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I am sure most if not all hunters have delt with it. I continue to be plaqued by this curse I know, never judge a buck/bull running away and all the other tips... sometimes sh!t happens.Loco
Call it buck fever or whatever maybe a little "forum scrutiny" or constructive criticism will be the cure.
Live and learn


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The only deer I ever had mounted, was the first one I killed. It was only 7 points, but it was a big bodied deer. I had tracked him, when I saw him moving on the other side of a ravine, through some thick brush. I shot him offhand with open sights about a 100yds away, just as he came into an opening in the brush. Dropped him right there with one shot from a WWII Mauser 98K.
I had a friend that had just started his taxidermy buisness mount it.
Many many years later, after staying in an unheated house trailor it looked rather sick.
A friend of mine that is a big hunter and goes for trophies, started ragging me about my puny deer. I told him it was my first deer, and the only one I ever had or ever will have mounted. He continued to rag me, until he said he would be embarrassed to even mount that deer. That's when I told him I didn't give damn what he thought, and that I was embarrassed to have a friend who put so much value on such a trivial thing, it's my deer not his; and there's the door.
All the deer except for one, that I have killed since then were bigger, but that was still one of my favorite hunts.
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I do remember all of the details of that one I posted.

A solo hunt, it was 17 degrees shortly after noon, almost six miles into walk-in public land.
He was standing on the edge of a washout looking north kinda pacing back and forth. When I shoot him I
figured out later(boneheaded me should have been more patient) why he was pacing and looking north even though I was south of him walking north with wind to my back blowing right at him.
He was either just beat up and pushed out or kept away from some doe's by more dominant larger buck in the direction the my buck was looking with a dozen or so doe's. They where a quarter mile away or so down in the cottowood river bottom jumped up and ran off right after I shot.
This was along the Moreau River in northeastern Butte county west of the old town of Mud Butte.
 
I recall it being 150 yards give or take but, I had to hurry the wind was blowing right at him and he was starting to look around when I walked up on him though some drainage. He was still distracted by the bigger buck and doe's(I know the the big one that got awayWink) I did not see the other buck till I shot otherwise I would of held off. To be honest though the other one looked better and with my luck/fortune he was probably county's largest or something... don't know. Always the one that got away.Bucky
It didn't matter as I found out later the river bottom was not in the "walk-in" OR maybe I could've waited for the the buck I got it could've lured the out the bigger buck closer for a shot. Anyway, I took the first shot I had you know, the sure thing - right or wrong? anyone's guess... The whole would of-could of-should of thing I guess everyone has one of those.

The three hour drag out was with no deer sled/cart. The snow was wind hardened with a
thin layer of ice/hard crust on top of about foot deep snow give or take and drifted. Post-holing the whole time it would just about hold the weight then break though. I got back at about dark thirty had to strap him on my receiver hitch tray with just the tail lights on for light lost my headlamp light somewhere. Then a two hour drive home on snow packed roads. Turned out to be a great hunt looking back at it.

Have to say I remember it as much as any outing I have ever done... you never remember the easy things.

Then... of course there is the ground shrinkage. Horse Poop







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Sounds like a great hunt and memories worth cherishing to me.  It's a nice deer; why fret over what it scored?  It's just a number.  I've seen some 150 class deer I liked the looks of better than others scoring in the 180's because of that intangible, subjective quality, "character."  I've killed plenty of deer that I was proud of that other hunters wouldn't even consider shooting.  Even my best bucks wouldn't rate flicking off the safety in prime habitats in places like the midwest, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Mexico...

In the areas I hunt, a 130-class deer is a true trophy, because anything scoring in the 140's is very rare.  In the 10 years I've hunted this property, only one buck has been taken that broke the 140" mark, out of the 17 hunters in our group.  What is and isn't considered a "trophy" varies widely depending on where you're hunting and the circumstances of the hunt.

Enjoy your time afield, hunt ethically, and don't concern yourself with what other people think. 
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Great advice!!! Excellent
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Hunting is a journey. Once a person has hunted for many years (for me it's been 46+ years), it all comes full circle. It's not about the kill or the trophy size or awe factor or any such shallow achievements. The experience is what matters. Savor every moment...before long they will be gone. Smile
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I experienced this ground shrinkage once..... Well, not really, I shot a deer that I knew was too small to make pope & young, but somehow hoped he would get bigger when he hit the ground...... He didn't. He somehow managed to be just exactly the same size he was when I shot him. Too small. but he was a very mature, huge bodied deer, that just didn't grow big horns, so it was probably a good management deer.
 
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I once jumped into a really cold swimming pool and...

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I jumped into Lake Superior in early spring once. The shrinkage was most impressive.
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Both of these animals had ground shrink.  The both shrunk into the freezer for some of the best eating out there.

By any means, neither of these animals are huge.  Yes the whitetail is the biggest I have ever shot.  And any elk where I usually hunt is a trophy.

But I am going to tell you what make both of these animals special to me.  My Dad was standing next to me when I shot both.  There is nothing like dropping an animal, and feeling your father reach over and grab your shoulder.  You look at him and he has a bigger grin than me, and a look of pride that I can't describe.  That is what makes a hunt for me.  I can give you the details on the guns, ranges, weather, lead up events, bullets, velocities, etc, etc.  In time, I may forget some of that, but I will never forget the memories of hunting with my dad, brothers, and friends.

Some may disagree with me on this statement, but I would rather shoot a doe and remember a great hunt with family and friends, than to shoot the worlds biggest trophy alone.
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Well put, Helo,

and some nice looking sticks there, too.
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Thank you. 

It is actually the same gun.  It is my Ruger M77 300 WM.  I put a new stock (still in the process of fine tuning and bedding the new stock), and a SS 5-20 on it. 
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Well, looking back at these GH threads I have acted in a childish irresponsible manner on "trophy postings".

Call it whatever ambition, jones'n, envy, dissatisfaction, grass is greener on the other side or whatever. I apparently got caught up in the moment I am not above such things from time to time that is just me.

Anyway, hunts with friends, family also solo have been some of the most memorable and enriching times/moments in my life and will continue to be. Success is not necessarily always the best/only goal. Like some said above the the seemaly simple things like a simple touch/act from Dad can mean everything and be remembered forever. Thanks to all for their kind words even though by my actions of ignorance they were not deserved.

So for whatever it is worth...
SORRY


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Nicely put Rustic. Welcome back to the good side.  Excellent
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Rustic, stick around here and ask questions and we'll try to help you whenever possible. Lots of good guys here that are friendly and very knowledgeable as well. Heck, when I first came here I didn't know all that much about optics from a technical standpoint and guys like ILya went out of there way to help me and answer lots and lots of questions in laymen terms. Guys like RifleDude can answer lots of questions regarding long gun queries along with lots of other guys here as well. Remember, the only stupid question is the one never asked.
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Well stated, Roy. Stick around, Rustic. It's all good!  


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Nice animals, Andrew! 
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Not a problem Rustic.  There is nothing wrong with hunting for the big buck or bull.  I would love to shoot the big one some day.  I can say I get a little jealous seeing the big mounts, but I love my memories more.
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best cure I've found is to laugh about it. especially if you're with your buddies or family. Hey hunting is supposed to be fun right?
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at least you got to go and hunt, and have a good time
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