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    Haha thanks CJ ��


    Sorry I’ve been MIA everyone.
    Florida deer has been in full swing and I’ve been chasing after that ghost buck.

    He’s around, but magically never on public during the season.

    I drew a neat controlled hunt that started Friday and goes until this evening.

    I have seen so many deer and it’s been a lot of fun. It’s been VERY tough to pass on all these deer. Up until yesterday evening I think I saw 12 bucks and 18 does.









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    Then yesterday evening my patience paid off!

    It was around 1645 in the evening and I had a buck come in to about 65 yards. He was scent checking stuff and rubbing trees so I started to grunt at him....nothing.

    Then I hit the can twice.... nothing.

    I was about to hit the grunt again, but I heard some noise over my shoulder.
    Two other bucks were coming in.

    One split off towards the other buck and then one came to 26 yards broadside.....









    I’m so pleased!!!!! That was definitely a fun experience and got me all fired up.
    This is my biggest Florida buck to date.

    I’ll be back out this evening for my final hunt of this controlled hunt. Then I have the 9-19th to chase after the ghost!

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    Congratulations I love those deep south deer hunts. Definitely looks like you had plenty of action. How old do you think he is?

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    I already congratulated you with a text, but congrats on here as well! Mighty fine FL buck! Got me thinking about the bucks I will have running around here next year once this 4 feet of snow leaves!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildWill View Post
    Congratulations I love those deep south deer hunts. Definitely looks like you had plenty of action. How old do you think he is?
    I’ll be honest, the biologist and I were going back between a sandy 2 1/2 year old to maybe a 3 1/2.
    He just looked young.... great genes though and be beautiful looking buck!
    I was and I am so pumped!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossbowguy View Post
    I already congratulated you with a text, but congrats on here as well! Mighty fine FL buck! Got me thinking about the bucks I will have running around here next year once this 4 feet of snow leaves!
    I can’t wait to see what you have running around!
    Hope shed hunting goes well

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    5 does came in tonight and then some hogs at last light (too far out)











    That draw hunt was a lot of fun, but next weekend it’s back to business. Time to chase the ghost buck for the final portion of the season.

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    I also forgot to post this.

    Look what I found in my buck when I was butchering him.







    It was in his rear quarter between the muscle and skin.

    I believe it’s a .22 caliber round....? Pretty interesting find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostinthewoods View Post
    I’ll be honest, the biologist and I were going back between a sandy 2 1/2 year old to maybe a 3 1/2.
    He just looked young.... great genes though and be beautiful looking buck!
    I was and I am so pumped!
    Those smaller bodied southern deer can be hard to age. Regardless great buck and congrats again.

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    Looks like a good time all the way around
    To what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?

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    Great stuff

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    Congrats!!

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    Nice buck. It's a good thing you had something more lethal than a .22 with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBenHoyle View Post
    Nice buck. It's a good thing you had something more lethal than a .22 with you.
    Thank you!
    I'd imagine it was some poacher or kids/adults out being reckless and shooting at him.
    The unit I hunted is near some main roads that don't get patrolled often, so I am betting it's a poachers paradise.

    Frustrating, but I am glad they didn't kill him so I could!

    Quote Originally Posted by SPDSpappy View Post
    Congrats!!
    Thank you!
    Quote Originally Posted by duckhunt View Post
    Great stuff
    Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by CampRipleyLF View Post
    Looks like a good time all the way around
    For sure. It was such a great time!

    Quote Originally Posted by WildWill View Post
    Those smaller bodied southern deer can be hard to age. Regardless great buck and congrats again.
    Thank you!

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    Looks like the base has a jacker running around shooting at deer with a 22, probably at night. Each base usually has a wildlife division that manages the wild game on the base, if not the SP's/MP's are going to want to know about that.

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    I’ve got Friday through Monday left and my official 2018-19 season is over.

    Big boy hasn’t shown up yet, but we will see!

    I did get to help a buddy track and drag out a nice Florida public land buck today.






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    Another great FL buck! Congrats you guys!

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    Great FL buck! Congrats! All the deer hunting down here in S. FL is shut down until August. I really need to start learning some WMA's up in the northern areas of the state so I can extend my hunting seasons. So far I've only spent a little bit of time in Steinehatchee Springs WMA but want to spend some time reading the brochures for others this year to find more non-quota opportunities.
    Do more with what you've been given.

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