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Aug-26-17, 
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"San Juan archery buck"

Hey guys I wanted to give an update on my San Juan hunt. It was AWESOME!! In my scouting trips down there I found the north end of the unit held more quality bucks (just my experience) so that's where I focused my time. I hunted from north long point to big notch....& everywhere in between. On Wednesday I was able to catch up to an absolutely gorgeous buck and take him. After my number 1 hit list buck had been taken by another hunter opening morning who just beat me to him (huge congrats to him on an absolute giant....hopefully he posts him up on here) I was happy for the guy who got him, but feeling down on myself for missing out on the opportunity to get a crack at him. Then after 2 close calls on my number 2 hit list buck, he was hit and ultimately lost by another hunter. Luckily I had a handful of shooter bucks to go after because my hitlist was dwindling fast. Honestly I was beginning to feel a little down & that I was always a step behind....that the stars just weren't aligning for me. Luckily on Monday I found some new faces to go after. I must have just lucked into the buck I ended up getting because I had never seen him on my scouting trips.

Anyway the stars eventually did align for me on Wednesday evening and I was lucky enough to catch up to a fantastic , clean 4 point. After trailing him as he fed straight away from me offering no clean shot, I began to angle to the side of him trying to keep up with his pace. When he would walk I would walk. When he would stop I would freeze. This continued for half an hour but by now I was positioning myself for a quartering shot. I was no longer looking at his white butt walking away.👍🏼.....game on!! I determined a good, clear shooting lane he was heading towards so I stopped and got the range....42 yards. Luckily he stayed on his path, vitals now exposed. He entered the lane & I drew. When he stopped I turned the arrow loose. My hunt all culminated in that split second as that arrow traveled 42 yards, hitting its mark, blowing right through the unsuspecting buck. I instantly saw my arrow exit as he reacted to the impact. He jumped and ran away. Just as he was going out of sight I saw him turn.....or so I thought. Turns out that's when/where he tipped over dead. The death run was quick....70-80 yards. I quickly went to the "scene of the crime" to find my arrow. Upon finding my arrow I was relieved to see that it was soaked from tip to nock in dark red, bubbly blood. The shot was a hard quartering and as I replayed how it all went down in my mind, remembering the arrow impact I was concerned of a high & back impact. Inspection of my arrow and my minds replay led me to believe it was a lethal liver & lung shot.

Anxious to begin tracking it was hard to patiently wait there. I had always been taught to wait at least 30 minutes. Light was starting to fade & after what I felt was an eternity, I began to follow. The trauma was almost instant. The blood trail was pretty defined so I followed suit. Slowly I crept along trying not to disturb the ground he had passed over. Slowly I went, taking my time, thoroughly examining the blood red spotted ground. Only after 30-40 yards of tracking I just so happened to look up and saw his left antler towering above the bushes a mere 40 yards ahead.

At that moment, I knew my stars had finally aligned and that he was mine. I felt/feel so blessed and fortunate for that fateful evening of August 23rd, 2017....for that will forever be one my most cherished hunting memories of my life. I pay tribute to my most worthy opponent.....I honor him in his life and all his wonder, glory, majesty, & splendor. I hope every time I look at him (post taxidermy of course) I hope I can relive that evening. SUCH AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE!! As all of you, I live for this.👍🏼 Thanks for taking the time to read over this long-winded post....and I wish you all a safe and successful hunting season!! Make memories out there......out


shortly after following the blood trail I looked up 40 yards ahead & saw this


As hey lay when I walked up to him

That g-4 is just under 14 inches


19 inch g-2



Taped him out at 196 1/8" gross, 193 5/8" net.....buck of a lifetime👍🏼

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: San Juan a...  elkassassin      Aug-26-17   1 
 RE: San Juan a...  huntnmulies      Aug-26-17   2 
  RE: San Juan a...  Gator      Aug-26-17   3 
  RE: San Juan a...  midwesthunt...      Aug-29-17   26 
 RE: San Juan a...  Joe2Kool      Aug-26-17   4 
  RE: San Juan a...  snoodafruff      Aug-26-17   5 
  RE: San Juan a...  missalot      Aug-26-17   6 
   RE: San Juan a...  snoodafruff      Aug-26-17   7 
 RE: San Juan a...  sourkraut      Aug-26-17   8 
  RE: San Juan a...  Stubaby      Aug-26-17   9 
   RE: San Juan a...  gznokes      Aug-26-17   10 
    RE: San Juan a...  snoodafruff      Aug-27-17   14 
 RE: San Juan a...  mossyhorn      Aug-27-17   11 
  RE: San Juan a...  cmbbulldog      Aug-27-17   13 
 RE: San Juan a...  rmanwill      Aug-27-17   12 
  RE: San Juan a...  unclebuck      Aug-27-17   15 
   RE: San Juan a...  Ant      Aug-27-17   16 
    RE: San Juan a...  Gator      Aug-28-17   17 
 RE: San Juan a...  wapitiman      Aug-28-17   18 
  RE: San Juan a...  snoodafruff      Aug-28-17   19 
   RE: San Juan a...  huntin50      Aug-28-17   20 
    RE: San Juan a...  Toro      Aug-28-17   21 
     RE: San Juan a...  snoodafruff      Aug-28-17   22 
      RE: San Juan a...  Trevor      Aug-28-17   23 
       RE: San Juan a...  snoodafruff      Aug-28-17   24 
        RE: San Juan a...  grizzly      Aug-29-17   27 
 RE: San Juan a...  ReinerDude      Aug-29-17   25 

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elkassassin
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Aug-26-17, 
06:14 PM (MST)
1. "RE: San Juan archery buck"

Nice Buck!

