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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 2:24 pm 
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Well, I got back this weekend. What a grueling hunt. Next time I get drawn, I will be at least 20 lbs lighter and in better shape.

I was very lucky and got a spike stag on the 2d day. We had one of the back straps and loins last night and it is really good meat with no gaminess at all. Very lean meat. I was told that some of the older stags have a musky taste to the meat, but this is very good. I will be getting the rest of it processed tomorrow.

The picture of the spike is on my phone and I will post a picture when I get a chance.

Since this was my first hunt, I decided to go with the muzzle loader to increase my odds of getting the animal if I saw it since the success rate is so low. Now I wish I would have taken the bow since I shot it at 20 yards completely unobstructed. I was sitting in the stand at 10:57 texting my buddy asking how his hunt was going when I heard a faint sound to my right (I shoot right handed). Standing at 15 yards was the spike who was getting nervous. My uncocked gun was on my stand in front of me lying with the muzzle pointing to the left, with a glove in the thumbhole stock. I had to put away my phone, and then try to get the gun up and moved so that I could take a left handed shot. Fortunately, over the course of the couple of minutes he turned way from me a couple of times and took a few steps which allowed me to get my gun up and over, tallywhacker and ready to shoot. Quite frankly, I assumed that the stag would catch me and take off running and I would never even get a chance at a shot. Somehow it all worked out and I got the left handed shot off and double lunged him in a quartering away shot. He ran about 65 yards before piling up. This animals close up quick and the blood trails go from a ton of blood to just a few drops in less than 20 yards.

I will definitely be applying to go on the hunt again, but you pretty much have to kick scent control out the window and play the wind.


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Good story, and congrats, but where did this happen? I must have missed an earlier message.


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It occurred on St. Vincent's Island National Wildlife Preserve off the west coast of Florida. It is a 12,000 acre island and the primary purpose is to provide an environment to breed red wolves to use in restocking North Carolina.


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Way to go... Super story, thanks for posting it.


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Congrats, can't wait to see the pic.

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deer and beach camp as we approached.


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That is awesome ... Again great and interesting story ...


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