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Well he is wrapped and in the freezer. Just less than 24 hours after he hit the ground.
I never found the biggin I was looking for, but he will do.
It turns out the best buck I saw was also the first deer I saw. I looked for him yesterday morning, but he had vacated the small area where I found him Sat.
The deer I ended up shooting was the same one I rattled in Monday evening. It would have made things much easier if I would have shot him as he sat there confused at 50 yards instead of video taping and laughing at my buddy who got his gun hung up in a barbed wire fence as the buck came in.
I may have to change my plans for next year and come opening weekend. There were 165, 153 and a guesstimate mid-130 bucks killed in the area I can hunt.
I still had a blast. It is unusual for me not to hunt solo, but I had fun chasing deer with a couple of buds and I guess that is what counts.
BTW, he is just your typical 4-pt, 19" outside and 20" mains. He will probably score about 120". He was with a bunch of does and an ears width 5x. I am sure the 5 pt is happy now that he is knee deep in, uhm, well, girl deer.
I will post pictures when I get back to MT (like there was any doubt?).