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Sweet November
11-27-2011, 11:01 AM
About three years ago or so I found this website and Bob S. purchased a QDM membership for me for his birthday. What a nice gesture and that jump started my QDM efforts. A lot has changed at the property I hunt. Just four years ago our deer sightings were few and we essentially had to hope for a cruising buck to travel through the property. I knew we needed groceries on the property so I became educated on how to plant food plots. With the help of this site, we now have 4 acres of food plots; all planted with an ATV. This season we had corn, soybeans, white clover, winter rye and brassicas. Cover has been enhanced with logging and chainsaw work and smarter hunting tactics have been used. A few of the neighbors are practicing QDM and we have never had more enjoyment from working on the property, looking at trail cam pics, and hunting nice bucks than ever before. We've also been fortunate in taking some nice bucks in recent years. Thanks to QDMA, Bob S., Paul Knox, and all the contributing members to this site. After 43 years of hunting, my father in law connected on his first "big buck". He hasn't been able to wipe the smile off his face since!

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All the best, Craig

Terrific_tom
11-27-2011, 12:03 PM
Great looking buck Craig. Congrats to your Father-in-law.

MUZZY1
11-27-2011, 12:29 PM
congrats !!

Sweet November
11-27-2011, 02:06 PM
Great looking buck Craig. Congrats to your Father-in-law.

Thanks Tom! Hope you had an enjoyable and safe gun season. I have a friend who hunts between Mattoon and Antigo and they had several trail cam photos of wolves this fall. We have an established pack not too far from us in the Stockbridge-Munsee Indian Reservation, but we have yet to get any trail cam photos of them.

All the best, Craig

Terrific_tom
11-27-2011, 03:25 PM
Thanks Tom! Hope you had an enjoyable and safe gun season. I have a friend who hunts between Mattoon and Antigo and they had several trail cam photos of wolves this fall. We have an established pack not too far from us in the Stockbridge-Munsee Indian Reservation, but we have yet to get any trail cam photos of them.

All the best, Craig

Actually Craig I made my way up to Northwestern Wisconsin in Bayfield County for the 26th consecutive year for Gun Season. This was by far my worst gun season ever. 4 out of 5 of us never saw a deer in 5 1/2 days of hard hunting. Saw wolf tracks every where we went. Never saw one fawn track. Getting packed and ready to head up to my land by Antigo for the Muzzleloader season. Should be in stand tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully I have better luck at my land.

Sweet November
11-27-2011, 04:00 PM
Actually Craig I made my way up to Northwestern Wisconsin in Bayfield County for the 26th consecutive year for Gun Season. This was by far my worst gun season ever. 4 out of 5 of us never saw a deer in 5 1/2 days of hard hunting. Saw wolf tracks every where we went. Never saw one fawn track. Getting packed and ready to head up to my land by Antigo for the Muzzleloader season. Should be in stand tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully I have better luck at my land.

I've heard that areas of the northwoods are really hurting for deer. I hate to see that. Good luck with that muzzleloader. You've got the food and didn't have pressure during the gun season. Hopefully you run into that big boy you had on camera not too long ago.

ed1959
11-27-2011, 06:38 PM
Congrats to your Dad in Law. That's a lot of bone.

CrazyED
11-27-2011, 07:19 PM
Awesome. Congrats Craig to you and your FIL. I love to see the hard workers rewarded!

jake
11-27-2011, 08:47 PM
Nice bucks.

Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Whitetail Jiu-Jitsu
11-27-2011, 09:46 PM
43 years is a long time to wait for your first trophy, I would bet it feels pretty damn good.

outdoorstom
11-27-2011, 10:05 PM
Very nice....congrats!!

novacane
11-28-2011, 11:59 AM
Nice Looking Bucks, Congrats!!!

Sweet November
11-28-2011, 06:36 PM
Thanks guys. It was a very special hunt for my FIL. In over 4 decades of hunting he's shot plenty of bucks, but it has been just in the past 3 where he has passed up immature deer to hold out for a mature buck. I'd assume he's pretty well hooked now!

We knew this deer well. In 2010 he wasn't all that big antler wise for our area and I wasn't sure if he was 2.5 or 3.5. His antlers told me 2.5 in 2010. One of our hunters took a shot at the buck on Oct. 3rd, 2010 and hit him high in the back. Since that day he carried a scar on his left side just above the chest and just above the spine. The scar made him easy to follow from 2010 to 2011. In addition, this deer had an overbite in which his top jaw extended about 1" past his bottom jaw.

Here he was in 2010 with back wound and overbite:

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In 2011 we began getting pictures of him. His muscles on his back were damaged from the arrow and he was still sporting his overbite:

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He was almost entirely nocturnal until the rut. On Nov. 4th he marched down a logging road to work a scrape line that I was overlooking. I stopped him, settled my pin and shot. At the sound of the shot he dropped and my arrow went right over his back. Oh man! We would get many trail cam pics of him the following week and figured if he continued to walk during the daylight we'd have a great chance at him.

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The rest of the story is history. 7:45 A.M. on Wisconsin's Firearms Opener he made the mistake of walking. The WI DNR aged him at 4.5 yo. What amazes me was his jump in antler development from 3 to 4. I'd guess he was around 115" as a 3 yo and taped in the upper 140's at 4.5 yo. He had one mass measurement at 6" and all the rest in the 5's. I think I got more satisfaction out of seeing my father-in-law take him than if I would have killed him. A great memory for us...

All the best, Craig

jake
11-28-2011, 08:56 PM
^That is a awesome story with a great ending.

Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Bluecollaroutdoors
12-27-2011, 11:57 AM
Just found this now, great story craig and great deer. Congrats to the FIL and has to be very rewarding to know that your efforts are helping.

Sweet November
12-27-2011, 07:43 PM
Just found this now, great story craig and great deer. Congrats to the FIL and has to be very rewarding to know that your efforts are helping.

Thanks! Looks like you're doing some good things over there in Kewaunee County as well. I have several buddies who hunt near the Kewaunee/Door county lines and there are some good deer over there.

All the best, Craig

RJ in LA
12-27-2011, 08:12 PM
Congratulations Craig to you and your father in law. It's great that you have such a history with this buck and then have the opportunity to harvest him.

PalmettoKid
12-27-2011, 09:25 PM
Wow, like you said, huge jump in antler size.

Awesome story, love it.