Ground shrinkage, deer and elk version

shannerdrake

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Some really high standards on this thread.
I thought the same thing. Half of what I shoot ends up shrinking on the ground.

I should cross-reference the “never had ground shrinkage” responders with the “never confused a hunter with an animal” responders and see how much name overlap there is.
 

Mallardsx2

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I killed this buck at 12:30 on a public land hunt in Georgia. The deer was so small that I though it was a huge buck.

I bet you the deer only weighed 80 pounds total. Fooled me good and it was ALL uphill to the truck from here.


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First time hunting Bull Elk in Nevada…glassed up this bull with a herd of about 100 cows and some rag horns. Since I was new to hunting branched antlered bulls I didn’t trust myself to field judge a bull elk on the hoof. I texted the first picture to a couple of my friends and most of them said he’d go 340-350”. Hearing that I decided I would take him. He ended up taping out at 326”, still beyond happy I was able to get my first bull elk but definitely had some ground shrinkage.
 

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First time hunting Bull Elk in Nevada…glassed up this bull with a herd of about 100 cows and some rag horns. Since I was new to hunting branched antlered bulls I didn’t trust myself to field judge a bull elk on the hoof. I texted the first picture to a couple of my friends and most of them said he’d go 340-350”. Hearing that I decided I would take him. He ended up taping out at 326”, still beyond happy I was able to get my first bull elk but definitely had some ground shrinkage.
Still an awesome bull congratulations
 

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Buck from last year. 3 year old, 16 wide. Thought he was 4 and 19 or 20 wide. Made a quick decision because I had a 30 foot window of opportunity. His deformed ears through me off. Kicked myself pretty hard for this one given that I knew this funky ear deer was in there and knew precisely how old he was because he showed up on my place as a 1 year old spike.

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Here he is the year prior.

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