South Carolina: Blind Hunter Kills Deer

nc blind hunterFrom North Carolina Sportsman:

Michael Edmonds of Inman, S.C. lost his sight during an industrial accident about four years ago, and with the loss of his sight, he thought his hunting days were over. But on Dec. 22, he killed a trophy while hunting with a friend with some specialized equipment.

“It was a very emotional day for me… Next thing I knew, I was sitting there crying… It was a big accomplishment for me,” he said.

Read the full story here. Way to go Mike, you’re an inspiration…God bless and good luck.

Garmin Xero Rangefinding Bow Sight

garmin xeroThe Archery Trade Association (ATA) show 2018 is going on right now in Indianapolis. I’m not there, but from what I hear this digital range-finding sight from Garmin is the big news, and I can see why. I just wonder why it took a company so long to come up with one.

 

From Garmin:

We are excited to announce the Xero A1 and A1i, two groundbreaking auto-ranging digital laser bow sights that automatically measure the distance to a target and provide a precise, virtual lighted pin for the shot.

 A silent, single-button trigger mounted on the bow’s grip lets the archer range targets at rest or at full draw, virtually eliminating distance estimation and hunter movement …The laser range finder instantly provides the precise angle-compensated distance – up to 100 yards on game or 300 yards on reflective targets. The Xero then projects a precise, virtual LED pin that is only visible to the archer, and without the clutter of multiple physical pins. An ambient light sensor ensures the pin brightness is optimized for various shooting conditions.

The Xero A1i includes many additional features. Laser Locate™ estimates the arrow’s point of impact and transfers that location to a compatible Garmin device (sold separately) so hunters know where to begin their recovery of game.

Super intriguing, this sight will interest all deer hunters. The only downside I see is retail price. Would you spend  $800 to $1,000 for a bow sight? Serious whitetail bow hunters are a passionate lot, and I’m betting a lot of you will if the Xero proves to perform as Garmin says it will.

Virginia: Cactus Crossbow Buck!

va cactus buck 2017From North American Whitetail: Look at this crazy buck (2017 season) taken by John Linens in Ringgold VA, using a Tenpoint crossbow with Rage broadheads.

So what’s up with John’s buck?

Scientists explain that a buck like this, which is extremely rare, has “cryptoridism.” This condition can result from a birth defect or disease that causes a buck’s testicles (one or both) not to drop normally. Or, at some point in his life a buck may injure his privates, say jumping a wire fence (ouch).

A cryptorid buck doesn’t engage in the seasonal rituals of a normal whitetail buck; he lacks the chemical stimulation to rub, scrape or express dominance or individualism. His neck doesn’t swell and he doesn’t breed.

This type buck never sheds his antlers, which remain in velvet year-round. The fuzzy antlers can continue to grow over and around the old antlers as the animal matures. Older-age-class cryptorchids can grow to become true freaks, known as “cactus bucks.”

John’s amazing deer is a prime example of that, great trophy man!

 

Maine Deer Hunt Report

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Thanks to our friend Kevin McKenna for submitting this field report from Maine, which I consider to be one of the hardest places in North America to shoot a big whitetail:

Hey Mike: So a little update from our deer hunt in Maine back on Nov 10-19th 2017.

We had some decent weather this year, a little warm in the afternoons in the 30s but mornings were in the teens to 20 degrees. Not as cold as we like and deer seemed to be moving mostly at night but an improvement from last year.

We found some good buck sign in one spot and so-so sign in the other. One big buck we were after last year had another rub and scrape line this year, so he made it through last winter and was our target buck.

On Monday my friend Dave rattled what we think was that buck in to 35 yards but no shot, just a glimpse of a huge body. Dave saw 2 does besides that buck for the week.

My encounters consisted of 1 doe, glimpse of 2 deer unidentified and 1 grunting buck with no sighting of him. In the big woods of Maine, I’ll take that for the week.

Friend Dan, who got the nice buck last year, didn’t see a deer all week. He was around deer, but just never saw one. That’s how Northern Maine humbles a man. All in all it was a great trip with friends.

Attached is a pic Dave took of a Lynx. The cat was sunning himself on the side of the logging road that we parked on. Dave was on his way back to the truck at noon for lunch and had to walk by him. What a great encounter. I saw this cat the next day; he walked by me at 25 yards. A big cat… probably not good for the deer but cool to see.

Hope you’re having a great season and maybe I’ll see you sometime in the “Big Woods of Maine.” Best, Kevin

Note: I have hunted the great state of Maine exactly once and was humbled. We covered hundreds of miles and explored the magical big woods for a week and saw two moose but not a single deer, not even a doe. We traveled around and filmed everything we saw and everybody we met, and put together a TV show of which I was and am proud. It was a hit, and the episode remains one of the most popular we have ever produced for Big Deer TV.

And last November, hunter Gene Doughty shot a Maine mountain buck that scored 188 inches–I consider Gene’s giant to be one of the top bucks shot in North America in 2017. Click here to see it.

 

America’s Oldest Hunter Bags 3 More Deer

va clyde robertsw 104Last year I blogged, Still hunting strong at 103 years young, Mr. Clyde Roberts shot his biggest buck ever during our state’s 2016 muzzleloader season.

Mr. Roberts continues to hunt and amaze.

From the Roanoke (VA) Times: Clyde Roberts already had killed two does in Bedford County during the 2017 deer season, now he was perched 20-feet high in a tree stand looking for a bear.

Bear were forgotten when a couple does walked into the field that Roberts watched. He has killed 10 deer since he turned 100, all but four taken with a .50-caliber muzzleloader. (But) on this hunt he cradled a .270.

An 8-pointer crossed the field and began chasing the does. Mr. Clyde squeezed the trigger, and the buck cartwheeled. Three deer for the 2017 season!

According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, only 6 percent of the state’s hunters kill three deer in a single season. Only one is 104 years young.

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

Postscript: Mr. Clyde Roberts was not always a hunter. He started hunting after he retired some 40 years ago at the urging of his son. “I bought him a rifle when he retired to keep him busy,” said Mike Roberts, who believes his dad to be the oldest active hunter in America.

This story makes me proud to be a Virginian, a Christian and a deer hunter. Mr. Clyde Roberts, you are a great man and an inspiration to all of us. Hunt on, sir!