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Just recently returned last week from 20 days in the desert.  I left shortly after Christmas to try to fill my 2020 tag and then stay to hunt my 2021 tags.  I usually hunt a little later in January to coincide with the rut, but I wanted to give 2020 one last hurrah as well.   I was fortunate enough to fill my 2020 tag with 1 day to spare, and with the longbow to boot.(Decent older buck, I wasn't picky)  I had no intention of using it to fill that tag but it just happened to be convenient at the time. (Crazy story in itself).  With the Monkey off my back I decided I would shop for a really good buck during the rest of my hunt and also fill my javelina tags.  I had a couple decent opportunities at some really great bucks under 50 yards that just didn't materialize, no shots fired.  On the last day I decided I would shoot the first deer I could find a long as it had 6 points, and well I shot the first deer that I saw with 6 points.  Not a trophy buck but I do love coues steaks....  Great times, got to hunt 9 different units, killed an animal in 4 different units, got to hang with my brother and a good friend in the woods for a few days also....

 

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  A couple cool buffleheads...

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Congrats to you,neat 3x3.

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Cool to see some stick bows out there.

 

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Was going to be a smarty and say you look like you should be shooting ducks, too. I guess you did!!!! Lol! Congrats! Looks like the worst part of your hunt was getting those pigs! HaHa!

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1 hour ago, high rise hunter said:

Can't beat those results! A trad bow Coues has to be as difficult as any hunt out there. 

Usually that would be the case,  I think this one was more luck than anything.  

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That is a great trad harvest, especially in AZ. Drought this year seems to have "shrunk" the antlers a little on lots of bucks. Got real close to one today, and looked like the tines had shrunk down on thick beams. 

Great job on the harvest. I bet that "luck" on the trad bow kill involved you having the discipline to keep the bow handy in case something went down. 

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12 hours ago, turbo said:

That is a great trad harvest, especially in AZ. Drought this year seems to have "shrunk" the antlers a little on lots of bucks. Got real close to one today, and looked like the tines had shrunk down on thick beams. 

Great job on the harvest. I bet that "luck" on the trad bow kill involved you having the discipline to keep the bow handy in case something went down. 

He also broke his G2 off flush with the beam on the side with the double eyeguard, neat buck regardless.  I did happen to have the longbow handy glassing, attempting to thump some doves, rabbits. He came to me dogging a doe,  I had to stop him which put him on full alert at maybe 25 yards.  I slightly plucked the string on release and pulled a couple inches back, but fortunately he also jumped the string and wheeled into what ended up being a decently placed quartering away shot...  I watched him go a couple hundred yards into a little ravine which he never exited.  

 

  They're just such jumpy little deer, combined with my limited scouting/hunting time down there and max effective range of maybe 35, I really hadn't given the longbow much realistic thought.  Maybe if I were a resident I would put a realistic effort into it.  I'm also not a big fan of sitting water, treestands or a blind either, I go stir crazy sitting...

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