Deer Hunting Big Bucks Decisions

big bucks decisions

Big bucks decisions sometimes have to be very quick.

I wanted to tell you a story one of those big bucks decisions that happened to me while deer hunting at BF Grant WMA in Georgia. There comes times when we are out deer hunting that we have to make quick decisions, decisions that are right or wrong. This is one of those big bucks decisions has stayed with me for years and I wanted to tell you about it.

Big Bucks Decisions

My grandmother grew up on a dairy farm in a little town called Godfrey in Putnam county in Georgia. Which is where BF Grant WMA is located. I had seen a lot of big bucks taken at BF Grant, in issues of Georgia Outdoor News. So I thought it would be really neat to go deer hunting big bucks where my grandmother was raised. They have two rifle quota hunts every year. The first one being harder to get drawn for. I had seen some nice trophies taken during the second hunt so I put in for it, for the up coming season. And I was drawn. I went scouting and found a really good looking spot to hunt. I picked out a tree and didn’t go back until the morning of the hunt.

It was a perfect late November morning the day of the hunt. I got there early and made my way through the woods in the dark down to the area I had picked a tree to get in my portable. But I couldn’t find the exact tree I had picked out when I was scouting. So I looked a little while and finally picked another tree. As the sun came up I realized the tree I couldn’t find was about twenty yards away. And I realized the tree I was in now wasn’t a very good choice. I was sticking out like a sore thumb. I had absolutely no cover of any kind. But I was settled in and it was daylight and a great cold morning, and the rut was in full swing. I was about thirty yards inside the property line beside a huge pasture that wasn’t part of the WMA I was on. The regulations made it clear that the pasture was private property.

About 9:00am I did a rattle sequence and threw in a few grunts. Well, the cows in the pasture spotted me and came over to get a look and see what in the world was making all of that noise up in that tree. I guess they didn’t know I was trying to rattle in a trophy buck not a cow. One of the cows was sick, and making the most awful noise you have ever heard. I let my guard down for a minute and I’m admiring the cows, when all of the sudden I hear a noise over my left shoulder. I turned to see what it was and it’s the biggest buck I have ever seen. He came across a clear cut to my calling and had spotted me sticking out like a sore thumb in that tree, turned around admiring the cows. When I heard him he had jumped a barb wire fence and landed on the other side, off of the WMA property I was on. When he landed he started running across the pasture, that’s when it dawned on me he was off of the WMA. I had a decision to make and I had to make it fast. A friend of mine that taught me a lot about shooting, told me if a buck is running, pick an open window ahead of him and when he runs into it, squeeze the trigger. The only two times I have ever tried this it worked perfectly. So I knew I could make the shot. But it wasn’t right, and I wasn’t going to do it. So I did the only thing I could think of to do and grabbed my grunt call and started grunting like crazy. But the game was over and he wasn’t playing any more. As I watched him run out of sight I felt like crying. I had a shot at the buck of my dreams and I couldn’t take it. What would you have done?

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Nine Pointer Deer Hunting Gwinnett

The other day I did a post about deer hunting Gwinnett big bucks on small tracts of property. I had mentioned a buck that I took on a fourteen acre tract of land. I’ve been wanting to put a post in the big bucks profiles, of the Gwinnett county buck. So I am going to profile my special nine pointer Gwinnett county buck. It’s one of my biggest bucks and it is probably the most special buck deer hunting.

Deer Hunting Gwinnett

buck taken deer hunting Gwinnett

This is my buck I took deer hunting Gwinnett county.

My father bought fourteen acres in Gwinnett county in Georgia years ago. We used to go a lot on it. It was a prime piece of property for whitetails. It’s where I took my first buck. My father built a house on the property and it was really nice. There were some great spots on it to go. I called my dad on a Sunday night to see if he had seen any deer when he went during the weekend.

