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So, I ran down to pull a few SD cards today and believe that I had a buck reappear that was on the 2022 MIA list...

 

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If it is in fact the same deer, the history with him dates back to 2019 when he was a nice 2.5yr old 8-pt with cool, curved brows. He was just a sidenote that yr as I was hoping to cross paths with his big buddy that we has hanging out with during the summer...

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In 2020 he was back and looking pretty good with the same curved brows and beams that nearly touched in the front. In mid October I had an encounter with this buck while hunting from the ground and ended up burying a Rage Trypan in his hindquarter as he whirled to run away just as I released. We ended up jumping him after an exhausting search the next morning.  He disappeared for the next several weeks then finally popped up on cam in the same field that I shot him in in early December. I had two more encounters with him that season. Once on the last day of rifle season and then again during late muzzleloader when I missed a chip shot at him at 80 yds (Muzzleloader scope was knocked off). I ended up picking up one of his sheds and then saw him one night in Late April or early May. He had no real antlers yet but did have a noticable limp on his rear end.

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i'm with grampy.... seems like you have me convinced too. same buck. i've had buck change rack due to injury but something about browtines. they always keep the same characteristics and curves. not the biggest beast you've posted but history is age would make that a buck on my mind. most will never see a 6.5 yr old buck in their lifetime of hunting, let alone have history to tell about it.

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4 minutes ago, dbHunterNY said:

i'm with grampy.... seems like you have me convinced too. same buck. i've had buck change rack due to injury but something about browtines. they always keep the same characteristics and curves. not the biggest beast you've posted but history is age would make that a buck on my mind. most will never see a 6.5 yr old buck in their lifetime of hunting, let alone have history to tell about it.

I'm actually hoping that another 6.5 yr old buck that has been a companion of this one since they were both 2 yr olds back in '19 shows up too. He was a regular here up until bowseason last yr. No pics or sightings yet...

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Just now, WNY Bowhunter said:

I'm actually hoping that another 6.5 yr old buck that has been a companion of this one since they were both 2 yr olds back in '19 shows up too. He was a regular here up until bowseason last yr. No pics or sightings yet...

the pursuit and finding them is just as exciting for me. i get giddy especially when others give the deer a nickname like 'ghost'. when you shoot the deer it's kinda over.

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2 minutes ago, dbHunterNY said:

the pursuit and finding them is just as exciting for me. i get giddy especially when others give the deer a nickname like 'ghost'. when you shoot the deer it's kinda over.

I feel the same way!!! The buck I am referring to is the deer in the background of the '20 pic. I never got him on cam in the summer or '21 but he was back to being a regular last summer. At the moment, idk if he's dead or alive...?

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@WNY Bowhunter jason man you definitely contribute to it in a positive way but you've got a good thing going with having history with so many deer. as much effort i put into having the same experience, i can't say the same. the neighborhood is what it is though. i'm happy my neighbors get excited about deer even if i'd want them to live longer and i'm always looking forward to your posts like this. give your taxidermy work a run for it's money and that's saying something!

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53 minutes ago, dbHunterNY said:

@WNY Bowhunter jason man you definitely contribute to it in a positive way but you've got a good thing going with having history with so many deer. as much effort i put into having the same experience, i can't say the same. the neighborhood is what it is though. i'm happy my neighbors get excited about deer even if i'd want them to live longer and i'm always looking forward to your posts like this. give your taxidermy work a run for it's money and that's saying something!

Thanks for the kind words! I am very fortunate to live in a region that produces some really good deer by NY standards. Overall though, the area where the deer in these pics live is FAR from an intensively managed QDM paradise. The buck herd gets hammered every season. The number of bucks that I had here in '21 that were 4.5 and older was crazy. I'm sure that I will never top it. That year, by the time gun season ended...over 30 bucks (that I know of personally) were killed between this spot and another spot 2 miles up the rd! Nearly all of the biggest trail cam bucks I had were killed, 4 were over 150". The buck pop is still in rebuilding mode now...

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7 minutes ago, WNY Bowhunter said:

Thanks for the kind words! I am very fortunate to live in a region that produces some really good deer by NY standards. Overall though, the area where the deer in these pics live is FAR from an intensively managed QDM paradise. The buck herd gets hammered every season. The number of bucks that I had here in '21 that were 4.5 and older was crazy. I'm sure that I will never top it. That year, by the time gun season ended...over 30 bucks (that I know of personally) were killed between this spot and another spot 2 miles up the rd! Nearly all of the biggest trail cam bucks I had were killed, 4 were over 150". The buck pop is still in rebuilding mode now...

30 bucks in that small area is nuts!

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