By Mark Kenyon:
Big money. Big Property. Expensive gear. Tons of time. Many people today believe you need the aforementioned things in order to kill big, mature bucks like they do on TV. But guess what, it’s not true. Any Average Joe can do it, and today we have the story of four people that are evidence that this is true.
A few weeks ago, I posted a video explaining why I believe anyone can kill “TV quality bucks”, if they’re willing to put in the extra work, go to the extreme measures neccesary and make serious sacrifices. Coming off of that post, many people disagreed and continued to complain that it just wasn’t possible given the limitations of the Average Joe hunter. Being stubborn and very confident in my belief, I decided we needed to share some real success stories to help make the case.
That said, today we have those stories. Four “Average Joes” who are consistently killing great bucks, without owning property, having tons of money or time, and all the other luxuries that folks say the “TV guys” have. We sent out the call for submissions a couple weeks ago and we heard from a ton of guys and girls who are finding success the hard way. What we found is that there is no single way to have success on big bucks, for every entry we saw new ideas and tactics for killing big deer. With that in mind, we tried to choose our top “Average Joes” from diverse backgrounds and experience sets. We’ve got guys who hunt public land, we’ve got guys that have permission on private, food plotters and decoyers, tree stand hunters and ground pounders. That said, one thing they all have in common is the willingness to work very hard for success in the woods.
Below you’ll find a few pieces of information from each hunter. First, you’ll see a quick overview of their “Stats” – basically explaining thier situation, job, time off, property access, etc. I imagine you’ll be able to relate to these guys quite well – as they are all limited on time, money and property.
Secondly, you’ll find an overview of how they hunt, and what they believe their keys to success are. If you’re looking to start enjoying success on more mature deer, these strategies are proven producers for guys in similar situations to you. Pay attention and I think you’ll be able to learn a lot.
Last, each hunter has included a short story of a succesful hunt that is representative of their style of hunting and their overall story. Be sure to check these out to get an idea of how these “Average Joes” are getting it done!
If you remember only one thing from this article, let it be this… It can be done.
If you have the desire to hunt and kill big, mature bucks, don’t let anything hold you back. It won’t be easy. It won’t be quick. And you won’t succeed all the time. But with a lot of hard work, a positive attitude, and the willingness to make sacrifices, you can kill those big mature bucks like you see on TV. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Stats: “I am an occupational therapist and work in a school with special needs children. I follow the normal “school” schedule of vacation over Christmas and spring break and no time off during hunting season. It makes it very challenging to find time to get out hunting. However, I do get out of work at a decent time which does allow me to hunt most evenings. I take a single day off here and there coupled with a weekend to give me a few 3-4 day hunts out of state every year and my Michigan hunts are typically very short morning/evening/or even midday sits.
I live in southern Michigan where I hunt mostly but will spend 2-4 days a few times a year hunting other states.I own no land, I lease no land, I don’t have access to anything that I’d call “prime” land. It’s all small acreage ranging from 5-80 acres and is shared with other hunters for the most part including public land.”
Success: ~ 15 Pope & Young Bucks, most in Michigan. Largest buck to date was a 171″ in Michigan.
Hunting Style/Keys To Success: “For the most part my success is entirely dependent on my scouting. I begin scouting the minute the previous season ends. It continues through the winter with the bulk of it in the spring months, but keeps going through the summer up til the day before the next season. In the winter/spring my scouting is very intense and intrusive. I’m focused on finding 1. Buck beds 2. Travel routes from buck beds 3. Doe bedding 4. Funnels for rut and early season hunts 5. Primary scraping areas 6. Watering areas. I spend my spring prepping sets for all of these scenarios with access to and from theses spots being the most important. If I can’t get in without minimal disturbance I don’t hunt that particular spot unless there are some special circumstances. Scouting with a purpose is the biggest thing for me. I don’t wander around, but more so am looking for specific things that the property has and how I can hunt it. I keep looking until I find what I’m looking for or dismiss it as a non-productive area for mature deer. I also find the more effective my scouting is the less time I actually need to spend hunting to achieve the success I’m after.
