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  • January 6, 2014 at 9:02 pm #614468 Back to Top REPORT
    sagittarius
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    It was 2 degrees with a wind-chill pushing -25 and it was first strike and he was out on News Year Day. I had been watching this buck on trail camera since November 18th waiting for the right time to make my move.  It was cold in the stand on top of the place I call Killer Ridge and I was faced directly into that cold north west wind. My stub right middle finger still hurts and my cheeks still feel leathery and are still swollen. It isn’t the first time, it won’t be the last time and that’s why……..I shoot a Mathews!

    Sorry guys! I didn’t get this one film and I feel very upset not being able to share the hunt you guys.  The group of bucks he had been traveling with had already went by and he wasn’t with them.  It was cloudy and extremely overcast and I ran out of decent camera light 5 minutes before closing time so I had already sent the camera down. I was actually hooking my bow up to my pull-up rope when I looked and there he was staring at me at 25yds, busted,  and the hunter vs. prey game started. The stare down begins and I avoided making eye contact.  It lasted a few minutes the whole time my cold frozen bow was in my right hand which had already been exposed to the weather while sending my camera gear down. My stub middle finger was already starting to throb and he started to circle to get down wind.  Big mistake!  He went behind a tree and I unhooked my bow. He went behind another  tree and I switched the bow to my left bow hand. He paused behind another cluster of trees and I nocked an arrow and then struggled with my right frozen hand to get my release hooked up. He starts to step out from behind the cluster of tree and I draw and make the shot. I knew I was never going to see that buck there ever again as he was going to bust me for good. It was a hard to choice to make not shooting him on film, but I will never forget what went down.

    Duane

    January 6, 2014 at 10:34 pm #614475 Back to Top REPORT
    texas-chillr
    texas chillr

    Age: 54
    Joined: 1/3/2014
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    Berrrr, it looks cold!!!!

    Great job on a great buck.

    I loved the story, sorry bout you not getting him on film but he will always be
    in your mind for you to enjoy the play back for your self.

    Treat others as you wish to be treated
    January 7, 2014 at 8:39 am #614487 Back to Top REPORT

    conquestador

    Age: 63
    Joined: 12/10/2009
    Location: Upstate NY
    Filmed or not, you just plain deserved that buck.  Congrats!!
    January 7, 2014 at 9:01 am #614488 Back to Top REPORT
    bow-drawn
    Bow Drawn

    Age: 63
    Joined: 11/14/2007
    Location: Ohio
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    Duane congrats!  That’s a great photo especially if you consider how cold it was.

    Great story and that’s a cold hunt. I would have maybe hunted out of the wind by moving into a blind. I hate freezing in a tree stand.

    January 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm #614570 Back to Top REPORT
    njbowman
    NJBowman

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    Congrats on a fine buck! Way to brave the cold. What bow did you use?
    January 7, 2014 at 10:28 pm #614583 Back to Top REPORT
    sagittarius
    SAGITTARIUS

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    Congrats on a fine buck! Way to brave the cold. What bow did you use?

    Black Creed

    January 8, 2014 at 1:41 pm #614633 Back to Top REPORT
    vatechhunter
    VaTechHunter

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    Awesome buck! Congrats!
    2009 Reezen 6.5 camo/black | 2012 Helim camo | 2012 Z9 black | 2013 MR7 camo | 2014 Chill R tactical | Used Ovation camo/black
    January 8, 2014 at 8:35 pm #614669 Back to Top REPORT
    rsutton
    rsutton

    Joined: 11/27/2008
    Congratulations on an awesome buck and story!
    January 10, 2014 at 9:12 am #614824 Back to Top REPORT
    jeeper
    Jeeper

    Joined: 10/23/2009
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    Congratulations on both the buck and the story. {#emotions_dlg.mathews_thumbs_up}
    You are now reading my signature.
    January 10, 2014 at 10:17 am #614825 Back to Top REPORT
    rickym
    RickyM


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    Great buck!
    January 10, 2014 at 10:39 am #614828 Back to Top REPORT
    hotshot
    Hotshot

    Age: 54
    Joined: 11/1/2008
    Location: Oregon
    Such a great story and picture……{#emotions_dlg.mathews_thumbs_up}
    Makes me want to get right to the gutting process so I can warm up my hands!!!…lol!….

    Congrats on a great deer and memory!!!!! {#emotions_dlg.mathews_applause}

    {#emotions_dlg.mathews}

    >>>>--Shoot Straight-->
    January 11, 2014 at 12:11 pm #614903 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
    gjarcher

    Age: 71
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    An 8-point during the Polar Vortex … Wow. {#emotions_dlg.mathews_shocked} … Congratulations.

    I guess there was no worry about meat spoilage. {#emotions_dlg.mathews_whistle}

    January 11, 2014 at 1:07 pm #614910 Back to Top REPORT
    trouble-shooter
    Trouble Shooter

    Age: 54
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    {#emotions_dlg.mathews_thumbs_up} for braving the figid weather when most would not,  you paid the price for a GREAT buck

    I bet you had a warm fire when you got that beauty home.

    loved the story and the picture, Duane

    Shooter

    treat other as you wish to be treated
    January 11, 2014 at 8:12 pm #614954 Back to Top REPORT
    sagittarius
    SAGITTARIUS

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    Put the tape to him yesterday.  I was guessing 137.  He grossed 140 3/8ths and netted 135 6/8ths.
    January 11, 2014 at 8:27 pm #614959 Back to Top REPORT
    bow-drawn
    Bow Drawn

    Age: 63
    Joined: 11/14/2007
    Location: Ohio
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    Put the tape to him yesterday. I was guessing 137. He grossed 140 3/8ths and netted 135 6/8ths.

    {#emotions_dlg.mathews_thumbs_up}

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