Mike: I thought you’d like to see the buck I shot with a muzzle loader in Oklahoma this year. He’s a cool looking buck with 18 points (15 score-able) and scores in the low 140′s.
The hunt was pretty awesome. He came in from the opposite direction that a doe came from, but turned around to follow her trail through a thicket before I could get a real good look at him or get a shot. I snort wheezed at him twice, and he came back out about 2 minutes later looking for the “buck” that had made the noise. One shot from the muzzleloader and he went about 20 yards.
The only downside for me is that I believe he’s a 3 year old. When he came across the old logging cut road I had about 2 seconds to judge whether he was mature, and with him quartering towards me I didn’t have a great angle of the size of his body. He’s wide and he has pretty good mass up along his left beam, which is what I could see when I shot. There’s a chance he’s 4, but his body was fairly small for our area (170 lbs). Regardless, he’s a very unique buck and I’m happy with him.
—Thanks, Greg Brownlee
John sent a picture of this great buck that was shot Saturday morning in Spotsylvania County, which is not too far down the road from my home in VA. Reportedly the buck was pushing a doe, so it seems there is still some late rutting action going on here.
Great deer, wide and symmetrical, a real beauty.
Dustin sent this photo of the huge buck his buddy Nick shot with his PSE bow near Aberdeen the weekend after opening archery 2013. It was scored unofficially at 172.5”.
Will get the hunt report soon…way to go Nick, that’s one fine looking brute.
Happy Thanksgiving to all! Thought this picture was very applicable for both Thanksgiving and #TBT (Throw Back Thursday). Me with a big ole VA turkey back in the day. I hope you all have a fantastic day, and good luck with any hunting you might be doing this weekend!
My friend Grant Kuypers of Buck Paradise guides American hunters to some amazing bucks each year…and this season he even got to hunt a day himself.
Grant and his son Ian had been getting trail cam pictures of this unique deer living tight behind their house. Grant’s land is in the farmland area of Saskatchewan, miles south of the Northern Provincial Forest where I and other Americans must hunt. Only the locals can hunt the farmland. Grant showed me this cam picture when I was up there 10 days ago and said, “I really want Ian to get this buck.”
Well, Ian was out of town one day two weeks ago when this giant showed back up. Grant called Ian and the son said, “Dad shoot that buck if you can!”
Grant did, and what a deer. The third beam is cool, but the brows are cooler…and the rack even has the start of 2 tiny drops! Man I love those gnarly Saskatchewan bucks. Congrats Grant!