He said he was in a stand on the creek that backs up to I-85. It’s a natural funnel. A pasture comes down to a strip of woods that goes up a hill to the interstate. It was just a prime spot. There were a lot of deer rubs and scrapes in the area. You could tell there were some big bucks using the area. I couldn’t go that weekend, so my dad was by his self. A big trophy buck came down the hill from behind him and saw my dad before he saw the buck. It was getting out of town in a hurry by the time dad saw it.

It was full rut and the big bucks were on the move. We had been almost every weekend, and had seen a lot of whitetails. So after he told me this I had the fever bad. I was fighting a cold but I wanted to get in the woods. I called a good friend of mine and asked him if he wanted to go with me, he said yes, so the next morning we were on our way. I told my friend that the bucks were in rut and I would be surprised if we didn’t see some action. My dad had seen several bucks.

I put him in his stand and I went and got in the stand near the highway. It was cold and I was sick, I was trying not to cough the whole hunt, I didn’t see anything all morning. But about 9:00am I started calling with a grunt call persistently. The traffic going by made it hard to hear anything walking in the woods. I was determined, several times I wanted to end the hunt, but I kept hitting that grunt call persistently.

Then it was about 10:30am and I heard something over my right shoulder. It was him, the big buck my dad had described to me that had seen him first. He saw me about the time I saw him. My gun was turned the wrong way when I first heard him. So as I turned to see what it was I swung my gun around and put it up immediately. He was about to bolt when my Winchester model 100 308 went off. I could tell he was hurt by the way he ran off.

I went back to my dads house and my friend was asleep in the car. We went to where I shot him and found blood and hair. We followed the trail a little ways then we found some bone. But the blood trail ran out. I had an idea. My dad had a bird dog and a German shepherd. We went and got them.

I figured the bird dog would be the best tracking dog. But when we got to the last place we found blood the bird dog looked lost but the German Shepherd was excited and ready to get that deer. I quickly gave my buddy the bird dog and I got Black Jack. Black Jack smelled the trophy and was pulling me down the same trail the buck had taken. Then he yanked the leash out of my hand and was running full speed. I couldn’t keep up. Then I heard Black Jack start barking like crazy. I ran to where he was and there is the big buck and Black Jack in a stand off. I quickly finished him off. I was so excited. It was my biggest buck ever. The buck had lost a lot of weight during the rut so he didn’t have a lot of fat on him. If my dad wouldn’t have told me about seeing that big buck, I don’t know if I would have gotten him. I am extremely proud of him. He will always be special to me.

Kudzu Buck

dead kudzu buck

This kudzu buck died when he got tangled in kudzu.

Have you ever seen a kudzu buck?

Kudzu Buck Dead

The deer really like kudzu. If you like deer hunting big bucks you may like this story.

Just the other day my father in law Bill called me and said he had found a photo copy of a picture he had taken on his hunting property. Right in his own back yard. He said he thought this would be a great story for us. There have been several big bucks taken deer hunting on this property. His grandson had told him he thought he heard two big bucks fighting back there. It’s several acres back there with part of it being a kudzu field. I’ve been deer hunting back there and it just looks like there would be some big bucks living there. Bill went to see what the commotion was back there that his grandson had heard. It’s pretty thick back there. As Bill was walking down through there, he spotted a deer leg. Then he spotted the deer. In all his years of deer hunting he hadn’t seen anything quite like this. It was a trophy buck that had gotten his rack entangled in the kudzu. He must have freaked out and broke his own neck trying to get loose. It was just a freak accident. Bill went and got his camera and took some pictures. He can’t find the original pictures or negatives but he did find a photo copy. The quality isn’t very good. If he locates the original photos I’ll update this post. It’s like when two bucks get locked up and can’t get apart. Except it’s just one kudzu buck. Bill eventually cut the buck out of the kudzu and cut off the antlers. If you are like me, and like deer hunting big bucks, you sure hate to see a big buck die like this, especially if it’s one you are hunting in your own backyard.

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