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.
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.
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.
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
Saw this on the Field and Stream facebook page: No word yet on who shot it, but some educated guesses are projecting foot-long tines on both sides that could push the net score into the neighborhood of 200 inches…
Reading through the comments with that post, a young man by the name of Colziah Jones wrote: I shot this deer over a scrape…no feeder!! No high fence!! 100% fair chase…I have 3 years worth of trail camera pics of this deer. A lot of hours were put into taking this deer! More here.
Also in those comments, some jealous hunters were questioning this young man’s great buck, and how he shot it. Why are some people so petty and envious every time somebody shoots a really Big Deer? Why do people have to question a hunter’s tactics and morals? Why can’t we all just be happy for a guy who shoots a giant buck?
The jealousy and pettiness of some hunters, especially those who troll the Interweb and just like to cause trouble, really irks me and is not good for our sport.
Way to go Colziah, awesome buck!
Today’s great blog comes from Maryland hunter and longtime Big Deer blogger Danny Myers:
Mike: Maryland had its 3-day early muzzleloader season last weekend. I had taken my nephew on Thursday and Friday with no luck. We were a bit discouraged with the lack of deer sightings, so we decided not to go Saturday morning.
I texted his dad around 4:00 Saturday afternoon to see if he wanted to give it one more try and he said no. I told him that if he didn’t go a buck would probably come out. Sure enough within 15 minutes of sitting down this young 8-point came out.
It took me awhile to get the scope and iPhone lined up, but I was able to get this pic. I sent the pic to his dad and he said my nephew could only shake his head in disappointment. I watched the deer for about 30 minutes, giving him updates of all the shot opportunities he was missing by not coming with me. Eventually the deer fed back into the woods.
Later in the evening I was surprised by the sight of a 130-class deer. I would love to have attached a picture of me holding that deer, but I somehow clean missed…100 yards, broadside, and I was kneeling with a sturdy rest. Took my time, the deer had no idea I was there. Squeezed the trigger. When the smoke cleared the deer was gone. I followed his tracks in the mud till they reached the woods. Not a drop of blood or clump of hair. Found where the bullet hit the dirt. I somehow must have shot under him. I went again the next day to search for a couple hours and came up empty. I even shot my gun again to verify it was accurate. And, it was.
It’s been a long time since I missed a deer. And, the ribbing I’m getting from my buddies is pretty bad.
I have been sitting up on my high horse since I killed my big buck last year. And with the squeeze of a trigger I have been brought back down to reality.
I told my nephew I was glad that it happened to me instead of him. And that I would have felt even worse if he had missed that deer.
Without hesitation he looked me right in the eye and said, “Uncle Danny. I wouldn’t have missed.”
Last October 19, Brad Duke fell 20 feet when a strap on the top section of his tree stand ladder steps broke. Brad lay unconscious for 2½ hours, then stumbled to his truck and drove home. His wife drove him to the hospital, where x-rays revealed he had a cracked vertebrae and 3 broken ribs.
Doctors told Brad surgery was a possibility, but he’d have none of that. He signed himself out of the emergency room 45 minutes later and went home, spent 3 weeks in bed and “then got in the gym and started lifting weights.”
Fully healed, Brad was back in a tree stand in Granville County on Saturday, September 13. As fate would have it, the same big buck he had been hunting a year earlier when he fell showed up. “I had tons of history and pictures of this deer since he was a young up-and-comer,” Brad said.
Brad’s shot was on target, clipping the 9-pointer’s heart, and the deer didn’t go far. The rack rough-scored 161” in velvet. Read the full story at North Carolina Sportsman.