[center]Sorry it took me a while to get back ... I have a Freshman daughter, dressing Varsity for Simon Kenton Basketball, and a son that plays Varsity for Ludlow, we have had to make up basketball games due to all of the snow days.
Here is a picture of my oldest son,Raymonds, 2008 buck ...
and my Buddy Smitty's 2008 Buck ...
I hunt archery, muzzle loader, cross-bow, and Big Gun season ... if they had a "spear or rock" season, I'd be there! I just love to hunt!
As for that big buck someone else tagged ... I first saw it the last day of gun season in 1977, and went back to the same spot, opening day gun season, 1978, and the buck shows up at 9:50am.
Long story short: I shoot it at least 4 times with a brand new Remington Automatic 742 BDL, with a borrowed 6X Weaver Scope on it. I waited at least 30 minutes and started to track it, and found several pools of blood. It had jumped a fence and laid down, I jumped it, one more time and got another shot off.
I realized at that moment, I had crossed a fence, and was worried that I was tresspassing. I hid behind a tree to see if I could see the huge buck again, when a pick-up truck came down a dirt road. I heard men talking ... the tail-gate came down, and the truck took off.
I walked back to my buddies house, who was a taxidermist/check station at the time on South Fork Road. That is the county line for Boone and Gallatin Counties. We tracked the deer to Mud Lick Road and could tell the deer had died off to the side of the road as the blood was smeared, from someone dragging it.
As funny as it sounds, later that day, someone checks it in to my buddies check station. I had already told him where I had shot it ... sure enough the holes were there. He was giving away a free mount of the biggest deer checked into his station that year. It won, hands down, as the new Kentucky State Record.
I actually worked with the taxidermist at Signode on Industrial Road, and took my 35 mm camera to work and "shot" a picture for his business card.
After saying all of that, I was at church a couple of years ago, and was telling this story, when a new friend, asked, if I knew the name of the man that claimed it. When I said yes, he replied, "that his brother was married to the mans daughter that "claimed it"!
He told me that his brothers, father-in-law told them that he shot it "once"! Well ... that's a lie, I told the taxidermist while we were tracking it how many times I shot it, and when it came in he counted the holes.
And after all of that, I let my oldest sister's husband, borrow my 742 BDL and he lost it in a card game![/center]