My buddy Sheldon, who for years helped me find and shoot monster bucks up in Saskatchewan, now works in the oil patch in northern Alberta. One dark, frozen night last week Sheldon got bored and decided to clean out his laptop—and found this lost video, which he’d shot with his phone one morning in November 2010.
I had never seen the video until now, but it brings back memories. I had killed the 300-pound giant less than an hour before Sheldon shot this clip. I remember I was in a daze as I sat there and jabbered. I remember how the woods smelled of spruce that morning…how thick and bristly the buck’s hide felt…how hot his blood was on my hands when we opened him up.
He gross-scored 209, the biggest deer I will ever kill.
I remember that we took our time lugging the beast out of the woods, enjoying the day and our time together. Back at the truck Sheldon and I toasted the hunt and the buck with cherry whiskey. I can almost taste it right now.
What a day…what a deer…what a life.
I dont think you could have said it any better if you tried Mike. Great deer and I’m sure a great feeling of satisfaction. I guess that is what we are really hunting when we go…..satisfaction. Nice clip.
Incredible animal Mike. I’ve never hunted Canada, the only place I could compare it to is N-Maine if that compares. 22 yrs now and every year is a new experience, sights, smells and you never know how big of a whitetail your going to see in the big woods. Just different hunting not like hunting corn lots,oak ridges, farm country. I’ve hunted years on those places and enjoy it but nothing like hunting some place that deer die and never see humans.
Congrats again on a true monarch……..
Curt, your comment is exactly what I thought when reading Mike’s summary! He left very little unsaid in those three brief phrases.
That is a great buck.whitetail is #1 on my list for hunting.
“What a day…what a deer…what a life”
That says it all.
That is truly a brute of a buck and one special day you will not forget. BD
Can only imagine that feeling…up there in the Great White Nort.