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BigBears

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The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« on: October 26, 2013, 12:32:22 PM »
Back in 2008 I harvested an awesome Whitetail. At the end of that season I decided that my next one had to be bigger or I would pass. With the exception of one little indiscretion on a drop tine in 2010 I have been on whats now a 5 year (and counting) quest for an absolute monster Whitetail. Every year I start hunting right after Moose season and hunt every single day until closing day.

This morning I was sitting in my stand pondering my sanity lol. What are the realistic odds of harvesting a Whitetail over 200? Not very good odds at all....but a whole lot worse if your tag is sealed on something smaller right? I had a mid 160s buck with some cool junk 15 yards in front of me...a buck that anybody in their right mind would never let walk and I just watched him walk away. Now Im sitting here having lunch and Im tempted to just go back to deer hunting the way it used to be. Hold out for a decent mature buck and hope that one of these years a monster shows up. And then I start thinking about how if I do stay the course and wait for my monster how good it will feel to have finally acheived that goal after literally thousands of hours sitting in a stand.

There isn't really a question here, just some mindless ramblings from a guy thats been staring into the trees too long lol.

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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2013, 01:22:20 PM »
Your stories and posts are all BS. You have a big mental problem. 

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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2013, 05:10:31 PM »
Your stories and posts are all BS. You have a big mental problem.

Bigbore if you have issues with bigbears stories or his mental state take it up with him privately please. The seas are calm here no sense stirring things up.

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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2013, 05:15:11 PM »
Just another keyboard jockey that hasn't been out of the basement in a long time lol.


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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2013, 06:24:14 PM »
I am pretty much in the same boat as you BB. I have not taken a deer in at least 5 yeast now, mind you I was in the far south for a good number of those years and never really had the time to pursue them a whole lot but still.. I M holding out for a true 180 plus specimen, I have a wall full of 150 170 deer I want a true hog,, this is the year..

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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2013, 07:08:34 PM »
It gets frustrating sitting & sitting & sitting eh?

Im a firm believer in your odds of killing a big deer are way better in the bush than on a field. So Ive been doing a ton of sitting back at least a few hundred yards from the fields. It gets boring cuz you just dont see the numbers you do on the fields. Tnite I sat for hours and hours til dark and didnt see a damn thing lol.

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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2013, 07:26:44 PM »
I'm not much of a sitter,, I do more slow walking and spotting and later in the year I do mostly rattling and calling and stay on the move.. I do some stand sitting but not a big fan. This year I may try it more but it's not like I have one particular animal I chase, we will see as our trail cam pics start coming in this year from our own land but other than that I am just out and about moving with the animals.

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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2013, 11:01:34 AM »
A 160" whitetail would definitely fit the bill for me as a monster whitetail. I know...not a giant but certainly a mature buck. If you live in the country that has those deer, then I can see where you would pass in hopes of finding a true giant. Good on you for doing that. My quest for a monster whitetail starts in a few weeks when we make our, now, annual whitetail excursion up north. We get into the timber, stay all day - every day, hoping to find a big one. This will be our 3rd trip, and I hope we can find a big one in the timber. Good luck to you, and enjoy the time you get to spend in the woods.

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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2013, 11:14:09 AM »
A 160" whitetail would definitely fit the bill for me as a monster whitetail. I know...not a giant but certainly a mature buck. If you live in the country that has those deer, then I can see where you would pass in hopes of finding a true giant. Good on you for doing that. My quest for a monster whitetail starts in a few weeks when we make our, now, annual whitetail excursion up north. We get into the timber, stay all day - every day, hoping to find a big one. This will be our 3rd trip, and I hope we can find a big one in the timber. Good luck to you, and enjoy the time you get to spend in the woods.

Sounds like a fun time and a recipe for success on those mature bucks.  Good Luck.

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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2013, 08:31:00 PM »

A 160 is a pretty big buck.  A 150 is a pretty good buck and many that size get mounted and hung on the wall.

