Kansas Youth Hunt 2016: 12-Year-Old Shoots 18-Point Buck!

KS kidYesterday, when I saw this picture of Ethan O’Brien and his massive buck, I tweeted it out, to which Tommy replied: Great story. This kid should buy a lottery ticket now. (1) Remove sunglasses (2) Pee (3) Fight thru buck fever (4) Bang!

Read about it here, quite a story. Never ceases to amaze me the things that happen in the deer woods. Great buck Ethan!


Wisconsin Hunter’s First Archery Buck—200” Adams Co. Giant!

200 inch buckMatt Ornes tells the story of the giant he arrowed in Adams County a few days ago. Excerpt:

Just down the trail, a big doe popped out in the open. My adrenaline now had me shaking bad. I had every intention of taking a shot at her but in the corner of my eye I noticed more movement behind her, further up the hill. I suddenly stopped shaking as I saw the bigger bodied deer coming towards the water. It walked slower and with more authority than any of the other deer I had seen that night. As it got closer I could see glimpses of antlers through the saplings. About fifteen yards out he finally cleared the saplings, and I could see tall beams. My body remained calm. I knew this was my chance. I got my late father-in-law’s bow in hand, drew back, lined up the sights on the deer, and as soon as he stepped towards the water, I let the arrow fly! I could see the arrow heading towards him and making impact. Oh my! What just happened?

After about a hundred yards of zig-zagging through the briars, we saw a massive deer lying right in front of us…. Everyone was speechless….We drug him out of the briars to a clearing to get a better look at his mass and count up the 21 points. We loaded the deer up to take to show the landowners. Everyone was smiling, beers were consumed, and I was still in shock of what had just happened.

Well, here’s what happened. Matt killed his first-ever buck with a bow, and the giant scored 200 2/8 green. To make it even more special, Matt shot the dream buck with his late father-in-law’s bow. Click here to read the entire story.

BTW, I predicted that 2016 could be the best rack year we’ve seen since 2010 across America. The Wisconsin September bow season is often a harbinger of things to come. I believe we are off and running to a major big-buck year! Good luck to everybody as you start to hunt.

Early-Season Deer Tactic: Hunt A Stand While It’s Hot

MikeHanbackBuck07027croppedNot temperature-wise, but when a spot is “buck hot.”

One afternoon a buddy drilled a 10-pointer with his bow from a lock-on near an alfalfa field. I drove our ATV over at dusk, and we looked around for 30 minutes. I was supposed to be looking for blood splatter, but I got big-eyed with all the trails and fresh shiny rubs (20 that I could see) in the grassy funnel between the bedding timber and the grain.

Steve hollered, “Here he is!” We weren’t quiet as we dragged his 10-pointer, loaded it, and rattled off across the field.

The next afternoon I stood in the same tree stand and drew an arrow on the third buck that slipped out of the bedding timber and tipped through the grass to me. The deer ran and fell about 30 yards from where my friend’s deer had expired, and I was happy.

The experts preach that after you or a buddy kill a buck, you ought to rest that stand for a few days or a week; let the woods and the deer settle down before hunting there again. Hmm, I believe I wrote that once or twice over the years!

But sometimes, especially in the early bow season when bucks are still nailed to a bed-to-feed pattern, it pays to go back to a hot tree stand as soon as you can. The deer are moving there for a reason—the feed or acorns are just right, one of the first does smells right, whatever. Bucks will often give you a second or even a third chance before your intrusion moves them to change their pattern and timing.

The key: There’s got to be a lot of deer sign in the area, and it’s got to be fresh and hot. There’s got to be a powerful draw that brings multiple deer and bucks past that stand for a few more days or a week.


Biggest Mistake Deer Hunters Make

velvet buck compressI asked that simple question of my friend, Dr. Grant Woods, one of the top whitetail scientists in the world. He told me:

“Whitetails react incredibly quickly to either a positive or a negative stimulus. A lot of hunters fail to take that into account quickly enough. For example, if deer see or hear you in a tree stand near a food plot, they will learn to avoid that spot very fast. They will still go to the plot (positive stimulus) but they will circle your stand (negative stimulus). You might sit there, not see any deer and wonder what is wrong.

Hunters, especially bowhunters, need to take into consideration how fast deer, and especially mature bucks, react and adjust their feeding and travel patterns. Then the hunters need to adjust their stands and strategies accordingly.”

You’d better remember that.


North Carolina Woman Shoots 2 Bucks—175-Inch Giant and Velvet 8

NC woman 175 buckSeptember 14, 2016 is a hunting day Carla Inman won’t soon forget.

As Carolinasportsman.com reports: Carla…set up with her crossbow in a small ground blind looking down a shooting lane…in the middle of an overgrown cutover. After sitting quietly for 45 minutes…”a buck stepped out into the lane and started walking right straight to me,” she said.

Carla fired the bolt when the buck was 20 yards away, and she heard him crash. But I really wasn’t sure how big he actually was… It all happened so fast.

Now the story gets really interesting.

She reloaded her crossbow and waited. (Note: There is no daily bag limit on deer in NC.) As Jeff Burleson wrote, Minutes later, another buck stepped out in her lane, and this one also carried a head full of antlers. She put the crosshairs on him and let fly.

Carla’s husband, Dean, and a friend showed up, and they started tracking the bucks. They found the first buck first, which turned out to be a 175-class freak with 3 beams. Dean yelled, Do you realize how big this buck is? This will be one of the biggest bucks to come out of the state this year!

They then found Carla’s second deer, a small 8-pointer, his rack still cloaked in velvet.

NC woman velvet buck

Let’s see, one of the biggest non-typical bucks that will be shot in NC this season…a second unique velvet trophy…a freezer already  crammed and overflowing with fresh red meat protein… What a way to kick off 2016, way to go Carla!