My hunting is intense from day one and early season is actually my favorite time to hunt for big bucks. I’m more successful during the rut but I really enjoy locating and setting up on mature deer in the early season and have experienced pretty good success.
My early season consists of “kill sits”, which are calculated planned sits close to known buck bedding in which I really expect to encounter and hopefully kill a good buck.
Speaking of hunting buck bedding areas, I find the actual beds in the early spring when it’s still easy to see the sign left from the previous season…In swamps and marshes they might be in little secluded island or points of high ground sticking out into the swamp/marsh. In creek bottom areas I find them on river bends or red brush thickets along the river. In farm land they will bed in overlooked over-grown thickets along the road, over grown fields, slight elevations in the woods that have thicker underbrush, around ponds/wet areas, or in extra open areas with small wood lots they will often bed on the edge of a small wood lot or hedge row with wind at their back and facing out. They simply see us coming long before we get to our stand in this scenario and sneak out or lay low until after darkness. That’s why finding the actual beds is the key. In the hill country I like to hunt in Southern Ohio I find them bedding on downwind points and I focus my efforts near those spots outside the rut. When I find a bed I look how worn it is, this will tell me how much it is used. If it’s worn to the dirt it is a primary bed and one I will key in on. I often look at the direction it’s facing. The majority of the time the buck will bed with his wind to the back and facing the other way. This lets you know what winds the buck is using that particular bed which gives you the advantage of picking a day with that particular wind to hunt it. Hunting this way allows me to hunt the entire season with a legitimate chance to kill on each sit.
My other early season sits are mostly observation stands where I can observe deer movement and move in for a kill sit if I see something to capitalize on. About 70% of my hunts are kill sits, with the other 30% being these observation hunts. I’m a very mobile hunter and feel very comfortable hanging and hunting quite close to where I think a buck might be bedded. I do run cameras but am not too aggressive with placement and if I get pictures of a good buck I let my previous spring scouting determine where the buck is coming from or heading to and hunt accordingly.
My rut hunts consist of putting time in the tree in high percentage areas. I don’t give up on hunting buck beds completely but I do start to focus more on hunting downwind sides of doe bedding, funnels (cover and terrain funnels) connecting doe areas and hunting all day is a must whenever I am able.
Late season I go back to hunting beds, thermal cover and travel routes to/from feeding areas and let weather severity dictate when I hunt. The more brutal the better.
A couple other important things to note … I continue in-season scouting, always trying to stay on top of the constant changing in the deer woods. New bucks show up, old ones disappear or change gears, feeding patterns change, hunting pressure alters bedding and travel distance from bedding. I try to anticipate and observe so that each and every hunt is with a purpose…to kill….or to observe. I never just hunt with the mind-set of “I guess I’ll go sit here today”. Every hunt and scouting trip is with a purpose.
For me personally, my success improved as my scouting time increased. I scout with purpose. Every scouting mission is to find something specific.
I would also say at least in Michigan, if I’m not near a buck’s bed I’m not going to have much of a chance at killing him. Unless you have control over a decent chunk of land with limited hunting pressure, which I don’t, the hunting competition is very high and the mature deer just won’t move far from their bedding areas. I like to be set up near where they feel safe. I find these areas through my scouting.
Access is also huge, If I can’t access a spot without bumping the deer I’m after I’m not going to hunt it. I see stands all the time in great spots, but there is no way they could access it without bumping the deer. They don’t know that because their scouting wasn’t complete. They found a great spot, but with no real way to get there and not knowing where the deer were bedding they’re ending the hunt on their way into their set up. I’ll get real creative to access certain areas so that I can come/go undetected, or if I can’t, I just back off just enough to get set up and still be in the game.
