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#2747739 - 11/24/14 10:15 AM This girl holding a 21 point buck... She is my daughter…
Infidel 762 Offline
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Registered: 04/04/14
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Saddle up... Lock and load...



As for myself, one thing that tops coyotes on strings is an encounter with a mature whitetail... The encounters elevate even higher when watching them through the eyes of my daughter... Seems as if during those encounters I see life a little less serious yet much more profound... Perhaps those encounters preserve an element from the Dark Ages, before Enlightenment brought about its many changes... Whatever it is, it definitely holds an element that only exists outside the realm of civilization...

My most recent encounter came this last weekend after rattling with the black rack. I finished up a series and bent over to set the antlers down... As soon as I rose up I see this deer at about 200 yards heading straight for us... I nudge my daughter; "Shooter get ready!" The deer was coming in on my side... I leaned back and got the rifle rested on the railing and pointed in the direction of the deer's approach... He was closing the distance fast, did not want to risk movement so I told my daughter that she was going to have to "just shoot over me"...



I looked at him through the binos and recognize him from trail cam pics... "It's Trash!"



It's a name my daughter and I came up with... Trash was one my daughter was hoping to shoot...



He stops at about 150 yards out... I grunt at him a couple times and he starts heading towards us again... I notice my daughter is breathing heavy... I whisper "relax... don't rush the shot". As he continues to close the distance I realize I need to relax as well... She is leaning over me and my jitters could affect her accuracy... I look over at her and think “[beeep] she is calmer than me”... Watching him through the scope she is calm, focused and has not said a single word... I whisper "are you good?" As she exhales she simply replies "yessssss....”.

He is less than 100 yards and his approach has slowed... I feel burning in my lungs… He is zig zagging through the cedars occasionally stopping, looking for the deer he thought he heard fighting... The closer he gets, the more the air around us seemed to grow a life force of its own, one fed by the power of this deer... It's the life force all true hunters know without words and it was filling all available space as I whisper "when he gets in this next opening I am going to stop him... Shoot him then"...

He steps into the shooting lane and I grunt at him... He stops immediately standing broadside, slightly quartering away and looks up at us... Absolute dead calm and silence... At that exact moment I felt like a 3rd wheel... I had set the stage for this faceoff between Trash and my daughter... Now the situation is completely out of my hands and up to her to close the deal... I remember thinking; "I would have shot by now" and then CRACK!!! He ran wobbly with his tail spinning like a cork screw just over a small rise and out of sight... I scanned every opening watching for him to run through and saw nothing...”Did I get him?!?... Did I get him?!?”… I told my daughter; "yes… the way he was running he is not going far". After a few minutes I decided for us to go down to where he was shot and look for blood... I did not see any blood so I walked to where I saw him last and looked just over the rise... There he was, not 30 yards from where he was shot...



This is my daughter's second best deer... That puts it up there with some of my best...



We created a memory that I will carry all the rest of my days...

It is now part of her and she will carry it as well...
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#2747746 - 11/24/14 10:25 AM Re: This girl holding a 21 point buck... She is my daughter… [Re: Infidel 762]
Lefty SRH Offline
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Registered: 01/09/14
Posts: 2024
Loc: North AL
Congrats young lady and to you Papa! I had a similar experience with my daughter earlier this year. Theirs nothing like it!
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#2747769 - 11/24/14 10:51 AM Re: This girl holding a 21 point buck... She is my daughter… [Re: Infidel 762]
atd Offline
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Registered: 04/07/11
Posts: 1153
Loc: Miami Beach
Great hunt. Quite the little deer slayer. Nice buck-looks like maybe his right antler was singed by lightning or something.

