|Weight: 0||Age: 2.5 years|
|Weapon Used: Bow||Score: - 0/8|
|Location: Alberta, Canada|
Me and my buddy Matt saw this guy eating with a doe near by shot him from 20 m with a Easton full metal jacket with a grim reaper broad head.
|Weight: 205||Age: 4.5 years|
|Weapon Used: Rifle||Score: 104 - 3/8|
|Location: Pike County, Georgia|
|Weight: 175||Age: 5.5 - above years|
|Weapon Used: Rifle||Score: 162 - 0/8|
|Location: Zavala County, Texas|
My good friend Andy Priest invited me to his family ranch in Pearsall TX to hunt, and of course, I accepted the offer. The ranch, Rancho Tres Hermanos, is a family vacation spot, that Andy, and his ranch foreman Cody, manage for the soul reason of nurturing deer to the eldest of age and maximum antler potential. This is not a “paying customer” kind of ranch (little to my knowledge upon arrival); this ranch is his passion, and a labor of love.
My guide Cody informed me that this particular buck was one of the oldest, if not THE oldest buck on the property, and immediately I made my “pick of the litter”. As luck would have it, a few days before I arrived the buck disappeared from all game camera pictures. We decided to take a gamble and hunt about 300 yards from the back of the ranch house, which is in the center of the ranch; our gamble paid off. When the buck stepped out of the brush only fifteen short minutes after daylight nosing a doe, we almost laughed out loud with gratification that we had guessed right. I flung my first bullet not aimed at a target from my new 30-06 Browning X-Bolt (that I had waited my whole life to get), and he hit the ground right where he stood.
The opportunity for a guy like me to harvest such an outstanding, MATURE buck (the most mature I’ve ever seen I might add; 8.5 years old), was a memory I will never forget. Growing up from humble beginnings hunting for meat ONLY, you never think that you’ll be the guy holding that “buck of a lifetime”, but that morning, I was. This buck is BY FAR my biggest buck ever (161 6/8” scored twice, 11 score-able points), and that is the reason I decided to certify him as my first buck towards my Whitetail Slam. I’ve got bow hunts lined up for next season in Pike County Illinois, Eureka Kansas, and Franklin Tennessee, as well as a rifle hunt near Kingsville TX in the gulf coast region. In short, this buck lit a Whitetail Slam flame under the seat of my pants!!
Shortly after the morning hunt, my friend/colleague Chad shot his second buck ever; a twenty five inch wide, short tined eight point, that needed to be removed from the herd, (146 2/8”) and that evening, I shot not only a six point cull buck, but two mature does. The meat harvested not only filled my freezer, but my parents and several friends as well. This hunt will always be one of my favorites to look back on.