Deercation has come to an end **VIDEO ADDED***

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October 30th was my last day of work for a month. Hunted the muzzleloader opening weekend and Monday. We never saw a deer those three days. Saturday morning got a message from my Dad in Va that he had killed a big one. It was his first big racked buck and he did it all by himself. I was so happy for him. He said I wish you would have been here to celebrate with! Little did he know, that we were on our way on Tuesday morning to surprise him. We didn't hunt down there, but I brought my video camera to go sit with him. We also went for some road rides early in the mornings and got some video of bucks chasing does. Dad and I never saw any deer in the stand, but had a great time. When we returned to NH we had our first official deer camp at the Shamp. There were few deer sightings during those four days. I jumped on deer still hunting alone. Other than that, there was lots of sign, but no deer. We left Shamp on Saturday evening. Everyone had a great time. Sunday morning, my buddy Rob called me and said he had killed his target buck. He had been after this one deer for a number of years. He finally achieved his quest for 200. I continued to stand hunt for almost two weeks with one day of still hunting with Rob. I had logged a ton of hours on stand with nothing but tons and tons of turkeys. I had asked Rob if he felt like taking me out still hunting the Saturday after Thanksgiving and he said no problem. I have been a stand hunter most of my hunting career, still hunting in the big woods was very intimidating for me. I had always aspired to do it after reading Larry Benoit and Hals books, but lacked the confidence. Rob has taken me under his wing and pushed me out of my comfort zone. He sent me a text on Friday night saying "Tomorrow is going to be a day to remember." I asked him if I should take the Ruger American Predator .308 or the Turdy Turdy. Being a lever guy, he said "you know what my choice would be." I had recently acquired my Dads old JM stamp Marlin 336. This summer I removed the scope and installed a Williams Peep. I painted the front sight blaze orange. I shot it at Shamp and was hitting good with it. So, I decided to take the ol turdy turdy with me to at least make me feel closer to Dad. We got going at just barely daylight. We found some punched up leaves and some warm deer poop. We followed the tracks in the leaves across a brook and up onto and old log road that was full of picky bushes. We slowly made our way up the logging road stopping frequently to look for movement. When we reached the end of the logging road that opened into an old cut we stopped. Rob was leading the way with me behind him. He was looking left when I asked him if he heard something walking. He said no its just a woodpecker. I looked to my right and caught movement. It was a deer's back on the outskirts of the cut about 40 yards away. I told Rob there is a deer over there. I quietly stepped around him and he knelt down. Rob then blew a few grunts into his Fam Bam Outdoors grunt tube. Through the brush I saw a rack as the deer ran up the hill and stopped in an opening to see who was grunting. I took the shot and to my surprise he just stood there. Rob said give him another! I levered the action and this time took a split second longer to make sure of my aim. I fired and the deer bound up the hill and stopped behind some evergreen for a second and then crashed off. I turned to Rob and said I think I missed. He confirmed that I missed the first shot, but thought I hit him with the second. I told him the second one felt better. Once I pulled myself together, we headed for the hit site. It was about a 75 yard shot. When we got into the area, we confirmed a clean miss of the deer, but a solid hit of a big ol oak tree. The buck had stopped with his head and neck behind the tree, but the rest of his body exposed. Rob took a few steps back behind the tree and found pinkish red blood that looked like tempura paint. He says we got good blood and I get super excited. It is short lived as it peters out to little dots. We mark the spots with tp as we start tracking him. He got to the top of the hill where I last saw him and made a sharp right back into the mixed hardwood and softwood. Once in there, the blood picked up and he was laying about 40 yards away. A wave of emotions hit me at that point. It had been since September 25th that I had seen a deer that I could possibly shoot. I had logged a ton of hours with no sightings and now I had shot my first still hunt buck with my good friend. It was 803 am and it was the first time in a long time that I was able to just give thanks to the deer and God and bask in the moment. We got good pics and Rob got a lot of video. He was a big six point with no brow tines that was rutted out without a stitch of fat on him. He weighed 133#. It definitely was a day to remember! 2020 buck1.jpg 2020 buck2.jpg 2020 buck3.jpg shampstamp.jpg robandI.jpg pop and !.jpg pops buck.jpg
 
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Great story and a nice buck you certainly earned by sticking it out when you see nothing for a long time. Congratulations!
 

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Benny congrats on the buck. I haven't read the story yet. Saving it for the morning with my coffee.
 

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Benny great job. Shooting your first from the ground is alway unforgettable. Also great to have a mentor and friend in Rob to help you with your journey. I’m sure it meant as much to him as it does to you. Congrats On a great season all around.
 

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Benny great job. Shooting your first from the ground is alway unforgettable. Also great to have a mentor and friend in Rob to help you with your journey. I’m sure it meant as much to him as it does to you. Congrats On a great season all around.
Thanks fixed! It was awesome! Rob is an awesome hunter, still hunting and tracking is his thing. He shot a 200+ lb deer this year. He has a YouTube channel: Hunter Moon Productions, where he has his Quest for 200 series. He filmed parts of my hunt and I expect will have a video hitting YouTube shortly. He has helped a bunch of us this year. Definitely a great friend and mentor.

Awesome! Congrats! Thanks for sharing the stor
I'm guessing less stand sitting in your future!
Thanks Matt!! We have corresponded a bit in the past via email in regards to my fitness. I will say this year was not a great year for me in that department. I was out hiking late summer and early fall, but some health issues came up and so did my weight. By rifle season, I could really tell I let myself down. Rob encouraged me to get out still hunting and we went out together twice this year. The first day was 11 hours of still hunting. The second time was when I shot my deer. I will tell you, between shooting my deer that way and Robs encouragement, I made a promise to myself and him that next deer season I would be in the best shape of my life. I'm hooked on this type of hunting! Thank you as well for all your advice and the Big Woods Bucks fitness videos!

Couldn’t wait until the morning. Congrats again!!
Thanks Shawn!!
 

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Nice job. Rob is a great guy I don’t know him too well but I’ve ask some questions about hunting and shed hunting and he’s always shared his knowledge and offered to have me come up to him sometime. Still haven’t made it happen I know he’s super busy but nice buck.
 

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Awesome story! Way to stick with it and get it done on a great buck. I have the same Marlin 336 that I also put a Williams peep on it. I love that gun!!! I shot 2 nice bucks also without any fat on them at all and one was mid October before they should be rutted up. Strange not seeing any fat on the backs of either of them.
 

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Awesome story! Way to stick with it and get it done on a great buck. I have the same Marlin 336 that I also put a Williams peep on it. I love that gun!!! I shot 2 nice bucks also without any fat on them at all and one was mid October before they should be rutted up. Strange not seeing any fat on the backs of either of them.
Thanks BDB! I just started shooting that gun last summer. I have owned it for close to 25 years. It just sat in the gun cabinet yearning to be taken out!
 

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I saw that video before you posted it...Rob surely put you in a hot spot! He’s a good old school hunter! Congrats on your great buck and your humbleness as well. A lot ot us could be in better shape...
 

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I saw that video before you posted it...Rob surely put you in a hot spot! He’s a good old school hunter! Congrats on your great buck and your humbleness as well. A lot ot us could be in better shape...
Thanks Mow! He is a great hunter and friend/Uncle. After that hunt, by next year I will be running them down!


Congrats Benny on a very nice buck .
Way to get it done !
Thanks Sportsman!
 




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