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    I drew an area 15 muzzle loader deer tag. I scouted 4 days, including the day before the opener. I managed to find 7 bucks while scouting. Day one, I saw one spike early and a nice buck late. On day 2 I found 6 bucks that were walking into water at the same time I was, and they caught me. A very nice buck in that group. On day 3, (yesterday), I didn't see a single deer until 930. I missed a shot, and then missed shots at 2 other bucks a few hours later. I have always had a tendency to aim high when shooting a muzzle loader, and I don't know why, but it happens.

    On my way back to camp yesterday at about 515, I saw 2 bucks and 2 does in the creek bed. I got a shot, which turned out to be 155 yards. I hit him a bit far back, going in through the tenderloins and hitting the major artery. He dropped, rolled down the hill, then got up and ran about 75 yards then piled up. I was definitely pleased, as there was no ground shrinkage. (I was just wanting a buck). In total, 16 bucks in 3 days of hunting, including 2 others that were about the size or little bigger, and about 40-50 does and fawns in those 3 days.

    25 inch outside spread. I have not scored him, as I know he will not score well being a 4x3 with a lot of deductions because of the mismatch, but I am getting him mounted, as he is by far my best buck in 21 years of hunting, and one of the better bucks I have seen with a tag in my pocket. On top of that, he also had a very nice cape and was just a pretty buck.

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    That buck is a stud! Congrats!
    I'm an addict...archery, rifles, shotguns, handguns, muzzleloaders, hunting, fishing, fly fishing..and I don't want rehab

    CWEH...Colorado's Worst Elk Hunter 2007-2017 (but I'm still damned sexy) 10 years of consistency!!

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    Very nice buck!! Congrats!! If I see one like that in Wyoming in October I’ll shoot it and mount it.
    I work so I can hunt

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    He's a dandy! Congrats!

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    Nice deer!

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    Good job! He's a good buck.
    Life is too short for stupid dogs and ugly guns.

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    Looks like a great buck to me!!

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    Nice job man. Great buck!

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    Beautiful wide deer!

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    Solid buck, nice job.

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    Congrats

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    Gorgeous deer! Congrats!

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    Congratulations!

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    Well Done!!
    If you want it, you gotta earn it.

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    Congrats he is a dandy!!

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    Congrats, hope he tastes as good as he looks!

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    congrats. great buck
    T.Brown

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    I would be very happy with a buck like that. Way to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matty B View Post
    Congrats, hope he tastes as good as he looks!
    I hope so. I am going to let him age a few days.

    Thinking about keeping one shoulder whole and finding a way to slow roast, or smoke kind of like a rib roast. Maybe do a rub then 250 degrees for several hours?

    I don't know, thinking of something different.

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    I like that shoulder roast idea. Sounds great.

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    Big grin in the first photo. Great buck and sounds like a very fun hunt!

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    Great buck congratulations.

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    Nice job, congrats.

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    Great buck, Congrats!!! Is that a Traditions Muzzleloader??

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    Quote Originally Posted by prhunter View Post
    Great buck, Congrats!!! Is that a Traditions Muzzleloader??
    Yes. Pursuit LT. I think I bought it about 10 years ago when I was with my now late brother.

    It has been responsible for two cow elk and 3 bucks.

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