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Thursday Morning HuntPat: Kent took me to the Calvary creek stand which is in a different location now than in previous years. I had several deer come in when it was dark. One of them was big but it was too early to see a rack. As he headed away he caught my wind and blew. It was one of those deep, low blows that typically come from a bigger buck. But I never could see him.
Another 30 minutes later and another buck came in, but this one I could see. He was not a shooter but may be in a year or too. A nice 9 pt with great beam length.
The wind kicked up and by the time I left the stand at 11 AM the wind gusts were pushing 30mph and stayed that way through throughout the day.
Jake: Jake hunted Ken't tree belt this morning. He saw a 5pt and a 9pt with a 17" spread. He was not a shooter but very close.
Thursday Afternoon Hunt
Pat: I hunted a new stand this afternoon which is not far from where I shot my biggest buck several years ago. It was windy as hell but several deer came in behind me. Long before the sun went down I caught a glimpse of a deer at the far side of the tree belt. As I got a better look I said to myself "wow" he was a shooter that looked like a mainframe 10. I never could see his spread clearly but after reviewing the video we are putting this buck in the 160" range. He made 10 scrapes in 80 yards before moving down the tree belt to the east. He never came back again.
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Another buck showed up behind me but like this morning's buck, he was at least a year or two away from consideration. A pretty buck for sure. Today was a great day. I saw lots of bucks and lots of pre-rut behaviors. Looks like we're going to have a great week. I left all of my gear in the tree and will be right back here in the AM. I may just focus on this buck for a couple of days.
Jake: Jake hunted the wooden stand where Ron had killed that big 10 two years ago while I filmed it. Jake saw a huge 8 from here that he would have shot if he came in. He was heading in but a little buck ran off a doe and the big boy chased him out into the fields behind him.
Ron: Ron showed up just in time to hunt the the big maple tree where Bill Gaunt shot his big buck two years ago but it was slow at that location - Just does and fawns.
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