Kentucky Big Buck: Troy Gentry’s Ft. Knox Giant, 186 6/8

KY gentry 1My favorite segment on BIG DEER TV is American Deer Hunter. No matter where I’m hunting, my producers and I try to find a local hunter in the area who has shot a magnificent  whitetail. During a break in the hunting, we head over to the hunter’s house to film him and hear the story. When the new season of BIG DEER starts this July, you’ll see and hear Troy Gentry talk about the day he killed this 186” 10-point in Bullitt County, Kentucky . FYI, when we show up with the cameras you never know how a hunter will react. As you will see on this show, Troy was a natural, smooth and comfortable on camera as he told his story (paraphrased here):

It was 2002, and I got drawn for a really good area on Fort Knox military installation. It was the first day of a two-day hunt, shotgun-only, and I was hunting with a Remington 1187 slug gun. I had been sitting in the tree all morning, daylight to about 11:20, and I had a pounding headache. I got down to go get some aspirin out of my truck.

As I still-hunted back to within about 80 yards of my stand, I saw a little doe between me and the stand. Behind her was this incredible buck. After the shot, I immediately radioed my dad and told him I’d just killed a Boone and Crockett. By the time he got over there I had told him four different stories…he’s 170, 180, 200 inches! I just couldn’t believe it when I walked up on that deer.

By the time we got the deer out to the truck, there was a colonel and a general from Fort Knox. The general was on his cell phone saying. “We got a new state record, we got a new state record…” Everybody was freaking out. On B&C scoring system he grosses 198 and nets 186 6/8. On the SCI scoring system he scores 202 6/8 and is the Kentucky state record under that system. He’s just an amazing animal…it was the best experience of my hunting career.—Troy Gentry

NOTE: Troy’s 10-point buck has 27” and 28” main beams, and 14” and 15” tines. It ranks as the #13 typical ever shot in Kentucky.

Two lessons to take away from Troy’s hunt:

—If there’s a military installation, state forest or area near you that holds an annual draw hunt, apply. These limited-entry hunts are usually short, 2 or 3 days, and there’s a good chance to shoot a buck…and if you’re really lucky a giant.

—It amazes me how many monster bucks are killed when hunters least expect it. If you have to get down from your stand one day for whatever reason, don’t sweat it. But don’t stop hunting. Keep your edge, move slow and hunt as you head back to your truck or back to your stand, just like Troy did. You never know when a big buck will show up, so be ready.

Illinois: Giant Shotgun Buck, 185 Inches!

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Hey Mike: I love checking out your site and reading about big bucks. You featured my brother, Daniel, and I couple of years back when we teamed up on a 176-inch 13-point buck during the Illinois shotgun season. I’ve got another story for you from the first Illinois gun season 2014 in Adams County.

 

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We had been watching this buck for 4 years. The first picture we ever got of him, we guessed him to be a 3.5-year-old 10-pointer. The next year he put on some inches and had long G-2s and G-3s but short G-4s. We had never actually seen this buck in the woods, and we hadn’t gotten any hard-horn pictures of him.

In 2013 the buck really blew up in size and added some stickers to his rack. We knew the deer was something special, but we were not very optimistic about seeing him while hunting, since we had never gotten any pictures of him in the fall. Again, all the trail-cam pictures we had of the buck were in velvet, and we figured this was just his summer range. IL daniel 3

But one day in late November that year, I rattled and grunted and he came in downwind of me. But he presented no shot, and we never saw him again. We finally did get a hard-horned picture of him that fall, and he was huge.  We guessed him to be in the 180s.

We searched long and hard last spring for his horns, and Daniel finally happened across one side of his rack.  He was super excited. It measured right at 85 inches, the biggest shed we’d ever found.  A friend of Daniel’s nicknamed the buck Batman because he said the points off the rack’s G-2 looked like Batman’s sleeve, lol.

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My dad, Daniel and I knew we had to hunt this deer hard and try something different. Daniel found the shed only a couple hundred yards away from where I saw the buck that one time in 2013, and where we always got summer pictures of him.  We were starting to figure out his range, but it was a hard place to hunt–a deep, long ditch with a few fingers that ran through some crop fields and cow pastures. We scouted and scouted. There was only one tree suitable for a stand and it wasn’t very good, but we put a stand in it anyway.

The summer of 2014 came and went with no pictures of Batman, and we were a little

discouraged. But we figured that if he was still around, he would still be in this area.  My brother bowhunted that stand in the lone tree a few times during the rut and saw a few deer, but nothing  special. He planned to hunt it again during the first gun season because the farmer on the land was going to move his cows around on opening day, and that might have the deer moving.

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Wouldn’t you know it, at 9:30 a.m. that morning Batman came out of a thick bedding area and chased a doe right by the tree stand! The buck was about 80 yards away when Daniel put a slug through the buck’s shoulders and dropped him instantly.

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Man, the phone calls were ringing that morning between me, my brother and dad. This is the biggest buck anyone in our family has ever killed. Daniel shot Batman a mere 100 yards from where he found his shed last spring, and very close to where he and I had doubled-teamed the 176-incher a few years back. It was so awesome and my dad and I couldn’t have been prouder of Daniel.

Batman’s rack has 13-inch G-2s and G-3s and grosses 185 inches. We figured he was 7.5 years old.  I hope you enjoyed another story from us.

–Thanks, Alex Ippensen

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!

Big Deer TV: Update From The Road

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Been on the road chasing the rut for 2 weeks now, finally got some Wi-Fi to check in. Ten days ago up in Saskatchewan I shot one of the biggest 8-pointers I’ve killed in a while, the rack scored 140. It was cold, near zero, but no snow. The buck ghosted down a ridge at 3 pm, further confirmation that big bucks move at midday especially during a full moon. Shot him with my Remington Model 783 in .270 with a 150-grain Core-Lokt SP bullet.

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From there headed down to Sheridan, Wyoming, where I hunted in the shadows of the Bighorn Mountains. It snowed and was severely cold…temps -10, snow, and one day the legendary Wyoming winds gusted to -40 and -50.

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But the bucks were in full-blown rut and the hunting and rattling were spectacular. Shot this fantastic 5-year-old buck, whose rack had double split G-2s and great mass out through the beams. Used my favorite rifle, a Remington Model 700 in 7mm RUM topped with Trijicon 2.5-10X scope, and shooting a 150-grain Scirroco Bonded bullet.

Driving north into eastern Montana now, looking for a good mule deer and more killer footage for Big Deer TV. Hope they are rutting like the whitetails are. Good luck with your hunting.

 

 

Ohio: Huge 8-Point Buck

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Hey Mike, this is Devin Danflous I shot the 200-inch, 21-point back when I was 14 (see picture below). This is my dad’s buck from this season. It’s a buck I jumped up toward the beginning of the year and I was determined to get him. My dad went out one day while I was at school, sat in a blind where I shot my big buck and shot this pig of an 8-point. I was happy for him and glad that one of us got the buck.—Thanks, Devin from Ohio

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