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I have daylight trail cam pics of this buck since September, but had only seen him once while I was hunting, and then I just didn't have a shot.  My future son-in-law and I decided to hunt on the last day  of muzzleloader season, December 30th.  That morning I chose a stand nobody had hunted from.  I saw several deer before good light, but couldn't tell what they were, then had a young buck come by.  Within 5 minutes, this buck came by in the same spot, about 50 yards from me.  I had to grunt to stop him, and immediately shot.  Happily, the deer was within 10 feet of a farm lane, and we could drive right to it.

The one that got away:

 

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Very nice!!! Love it when a plan comes together. I enjoy my trail cams "almost" as much as huntin. And it does add a nice addition to any trophy you get. I have similar pics of one I took last yr. Suppose to pick it up from the taxidermist first chance I get. You gotcha a nice buck there!!

That last pic reminds me of one I saw yrs ago on a lease I had. Was scoutin early August for our Sept bow season. I had been ridin past the rascal all the prior season going to the back of the lease. Decided to park at the front of the lease and walk back to the back and out again at last light. The path in was lined with cow fence and a hedge overgrowth just right to walk down and have good cover. looked over the hedge on the next to the last peanut field back to the truck and "hold up" there is something movin about 90yds away. Whoa!!! Two nice bucks digging peanuts. Both facing away from me and wow! They put their heads down to eat and you see 5/6 inches of rack outside their body. One is a beautiful 10 heavy bone and perfect. Gotta be 22-24" wide. The other is just as heavy and wide but a 4 point. I couldn't wait for bow season to get here. Sat on that field 9 times that September and the came out every time 20 min. before dark like clock work. But, Just couldn't ever get closer than 80yds and wasn't willing to risk messin up. Figured I'd let em alone and get em first day of muzzleloader. Got in there early that first day and had a spot that I could get em which ever side he came from. Sat there and noticed that things were unusually quiet and something just won't right. That 20min to dark came and went and nothing moved. Right at last light I heard a 4 wheeler start up and come ridin right out of the spot the bucks had been comin from. That is probably the closest I ever came to shootin somebody with that muzzleloader. A stinkin poacher. Ofcourse I didn't know that right then. Had to go check with the land owner to be sure it wasn't his son, who pretty much went where he wanted. Found out 3 weeks later that, that scumjerkpoachindirtbag had snuck in during the end of bow season and shot the big 10 and never found it. Man! Still got pics of the ole rascal but just makes me hate poachers all the more.

BUT, you got your buck and he's a beauty!!! Congratulations!!!

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Awesome, Dave! Great way to end your season!
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My family in Iowa says Missouri is where the BIG whitetails are these days. 
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

My family in Iowa says Missouri is where the BIG whitetails are these days. 


'Cuz after all, Iowa is home to so many tiny whitetails! Wink
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

My family in Iowa says Missouri is where the BIG whitetails are these days. 
 
There are still several large one up there.
 
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Originally posted by Skylar McMahon Skylar McMahon wrote:

Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

My family in Iowa says Missouri is where the BIG whitetails are these days. 
 
There are still several large one up there.
 


I heard a rumor one was spotted there a couple years ago.
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Hey, I'm telling ya what my "peeps" are saying. My Cousin says Northern MO is LOADED with biggins. 
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My bad...."Missura". Wink 
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Some real monsters come out of Missura. And the same is true of Iowa. Basically, all of the midwestern states that touch the Mississippi River are good trophy buck destinations.

In fact, if I were planning to go on the whitetail hunt of a lifetime and could only go once to the very finest, "money no object" locale for big whitetail bucks... I wouldn't stay here in TX. I'd have a tough time deciding between the best regions of Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, or Alberta or Saskatchewan, Canada.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Some real monsters come out of Missura. And the same is true of Iowa. Basically, all of the midwestern states that touch the Mississippi River are good trophy buck destinations.

In fact, if I were planning to go on the whitetail hunt of a lifetime and could only go once to the very finest, "money no object" locale for big whitetail bucks... I wouldn't stay here in TX. I'd have a tough time deciding between the best regions of Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, or Alberta or Saskatchewan, Canada.


Ted, that depends on how cold you want to be. I think the further north you go the bigger they are.
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Originally posted by Peddler Peddler wrote:


Ted, that depends on how cold you want to be. I think the further north you go the bigger they are.


As a general rule, yes. The scientific principle, "Bergmann's Rule" states that mammals in general become larger as the climate gets colder within their habitat range. However, that doesn't always hold true, as nutrition, age, and genetics play a role too. For example, Mexico and South TX has a high % of world class whitetails, although the average body size doesn't compete with the weights of Canadian deer. I wouldn't choose Mexico as a trophy whitetail destination, though, due to the drug cartels, rampant law enforcement corruption, and hassles over transporting firearms.

Bergmann's Rule also only applies to body size and isn't related to antler growth, which is strictly a factor of age, genetics, nutrition, and amount of minerals in the soil or food sources. For better or worse, the record books measure antler dimensions only.
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Most of the bigger record whitetails killed in Iowa were located in the Southern parts, or it seems like. The Albia buck, for example, was South Central Iowa. 
Marion Co Iowa had a Monster shot there last year?? too. That's a stones throw from Albia. Lot's of corn and soy beans down in that area. 
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The photo of the one you sent me was an absolute BEAST, Mark. That one was a buck of several lifetimes!
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

The photo of the one you sent me was an absolute BEAST, Mark. That one was a buck of several lifetimes!

That was a replica of The Albia buck. The resturant my Aunt and Uncle took me to eat at in Albia had a replica of the real one. Shot by a 15 year old kid too boot. 
That kid's Dad was friends with my Dad and claimed there's a BIGGER one down there somewhere....They got video of him from trail cams. 
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Does your family own any huntable land up there... GOOD BUDDY?Big Grin
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Ah, the $64,000 question!
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I'm not sure. I think all my relatives have sold their property and became townies. There was a time once......


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