Today’s great guest blog from Tony Woodruff:
Mike: Just wanted to send a quick story about a hunt a few weekends ago.
I took my 13 year old daughter bowhunting on the family farm up in north-central Nebraska. We couldn’t get to the primary location that I wanted to hunt Saturday morning because of the wind, so we hunted a field edge and only saw some does and fawns.
I slipped into a draw that afternoon where I hoped there would be evening activity, set up a pop-up blind and brushed it in. We went back to the blind with a little over 2 hours of daylight left. We were in the blind getting our chairs situated when I looked up and spotted a deer at the edge of the trees about 60 yards away. He appeared to be a good buck.
We quickly got situated where I thought he might come by and got ready. We didn’t have to wait long…he soon started down the trail that would take him right by us. Just as he stepped out of the brush he spotted the blind and stopped 25 yards away, looking right at us. He hesitated just long enough for Kayla to make the lethal shot with her crossbow. This all transpired within about 10 minutes of us getting to the blind.
Since I am cursed with being color blind I have a very hard time seeing blood. We recruited some help to track him. It took about an hour as he didn’t leave a great blood trail, but I finally spotted him in a thicket.
He was by far Kayla’s biggest of the three bucks she has taken. I was deployed last year and we didn’t get the chance to hunt, so my daughter taking such a great buck this season made it even more special. It’s such a great feeling to be able to pass on the thrill of the hunt to my kids. Kayla’s smile says it all.–Tony
2018 will go down as a tremendous rack year, as some giants are being shot across North America. Will it also be the year the record is broken for the highest-scoring whitetail buck ever killed with a bow?
This picture has been all over social media. Here’s a report from a source I trust:
This buck was killed in Edgar County, Illinois between Paris and Chrisman by a disabled Veteran Luke Brewster of Virginia. His close friend was hunting the buck and he came down and got a shot on him his first day on the hunt. The deer was 100% free range and legal after being investigated by the IDNR.
It has 39 countable points and green scored 311” shattering the non-typical whitetail Illinois state record.
The current archery world record is 294″ taken in Ohio in 2000….Illinois current archery non typical record is 267 1/8″ taken in 2003 by Davy Jones. Time will tell where this Prairie State Giant nets out at.
NEED YOUR HELP: If Luke is indeed from Virginia, my home state, I’d like to talk with him asap about this giant. I have cameramen coming here to Fauquier County November 13-20 to film with me, and we’d love to hook up with Luke and interview him for my TV show, BIG DEER. If anybody knows Luke, tell him to track me down, or send me his contact info. Thanks.
One of my favorite new products for 2018-19 is Golden Doe Spray from Wildlife Research Center.
It’s convenient to use, no fuss and no mess. Set a couple of wicks 6 feet off the ground and spray them downwind with Golden Doe. On the way back to your stand spray a few more limbs, branches or clusters of dry leaves with shots of Golden Doe to swirl more lure out there.
Here’s a cool way to use it: On the sneak into a stand or blind, carry the can low in your hand and spray here and there to create a doe scent trail into your spot, in hopes a buck will cut the scent line and walk close. No need to hassle with a rope or scent drag.
NOTE: Check your hunting regulations and make certain that natural doe urine is permitted in your area.
I don’t care where you hunt, this setup is one of the best for the next 2 weeks of the whitetail rut.
On a map or Google Earth, or from experience of hunting a piece of ground in the past, look for a ridge 100 to 200 yards off a corn or bean field and back in the timber. Scout around and set your stand (or ground blind) where a series of ridges, flats, shallow draws and a winding creek come together. This spot is a dumping ground for deer throughout the rut. Note the predominant wind in the area (N to NW generally, except in coastal areas of the SE).
Sneak in with all the gear you need–including lunch, snacks and water–and sit all day if you can hack it. Morning, midday or at dusk you might spot an 8-pointer trolling on a finger ridge, nose to the ground…or a 10-pointer trotting down a hollow…or a doe running with 3 bucks on her heels…. Keep an eye on any creek and the cover around it because deer will travel up, down and across it all rut.
Hunt this stand for a week in November, and I can almost guarantee you’ll see lots of deer and at least one shooter. Good luck!
Today’s guest blog from Brian out in Southeast Oklahoma:
This buck first showed up on my game cameras October 21st. Didn’t know him and had never seen him before. Then he was on camera again the morning of October 29 at 6:00 a.m. I hunted that evening and saw some younger bucks and does but no mature bucks. One young buck was pushing does around and grunting and roaring, so I knew they were rutting in the area. When I slipped out I left most of my equipment in the tree so I could slip in as quietly as possible the next morning.
The wind was iffy the morning of October 30th. It was warm but I had that feeling that I needed to be there. Shortly after daylight I heard him coming through the timber behind me and got ready. The buck popped out into the field at 10 yards. He caught my wind and started to leave fast. He got behind some cedars and I thought he was gone. Luckily he stayed on the edge of the field and stopped to look back one last time.
He was quartering away hard, but I made the shot and he only ran about 70 yards before going down. I was self-filming the hunt, and in my panic I didn’t hit the record button! I was bummed I didn’t get the shot on film but I didn’t let it get me down because he’s a great buck and it was a great hunt.
I was thankful and blessed to have the opportunity to hunt and take this buck. He’s my best blackpowder buck to date and my second best buck overall.– Brian Hodge, Caddo, Oklahoma.