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Just wanted to share this with you all. She wanted to go hunting, so I got her hooked up with an 'apprentice' license, took her out to shoot my .308 a few times and headed out to the woods. The first evening we saw a doe, but were never presented with a shot. The next morning we had a yearling buck with 4 points on his right side and a broken antler on his left come up to within about 20 feet of where we were hidden in a blowdown. After he moved off, I decided we should move a bit to get in better position to see. We moved about 300 yards or so away and got set up again. It wasn't long before she saw this guy moving around in the brush. He very slowly made his way toward us...then suddenly just disappeared. After trying to find him through the binoculars for a couple of minutes, I stood up so I could see down into the low spot where we had last seen him. It was there that I could very faintly make out his rack through all of the brush and ice storm debris...so he had just bedded down. He was facing away from us, so she and I got up and moved to a spot where she would have a clear shot once he stood up. We made our way to a small hackberry tree where I screwed in an accessory hook so she would have a solid rest. She prepared for the shot and I began to grunt, snort-wheeze, etc. trying to get this buck to stand up. He could hear it, but he just was not interested.

So we waited.

...and waited.

...and waited until he finally decided to stand up on his own. When he did, he was quartering sharply towards us and was turned around licking his back leg. I encouraged her to wait until she had a broadside shot and had his head up. After that is was...

...lick, lick, lick...for 5 minutes...head up for 5 seconds...lick, lick, lick...for another 5 minutes...head up for 5 seconds again. This went on for at least 20 minutes.

Then he started to move....directly toward us. It was then that we realized that he was really laboring to walk and what he was licking was some sort of major injury to his hindquarters. He closed about 10 yards between us and turned to his right, which was directly into some thick brush. I was thinking he was going to stay on that path, so I began unscrewing the hook I had put in the side of the tree for Jenna to use as a rest so I could get her set up for the next gap he come through to our left. I got it most of the way out when he turned and came back from where he had just come. I got it screwed back in and she got ready for the shot once again. He moved into the gap and once she felt comfortable, she took the shot. I couldn't help but laugh when she took the shot because the recoil from it knocked her back a good three feet and after seeing that the buck was down, immediately said, "I have to pee." :D

Anyway...he is 10 points, was 3.5 years old and dressed out at 142 lbs. That injury he was licking was a bullet wound that clipped his left leg and shattered the bone in his ham on the right leg. Needless to say, he was pretty run down and likely was not going to make it, so it was a good harvest all around. She was pretty proud...as was I. :)

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Congrats to her bro! Thats a great buck.:cheers:

How has everything been going in OK?
 

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:eek:::eek:: What a buck!! If she can build on that one she will have quite the trophy wall in a few years:cheers::cheers:
 

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Congrats to her!:2thumbsup:
 

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Very nice. And one that really needed to be harvested. Pass my congratulations along too.:2thumbsup:

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