Some years back Jim Shockey  proposed a "900 club" for deer hunters (just white-tails I guess)  He figured 150 was a pretty good sized buck (net score) and if a hunter could shoot 6 deer that averaged 150 B&C then the half dozen would total 900 B&C. 

There are more than a few people with their name in the B&C book who got lucky once and bumped into a buck that made the minimum score.

But to take 6 that score 150 or better average takes some consistency in doing something right.

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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2013, 09:05:10 PM »
A 160 is a pretty big buck.  A 150 is a pretty good buck and many that size get mounted and hung on the wall.

Some years back Jim Shockey  proposed a "900 club" for deer hunters (just white-tails I guess)  He figured 150 was a pretty good sized buck (net score) and if a hunter could shoot 6 deer that averaged 150 B&C then the half dozen would total 900 B&C. 

There are more than a few people with their name in the B&C book who got lucky once and bumped into a buck that made the minimum score.

But to take 6 that score 150 or better average takes some consistency in doing something right.

And place and time.. My oldest boy is 25 and has 4 over 150 with two in the low 70's and one in the mid 60's to his name already. He is a true whitetail freak. Personally I have 4 over as well and this year will be the year for the 180,, I hope. We live in some of the best whitetail country in the province I truly believe this is our biggest advantage..
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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2013, 10:26:28 PM »
I have a buddy that shoots a 150 or bigger every year. His best is a 182. He lives in prime deer country. He hunts a minimum of 25 days in November. I truly believe a big part of it is having lots of time to hunt. You are going to see more deer and see more shooters. It also helps to live in prime deer country. Living in red deer makes it tough. There are some big deer around but lots of pressure and hard to get permission. When I do have time I go west into the big timber. It's hunting blind for the most part because I don't have a lot of time to scout. Same thing when I go up north. It's pretty random, some years I got lucky, some years I didn't.

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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2013, 11:11:35 PM »
Time,, that's the big factor..

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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2013, 04:44:06 PM »
Lots of hours hunting can't be anything but good

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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2013, 12:16:06 AM »
Agreed, doesn't matter where your located. When it comes to big whitetails it equals lot's of time in a chosen area. Get to know their funnels and doe bedding areas.

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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2013, 12:17:33 PM »
Good luck gentlemen ! My season has been open since September 17th but couldn't imagine not having a tag in november. One more week of work and then off for the last 3 weeks. It's been a couple of years since i filled a white tail tag but not for a lack of trying. I hunt a tough zone that rarely puts out a booner but thats my goal. Had a chance a few years ago but didn't realize he had broken g4 that pics revealed and thought he was 5x4. I'm hoping the snow is light this year so the deer can move a lot more which makes for good calling and rattling. 

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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2013, 09:42:15 AM »





I posted this pic a couple of years ago. He was 300 -400 yrds away when I took the pic. I saved it to my computer and blew the pic up and thats when I realized a should have shot him. He was a good solid 5x5 with a broken g4 and would have given me 240 yrd shot. He came in to horn rattling.

The only mature buck I had a chance at last year was on old high tined 4x4 with half its main beem broken off on one side. An American shot it an hour after it walked passed my blind. His G4 was 14" long.


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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2013, 07:35:02 PM »




The only mature buck I had a chance at last year was on old high tined 4x4 with half its main beem broken off on one side. An American shot it an hour after it walked passed my blind. His G4 was 14" long.



Just to be an ass, how do you know it was a 4x4?

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Re: The Quest for a Monster Whitetail
« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2013, 05:36:33 AM »
Just to be an ass, how do you know it was a 4x4?

Maybe it was a 4x3 ? All I know for sure is I wasn't going to shoot. I did talk to the outfitter who's client shot it and he said it was an old buck. It lived in a road corridor santuary until his patch of bush got logged. I have seen him off and on for 3 years. Once as a 4x4 and the last 2 years he was missing half his rack.