Back Me Off to 1,700 Yards,650 is a Little Close & I'm Not Comfortable with it!

A GUT SHOT at 1,700 Yards will Still Make Some Good BRAGGIN Rights so I Can Say I At Least Hit Him!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OsWQNYfEYo

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Aug-26-17, 
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2. "RE: San Juan archery buck"

What a stud of a buck! Congrats on a true trophy my friend

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Aug-26-17, 
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3. "RE: San Juan archery buck"

Wowser
That is one fine Buck, The hunt sounds like a dandy too.
Now to hope you can draw it again in the next several years.

"I have found if you go the extra mile it's Never crowded".
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midwesthunter
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Aug-29-17, 
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great buck, congrats

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Aug-26-17, 
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4. "RE: San Juan archery buck"

Kool story and a kool buck!

Congratulations!

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Aug-26-17, 
07:38 PM (MST)
5. "RE: San Juan archery buck"

Gator,

If only one could be so lucky to hunt "The San Juan" every several years. It is such a magnificent place that just draws you in.....truly one of Utah's hunting gems.

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Aug-26-17, 
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6. "RE: San Juan archery buck"

Nice buck....if that's your third choice, I would love to see what #1 looked like.

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Aug-26-17, 
08:26 PM (MST)
7. "RE: San Juan archery buck"

Oh I have pictures & video of him, but out of respect for the hunter that took him, I will refrain. He's a giant 4x5.....probably 205-210

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Aug-26-17, 
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Great buck and a great story. Well done! sourkraut

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Aug-26-17, 
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Sweeeeeeeeeet buck. Thanks for sharing.

"That's a special feeling, Lloyd"

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Aug-26-17, 
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10. "RE: San Juan archery buck"

big buck! nice
Were you chasing that 246"er as your #1?

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14. "RE: San Juan archery buck"

Gznokes,
No he was not my number 1. I never saw him. My number 1 was a 4x5 pretty similar to my buck (not super wide, but tall & deep forked), with a 5" cheater and really palmatted back forks. Number 2 was a really nice, wide 5x7 who was hit and lost by another hunter.

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Aug-27-17, 
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Fantastic story and buck!!

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Aug-27-17, 
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Congrats, that's a beautiful looking deer right there.

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Aug-27-17, 
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Congrats. Awesome buck. Thanks for sharing.

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Aug-27-17, 
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What a stud. Way to stay persistent. Congrats!

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Aug-27-17, 
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LAST EDITED ON Aug-27-17 AT 06:03 PM (MST)

I really enjoyed reading your post. Well said about your worthy opponet. Beautiful buck!!

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Aug-28-17, 
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LAST EDITED ON Aug-28-17 AT 09:12 AM (MST)

Yep 17 pts and counting.
You will be invited along if I draw for sure.

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Aug-28-17, 
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Awesome deer man!

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Aug-28-17, 
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Gator,

Deal!!👍🏼......would love to join you? 17 points....are you going bow, smoke, thunder stick, or "d".....all the above (premium)?

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Aug-28-17, 
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congrats on a great buck!

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Aug-28-17, 
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21. "RE: San Juan archery buck"

Wow, awesome buck, congrats! He looks very similar to a buck I've been watching while waiting for the NM season opener on Sept 1.

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Aug-28-17, 
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Good luck Toro on your hunt. Knock him down & we'll compare notes.

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Trevor
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Aug-28-17, 
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Sweet buck! Absolutely gorgeous. Have you scored him?

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snoodafruff
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Aug-28-17, 
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24. "RE: San Juan archery buck"

Trevor,

I scored him at 196 1/8" gross, 193 5/8" net. He's 25" wide (outside), & 21" tall. Adding up all the measurements his left side was 2 1/2" bigger than the right. Although not super wide his length is outstanding......just a really clean, sharp looking "classic" typical. I couldn't be happier!!

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Aug-29-17, 
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27. "RE: San Juan archery buck"

>I scored him at 196 1/8"
>gross, 193 5/8" net.

I believe it. That's one of those great bucks with long tines that a lot of people misjudge.

Awesome job. That is a buck of a lifetime.

Grizzly

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Aug-29-17, 
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Congrats on a great deer! I appreciated all the pictures & story, I can tell that you try & savor the whole hunt (me too)! Great memories

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