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I been kinda quiet for a while, several days ago, I had a stud come in on me but offered no shot, this deer is not huge by upper state standards , but for a coastal buck, he is a MAN.

Last year my wife shot the biggest buck I've ever seen (and many others) come out of the Pascagoula river swamp, again , it wasn't huge for many other areas, but for here, it was a mule.

The buck I seen the other day was every bit as wide (18"ish) but it's tine lengths were double of what the wife killed.

So needless to say, for the past 4 days, I've hunted before work, after work and now Im hunting today and Tommorow since I'm off. I've seen a couple small bucks and several does, I'm beginning to think I'm pissing against the wind waiting on the big one. Last year, the day before my wife killed the big one, I seen him and he busted me on the edge of a gum pond, the next day, the wife killed the same deer in the same place.

Do ya think I have a chance of seeing him again? He was obviously searching for a doe when I seen him (had head to the ground and was moving pretty good) I wonder how much of a "home range" they cover when rutting?

I'm gonna give him about 4 more hunts here, before I go ahead and hammer one of these smaller bucks to make limit for the season. So in the meantime, I'll be waiting on ol big nasty.

I put 3 cams out here a few days ago, I have a total of 480 pics to look at when I get home. Can't wait to see what they are.
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This is where I seen him, last bit of dry ground
 

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Stick it out! You're the man when it comes to them river deer. I think that deer ought to be worried.

They are hands down some of the toughest to kill. How's yall's water level, rising or stable?
 

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I bet you got some hog pictures. Post a pic of him if you got him in there.
I would have figured that too, haven't seen any hog sign here since beginning of season. Not the 1st hog track in a while.




Stick it out! You're the man when it comes to them river deer. I think that deer ought to be worried.

They are hands down some of the toughest to kill. How's yall's water level, rising or stable?
I get lucky every once in a while!

River crested yesterday, started dropping out today, should be back to normal in 7 days.
 

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River crested yesterday, started dropping out today, should be back to normal in 7 days.
Sounds like your in prime time to catch him over the next few days! Let's see some pics. :thumbsup:
 

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First of all Dooler, we are all aware of your hunting prowess, and you are a deer killin machine.
For me, NOTHING is more exciting than targeting a specific deer and then collecting.
It gives me a special feeling. Go for him.
 

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First of all Dooler, we are all aware of your hunting prowess, and you are a deer killin machine.
For me, NOTHING is more exciting than targeting a specific deer and then collecting.
It gives me a special feeling. Go for him.
I'm gonna call BS on that one, but thanks for the boost of confidence anyway! If anyone spent as much time as I do in the woods , they'd get lucky too!
 

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Stay on him he will still be around. I try to pick a buck every year and hunt him till I get my shot. The feeling is 100x more rewarding, especially if he has some age to him. Go get him tomorrow and post a pic.
 

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I say stick with the area you seen him because there is a reason he is in there. With that being said in my experiences hunting the swamp, the deer move all over with no particular pattern or routine. They do have their core areas at times, but also love roam like crazy especially during the rut. They like using the river itself as a sort of a highway to travel up and down, covering large areas quickly searching out doe's.

We have a couple good pics of swamp bucks, but honestly we have no idea where they are...it can be quite frustrating.
 

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Seen them roam as much as seven miles during rut. Including crossing rivers. Would say this is the worst time of year to target an individual animal. I have had a couple of big ghost ruin my seasons in years past - one sighting or picture is all it takes. I would say hunt and have fun and shoot his butt if you see him good luck!!
 

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Back at it, Round 4! Did some thinking about this deer, ain't no telling where he's at now, gonna give it this last morning hunt and move on, kind of glad it's so late in the season, hopefully he'll make it and be around next year.

And as far as the trail cam pics, I had 3 different bucks and several does, not one pic during daylight hours, most have been between 10 pm to 3 am ....

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DeltaD,
Doesn't your season run through mid February this year?
Yes that's correct, went again this afternoon, decided to put on the waders and slip around through the flooded timber, made my way back to a slight ridge, walked up on 6 does bedded down, got within 30' of them before they decided to leave town, that was pretty cool.
 
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