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8 Pointer got a pass

Toolman286Toolman286 Member Posts: 2,932 ✭✭✭✭

I was going to carve the turkey at 3pm when I looked out a window. Our cat was sitting on a trailer & staring at something. Yup a good sized 8 pointer was next to the driveway, 20 yards from the front door. Hmmm, it was like an angel was on one shoulder & the devil on the other. After a lot of discussion, with myself, I gave him a pass and went back to preparing dinner for family. Yeah, I could have have popped him and let him lay, but it's mid 50's and I wouldn't feel up to the task after dinner and drinks.


  • montanajoemontanajoe Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 57,779 ******

    You made a good call.

  • bullshotbullshot Member Posts: 14,225 ✭✭✭✭

    And it is Thanksgiving after all ........ I agree, good call.

    "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you"
  • elubsmeelubsme Member Posts: 1,969 ✭✭✭✭

    We aren't hunters, we are sportsmen. Wife watched a nice buck walk behind a tree but could not see anything but hair, did not shoot thinking it might be a gut shot and passed him up. Did I say Sportsman? I meant sportswoman!

  • MobuckMobuck Member Posts: 13,672 ✭✭✭✭

    Let's see: Thanksgiving dinner or 'good sized 8 point'? HMMM, (whisper over shoulder) "Hey, keep this warm for another 15 minutes. I'll be right back."😁🙃

  • pulsarncpulsarnc Member Posts: 6,171 ✭✭✭✭

    Likely would have let him walk also . Season been in since mid October. I just sighted in my rifle last week .. just haven't felt the urgency to go .....yet . Course the fact that i can sit on my back deck and hunt does make it easy .

    cry Havoc and let slip  the dogs of war..... 
  • susiesusie Member Posts: 7,304 ✭✭✭✭

    Yep. Small work vs. Big work, family good times vs. Labor. There will be other deer. Family get togethers are becoming more rare. Choose the good times every time. I have passed on deer who looked too young, too tough or weather was not conducive considering bang for buck (pun intended).

  • Toolman286Toolman286 Member Posts: 2,932 ✭✭✭✭

    Yes, Mom will be 98 in 10 days. More important to spend time with her & family.

    Of course, it wouldn't be the first time she (or my wife) helped process a deer.

  • austin20austin20 Member Posts: 34,661 ✭✭✭✭

    Let’s hope that 8 pointer is giving thanks.

  • wolfpackwolfpack Member Posts: 1,117 ✭✭✭✭

    Nice of you to let him walk. I never even think about shooting something around the house like that but if they are out in the woods it's game on.

  • OakieOakie Member Posts: 40,519 ✭✭✭✭

    There are certain days of the year, that everything needs to have peace and harmony. You did good my friend. This is the reason I never hunt on Thanksgiving and Christmas eve or day.

  • Toolman286Toolman286 Member Posts: 2,932 ✭✭✭✭

    Thanks to everyone. Now I don't feel so bad about the one that I let get away.

  • BrookwoodBrookwood Member, Moderator Posts: 13,163 ******

    I had two chances at a big buck one time. Using a BP percussion longrifle where each cap fired and failed to ignite the main charges. The first "pop" made the buck look up. The second, made him run away. When I took a 3rd shot at a tree, just to see what would happen......the darn thing went off!!! 😫 Told my hunting pardner who was with me the story and he just said "It was not that deer's day to die"

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