I’ll also add, my first sit in the stand is my best chance at killing. 75% of my kills have come on the first sit. Because of this I hunt stands only a few times each season unless it has completely stealthy access and winds are perfect. I do decoy, call, stalk, etc throughout the season when the conditions are right but the above strategies are my standard for a hunting season. I’m always trying new things and tweaking current tactics to improve them and make them more effective.”
Story: “As I said before, I don’t have a single way. The way I hunt depends on the situation. I let the situation dictate how I’ll hunt. That said, in 2006 I was in my best spot on November 5th. I was ready for an all day sit but at 10 am the wind switched to out of the south which ended my hunt, as I was set up for a North wind. I packed up and drove 30 miles south. With a stand on my back I started back to an area that I hadn’t hunted yet that year. I was heading to a particular tree I had prepped in the spring but about 3/4 of the way there I saw some hot sign in the form of a scrape that was still wet in the middle and a rub with the shavings on the ground. It was getting extremely thick and the area was surrounded by standing corn. I felt as if I took one more step I’d bump the deer. I decided to go no further and set up near the fresh sign. I was set up and ready to go by 1:00 and by 3:30 I had shot the biggest buck of my life. A 171″ Michigan giant. I had seen and almost killed this buck the year prior. This buck had been hunted hard by a dozen workers from a nearby factory and was a bit of a local legend.
This hunt doesn’t necessarily represent my hunting style but it does do a good job showing my process on a day that went unplanned. I climbed down out of my best spot in Michigan at 10 am on November 5 to drive 30 miles south to an area I hadn’t hunted. I was walking to a pre-prepped tree but on the way noticed sign that told me I was very close to a big buck. My mobile set up is always ready to go and is silent to put up. This gives me the advantage of setting up on any fresh sign anywhere. I have killed several of my best bucks adjusting to observed movement or sign.”
Stats: “I’m a married man who works a 40 hour work week as an electrician. I live in Minnesota, and I don’t own a single acre of land. None of my relatives own any land (that I can hunt), and I don’t have any friends with land. I’m on my own. Any deer I have ever shot has been due to my perseverance to gain permission for private land, my willingness to find and hike into public land where others don’t want to go, and my refusal to quit. In recent years, my private land bowhunting has consisted of one nice river bottom, and a couple micro properties. I have put my time in and knocked on countless doors in my lifetime. Nearly half of my hunts take place on public land. In 2013 I have already put on about 500 miles looking for new public and private ground.
As for money, I am not rich and do not have money in my favor. I drive a 2000 Cavalier and a 1997 Silverado with a combined 368,000 miles on them. I don’t even have a matching camo top and bottom, and I have bought some of my hunting gear at garage sales.
Each year I either take one week off of work just before gun season, or I take a west river SD rifle hunting trip. I save my 5 days of vacation especially for the rut every year. The last 3 seasons I have put in around 30 bowhunts during the 6 or 7 weeks preceding shotgun season.”
Success: Numerous 3.5+ year old bucks
Hunting Style/Keys To Success:
“I would describe my hunting style as versatile and dedicated. There is absolutely no substitute for time in the field. Versatility is also extremely important. I’ve hunted from portable hang-on stands, custom built wooden tree stands, box stands, pop up blinds, ladder stands, natural ground blinds (which range from standing corn fields to thickets, cattail slews, and many more), crotch stands, abandoned barns and farm houses, and once off a stack of round bales. I’ve even got a public land set-up where I stand on a limb that’s only 5 feet off the ground in a little patch of small trees and brush. It only works while the leaves are still on the trees, so I hunt it early. Some of these set ups aren’t easy to hunt out of, but I don’t care. They’re located near prime travel routes, and that’s what matters.
