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Old 09-23-2008, 08:33 PM
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Sept. 13 - 21: 7 times in the stand with no deer seen, the full moon and heat were rough on my opening week efforts.

Sept. 23rd : Hunted from an old reliable sweetgum this evening and the deer floodgates opened! I looked to my left about 6 pm and saw a big bodied buck cruising by about 55 yards away. He didn't pause long but I could see he had long main beams. He came back into view about 10 minutes later and went through the whole scrape making routine about 45 yards from my tree.....workiing the licking branch over real good then raking the ground with his hooves before stepping up and going through the rub-urination sequence. He put on a great show before dissapearing into the thick stuff again!

Just a few minutes later 4 does are running with their flags up in right in front of me from the direction the buck was heading. Instead of running after them he just came walking slowly down the general path they took and paused for several minutes with his head down towards the ground. I never was able to get a real good read on his rack as far as points and spread but I'm sure he was a mature buck......he was built like a bull!

About 7:00 pm 6 more does and yearlings came feeding by and I had a nice mature doe offering me the sweetest looking 7 yard shots you could ask for during the last fifteen minutes of daylight but I chose not to take her in hopes of getting a shot at a good buck in that spot later this week.

Slick heads were feeding on water oaks.
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