Clyde Roberts, America’s Oldest Deer Hunter, Passes Away At 105

va clydeWhen he retired 40 years ago, Clyde Roberts of Bedford, VA started hunting at the urging of his son. “I bought him a rifle when retired to keep him busy,” said Mike Roberts.

In 2016, at age 103, Mr. Clyde shot his biggest buck ever. The next season, he bagged 2 does and an 8-point buck. Only 6% of Virginia’s hunters killed 3 deer that year. Only one of them was 104 years young. 

Mr. Clyde killed 10 deer since he turned 100.

“When people ask me about the secret to my longevity, I tell them it was all about hard work and living for the Lord,” he said.

More about Mr. Clyde from an interview he did with WDBJ7:

Clyde Roberts was born on Oct. 29, 1913. At 7 years old, he stopped going to school and went to work for 75 cents a day. When Clyde was 25, he bought his first car — a 1929 model Ford for $137.

Clyde loved deer hunting. ”I just like to be up in a tree stand and when one comes out I like to shoot it and see him drop.”

At 103, Clyde asked God for one thing: ”…give me the strength to get up in my tree stand and kill another deer…and he did.”

That fall he killed his biggest buck, a 200-pound 8-point buck. ”My hand was steady and I dropped him,” Clyde recalls.

On September 10, 2019, America’s oldest deer hunter passed away at age 105.

RIP Mr. Clyde. By all accounts you were a great man. The way you lived your life  makes me proud to be a fellow Virginian, Christian and deer hunter.

North Carolina: 160” Velvet Crossbow Buck!

NC velvet bow opener 2019Brandon Johnson of Mount Airy, N.C. told Carolina Sportsman:

“I had been seeing pictures of this buck on trail cam. He was among a group of bachelor bucks for the past two or three months. A lot of those were daytime photos. So I knew I had a good chance at seeing him once the season opened. But I knew I had to make it happen early in the season before his pattern started to change.”

On opening evening of the 2019 season, Brandon saw a couple of the bachelor bucks that had been traveling with the big buck for weeks. “When I saw that, I knew the giant was probably close.”

Two of the bucks came within 25 yards of Brandon’s ground blind, but the huge 8=-pointer hung back on the edge of the bean field, acting more cautiously, like mature bucks do. Finally, he inched closer and with shooting light waning, Brandon made a good shot with his crossbow.

The velvet rack had almost 7” bases, 12” G2s and rough-scored around 160, about as good as it gets for an 8-pointer. Way to go man!

Source: Carolina Sportsman

Lessons you can learn from Brandon’s hunt: 

In an article on early-season bowhunting I just posted on Outdoor Life digital I wrote:

The first days of your bow season in September are second only to the rut for the best time to kill a big deer. Bucks have not been pressured for months…single bucks, doubles and bachelor groups (generally a couple of small guys hanging out with a shooter or two) are visible in fields, and they are locked into tight summer bed-to-feed patterns. Your first job is to find bucks, and then zero in a mature deer to hunt.

That is exactly what Brandon did.

I went on to say in that story: Late-summer visuals coupled with trail-camera photos take your scouting to the next level, and double your chances of patterning and shooting a monster early… Once you snap a big boy moving in shooting light, slip in and hunt your best stand for the kill.

That is exactly what Brandon did.

One other thing I have blogged about many times and said on TV will help you out in the early season: As you glass and study trail-camera images of a bachelor group in late summer, study the makeup of those bucks because those deer will run together into October. If you spot one of the bucks close, the others are close, too. Be ready!

That is exactly what Brandon did.

Whether you’re bowhunting right now or about to in October, remember these tips and good luck.

Bowhunting: 5 Keys To Shooting An Early-Season Buck

spartan drop tine 2018If you hunt in Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina or any state where the archery season opens in September, click here and for tips and advice on how to punch your tag super early. I teamed with Outdoor Life digital for a 5-point plan that involves understanding late-summer buck behavior, trail-camera strategies, best tree stand spots and more.

Good luck and send me pictures if you shoot a good buck this month or anytime this season!




5 Top Spots For Trail Cameras in September

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  1. A small clearing in the woods 70 to 100 yards off an alfalfa, soybean, clover or corn field. Some mature bucks hang up in these areas in late afternoon before moving out to a field after dark.
  2. A bottleneck of thick cover on a deer trail that leads into a field. A big buck will usually walk the thickest route in, and you can get a close-up image of him.
  3. Back in the woods where two or more drainages with thick cover come together. Oak trees that drop acorns nearby make this a surefire bet for buck images. Especially good for those nocturnal giants that don’t get to a field until dark.
  4. “Our thousands of cam photos show mature bucks regularly use thin fingers of timber with a good mix of hardwoods and evergreens–the conifers provide the deer with increased security cover,” says whitetail biologist Mick Hellickson.
  5. Once you spot a big buck in a field, sneak in and set a camera on the nearest creek crossing, swamp pond, etc. you can find. As late summer deepens, mature bucks spend a lot of time hanging out near water in low, thick areas

EHD Kills Deer In 10 Indiana Counties

IN ehd 2019This post and picture from M.R. James, a legend in the archery world and founder and longtime editor of Bowhunter Magazine:

DAMN EHD IS BACK! It’s been nearly 12 years since the last outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease turned up on our southern Indiana farm and took a heavy toll of resident deer.

Today I found this young buck dead in a creek bed after a neighbor reported the same finding on his nearby farm nearly two weeks ago. I later saw a sickly buck here but didn’t find a carcass.

I’m (scouting and) counting 15 to 25 whitetails daily so far this month and all appear in good health. Praying they’ll stay that way.

It takes a killing frost to kill the gnats that transmit EHD and fall is a long way off. Thankfully, EHD is not contagious but the flying bugs are the real problem.

An area game warden confirmed that EHD has now been confirmed in 10 Indiana counties so far.

After a few wet years, It has been hot and dry in many areas for the last 2 months, and those conditions are conducive to an outbreak of EHD.