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Brock and Mason ‘19-‘20

brock ratcliff

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It’s been busy around here, same as everywhere I’d guess. Mason and a couple friends drove over to one of our early season spots with a couple buckets of apples and a camera to get the season started a few days ago. We checked it yesterday. A bunch of young bucks I’d probably shoot, Mason won’t. We saw seven all about this size in a bean field one day last week. Here’s a pic...
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We glassed a bean field again tonight. Six of the seven good bucks were in the field again. I’m pretty sure that nice looking 8 was one of them, and I’m also pretty sure I’d kill him with no hesitation. Mason said they were all “babies”. That kid hasn’t spent nearly enough freezing on the side of a tree
 

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That kid is beyond spoiled...let him come spend a year with me! He’ll be letting the air out of basket racks in no time!!!
has been spoiled, no doubt. But I think he is to the point of wanting to shoot an incredible deer or no deer at all. He’s proven beyond doubt he doesn’t mind letting awful nice deer walk off while waiting on something extraordinary. There is nothing he would rather do than deer hunt- I’m beyond that now. I love to deer hunt but I don’t need to spend four months a year doing it. Something nice comes along, I’ll call it a season.
 

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Lol, I didn’t mean anything by my comment. He’s in a position to do what he wants and has plenty of places to do it. It’s his tag and he has the time. Better off with an addiction to deer nowadays! I’m on board for Team Mason!!!
 
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I know you meant nothing offensive. He is just the way his is and I can’t explain it. Most folks would have been thrilled to kill the deer he ahoy last year yet he maintains that if it weren’t for it going down as it did he would have never shot it. Granted, I’ve seen him let bigger bucks walk when we were after Tines, but we don’t have a deer of that caliber on our radar. Who knows, he might change his mind when an opportunity presents itself. Dumb kid... that’s all I can come up with.
 

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I'll echo the crowd: always one of my favorite threads to follow. Always find success, fun, and enjoyment in your yearly thread. Success is the easy part. Just reading along and watching Mason grow as a hunter and young man, as well as spending time together with his dad. . . Pure success!
 

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We’ve been watching the same group of seven nice bucks most every evening. They will move before season and honestly, although nice, I don’t think we will work real hard to find any of them once we start hunting. I would kill one of them without a doubt, he’s gorgeous, but the rest of them is probably regret shooting... but I still might. :)
Mason has been shooting daily. I fixed him up some FMJ shafts for his hunting rig. It seemed like a good idea to go a little heavier since I may take him to Colorado next week to elk hunt. If we go, I won’t be hunting. I’ll just enjoy watching him soak in the mountains of the west for the first time. I snapped a pic of him today with an 80 yard group. I’d say he is ready.
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