For me to have success I need to find areas where bucks can safely evade hunters. Where I live there are mile roads on most section lines. There are tons of poachers that road hunt and run deer down with trucks. I hear stories about trucks traveling at highway speeds across chisel plowed fields, and many deer drives have trucks waiting on the road for deer to sneak by the posters. Sad, but true. This has a profound effect on the buck quality. Therefore, I look for bigger sections where deer can escape by staying away from roads. Hunting small groves (sometimes only a couple acres in size) or wooded fence lines located near prime land and sanctuaries has served me well in the past too. Areas near refuges, city limits, large cattail swamps, and other areas where deer are inaccessible are all great options. When it comes to public land, I put forth the extra effort to get to areas that are as secluded as possible. Especially out West, being a mile from the closest road is when the hunting starts to get good.
I also always put in lots of time researching public lands and knocking on doors. I ALWAYS try to visit the landowner in late spring or early summer. Visiting them in person is much more effective than calling them on the phone. If you’re trying to do this, don’t dress up too much, but wear decent clothes. If you’re a dad with a camo clad little buddy or a hunting age son or daughter, bring them with when you ask permission. Maybe you’re in a situation to bring your grandchild. Landowners have a harder time saying no when they notice you’re exposing America’s youth to the outdoors. Also, never assume that prime property is off limits, ESPECIALLY if you’re a bowhunter. Some may let you bowhunt after the gun seasons, so keep that in mind. If you’re looking for new private land, you better be knocking on 10 doors each year, minimum. Even if you get rejected, landowners will often times show sympathy and point you in a promising direction. Making your landowner feel appreciated is super important. I can’t afford to pay for leases, but I do give gift cards to restaurants or retailers that I know they’ll like. It leaves a better lasting impression rather than just handing them $30 or $40 cash and saying “Thanks”. All in all, the more effort you put into deer hunting, the better your results will be. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure that out. For me, next year’s deer season starts the day after this year’s closes.”
Story: “I had experienced some slow hunts during the 2011 MN rut. One night, a landowner of mine informed me that I hunted the wrong side of his grove (yes, I hunt a farmer’s home grove). I only had one stand set up in that grove, so I decided to hunt out of an abandoned barn with my decoy in front of me. The next two nights in a row, I saw a nice 8 pointer come out and chase does at last light. Calling wasn’t working, and the barn barely blocked his view of my decoy. I had to place it on that side of the barn for wind reasons. Crossing my fingers that he’d show up again, the 3rd day I decided to get REALLY aggressive. After all, the orange mafia and shotgun season were only 2 days away. I needed to get closer to him.
I got permission to leave work early and make the nearly one hour drive to my spot. I decided to use the landowner’s 4 wheeler to find a blind location along the edge of the grove, figuring it was less intrusive than crunching through dry leaves on day with almost no wind at all. Setting up and brushing in my double bull blind would be too noisy. Once I had my spot picked out, I went back, changed clothes, threw on my leafy wear, and sprayed down. I tip toed to my new location and quietly scraped the forest floor down to the black dirt. Then, I meticulously trimmed a couple shooting lanes where a few leafless bushes surrounded the two 10″ tree trunks. Standing between them was my main cover. I placed my decoy upwind in the corn stubble and was counting on it to keep the buck’s attention off of me.
The big bodied 8 pointer came to the field edge and locked eyes with my scarface decoy. At one point we were face to face, with the buck less than 15 yards away. He circled the decoy with his ears pinned, legs stiff, and neck hair standing on end! WHAT A RUSH! I was shaking like a leaf when I sent the 3 blade muzzy straight threw the boiler room at 17 yards. He isn’t a high scoring deer (especially since he broke his right main beam off the night before), but he has good mass and dressed out at a solid 190 pounds. Sometimes you have to roll the dice and go for broke. Had I hunted from the safety of the barn again, I highly doubt I ever would have shot this buck.”
Editor’s Note: After selecting Ryan for this article and talking with him further I found out that he has decided to start to film all of his hunts this year and produce a DVD. If you’re interested in following Ryan’s 2013 adventures you can check out Warrants On Whitetails, on Facebook.
