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A Maryland Record Book 8pt Taken Down!

Here’s a picture of one of the best 8pt bucks I’ve ever seen and it was taken in MD just recently. I know the deer was 6.5yrs old and the guys only had one pic of him at 3.5. Just goes to show how wise these old bucks can get. I have been asked to keep all information about this deer confidential so just enjoy the picture.


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Maryland Huntography Dirtnap #15: Mistaken Identity Leads To A Beautiful Young Buck

If there was ever a good time to tell a story it’s now. Yesterday on the last day of Maryland’s firearm season I had the opportunity to shoot a great buck, and I did, just wasn’t the one I thought he was.

With an invite from one of my best buds Dave Ziegler, I found myself in a tree on his property Saturday morning. It was a pretty slow morning as I had only seen one doe early then nothing till 8:30 when a train of deer charged down the hill. I was scanning the woods head on when I heard crashing behind me and When I turned around there was a pile of deer coming down the hill. I immediately noticed a nice buck in the group, got my gun up and began glassing him. He was a superb buck, long main beam, long tines, great mass, but he was only about 13″ wide. Now as he got closer I also noticed he had a split brow time that made him an 11pt. This buck ended up at 15 yards from my stand but I was uncertain whether he was 3 or 4 yrs old, either way I knew he needed another year and he would be a true giant. This was truly one of those experiences that keep you coming back for more. Things got slow again after those deer left and as I was about to get down I saw another herd of deer coming of the ridge the other ones came from. These deer were a little farther away and again I noticed a nice buck in the group. This time I noticed a palmated side of his rack and immediately thought of a buck Dave showed me a picture of, Shrek, could it be him. As quick as I saw him, he was gone that fast. Wow, could it be, I had to get him and I was thinking I wanted to hunt that spot again for the evening.

We all retreated back to Dave’s fathers house to warm up and figure out plans for the evening. We talked about the deer we saw and looked at pics and talked of potential deer to shoot. Dave showed me pictures of some other bucks but none were what I saw and I was pretty sure the last buck I saw was Shrek. Shrek, just like the buck I saw had a big club like end on his left side as well. With the snow storm I it’s way out hopes were high the deer movement that evening would be great.

The snow started around 2pm right when we were getting ready to get back into the woods. I got my gear together and headed into the snow storm with high hopes of a BBD. It took me a while but I made to where I wanted to be and started climbing my tree. I was only half way up when I heard some crashing and saw some deer crashing down the hill side where I saw them in the morning. Right away I saw a good buck so I grabbed my gun and tried to ready myself. Without really thinking, I let the excitement get me and as I tried to rest on the top of my climber it slipped a little since it wasn’t locked in and I gave myself quite a scare. As I gathered my composure, the buck had made his way into the thicket of rhododendron and again I settled myself. I found him in the scope and saw the palmation on his left side and the Shrek tunnel vision kicked in. I was dead certain it was him, and without even thinking I never looked at the rack again. I got solid on my stand and got ready for the shot. I followed the buck in my scope and as he made his way through the brush I patiently waited for my shot. He made he way into an opening where I could see his shoulder, I steadied my crosshairs and squeezed the trigger. The buck dropped instantly and as I started to celebrate he jumped up and was gone in an instant. I called Dave and told him what happened, and we decided I needed to get down and look right away since it was snowing so hard. I got to the spot where he went down and found blood. I followed blood for about 300 yards and found the buck down in the creek. The closer I got the more insecure I was about who I shot. As I got right up on the buck I just couldn’t believe it, he wasn’t Shrek, and he wasn’t a giant, damn what had I done. Well I had made mistake, I had gotten so caught up in the moment, and who I thought he was, I left all rational thinking out the window and I had shoot a magnificent young buck with the same characteristic of the giant Shrek. Damn did I feel bad, and know I had to tell Dave. He arrived and totally understood, I knew he was disappointed he lost a great young buck, but understood what happened. I think this has happened to all of us at one time. Just goes to show you can’t ever assume anything cause accidents do happen. I take this experience as a reminder that no matter what you always I mean always need to properly identify your target. Dave I am sorry brother, I know how hard you manage your property. I hope this story sheds some insight for people that are performing QDM on their property.

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Sorry I found it kind of hard to smile when Dave took the picture.

After you properly identify your target.

Big Buck Success For Dave Zeigler Sr.

