothered him, In my opinion anyways. The funny part was the wind was totally wrong to hunt that stand that morning but my brother was running late and didn't want to mess my dad and I up on the other end of the hollow so he went there instead.

Your son will never get his football years back, so its a worthy sacrifice. And just think of how many does that big boy has bred in the last 4 years haha. I'll still be looking for a picture of you holding him. Good luck
 

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AR in all it's glory. Let them go to grow, that is what you get right there ladies and gentleman...
We've been watching him for 5 seasons and estimate him to be 6.5yo this year. Nobody was going to pass him at 3.5yo and up. At 2.5, he was about a 100 inch 8 pointer. I'm glad nobody shot him then or we would have never known what he was going to turn into. I was hopinh that he would grow more points this year. Be a really solid 5x5 with long G4s. He may end up being a mainframe 5x4 with a G4 on the other side that is almost, but not quite an inch. He certainly makes up for it with spread, beam length and mass. His tines are decently long, too. They just look shorter on those giant beams.
 

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Your son will never get his football years back, so its a worthy sacrifice.
Going into sophomore year, so 3 years left of HS ball. All new coaches this year, completely rebuilding the program. I'm the president of the boosters and we are doing big things. New equipment, new cameras, etc.... Lots more kids coming out this year. We are riding the wave of a rebirth of football at our school. Excited for that, and then we can concentrate on tagging old Lugnut in the last few weeks of archery.
 
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