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#2747771 - 11/24/14 10:51 AM Re: This girl holding a 21 point buck... She is my daughter… [Re: Lefty SRH]
1up5down Offline
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Registered: 08/23/11
Posts: 1722
Loc: West Virginia
Awesome story and great pics to boot! Congrats to you both.
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#2747782 - 11/24/14 11:08 AM Re: This girl holding a 21 point buck... She is my daughter… [Re: Infidel 762]
borkon Offline
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Registered: 04/05/09
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Loc: minnesota
good stuff.
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#2747842 - 11/24/14 01:34 PM Re: This girl holding a 21 point buck... She is my daughter… [Re: Infidel 762]
Chad1754 Offline
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Loc: Montana
Awesome !
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#2747863 - 11/24/14 02:20 PM Re: This girl holding a 21 point buck... She is my daughter… [Re: Chad1754]
Redfrog Offline
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Registered: 12/12/01
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Loc: Palliser Triangle, Alberta
Congratulations!!! Great story, and great deer. Lots of character there, and I'm not referring to the deer. thumbup
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#2748008 - 11/24/14 08:48 PM Re: This girl holding a 21 point buck... She is my daughter… [Re: Infidel 762]
pwhunter Offline
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Registered: 01/01/05
Posts: 147
Loc: Missouri
Infidel, you have a great way with words, and I know exactly the feelings you're talking about. Congratulations, that's a great deer!!

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#2748100 - 11/25/14 01:18 AM Re: This girl holding a 21 point buck... She is my daughter… [Re: Infidel 762]
Infidel 762 Offline
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Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 6822
Loc: Okie
Thank you all for the kind words... I let my daughter read them... She is still smiling thumbup1

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#2748102 - 11/25/14 01:38 AM Re: This girl holding a 21 point buck... She is my daughter… [Re: atd]
Infidel 762 Offline
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Posts: 6822
Loc: Okie
Originally Posted By: atd
looks like maybe his right antler was singed by lightning or something.

His antlers are not burned… that is old velvet he was not able to rub off… it is very common to see that on drop tines and antler tips with club endings… a lot of abnormalities in deer antlers occur from injuries or simple genetics… his clubbed tips are without a doubt genetics.. Here is the same deer 2 years ago… he has always had that characteristic;

(kinda messed up the pic trying to enlarge it)

This is an abnormality that is not genetic nor from injury, but due to circumstances… This is one I shot a few years ago with a G2 that looks like the needle off a syringe… this is caused by “Bot” or “Blow Flies” that lay their eggs into their antlers while they are still in velvet… the eggs hatch into a grub that eats into the soft antler… when the antler hardens the grub falls out and hopefully gets stepped on by the deer…


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#2748113 - 11/25/14 06:10 AM Re: This girl holding a 21 point buck... She is my daughter… [Re: Infidel 762]
Smokin250 Offline
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Registered: 06/18/08
Posts: 2631
Loc: South West, OH
Wow I love the trashy ones! Congrats. Great shooting

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#2748266 - 11/25/14 02:51 PM Re: This girl holding a 21 point buck... She is my daughter… [Re: Infidel 762]
DesertRam Offline
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Registered: 04/26/01
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Loc: Las Cruces, NM USA
Poetry my good man, poetry. Thanks for sharing your daughter's hunt with us. You are truly showing her how to live the good life.
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#2748317 - 11/25/14 05:00 PM Re: This girl holding a 21 point buck... She is my daughter… [Re: Infidel 762]
Theshedhunter Offline
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Registered: 04/22/14
Posts: 1167
Loc: MT
Wow!
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#2748491 - 11/25/14 10:52 PM Re: This girl holding a 21 point buck... She is my daughter… [Re: Infidel 762]
2lazy2P Offline
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Registered: 10/12/14
Posts: 154
Loc: Texas
Awesome deer, awesome experience. Congrats to both of you.

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#2748856 - 11/26/14 09:41 PM Re: This girl holding a 21 point buck... She is my daughter… [Re: DesertRam]
Infidel 762 Offline
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Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 6822
Loc: Okie
Thank you all for your words of encouragement..

Originally Posted By: Smokin250
Wow I love the trashy ones! Congrats. Great shooting


Yep this one was very trashy... Had very little class... Cussed like a sailor;)

Originally Posted By: DesertRam
You are truly showing her how to live the good life.


She is showing me how much better life is having her... Kids are blessings... Hopefully I can keep that attitude once she starts bringing around boys... I will make sure to have a gun out cleaning it, whenever she brings one around to meet me;)

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