This giant was shot yesterday on a ranch a short distance to the south of where we will be hunting and filming in Kansas the first week of December. I have been looking forward to this hunt in Kansas for a while, but now I am really pumped for it. Gonna be a great rack year out there…maybe I’ll even get a crack at a big drop. Check out the huge bases on this wild deer, what mass!
Reports coming in say this monster was shot in Winona County, Minn., on Monday. There’s talk that it may be a new Minn. state record. Winona Co. is right across the Mississippi River from Buffalo Co., Wisconsin. People in the know tell me there are great whitetail genetics over there, maybe better than the famed Buffalo Co.
From my friend John who lives in western North Carolina and works for Remington:
This is one of my college friends, Jim Phillips, who lives in Avery Co., NC. Most people contend we can’t grow respectable deer in NC, particularly in the mountains where we have no agriculture. Jim proves pretty much every year that you can have good deer if you manage your does and let your bucks live to an age of 3 ½ plus.
Jim arrowed this deer the second day of bow season on a mixed white oak/red oak ridge. He believes the buck to be 4 ½ and will confirm when the jaw bone is delivered to the University of Tennessee.
First big velvet from NC that we’ve ever had on the blog, way to go Jim.
Our friends Zach and Ellie from southern Illinois were out scouting on their farm and found a good pinch point between two ponds. “So we decided to set out a camera and this is what we got,” said Zach. “Very mature deer, his body is huge in my opinion for this early in the year.”
Yes, great deer (I’m guessing 5 1/2 w/short face and pot belly) and just the 130-class buck that millions of hunters (most hunters) should look for this season. This is your typical American buck. I can’t tell you how many 8- and 9-pointers I’ve seen that look just like this in all my travels, but it has to be thousands.
On TV you see a lot of people hunting on fancy, well-managed properties and passing bucks like this all the time. If you are lucky enough to own or lease good land and manage it, or hunt as a guest on a managed pristine tract, or pay $5,000 to hunt with an outfitter, you can do that.
But let’s keep it real. Most of America’s hunters, your typical guys and gals who work hard all year and take off a few days to hunt on public or private property where there will be a little to a lot of hunting pressure, should shoot this buck and be proud they did.
Would you shoot this buck and be happy?
Thanks to Tony for letting us know about this monster that a hunter shot in Charles County, Maryland last week (they kill some big deer every year in that county).
Cool buck, main-frame 10 w/split G-2s and super-wide. After battling the heat and mosquitoes for a couple days, it cooled off a bit and Jon got the monster he and his wife had named “Colossus.” Way to go man! Read the story at Marylandwhitetail.com