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FoodIsMemories

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I told my buddy he should start hunting with me since we always already hike and fish all the time every lunch break or when we can’t build cuz it’s too nasty out- we go hike or fish. He didn’t have a hunting license so he did the hunters safety, and then immediately did bow-Ed last summer, so we hunted a bit last fall during bow season. Opening day of rifle he saw me shoot a cow elk, and accidentally bear sprayed me in the face beginning the pack out. (Nutshell backpack unclipped safety, weight of pack pushed spray)
I gave him half the meat for being thru everything with me and he didn’t care to hunt much the rest the year.. maybe traumatized lol
This year he came out a few times for elk and had a cow in touching distance and he was hooked I could tell, but without bringin home the bacon his wife was over it haha yesterday I got to the spot at about 635 am and it was something like -8. Even after an hour of sunrise it was darned cold and no sun over the mountain yet. About 9:30 having not seen anything and the temps around 5-above back in town, we decided to head into work and wrap up the house we’re working on and see if the boss man will let us off to hunt rather than start a new house. He agreed it’s miserably cold and off we went back up the mountain by 11:30ish.
Back in the same spot, sunnier than ever now on the hill and still no damned deer, I told him we might be a touch late, if they’re bedded let’s take a walk to the top of the mountain behind us and see what kinda track we can turn up… it’s a grueling walk in knee-deep snow, 15 minutes in the fall but an hour easy in the snow. Killing time…
When we reach the top, we see a litter of deer track and I’m blown away because I’d been up there a couple times in the snow now, and haven’t seen a NOTHIN. The track is fresh and We agreed it can’t be too far. We take two steps and glass over this little depression… don’t see anything, creep two more steps and glass again, I see the tail flicker, whitetail. It’s a buck! Oh it’s a shooter buck!! 165 yards dude get down get down! we creep low as we can to an old burn tree maybe 25 yards in front of us as he’s feeding to our left-mostly out of sight. My buddy gets set up, and neither of us can see him well, but you know how deer are, he appears out of thin air in the same general area and presents the shot! He got his very first deer and I couldn’t be happier to have gotten to help bring that home for his family, and show what perseverance pays for! Now I just gotta get mine and my wife’s! 🤔 😵‍💫
 

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FoodIsMemories

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Lol, ya! That’s my first buck, and top right on the wall is my wife’s first buck 😂 first deer I shot was a button buck and I didn’t know it.. now my other friend I was with calls me Jeffery Fawner lol I told him it’s gonna be a chore every year if you wanna beat that
 

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