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Featured T9 fell to the black rifle

Discussion in 'Indiana Whitetail Hunting' started by DEC, Nov 27, 2017.

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    A buck that I called T9 (Tall 9) crossed paths with me for one final time this Saturday. I have watched this buck for at least two years. By the teeth wear my taxidermist believes him to be 4 1/2. I have pictures of him last year as a high racked 8 and I actually let him walk one day last year due to a questionable shot angle. This year he grew longer G3's, longer beams, mass, and a 9th point. I was getting pictures of him pretty regularly, but all at night or right at the end of shooting time.

    Sunday, November 12th, he came in 5 minutes into legal time at 25 yards, but it was too dark that morning to get a clean shot. So I videoed him and had to painfully let him walk away. The next evening, he came back out and for 90 minutes I watched him dog a doe, finally breeding her. 65 yards was as close as he would get that evening. I hunted this deer every day except for Thanksgiving after that encounter. I spent 24 out of 28 days in the stand hunting him or one of two other bucks (both giants), as I had made my that I was not settling for any other deer this year. I passed up many real good bucks this year that I want to see make it another year, as my mind was made up.

    This past Saturday morning it all came together. I had just watched 4 does mill around and leave not 30 yards from me. Once they had left, I was texting a buddy, joking about getting an itchy trigger finger, when I looked to my left and there stood T9, 40 yards from me. He sniffed around and then came across in front of me. At 25 yards I let the 450 Bushmaster eat. A 15 yard snow plow run and it was over. All of the 100+ hours of stand time over four weeks and it came down to a 30 second encounter. Elation for the reward and sadness that the cat and mouse game was over ... all in one moment.

    This has been the most enjoyable year of hunting that I can ever remember and this buck was just the icing on the cake.


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  2. Good story and great patience on an awsome deer! Congratulations!
     

  3. Great buck and thanks for sharing the story as well! Congrats!
     
  4. Great story, and a fine looking deer. Congrats!
     
  5. Great deer! Thanks for the story!
     
  6. I find the history with specific deer so fascinating. You get to know them in a sense, watching their development and trying to figure out how their brains work ... why they do what they do and why they go where they go. This is a trail cam photo from the summer of 2016. Between my daughter and myself, we killed all three of these nice bucks the past two seasons. It just adds to the memories of each hunt.

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  7. Congratulations on a nice buck.
     
  8. What county did you take him in? Congrats!
     
  9. Steuben ... on land that I own.
     
  10. Steve

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    That is a great story, and to see them all in one photo is quite remarkable. Congrats on capping off a great season.
     
  11. Congrats, In my opinion the 450 Bushmaster is the ideal whitetail round for most of the midwest. If they don't go down, they don't go far.
     
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