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    Posted: February/13/2020 at 13:52
They looked relaxed... it was OK.  I opened the window and said "I'm still here".  They all ran off (but were back in about 3 minutes... still laughing).
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

What I really hate is the big party they throw right after the season ends.. it really seems like they KNOW.  They all gather, dance, sing ballads... I don't mind them celebrating, but the "in your face" is a bit much.

I'll probably burn in hell for this.....

Sounds like you got the shufflefoot species of honkytails in your neck of the woods....

Did you enjoy the strut rut?
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I remember my cousins talking about a big buck with a huge rack. He'd come out and show himself off during the day just before bow season. Then he'd come out at night just before gun season and stand in the road as if he was challenging the farmers driving down the road. Then nobody would see him again until the next summer.
I'm convinced they get calendars from fish and wildlife.
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What I really hate is the big party they throw right after the season ends.. it really seems like they KNOW.  They all gather, dance, sing ballads... I don't mind them celebrating, but the "in your face" is a bit much.
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Don't ya just hate those calendar watchers???
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A new buck came in tonight... I've not seen him before.  Big fella, big body, so dark he is almost black.  I got to evaluate him for quite a while... easily 22inch spread.  No telling where he's been all this time.  Really fine features.  
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Just didn't "feel the need", Bud.  I have plenty of meat in the freezers, enjoyed/enjoying watching them.  I have 8 does (including babies) and 2 bucks in my front yard right now.  Looks like the big ones made it through the last day... now they just have to stay on their toes and continue to avoid the poachers. 
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Do you like teasing yourself???
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Originally posted by Dogger Dogger wrote:

Thanks for the invitation Dan, if I make it to the next season sounds interesting. Sounds like you guys have a pretty long season. Where we hunt the rifle season is only two weeks - 1st Monday in November for a two week period. The season varies widely depending on what wildlife unit you are in and by weapon: rifle, bow, shotgun/muzzleloader. Better hunt hard if you want to be successful!
Rather ominous sounding.  

I let 4 nice bucks walk yesterday... last day of the season.  IF they make it through the year, I expect they will be REALLY nice next season.
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Thanks for the invitation Dan, if I make it to the next season sounds interesting. Sounds like you guys have a pretty long season. Where we hunt the rifle season is only two weeks - 1st Monday in November for a two week period. The season varies widely depending on what wildlife unit you are in and by weapon: rifle, bow, shotgun/muzzleloader. Better hunt hard if you want to be successful!
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I hunted East Texas growing up.  Deer there were generally bigger than around here.  A buddy of mine, in East Texas, killed a 168 Boone and Crockett a few years ago and it was considered top of the medium range for the club he was hunting.  I've only hunted Axis in the Hill Country though I understand it produces the highest volume of white tailed deer taken in the state, never in the Pan Handle.  Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of East Texas deer that are around the same size as the medium sized deer here, but the racks are generally thicker, more substantial... at least where I've hunted.  I've got a few really nice bucks coming in, but they are mostly young.  
In this area, they've reduced the doe numbers for the last few years... which I think is a huge detriment.  There are WAY too many does in this area.  
"Deer management" is a joke in this area.  When you have a "local breakfast cafe" where most of the diners are openly talking about how many deer they shoot at night or out of season, you know no one is paying attention.  
I had one of the local processors recently tell me "I'm not a game warden and I'm not callin' any". 
All that said, the deer population does seem to be improving...SLOWLY.  

It has always been interesting to me and my wife that the cattle in Texas really are bigger than the cattle here.  Probably better grazing.
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

However, the antlers, of even the bigger bucks, are thin.  The really big buck that seems to have fared well in the fighting, has no breaks.  One big buck, with a thin, weak looking set of antlers, has most of one side broken off.  He is at least as old as the other big buck, antlers are about 1/2 the thickness... genetics, nutrition... just not producing much mass.  
Fully aware that bucks fight and fight hard and that antlers break, but these guys just don't really have much of a rack.  One out of about 6 bucks that seems to have a "normal" set of antlers.  Some of the younger bucks coming up seem to be faring better.  If they make it through the next 6 days, will see how they do next year.  


Could be a genetic trait, or the result of what they are eating, age, or a combo of such.    Not sure where you're hunting, but I've never seen a free range whitetail in the  TX Hill Country that was very massive.   By contrast, the whitetails in the TX Panhandle where I've been hunting for over 20 yrs have good mass given they are mature bucks, usually 34" worth or so, often times more, and long tined.    There is no substitute for age and groceries.   I also have seen from experience that where there are lots of deer, they are generally smaller than areas where they aren't so plentiful.    Same goes for mule deer.   We have killed mule deer bucks that are 7.5 yrs old + that have had 48+" of mass.  Same thing.....it has got to be a combo of genetics, groceries, and age. 
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Originally posted by Sgt. D Sgt. D wrote:

Is his left front injured?? Looks to be turned in or twisted. And seems to have most of his weight on the right.

He was wounded right before gun season started.  He went completely nocturnal until I got that last photo of him.  He was out there at about midnight last night.  He healed up pretty nicely...still has a bit of a limp when just walking, but can move like lightening. 
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Originally posted by Dogger Dogger wrote:

Jeez Dan you have some nice looking deer, and so close to home too. I am envious.
You are invited.  Season ends tomorrow, but should have some nice ones next year.  
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Is his left front injured?? Looks to be turned in or twisted. And seems to have most of his weight on the right.
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Jeez Dan you have some nice looking deer, and so close to home too. I am envious.
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This guy came up in my yard today... didn't even get a chance to go to the stand.  He is in a place that I promised my wife, girls, and the deer that I would never shoot them.  As long as he is here, he is safe.

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Wasn't my land, Bud.  Hunting club... no game wardens ever came in there.  Had a "pasture rider" who was a former Texas Ranger... went to work there after being asked to leave the largest hunting club in East Texas, after being acquitted for shooting the flashlight out of a poachers hand, poacher didn't make it... 20 yards, 12 gauge 00-Buck... rider said he was just trying to shoot the light out... jury bought it.  You know you're in Texas when...
Overall, I prefer Texas, but their property taxes are 4.36 times Alabama property taxes.  
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Now there is restraint!!!!  Weren't tempted to file an erroneous report with the local GW?!?! Wink
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A friend of mine and I were both hunting the same deer back in Texas, years ago.  He mailed me a picture and said "thought you needed a trophy".  I just said.."thank you".  
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