Didn't bust a cap!

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RMulhern
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Didn't bust a cap!

Post by RMulhern » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:30 am

I'm getting soft in my old age....maybe somewhat more 'demented' than I think!! Went to Kansas for a three day hunt last week; saw plenty of deer...lots of bucks but I had made up my mind that if I didn't get a chance at a 160+ buck that I wasn't going to even shoulder the rifle. Saw plenty of 2 1/2 to 3 year old bucks, plenty of 8 points, and one 10 pt but the racks lacked mass so I just sat back and watched! The bucks were rutting big time but it was HOT! Last day I hunted I was down to my T shirt and I guess the warm spell just had the BIG BOYS laid back in the shade. I know they're there as the photo below of my friend Dave got this buck last season hunting the same area only about 1200 yards south of where I was hunting. The below buck went a little over 170.

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DaveK2 by Sharps45 2 7/8, on Flickr




I've been hunting these dudes since 1950 down here in North Louisiana and taken lots of them hunting in 5 different states over the years and I've seen the time when just a small 4 pt. meant meat on the table and those got shot and put into the freezer box. It seems as I have matured/aged that my expectations have changed or either I've become a 'softie' because in times past there were plenty of these deer I saw in Kansas that would have bitten the dust! But I can truthfully say that I really enjoyed just sitting and watching all the deer for those few days and I have a sneaking suspicion that when I go back next year, the Good Lord willing that I'll operate on the same plan again!

It will not be a good day as this morning we lost a family member due to pancreatic and lung cancer! But we will survive!

I hope all you guys have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
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Re: Didn't bust a cap!

Post by Denali » Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:10 pm

Sorry for your loss in the family Rick.

You must have an outstanding place to hunt in Kansas! Many of us could only dream about whitetails that size.

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Re: Didn't bust a cap!

Post by Mike Johnson » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:16 pm

Sorry for your loss. Praying for you and family. I certainly appreciate your thoughts on taking game. Think it's about the stages of maturity. Used to be when I was young, what mattered was limiting out. Now it's more about the how of the hunt and the enjoyment of the moment. Blessings
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Re: Didn't bust a cap!

Post by pacecars » Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:38 pm

First, sorry for your loss and second: pretty high standard with a 160 class deer. More power to you. Were you toting a Shiloh?
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Re: Didn't bust a cap!

Post by RMulhern » Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:50 pm

pacecars wrote:First, sorry for your loss and second: pretty high standard with a 160 class deer. More power to you. Were you toting a Shiloh?
pacecars

"Were you toting a Shiloh?"

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Re: Didn't bust a cap!

Post by pacecars » Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:58 pm

No problem. Nice looking buck! I was toting a .243 yesterday but it just didn't feel right!
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