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Scott, I’ve come to appreciate whitetail, especially western whitetail, timber or prairie bucks. Easy to get jaded after watching Texas or Midwest “lee and Tiffany” or any of the qdm areas with highly restricted private ground etc.

Personally I love em all, the terrain each inhabit, and their habits. I’d take bucks over bulls every day and twice on Sunday personally. 👊🏻

Any buck that gets a few years under his belt in a otc public ground area is a different animal for sure.


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Originally Posted by Beretta_Shooter916
That damn mechanical robo deer the DNR puts out

*grins*

Last year was a first in seeing a robo deer in action for me.
I wonder if that buck was even operable (from shrapnel) by the end of the season - he was a stud. laugh

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I’ve sat with the warden while runnin a couple robo deer, pretty funny. 😂😂

I will say, if you do fall for a robo buck, you’re quite the stupid sumbitch, that’s for sure.


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Originally Posted by Judman
I’ve sat with the warden while runnin a couple robo deer, pretty funny. 😂😂

I will say, if you do fall for a robo buck, you’re quite the stupid sumbitch, that’s for sure.


I would freaking LOVE to sit with a warden and watch that action - and hopefully be close enough to hear conversations inside the cab (assuming windows are open and more than one person). LOLOL

The funny part about the above photo is when we drove down that road some time later, there was a live, smallish buck standing next to robo deer - perfect scenario. grin

I'd have taken more time to snap another photo but didn't want to bugger the operation for the warden (or pi$$ him off).


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Originally Posted by Judman
I already know the answer, Whatda guys say?

I'd take a guess at Sitka blacktail.

I hunt reg'lar blacktail in coast and cascade conditions but it's southern-ish and I sorta prefer to hunt before the rain starts 'cause it's more difficult and fewer people bother to try so at least I'm alone crashing through the bushes. Add even more rain and even more ferns .. it's gotta get harder yet.

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Originally Posted by coyote268
Blacktail hands down


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Mature whitetail buck on State Gamelands in southeast PA. Especially in Amish country

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A mature Whitetail mountain buck.


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Dave was having a property dispute with the neighbor of the land he was hunting.
Early up in the tree on Saturday morning, he saw movement, a buck.
Drew his bow back, aimed and fired.
Thought he saw sparks, but the buck was still standing.
Aim, shoot again!!
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Originally Posted by Hogwild7
An old whitetail that isn't interested in the rut.
i once watched a large old buck at about 600yds as he was watching a 6pt between he and I chase and breed a doe in a soybean field. As the young buck eased away with rhe hot doe the large buck skirted until I lost sight of him but he never stepped in to the open. An extremely old buck .....say 5 1/2 and up is like a a 50year old man,.... would he get it on if convient with a hot package?.....yes indeed. Would he go to the bars and night clubs on a maybe, or one your subject to get stabbed or shot at usually not.

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JO'C said Coues Whitetail in Arizona, Sonora - the smartest that is.

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Originally Posted by leadfeather
Originally Posted by Hogwild7
An old whitetail that isn't interested in the rut.
i once watched a large old buck at about 600yds as he was watching a 6pt between he and I chase and breed a doe in a soybean field. As the young buck eased away with rhe hot doe the large buck skirted until I lost sight of him but he never stepped in to the open. An extremely old buck .....say 5 1/2 and up is like a a 50year old man,.... would he get it on if convient with a hot package?.....yes indeed. Would he go to the bars and night clubs on a maybe, or one your subject to get stabbed or shot at usually not.
He is getting it plenty. Just not moving when and where you can see him as you said.


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The one you don’t see....

and a big mature Blacktail.

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Jack O’Connor never hunted a real Blacktail… hint 😂


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Originally Posted by T_O_M
Originally Posted by Judman
I already know the answer, Whatda guys say?

I'd take a guess at Sitka blacktail.

I hunt reg'lar blacktail in coast and cascade conditions but it's southern-ish and I sorta prefer to hunt before the rain starts 'cause it's more difficult and fewer people bother to try so at least I'm alone crashing through the bushes. Add even more rain and even more ferns .. it's gotta get harder yet.

Tom


With a 7 month season, and a fist full of otc tags, I’ll put them last… grin


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Originally Posted by Beaver10
The one you don’t see....

and a big mature Blacktail.

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Species not imagination and pretend..


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And I’ll admit, a real Blacktail is toughest, hands down… tons of otc tags, like Roosevelt’s elk, yet no one buys em.👊🏻

I love it!! Haha 😂😂


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Big blacktails are bitches. I've had the bastards let me nearly step on them. I had one let me shoot right over his head at 20' away as he lay in his bed and I shot at a younger buck. He jumped and ran only after I was done shooting at the younger deer. Too many stories to tell. Blacktails are the real deal. Most guys never get a good one, shooting only meat bucks.


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