Our family moved to Wyoming in 1994 and a whole new world was opened up to me. I went on my first whitetail deer hunt in Nebraska in 1995 and I have been hooked ever since. Of all the big game animals I’ve hunted, I think the deer is my favorite and the whitetail has claimed a special place in my heart. I have deer hunted in over 20 states and my goal is to pursue deer in every state in the US as well as Mexico and all Canadian provinces.
|Weight: 180||Age: 4.5 years|
|Weapon Used: Rifle||Score: 137 - 7/8|
|Location: Park County, Wyoming|
It was just getting light when I caught this buck trailing a doe in an alfalfa field. He didn’t notice me as I crawled under a fence and then belly crawled into an irrigation ditch. I stayed in the ditch and was able to close the distance to about 250 yards. I dropped the legs on my bipod and used the bank of the ditch as a rest. When the buck came across the field and stopped broadside to look around, I took the shot and dropped the buck on the spot.
|Weight: 225||Age: 4.5 years|
|Weapon Used: Rifle||Score: 141 - 2/8|
|Location: Pennington County, South Dakota|
I was lucky enough to draw a West River tag and had both a mule deer tag and a whitetail tag in my pocket. During the day, we had been driving back to the ranch house for some lunch when I noticed a big buck in the creek bottom about 600 yards away. It looked like a medium sized 3x3 mule deer until I looked at him in my binoculars. That’s when I realized it was a big whitetail buck. I quickly grabbed my rifle and tried to close the distance so I could make an ethical shot. Just as I was getting into position to make a 250 yard shot, a doe that had been in the creek bottom made a break for it and the big buck followed. I never got off a shot and I was disappointed as I made my way back to the truck. That evening, my friend and I decided to hunt further down the creek. He set up in a hay stack and I decided to work my way back up the creek to see what I could see. About an hour later I decided to head back to where my friend was hidden in the hay bales and I looked up the hill to see a big whitetail headed down the hill towards me. At about 275 yards, the buck noticed me and the stare off commenced. I was excited to see it was the same big 8 point from earlier in the day. I slowly lowered myself into a prone position, got the bi-pod out on my rifle and was able to take one solid shot, dropping the buck where he stood. It was an incredible day in the badlands of South Dakota.
|Weight: 250||Age: 5.5 - above years|
|Weapon Used: Rifle||Score: 154 - 2/8|
|Location: Keya Paha County, Nebraska|
After watching hunting show after hunting show on TV I decided it was finally time to try my hand at whitetail hunting. Our budget was very limited but I booked a three day guided hunt in Nebraska. The timing couldn’t have been better and the rut was in full swing. Record cold temperatures made it difficult to stay in the field very long but on the second evening of my hunt we were sitting next to a round hay bale. I was busy watching a small buck chase a bunch of does around the field about 400 yards to my left. I scanned the brush line of the draw directly in front of my stand and saw a doe standing about 200 yards in front of me looking back into the creek bottom. I turned my attention down the field again to see what the deer I’d been watching before were doing and when I turned my attention back to the doe in front of me she had miraculously tranformed into a high racked, huge buck. I waited for my guide, that was on the other side of the bale, to give me the green light to shoot. I could tell the buck was getting ready to move on so I took the shot and watched the buck drop in his tracks. My guide jumped up off the ground and asked what I was shooting at. I could tell he had been sound asleep. I told him I shot a little buck and pointed down the hill to where my buck had fallen. He got more and more excited as we approached the fallen deer. When we lifted the bucks massive headgear out of the grass the guide gave a loud yell and told me I had killed one of their largest bucks of the season. I had just taken a huge 10 point with a split eye guard. I considered myself very lucky to be in the right place at the right time. Starting with that hunt, I’ve been addicted to hunting whitetails.