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My First Buck - a 5 point!!
season has been over now for several months but since I haven't told you
about my first buck - ever - I have to do it now.
----- Most days
we went hunting for deer we were chasing an awesome 5 point white tail
deer around - he has the most pretty little basket. BUT he didn't get that
big by accident and though we saw him several times he always ghosted us
before we could get a clean shot on him, and I don't care how awesome his
horns are it had to be a clean shot. So, he always managed to get away.
Finally, the second to last day of hunting season I was starting to get
worried about getting any buck ! forget that white tail - he can live another
year! I want to fill both my tags my first year! So, we decided to head
to some new hunting ground.......we did chores a little early that afternoon
and headed out to our "new grounds". (sorry the location must
be kept private!) Like they say when someone asks you where did you get
that buck - the answer is right there in the shoulder. No No, I mean WHERE
did you find him. Your answer: up on none of your business ridge by no
body knows creek. Actually, I don't care however; my hunting buddies wouldn't
like me too much so I will leave it at that. Ok, back to the hunt....
-----So we headed
out, parked the truck and headed up our first hill. It was a little late
in the day - about 4:00 so we didn't have much hunting time left which
didn't ease my mind any either. But we topped the little ridge and right
there was a GREAT 5 POINT mule deer buck - just standing there staring
at us. He was next to several big boulders and I guess he thought he was
hidden - but 2 seconds later we let him know how unhidden he was.
and I had just gotten new rifles.....which we thought were sited in good
enough before we headed out - but they weren't. So the first shot missed
the buck clean. OH NO! but he just stood there a second to long and bang
- second shot got him clean. YES YES YES, my first buck was a 5 point.
the rifles out back and did target shooting with them again the next day
and it was a miracle we got that buck at all. The sight must have gotten
bumped on the truck ride or something - because it was so far out of "sight"
it wasn't even funny. So it was a miracle - and just meant to be - that
we got him!
back to the hunt - we got him cleaned up and loaded into the truck and
headed back home. By the time we got home it was dark, but what a day it
was. I couldn't be happier with my first year of hunting - I filled both
deer tags and had tons of fun hunting.
year I am going to take my bow-hunting test and get my license in that
so I can go bow hunting for elk. That will be fun..... elk hunting during
bow season is the most fun because you have to call them into you with
cow calls and bugles. You're just so much a part of nature, the peace and
quiet all except for listening to the elk.
----- My mom
and dad used to do taxidermy for a living - so she is very good and really
knows what she is doing. So, she is teaching my friend Andy and I - how
to do it. It is a lot of fun - challenging - but fun. We just got done
mounting my 5-point and I must say I think he turned out really well for
one of our first mounts. There are so many parts to taxidermy that most
people don't even realize unless you do it, so many things to do to get
the cape ready even before you go to actually mount it. It is such a great
thing to do in the winter when it's to cold and nasty to do much outside,
not to mention I get such a feeling of accomplishment when it's done. You
took this thing from being a hide and made it look life like - awesome!
We are going to get into taxidermy even more than just deer heads and do
birds, life size bear and rugs, coyotes, fox, rabbits, squirrels, etc.
- but just for fun and just for our own personal mounts.
looks like it's time to head into town for an agility practice with the
club so I will bring this to a close.
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