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Hunter: Jason Osgatharp

Points: 9 (4L, 5R)

County: Whitfield

Season: 2023-2024

Hunt Story

I got pictures of this buck last November and hunted him hard for 2 months during some of the coldest weather in Georgia history. It was awesome hunting him, but I could not fool him. I saw every buck in the county except him last season. Fast forward to this season, he was on my mind big time because he is just a perfect representation of what a buck can be in North Georgia. The weather was perfect and I had not gotten any pictures of him this season but I knew it was time for him to show up. It was a perfect morning, very still, clear, and calm weather and the deer were so active. It was too dark to tell but a big buck came through before daybreak chasing, grunting, and rubbing and it may have been him, not 100 percent sure. But I gave him 2 hrs and sure enough he circled back around with his does. He looked like a mule deer with those thick dark antlers swiftly plowing through the thick brush chasing his does. I had to make a very quick decision and shoot him on the run with the good old Rugrr .270. He dropped in his tracks and I just knew it had to be him. I got down to him, fought back tears of joy as I dug my hands into his thick fur. I said thank you to our God for such a gorgeous animal and called my boys for some help dragging him to the truck. It was a grueling drag, but a hunt I will never forget, and I couldn't be more thankful and surprised by such a magnificent animal.
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