Wisconsin: New #1 and #2 Archery Bucks!

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Two years ago I posted this blog on the 14-point typical monster shot by Dusty Gerrits in Fond du Lac Country one November day in 2012. It net-scored 189 3/8 inches, and at the time was the new state record. I was so impressed with that buck that the next summer I went up and filmed a BIG DEER TV segment with Dusty at his hunting cabin.

This past October 11, a 13-pointer shot by Wisconsin bowhunter Adam Hupf edged out the Gerrits buck to become the new state archery record for typical bucks. After the mandatory 60-day drying period, the Hupf rack was panel-scored in Green Bay and measured an official 191 6/8 inches.

Yesterday I got this email and exclusive photo from Dusty:

Mike, thought you might enjoy this photo. Adam Hupf shot the buck in Dodge County (one county south of mine). I actually know of him through a conservation club we belong to in Beaver Dam. Adam and I don’t live that far apart, so we got together for a few beers and shared some stories.–Dusty

Cool shot, Adam’s new #1 (left) and Dusty and his #2 giant. Hope to get the full story of Adam’s hunt and post it on BIG DEER in the future.





Oklahoma Giant Buck, 230 7/8”!

Got this from longtime blogger Greg in Oklahoma:

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Mike: I thought you’d like to see some photos of a giant that was taken (in late November) in Oklahoma. It has been officially measured at 230 7/8″ gross green. The neighbors apparently had been watching the buck for 3 years. I don’t know the huntress, but I saw the photos on an Oklahoma Bragging Board Facebook page.

Hoping to get in touch with this lady for the full story of this monster!

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Maryland Easton Shore: Giant Non-Typical Bow Buck 1581/4!

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Today’s guest blog from bowhunter Eddie Roberts:

Hi Mike: I would like to share a story of the whitetail hunt I went on in Chestertown, MD November 10-15, 2014. I booked the hunt with Kirby Bryan, outfitter for Chesapeake Hunting on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

The first 3 days of the hunt were warm, and the deer were moving during the early morning and late evening hours. I saw plenty of deer that were 2 ½ to 3 ½ years old, but I was hunting for a mature buck.

On November 14th I was in a stand positioned between a bedding area and a feeding area. I finally had a good NW wind. It was cold and windy, but I saw a good number of deer. As I was finishing lunch in the stand, I looked up and saw a 7 point coming in at about 30 yards. The buck was very nervous, but I knew he had no idea I was there. He was nervous about something else.

The buck ducked into a thicket and I saw another set of antlers coming through the same brush. I threw up my binoculars and sized this buck to be at least a 10 point, about 80 yards from me. He chased the 7 point down a little green patch of road. My heart dropped as I watched this big shooter disappear.

I grabbed my Extinguisher grunt call and bleated to him 3 times, softly. Before I knew it 7 does appeared out of the thicket and came right in front of my stand. I looked back toward the thicket and saw a doe just standing there. Then I saw more movement… the shooter buck had returned!

The doe eventually moved to mingle with the other does. The big buck stepped out, made a scrape, rubbed a tree, licked his nose and went right for the doe. I readied my Matthews Z 7 Extreme Bow. I drew back when he was at 32 yards. I needed him to take 3 more steps and he would be completely broadside at 30 yards.

The buck stopped, and I let down the bow, waiting for him to make his move. Then I noticed that the doe had made me. I said to myself, “Now or never.” I had a good view of the vital area, and I let my Gold Tip Arrow rip.

I hit the buck a little back from where I intended, but I saw the arrow hit and there instantly was blood. The buck took off and ran back into the thicket. I called Kirby and told him what had happened. He told me to stay put until dark so as not to bump the buck and push him further. I sat there all afternoon, thinking over and over that this would be my trophy of a lifetime if my shot was a good one.

We decided to let the buck lay overnight. Needless to say I had a very sleepless night. The next day we found him 120 yards from where I shot him. I was in shock just looking at the 15-point non-typical antlers. Kirby had called this buck “Freak Nasty, Jr.” and figured he was at least 6½ years old. The rack scored 158¼ inches. I couldn’t be more proud as a bowhunter to harvest such a deer of this caliber. Thanks so much for reading my story.–Eddie

Love the look of that buck, way to go Eddie!

South Texas: Big Drop-Tine and Sticker Bucks!

Thanks to our friend Wren for this hunt report from deep in the Brush Country:

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As for this awesome drop, Wren wrote,” Thought about you when I saw this buck one  Saturday recently. Based on buck activity we have observed I am betting on the rut peaking early in our area. Does getting harassed and staying in the brush, avoiding open senderos. Older bucks showing aggressive behavior, lots of scraping, rubbing antlers / fighting scrub brush, have seen several pretty serious fights between mature bucks. It’s early for us to be shooting trophies, we are focused on meeting our management numbers now. Looks like a great year for racks in the Brush Country!”

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Jake Degeyter of Atchafalaya Taxidermy sent Wren the picture of this incredible Texas buck that a hunter brought to him for mounting. Wren says, “I have seen lots of tines with forks, kickers, stickers and trash points but the G-2s on this buck are like nothing I have even seen.”

I agree, it’s almost like a second set of main beams grew up and out on the G-2s! Definitely one of the most unique racks I have ever seen and a real trophy.

Hmm, maybe a trashy G-2 buck like this will become my new obsession?

Montana: Have a Merry Coyote Christmas!

coyote xmasThis is perhaps—no, make that definitely—the most unusual Christmas decoration I have ever seen, but in a weird sort of way I think it’s kind of cool.

The lady who posted this picture to Facebook told NBC Montana that reaction has been mixed.

“A lot of people were just like, ‘Well, be glad it’s dead. You don’t have to worry about it eating your pets…but I don’t know. To me, it’s morbid, it rings of animal cruelty.”

But Sanders County Sheriff Tom Rummel says the hanging animal is perfectly legal. For one thing, a coyote is a predator (and a deer killer) and not a game animal. The lawman went on to say that because the coyote is already dead, it’s not an issue of animal cruelty.

Cool, but don’t try this at home.