From boone-crockett.org: Justin Eckert… watched this mule deer buck during summer scouting sprout his new antler set, until the buck contracted an unknown disease (or was injured) that almost finished him. Somehow this buck made a full recovery to a healthy body weight, but not before the ordeal took its toll (on the rack). Yeah, he ended up growing one of the coolest racks I’ve seen from 2012. Handle Bars! And see how he didn’t lose the velvet on right side? Man, gonna be a killer mount.
If you have been on the blog for long you know 2 things: I am obsessed with someday killing a drop-tine buck…and I am deathly afraid of snakes, any snake, garter to rattler. I shiver just writing it. Well, David Syfert, who has been on BIG DEER for years, saw this picture on Facebook and decided to post it on my wall to freak me out. Thanks, man :) Supposedly the evil serpent is from the Georgia woods. Somebody pointed out that the rattlers looked funny and fake. I don’t know about any of that, but I do know this: If I were out hunting and ran into that thing, my heart would explode. I mean, literally, explode. No more [...]
Joe from New Jersey says: Mike: Here is the 13-pointer that I took last season. I have been hunting NJ for 30 years and this is the second biggest deer I have taken. Does it qualify as a drop tine or double drop???—Joe Great buck man, but I can’t give you either one. That’s the left main beam tipping down; and the sticker shooting straight out is cool, but not a drop.
Hope you’ve been following our recent string of unicorn buck posts, I believe we’re compiling the most/best info on this unusual topic. Thanks to Wren for this most recent photo from Texas: Mike, this skull was found by a neighbor close to where Jake Steen shot his unicorn buck (scroll down below). Thought the skull would really help folks understand this phenomenon. Yes, it shows the growth as well as I’ve seen it. Scientists say a unicorn tine is caused by trauma to the front facial bone, such as (and most likely I reckon) a tine puncture from another buck. Most of the unicorn tines I’ve seen (in pictures, never seen one in the wild) sprout from the bone area [...]
Last fall the guys down at Clark Brothers gun shop recommended I try Blackhorn 209 loads in my new Thompson Center Triumph. Designed for 209 primer in-line rifles, it’s a high-performance propellant that delivers accurate loads with superior velocity and energy. Plus, in this test, it blew away the competition as far as igniting in damp or wet weather. Another big thing, Blackhorn is a low-residue powder that burns hotter and cleaner than Pyrodex, Triple 7 and others. It is supposedly so clean that you can shoot some 22 to 40 shots at the range all morning without wiping the bore once, and still shoot accurate groups. I don’t know about the 20 shots, or all morning, but in the [...]