Bittersweet 2021 Hunting Season

RL338

Handloader
Mar 23, 2017
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This season has not gone well for me to say the least. On 10/28 I tested positive with Covid and was most part bed ridden with it for a week. A few day later my best friend growing up also tested positive. On 11/16 he lost his battle with Covid and left a lot of people devastated. He was 49 with no underlying conditions.
Being ill I missed the prime rut for bow season. Our rifle season started on 11/20 and was better for that. On Sunday 11/21 I shot what I though was a nice doe , but turned out to be a buck with both antlers broke off. 3580F6EA-F014-45C3-A10F-4602FF357321.jpeg
I took him with my 300 WBY and 165 gr Barnes TTSX. Since I’m still suffer from fatigue of Covid I took him in to be processed so no pictures of bullet performance.
On Saturday 11/27 one month after getting this stupid disease I got my buck I’ve been watching for 2yrs F12C0892-60DC-4A30-93DA-3475C1A038C7.jpeg
This one I used my 416 WBY and the 500gr Hornady A-tip.
Even getting this nice buck it doesn’t make me happy after losing Gary , I know he was watching over and may have played a part in me getting this buck.
 

DrMike

Ballistician
Nov 8, 2006
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So sorry to hear about your friend. The death of those we love can certainly leave us devastated. It is good that you managed to get out and tag a couple of deer. I can certainly see the bittersweet aspect of your fall. May God comfort you and encourage you in every way.
 

mjcmichigan

Handloader
Dec 26, 2016
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First, glad you are recovering.
Seinfeld prayers for your friends family and friends to find comfort I. The good memories.

Congratulations on the harvested deer!

Here’s to 2022 being a better year!


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cloverleaf

Handloader
Sep 10, 2006
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Glad that you are recovering, So sorry for your loss. That is a unbelievably big racked buck!
 

wvbuckbuster

Handloader
Nov 5, 2015
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Sorry for the loss of your friend. His memories will always be with you. Went through this 7 yrs ago. Bought my friends traditional style long rifle .50 cal ml and used it to take a doe. Memories still strong. Glad you're recovering and able to hunt. Nice buck and the hornless also. Dan.
 

RL338

Handloader
Mar 23, 2017
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Thanks for the kind words and support. Sometimes life isn’t fair but we have to move on and make the best of it. The best hunting experience I had was in ‘93 we both drew tags for whitetail/mule deer for South Dakota. We stayed with his brother who was stationed in Rapid City. I got a fork whitetail and he got a muley doe. This was the only time I ever hunted outside of Wisconsin. Good times
 

AFG270

Handloader
Aug 26, 2013
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Condolences to you and your friends family and congratulations on the beautiful buck.
 

Gun nut

Handloader
Jun 8, 2016
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Thoughts and prayers to you and Gary’s family. You have been blessed with many wonderful memories of Gary - your friend and hunting partner.
Blessings,
Duane
 

SJB358

Ballistician
Dec 24, 2006
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What a way to honor your hunting partner sticking with it and getting out there!

Congrats on that buck! He is a hammer. Way to go RL!
 
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