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Alberta 2011

Postby phutch30 » Sat Nov 19, 2011 7:24 pm

Im sitting here in alberta, inside and warm for a change. Its been a fun 8 days. Ive seen 13 140-160 bucks and one that was 180+. I kept passing on the smaller deer hoping for a chance at a giant. On Sun I had a brief glance at a big buck that i think was 160+ but he drifted through before I could get the crosshairs on him. Never saw him again. We went for a drive mon am and about 8am a big deer crossed the road in front of us. We pulled past and tried to put a sneak on him but I couldnt ever get a clear shot through the brush. MY buddy figures this one was 160-165. Sat here for the next couple days and saw several non shooters. We were on our way to the stand on wed afternoon when we saw a couple does in a feild. With them was the biggest buck Ive ever seen. My buddy who lives here said it was at least 180. He was a giant 5x5, wide heavy and tall. My buddy said the field he was in was open to hunting so we swung around and saw the deer running down the edge. We got out and put a sneak on them and easily got to 296 yards. Problem was they had jumped a fence and were in a different feild that my buddy wasnt sure he had permission in as he had just got permission on this property a week ago. So we sat there for 20 min while it got dark hoping they would come back across. Well they didnt so we snuck out after dark. That night we found out the farmer owned both fields!!!! I wanted to puke. I had that deer in the cross hairs several times broadside and could have dumped him easy. So we made plans for the next day to be on the field waiting before first light. We woke up to a howling blizzard. We went anyway and saw a doe.

To say I was dissapointed doesnt cover it. needless to say we wanted to sit the field again that night even though it was still snowing hard and really windy and below zero. I got dropped off alone (my buddy said I was nuts and on my own) at 230pm,at about 430 I saw something on the other side of the fieldthat wasnt there asec ago. Through the binos I could barly tell a deer had come out but then saw a couple more jump into the alfalfa. It was snowing so hard i couldnt tell if one was a buck so i snuck in a couple hundred yards and glassed. Through the heavy snow I could see big antlers and just about lost it. I made another move and got to what I thought was under 400 yards got set up put tthe scope on him the best I could due to the snow and squezzed one off.
....its like taking x-lax when you have a bad cough. It wont clear up your lungs, but it sure stops you from coughing
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Re: Alberta 2011

Postby TopWop » Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:23 pm

Does that mean you crapped yourself or that you squeezed the trigger?
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Re: Alberta 2011

Postby hntndux » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:28 am

Are you about done chasing Bambi?? Im ready for your Duck stories now!!!w/pics.. ALot of late rice in cali things are just getting started here.
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Re: Alberta 2011

Postby phutch30 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:07 am

Just got back home last night. Had a great time. Saw a decent number of good 140-150” deer and 2 that would break 160 and the one giant that my buddy said was in the high 170’s- 180’s.

Long story short this is not the deer I thought I was shooting at last light in a blizzard, but still a nice 155-160” buck. I should have taken a second to glass him better, but got excited. Rookie mistake LOL

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....its like taking x-lax when you have a bad cough. It wont clear up your lungs, but it sure stops you from coughing
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Re: Alberta 2011

Postby feetdown25 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:22 am

phutch30 wrote:Just got back home last night. Had a great time. Saw a decent number of good 140-150” deer and 2 that would break 160 and the one giant that my buddy said was in the high 170’s- 180’s.

Long story short this is not the deer I thought I was shooting at last light in a blizzard, but still a nice 155-160” buck. I should have taken a second to glass him better, but got excited. Rookie mistake LOL

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Thats a trophy in any hunters book down in the U.S. Awesome.
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Re: Alberta 2011

Postby GThomp » Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:26 am

Thats a damn good deer no matter where you are from. Good job.
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Re: Alberta 2011

Postby billyjett » Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:09 pm

phutch30 wrote:Just got back home last night. Had a great time. Saw a decent number of good 140-150” deer and 2 that would break 160 and the one giant that my buddy said was in the high 170’s- 180’s.

Long story short this is not the deer I thought I was shooting at last light in a blizzard, but still a nice 155-160” buck. I should have taken a second to glass him better, but got excited. Rookie mistake LOL

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Rookie or veteran, that's no mistake in my book! Nice shooting my friend ! That's a great buck.Oh how I love Venison for the Holidays.
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Re: Alberta 2011

Postby OGblackcloud » Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:07 am

Hutch :bow: Always a good story and pics :thumbsup: Congrats on the buck ! Looks like a trophy to me :thumbsup:
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Re: Alberta 2011

Postby phutch30 » Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:19 pm

dont get me wronge hes a great deer. Just hard to swallow that a 180" deer was in the field the evening before
....its like taking x-lax when you have a bad cough. It wont clear up your lungs, but it sure stops you from coughing
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Re: Alberta 2011

Postby montana quackhead » Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:09 am

Sorry hutch, I picture scored him in around 154 7/8. :biggrin: Nice whitey! Good mass. There is just something about those 180's though that keeps a guy drooling! :drool: :drool:
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Re: Alberta 2011

Postby Wild Bob » Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:30 am

You suck...only kidding! :hi: LOL. Very nice buck, congrats! We don't have any nice bucks left on the Milk in my area. Best one I saw after many, many hours in the stand was a year and half old 3 point. It''s going to be quite awhile before we get back to pre 2011 winter quality... :sad:
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Re: Alberta 2011

Postby phutch30 » Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:56 am

It wont take long 2 years and they will be everywhere again. Theres a die off every 10 years or so from 1 thing or another.
....its like taking x-lax when you have a bad cough. It wont clear up your lungs, but it sure stops you from coughing
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Re: Alberta 2011

Postby montana quackhead » Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:26 pm

What happened to the pop. Wild Bob? Blue tongue?
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Re: Alberta 2011

Postby PTROOFER FTFOWLER » Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:45 pm

Forty five feet of snow. Plus thirty feet of water all spring.
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Re: Alberta 2011

Postby Wild Bob » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:04 am

montana quackhead wrote:What happened to the pop. Wild Bob? Blue tongue?



Yep, Ptroofer pretty much hit the nail on the head. 114" of snow, followed by floods from April to July, then a triple wammy with EHD occuring in August (+/- on that time frame.)
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