27 03, 2013

The X-Ray Buck (aka Arrowhead Buck)

2020-06-10T09:23:37-04:00March 27th, 2013|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Science|1 Comment

This is the week of bucks with holes in their heads. A few years ago in Maryland Jonathan Leith dropped this 8-pointer. The 2 1/2-year-old buck wasn't big enough for a shoulder mount, so he decided to saw the skull into a European mount. Look what he found! Sunk just below the right eye socket and into the honey-combed nasal sinus area was a piece of an XX75 aluminum arrow with a 3-blade broadhead. I figure that arrow was fired into buck sometime the year before because Jon told a newspaper guy: “There was no physical evidence that the deer had an arrow in it. The skin wasn’t broken, there was no pus pocket. The eye appeared to be normal.” [...]

16 03, 2013

Hunter Bounces Arrow Off Huge Unicorn Buck’s Shoulder

2020-06-10T09:23:37-04:00March 16th, 2013|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Management|2 Comments

Rare as they are, we’ve got unicorn bucks coming out the woodwork; look close and you’ll see the uni cutting up inside the left beam: Mike: Saw the blog this morning. Here is a pic of a buck we named "Unibrow" from our cameras two seasons ago. He has a third beam coming out his forehead. My brother-in-law had him at 15 yards, got excited and bounced an arrow off his shoulder blade. He's still out there, as far as we know, but we haven't seen him again.—Mark I told Mark to tell his brother-in-law no harm, no foul, we all miss with our bows. But tell him he had in fact missed a 1 in 4,000 buck. Mark wrote back, [...]

14 03, 2013

Kansas: Double-Drop Monster Buck, 178 6/8

2020-06-10T09:23:37-04:00March 14th, 2013|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Bowhunting|Comments Off on Kansas: Double-Drop Monster Buck, 178 6/8

My dream buck, double drops on a massive main-frame 8. Michael Morgan shot the giant with his bow last Nov. 6 on leased land in Kansas. North American Whitetail has the story. Man, what a beast. My obsession for a dropper hasn’t waned, but has only gotten stronger, though I fear I’ll never get one.  

12 03, 2013

BIG DEER TV Helps Maryland Bowhunter Shoot Biggest Buck

2020-06-10T09:23:37-04:00March 12th, 2013|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting|1,029 Comments

Hi Mike: I shot this deer in Calvert County, Maryland one evening last October. It is the biggest buck I have killed to date, and to get it with the bow makes it more special.   I shot him on a 25-acre parcel that I lease from a friend of mine. He came in around 6 pm, walking right down a trail toward me. He turned slightly behind some cover at 10 yards and I drew my bow. Right before I got ready to release the arrow he looked up and busted me! Not sure if he heard me or saw my movement, but he took off across the creek and stopped on the other side, perfectly broadside, next to [...]

7 03, 2013

New Jersey Public-Land Buck

2020-06-10T09:23:38-04:00March 7th, 2013|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Management|12 Comments

Longtime blogger Jeff Herrmann filed this recap of his 2012 season: I do not have access to private land here in New Jersey, so I am limited to hunting public land. If that were not challenging enough, I decided to limit my hunting to a compound or crossbow last season to take advantage of opportunities where gun hunting would not be allowed. The season started off well with several decent bucks on my cams. When I say “decent bucks” I am referring to public-land bucks in NJ which are hunted for 6 months a year. On the public properties few bucks live past 2.5 years old; average rack scores often top out in the 100” range. I hunted 2 to [...]

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