Congratulations to my good friend Dave Zeigler Sr. on this monster buck he harvested on the first day of gun season. This buck they call Crusher had been roaming the farm all summer long and finally met his fait as he was searching for a doe early Saturday afternoon. Crusher had been watched all summer and into the season by Dave’s son Dave Jr. who runs all the cameras on the farm. Crusher is the biggest buck they have taken off the farm this year and the biggest for Mr. Dave to date. Congrats again on a super buck.

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Big Buck Down For Chris Venker

Congratulations on your opening day shotgun buck.

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Opening Day Of Gun Season Is Here InMaryland

A good start to a great day. Good luck hunters, let’s put EM down!

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Big Buck Alert!!!

The big boys are definitely on their feet, one of my buddies just took this picture from 20 yards in his car. The rut is happening, get out and hunt. Good luck and shoot straight!

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BBD For Best Friend Peyton Emerson In Ohio

Sometimes your luck is not always where you hope it would be, but as long as it’s by your side that is all that matters. After a very exciting but unsuccessful start in Maryland, Peyton headed out to Ohio in search of big country bucks. He had smacked a few does before he left and seen several big bucks but just wasn’t able to put his tag on one. Peyton has now been on his Ohio lease for two years and after putting his time in and some close encounters last year he felt this was his year. Luck had fallen by his side as he arrived right when the rut began to break open while cold air was in place. I had to listen to him for days tell me about all the bucks chasing does and I had nothing going on at home. After three days of hunting and enjoying intense rut action Peyton finally caught a glimpse of a shooter buck on the forth morning. He had the buck in and out of the thicket all morning long and finally after coming back again Peyton was able to let an arrow fly. After two years in the making he carefully aimed and smashed that spitfire right behind the shoulder of the beast only to watch him crash a meager 40 yards away. All the work, all the time, and all the effort had finally paid off.

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Congratulations to my man for getting it done in Ohio. BBD baby for Peyton Emerson. Way to go man.

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Maryland Huntography 2013 Dirtnap #8: Finally A Big Rut Buck Down!

This past Saturday morning I ventured into the woods with high hopes of seeing some good rutting action and the possibility of harvesting a big buck. I got up early, showered, got to the property in plenty of time, did everything right but sometimes it just doesn’t matter. As I started walking into the woods I could see eyes so I stopped and they just remained still, one set low one set high. I grabbed my bigger light and to my surprise there was a big buck bedded down next to a doe that was up feeding. First time for everything so I wasn’t sure what to do I decided I’ll grunt and just walk slowly at them. I did this and at 30 yards the buck finally stood up and they both casually trotted off. I then quickly got up in my stand and not minutes after getting set up here he comes chasing her back my way. This chasing went on for an hour or so and around first light they came within ten yards but it still wasn’t shooting light. Then they were gone and how disappointing was that. About ten minutes later he she comes out of the thicket and he was right on her. They came by at forty yards but again no shot and they once again vanished into the thicket. Just as my hopes were crushed I hear crashing coming my way only to see a little 4pt chasing a doe. Now this was intense as he chased this doe hard core for over an hour. Back and forth they went, it was crazy, and they were both exhausted. This bout of excitement soon ended and I was left with the peaceful quietness of the woods. I hung out another two hours and by 10 I was more than ready to go. I stood up to start packing my gear together and I heard the sound of crunching leaves. Immediately I thought damn that 4pt is back but my heart dropped when I turned around to see it was the big boy. He had come out of one thicket and was trying to get back to the other. He circled downwind about 50 yards below but then caught the scent of my Apparition Scents Blind Date estrous lure and that pulled him into 30 yards. He got directly downwind of me and when his head went behind the tree I drew and took aim. After clearing the tree he stood there with his nose up and I plowed an arrow right behind his shoulder. WHAT A RUSH! He took off for the thicket in which he came and I found him laying in there no more than a 100 yards from where I shot him. You have got to love the rut.

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Awesome Albino Buck Shot In Maryland

Still trying to get more details on this wickedly awesome buck. Pretty cool if you ask me, I woulda thrown an arrow his way too.

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BBD For Good Friend Donald Babilow

Congratulations to our good friend Donald Babikow that took a great buck over the weekend. Donald is the father of Tim, one of my field editors. Donald and Tim have been practicing QDM on their farm for years and it’s really starting to pay off as they have both harvested nice bucks this year. Way to fellas, and congrats to you both once again.

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