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Offline trubltrubl

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a story and photos to share to keep us thinking of our passion
« on: February 16, 2014, 04:03:00 PM »
As a shed thread was posted on POW WOW it reminded me of the 2010 find ..here is a small story and pics for you to enjoy

As we have settled into the winter months and long to be out in the woods with bow in hand and the smells of fall I send this out to all of you  to keep the spirit of hunting in our thoughts. To harvest a buck like this..is  a dream of any hunter...a lifetime buck for any  seasoned hunter or neophyte . These sheds were found in 2010  three days apart ....they are in one word...spectacular..they score 210 but that is not so glorious as the character in the drops and kickers and symetry....... . Odin and I worked as a team although I am pretty sure he figured he was just out for his usual walk. I just watch him ,  as I search ......as any smell that is interesting he will always explore...  on this momentous find I brought him into the area I felt the monarch was bedding and he found both sheds that were mostly buried in a foot of snow...it was like winning the lottery...what a find...
I'll never forget the summer I first saw him crossing a ravine about 75 yards infront of  Linda and Odin and I .. I recall saying to Linda...did you see THAT  ?  Her reply was  " , yup , a deer ".  I said   "no ..not a deer.....THE DEER " For the rest of the summer and fall I tried to figure where he was bedding ......I saw  parts a large deer that was bedding in a very thick and fairly small patch of trees and willows....I kept my distance all fall and winter  hoping this was his bedroom.....and later found one shed in this location and the second shed about 80 yards away in another set of trees that were on a steep hill shading the deer from winds and hot afternoon sun...
the story for this monarch ends unfortunately with his death a year and a half later by a vehicle ....I have seen what I believe to be a few of his offspring but have yet to get any of there sheds....
 
Why was he not hunted ?...he lived in a free roaming area of 9 square miles but ...an area  where hunting is not allowed....would he have gotten this big otherwise....maybe........He was pretty crafty and few knew of him  even existing even though several people frequent the area hiking and walking their keenly scenting dogs....if he left the area and was seen by any bowhunter...I am pretty sure he would have been pursued   to the extreme.....Are there bucks like this in other parts of Alberta where hunters frequent.....maybe....if there is ..those bucks are the most clever and secretive ungulates that grace this land....only to be taken if they make a mistake in their travels , or maybe during the rut when caution takes a sidestep to primal instincts, that costs  many a buck  their life.
 
hope you enjoyed this late winter story and photos

   
   

Offline calgarychef

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Re: a story and photos to share to keep us thinking of our passion
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2014, 06:37:00 PM »
Dang!

Offline Dog Walker

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Re: a story and photos to share to keep us thinking of our passion
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2014, 10:07:00 PM »
Wow, what a monster! Your story reminds me of one an acquaintance told me about 20 years ago.  Here, in the Edmonton bow zone, is a community called "Blue Ridge" and he named him, appropriately - "The Blueberry Buck". This acquaintance, told me storys of multiple sightings, over about 3 or 4 years. He found sheds but not complete pairs. The story ends the same - car got him.  

I really enjoyed you story, you have a gift for writing. Got more?   :clapper:
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