By Mark Kenyon
Bill Winke of Midwest Whitetail is in my opinion, one of the great whitetail hunting minds of our time. And once again, he has killed an absolute monster whitetail, while taking us along for a rollercoaster of a ride as he has pursued this buck and shared his story on his videos and blogs. As many of you have, I’ve been following his quest for the “Double G4 Buck” and I was thrilled to see him write the final chapter of this story earlier this month. Here’s a brief summary of the hunt, and be sure to watch the full video (linked below) recapping this remarkable journey.
When it was all said and done, the Double G4 buck was shot November 3, and he gross scored 206″. Bill had hunted him four seasons and was finally able to close the deal in 2012 after many close encounters. In 2009 he was somewhat visible as a 4 1/2 year old. He was in the area but never moved during the day in 2010 (to Bill’s knowledge). And in 2011 he became much more visible as a 6 1/2 year old. His range shrank and he became even more visible in 2012 as a 7 1/2 year old.
Bill used trail cams (Bushnells) on Field Scan mode to figure out the G4 buck’s patterns in 2011 and 2012 and that really helped him to know when and where to hunt him. Through past sightings and trail camera data, Bill was able to narrow the Double G4’s range down to a very small area and carefully, but consistently hunt this spot when conditions were right. This conservative, yet relentless strategy finally paid off in a big way.
The full story of this 4 year hunt is really special and I’d highly recommend you watch the full episode chronicling the journey that Bill Winke undertook over the course of his 4 years chasing the Double G4 buck. To watch, click the link below…