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Our 2010 season has been tough to say the least. We haven't been seeing mature bucks and weren't knowing what to think. Opening week-end of gun season rolled around and we finally saw a couple of shooters. My uncle, Aaron Dent, was taking the week off work to hunt and finally Friday, November 19, I got the message I was waiting for. My uncle had killed the deer I had nicknamed “Tank” We had several Reconyx pictures of him. So that night we went right back into the same shooting house knowing that big deer were in the area from the Reconyx, and that my uncle had seen a 10 pt after he killed his deer. Grandpa John picked me up right after school and we headed out. We got settled in around 3:30 and around 4:15 we had a very nice 2 ½ year old 8 cruising. Within minutes some does and another nice 2 ½ year old came out. We ended up seeing around 15 deer with three 2 ½ year old bucks. I couldn't hunt the next morning but around 12:30 grandpa picked me up. He had my Scent Blocker hanging out, so we put it on and walked in. It was really slow but at 4:15 we had but another 2 ½ year old buck come out. He ate on the Biologic Green Patch and Clover Plus for around 5 to 10 minutes and then left. Around 4:45, we had some does come running out with probably a 4 ½ year old 6 pointer. He chased the does to around 50 yards and stared at this corner to the left of us. I looked through the peep hole in the side of the blind and there was a very good looking 5 ½ year old 8 chasing a doe. I went through this last year, passing a deer like this and it wasn't going to happen again. He walked into the Biologic field at around 40 yards, and I let the TC Encore 308 bark. He did a mule kick and ran out of the field and tried to get up a hill, but about 2/3 of the way up he ran out of gas. He fell and came rolling back down. That put a wrap on my 2010 Missouri gun season, and my next task will be to get a bow deer and/or a gun deer for my grandpa. We have turned a hard year into a pretty good one.

PS: We still have a hunt at Hadley second muzzloader season


Zach