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DrColdsteel 11-17-2009 08:50 AM

Tennessee Muzzleloader Rut
My son (non-hunter) and I got our first shot at the rut this weekend. We put a Primos decoy in the middle of a food plot at Cathole and hid ourselves downwind at ground level at the forest edge behind a thin little evergreen, about 80 yards away. We rattled and bleated, watching the far end of the field, where deer usually enter the plot. Less than an hour into the hunt we hear something big crashing its way up out of the ravine directly across the narrow part of the plot and a big buck charges out less than 30 yards away. He was mad as hell and didn't care a bit for stealth. We watched through the evergreen and all I could see at first was the steam shooting from his muzzle like dragon's breath. I leaned into the cedar to study him and brought up the MLII. He didn't have a clue about us, so intent was he on the decoy. The 300 grain Barnes MZ spun him around and dropped him straight down.

We got home early and added a movie and hockey game to the weekend. I love the rut!

buckfever 11-17-2009 01:54 PM

Congrats on a good looking TN buck. Its good to see some of us Tennesseans are actually getting out in the woods.

What was the decoy? buck or doe?

Hunting Man 11-17-2009 04:03 PM

congrats on the buck harvest. Nothing like hunting the rut!

ronn 11-17-2009 04:25 PM


BruceBruce1959 11-17-2009 07:19 PM

Congratulations!!! Nice looking Buck!!!

hunt NH 11-17-2009 07:36 PM


DrColdsteel 11-18-2009 12:25 AM

Thanks, guys! I know he's not the biggest buck in the woods, but for Tennessee he's not too bad. And next weekend is muzzy and rifle, both!


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