11 03, 2013

Ohio: Long-Tined Bow Buck, 166”

2013-05-09T11:55:40-04:00March 11th, 2013|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer|2 Comments

Kyle Danflous, whose son, Devin, shot a 200-class giant with a 20-gauge shotgun in 2011, tells us about the big buck he killed with his bow last fall: Hey Mike: On the morning of Oct. 20th I slipped into my blind around 6:45, a good 45 minutes before legal shooting time here in Ohio. It was rainy with a good overcast, so conditions were actually favorable. I hadn’t seen a thing until this guy came in at 7:45. I’m certain he was cruising for does. He came by in a light prance, and when he neared bow range I gave a soft grunt. He stopped at 15 yards, and I released the arrow. I knew I made a good shot, because I [...]

7 03, 2013

New Jersey Public-Land Buck

2019-08-05T14:21:47-04:00March 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 [...]

5 03, 2013

Virginia: Amy’s First Buck

2013-05-09T11:58:33-04:00March 5th, 2013|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer|1,281 Comments

  Thanks to longtime blogger Cody for this report: Mike: My brother and I started hunting years ago with my dad and a few other family members. I live for it. I still get as excited now when I kill or even see deer as I did when I first started. I go every chance I get. My sister Amy, 26, didn't have any interest in hunting until a couple years ago, even though we had tried to get her to go when she was younger. She killed 2 does on drives a couple years ago, and was hooked. My dad got Amy her own rifle for Christmas a year ago, so she was more than ready for the 2012 [...]

26 02, 2013

Indiana: Man Fells Giant Buck w/ Single-Shot .44 Mag

2014-04-01T12:35:25-04:00February 26th, 2013|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer|3 Comments

Thanks to Dean Weimer for this report.   Thirty-seven year-old Indiana hunter Robert “Bob” Jones was very busy in the early archery and firearms season last year, and he wanted to hunt all-day at least once during gun season to make up for lost time. The owner of a home inspection company and also a construction business, Bob doesn’t get to hunt as much as he did earlier in his deer hunting career.   He thought about it and decided that he would hunt all-day on Friday, November 30, 2012. “I wanted to sit out all day before the weekend when everyone would be out,” he says.   Bob set out to one of his favorite stands on the edge [...]