Sean Walsh – Big Basin Bucks 2014

May 18, 2014

As we rolled into our hunting grounds for the 2014 fallow rut it was after midnight and we may have missed the rut but I was to excited to test out the new Hunters Element Veil Camo and being only my third fallow rut was ever so keen to get a decent buck on the ground. A good mate from Cairns and his wife along with a mate from my home town was joining me on this hunt. My good mate Michael had a great fallow rut taking two good bucks just cracking the 200 mark, not a bad effort for his first fallow with the bow. As I crawled into my swag and the night went quiet I could hear fallow croaking throughout the night, I was buzzing and not sure how many hours sleep I got in that night, but sure felt like not much. We had a quick breakfast and started our search for some bucks, With the temps around 5 degrees it was chilly in the mornings and evenings but the day heated up around the twenty’s and the Hydrapel pants worked great,  not too hot through the day and perfect for the cold mornings.

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We visited a lot of scrapes and rattled just about all day but once the sun came up the bucks would go quiet. We pushed on further away from camp and eventually we found a young buck with a great looking pelt and wacky head that I was keen to get the drop on. He was on the opposite gully and as the boys rattled behind me I watched him come in all the way, and as it goes he choose the thick path of scrub and came up beside me no more then 20m but cut my wind as I was at full draw and no shot. We started hunting back to camp and managed to rattle in a young spiker for meat and I took him 1/4 on from 15m, The 175gr VPA broadhead did the job making little work to find him.

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That night I prepped all the meat and got it on the ice, ready for the cool room  at home. We got a visit from the farmer in the evening and he directed us up to a big basin that would be worth a look in the morning. It was about 1km trek to the basin so we were up and gone well before sun up.  As we approached the basin we could hear at least five bucks going off and knew we where in the right spot.

We stalked into a better spot to glass and see if we could find some shooters. A lot of the big bucks where on the far side of the basin so we decided just to hunt towards them. I started to drop down into a small gully and found a really good scrape and decided here would be a good start. I positioned myself right in his scrape while Michael rattled away on the bag, it would not have been 5 mins and I caught antlers coming through the timber. I waited till the buck dropped out of sight down a small gully and drew my bow.  He casually walked in and as the pin followed his chest I released just before he cut my wind from 8m he bolted full steam and thought he was going to knock me over and  then headed downhill and crashed in view.

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After a photo session I began caping my buck out while Michael followed up on a buck croaking below us, he managed a shot from 15m and took himself a nice fallow buck. Happy for the day we hiked back out and into camp before dark and I completed my deer of ready for the taxi man.

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The next morning was pretty much the same as the previous, we got up into the basin as the sun was rising and started calling in bucks, we had a few spikers come in and some curious ladies as well.


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I was really happy with how the camo held up, The pants were great in the weather and still think they would be fine if it was even colder, the LS Prime Summer top was a little bit fresh on its own of the morning but a plain shirt underneath was all I needed for the time. I would rate this stuff as one of the best I’ve worn, I loved the leg zips, when I was packing my deer out I was heating up a bit and the full leg zips were enough just to let that extra heat out. The others commented on how good it looked in the scrub as well so I’m a winner I think.

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Well I was waiting in ambush again as I spotted a buck coming in hot straight up to me, my eyes where doing over time trying to pick his pad he was coming in on, 30m and closing so the only thing I could was draw and follow him and hoped he gave me a shooting lane in the thick gums, 15m and paused for that spilt second exposing his vitals, The VPA cracked threw his chest and blew a hole across his heart and deflated his air box. I was over the moon two nice bucks in two days.

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Another photo session and time to call a day, I hiked back to camp and kicked back for the afternoon resting my sore legs haha. We where all happy with our efforts and decided to head for home and cant wait till next year to get back in to the big basin where the bucks call home.

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