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On a recent daily woodland stroll

Jan Tue 28, 2020 3:46 pm

Saw this guy. Thought urbanhog would crap himself. :D
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Jan Tue 28, 2020 3:49 pm

Hell of a buck.

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Jan Tue 28, 2020 5:04 pm

Wow that is a beast! Did you have to use some massive zoom lens to get those pictures?

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Jan Tue 28, 2020 5:45 pm

Nice shot.. I swear the biggest bucks live along the Des Plaines from Park Ridge to Riverside. Hard to beat Catherine Woods, Thatcher Woods, and Cermak Woods for those guys.

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Jan Tue 28, 2020 6:25 pm

That one of the island dwellers, all grown up?

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Jan Tue 28, 2020 8:32 pm

Nice pic! Looks like you're close to him and he isn't even scared. Suburban buck haha. I don't even have to venture into the woods to see wildlife anymore, pulled into my driveway this evening to see a red fox on my garage roof! Unfortunately, I was too slow with the camera.

Re: On a recent daily woodland stroll

Jan Tue 28, 2020 10:18 pm

THAT is one impressive Buck! Great shot
I'm seeing 10 points, is that how you count them?

Re: On a recent daily woodland stroll

Jan Tue 28, 2020 10:36 pm

Busse Jim wrote:THAT is one impressive Buck! Great shot
I'm seeing 10 points, is that how you count them?

I'm counting 12, maybe more.

Re: On a recent daily woodland stroll

Jan Tue 28, 2020 11:18 pm

charliebravo77 wrote:
Busse Jim wrote:THAT is one impressive Buck! Great shot
I'm seeing 10 points, is that how you count them?

I'm counting 12, maybe more.


Yeah I counted 12, and possibly even 14.

Re: On a recent daily woodland stroll

Jan Tue 28, 2020 11:41 pm

Yep, your right, closer look and i'm seeing 12 or 13. Do you count broken points? i see 1 on it's left and i think a smaller one on the right.

What ever it's number what a great sight to run into on a woodland stroll :thumbup:

Re: On a recent daily woodland stroll

Jan Wed 29, 2020 12:05 am

catchafew wrote:Did you have to use some massive zoom lens to get those pictures?


Those crazies will come right up to you. I once had a wacky doe following me around a pond in Bartlett. It was getting so close, I wondered if she had rabies or was just retarded. A few times @ the DPR around N Riverside, the sun set on me and man, they came out thick in the dark like mosquitoes and surrounded me, moving in close with little or no fear of man.

Re: On a recent daily woodland stroll

Jan Wed 29, 2020 7:58 am

catchafew wrote: Did you have to use some massive zoom lens to get those pictures?

Shot was taken with a Gen 1 Canon G7 - in its day a high-end point & shoot. So no massive lens. But our local FP deer are pretty used to people so you can get really close.

By my count he has 13 points. I used to run into his great grand dad - a legit 14 pointer. 1st time I saw him was on the DPR trail & I thought somehow an elk had gotten loose. Maybe 15 winters ago I saw him - he had a gimpy front leg. I thought, "well pal, this is the last time I'll see you". And it was.

Here are a couple more shots.
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Re: On a recent daily woodland stroll

Jan Wed 29, 2020 8:55 am

Rambler wrote:
catchafew wrote: Did you have to use some massive zoom lens to get those pictures?

Shot was taken with a Gen 1 Canon G7 - in its day a high-end point & shoot. So no massive lens. But our local FP deer are pretty used to people so you can get really close.

By my count he has 13 points. I used to run into his great grand dad - a legit 14 pointer. 1st time I saw him was on the DPR trail & I thought somehow an elk had gotten loose. Maybe 15 winters ago I saw him - he had a gimpy front leg. I thought, "well pal, this is the last time I'll see you". And it was.

Here are a couple more shots.


If that one little short point on his right side is at least 1 inch long, then it's considered a point, and he'd be a 14, but yeah, after looking at it more closely, he's 100% a 13, and possibly a 14. Either way, that's one hell of a buck. Have to hope some lurker doesn't go looking for it to poach it. :shock:

Re: On a recent daily woodland stroll

Jan Wed 29, 2020 9:00 am

Damn, gorgeous animal and young. Should have many more years ahead of it. Keep an eye out for those sheds lol (yeah yeah illegal to harvest yada yada yada).

Re: On a recent daily woodland stroll

Jan Wed 29, 2020 6:31 pm

SmalliesNEyes wrote:Have to hope some lurker doesn't go looking for it to poach it.

A couple winters ago in those same woods I saw a tree stand. Nobody home but I looked around & found an arrow. I took it to FPD HQ & told them where I found it and where the tree stand was. Not sure what they did about it but the next time I was over there it was gone. WTF is wrong with people?

Re: On a recent daily woodland stroll

Jan Wed 29, 2020 8:00 pm

Rambler wrote:
SmalliesNEyes wrote:Have to hope some lurker doesn't go looking for it to poach it.

A couple winters ago in those same woods I saw a tree stand. Nobody home but I looked around & found an arrow. I took it to FPD HQ & told them where I found it and where the tree stand was. Not sure what they did about it but the next time I was over there it was gone. WTF is wrong with people?


Don't think you need me to answer that question. And yeah, poachers suck.

Re: On a recent daily woodland stroll

Jan Thu 30, 2020 12:37 pm

thats a monsta. he hasnt even hit old age yet. look for those antlers to become even more impressive over the years. i spend a stupid amount of hours up in a tree hoping to catch a glimpse of a nice buck and i often do encounter them. but at that caliber in the wild (not a FP), they are smart enough to never even get in gun range let alone archery range. amazing. thanks for sharing, rambler.

Re: On a recent daily woodland stroll

Jan Thu 30, 2020 4:26 pm

I remember reading in Sports Afield, Field & Stream or some other rag years ago about some guys who were hunting mulies in western ND. They were sitting above a coolie & watched thru their glasses as another hunter moved up the coolie. A buck got down on its knees & crawled thru the high grass around behind the hunter & took off (it was out of their range). They are smart MFs... :lol:
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