Stats: “I am from a small town in Indiana. I am 38 years old and a married father of 3 boys. I work as a mechanical designer 9 hours a day Monday-Friday. My job typically allows me a week of vacation each year in which I choose to take off the first week of November when the action in the woods has heated up. Fortunately for me, my job hours are early which allows me time to hunt each evening as well.
The properties I hunt are all under 80 acres tracts of land. I try to manage them the best I can with what little resources and funds I have. I do keep minerals out yearly on all the properties I can hunt and food plots on ones that the owners allow. Due to bills and the kids eating us out of house and home, my funds are very limited as I said, so I do what I can on my own such as making my own scent elimination spray which we go through a ton of. I also do what I can on our archery equipment to save money. I am a firm believer in a good bow and accessories, so I saved up a few years ago and bought my first Mathews bow and equipped it with Trophy Ridge products. As for my firearms hunting, I shoot a CVA Wolf that I actually picked up a few years back for my wife. Most of the stands I hunt from are either cheaper ones or yard sale finds with the exception of my Summit climber.”
Success: Numerous Pope & Young bucks, including bucks ranging from 150″-235″
Hunting Style/Keys To Success: “As far as what has helped me keep on the big deer, I’d say being in the right place at the right time is of course the obvious, but hunting the wind is key and being as scent free as possible is a must no matter what. If you are in the right place and the wind is wrong, it won’t matter anyway. I keep a scent spray bottle in my pack and use it constantly just to be safe. I keep all of my clothes outside in a storage tub and keep cut up cedar and sassafras braches in with them for a cover scent. Trail cameras are a must for me also. First I want to know what is there. Then once I know, I use them to key in on a deer. I check my cameras as if I was hunting. I go in as scent free as possible so they don’t know I was ever there. I also enter and exit stands in ways to avoid bumping deer. If it’s getting dark and there are deer around me, I sit and wait on them to move on. When entering a stand in the mornings, I am typically in it an hour before first light. I don’t want the deer to know I’m there or that I have even been there. Another thing I like doing is hunting edges. I know the deer are going to come out, so I wait them out rather than going in after them. Going in and bumping them will only pressure them. The deer get enough pressure around the farms I hunt, so I want them to feel safe and secure where I am.
I don’t like to break in deep unless I have no other choice. Two advantages of hunting edges are staying out of their “living room”, and it allows me more visibility to know what is going on besides just where I am at. I know the deer are going to be frequenting the fields and often using the edges, so I figure if I can at least see them then there’s a good chance I could call them into range for the shot. If not, then I know where I need to move for a better stand location.
I believe the biggest thing for me is staying low key and not letting the deer know I have been there. Meaning keeping my scent under control as much as possible, avoiding spooking deer on my way in or out of the stand, and most of all keeping the wind to my advantage at all times. I don’t want to just fool the big boys, I want to fool all of them. You never know when one of the does that have been frequenting the area could have a shooter behind her come November. If she figures out you are around, there goes your chances.
Hunt hard, but more importantly hunt smart. Do what you can to keep the deer from knowing you exist. Big deer are out there, you just have to do your homework and figure out how to fool them. Have a good reason you chose the stand you are going to hunt and a reason why you didn’t go to another stand. Don’t just do it because you feel like it. Think everything through before hand, as bad decisions don’t kill big deer, they only educate them.
I am a firm believer that anyone can kill a good deer year after year. You have to have the drive and determination, be willing to go the “extra mile” to make it happen, and hunt hard yet smart. It can happen!”
Story: “The deer that would best represent how I hunt would have to be the 184” deer I guided my son Tristan to kill in 2011. I knew the deer was there as we had watched him from a distance on numerous occasions. I knew enough that I decided to stay out completely, even avoiding setting a trail cam up for him. I knew if I went in there and disturbed the area, the chances of that deer leaving the area were pretty high, and I didn’t want anything to possibly spook him. We didn’t even go in to hang stands, rather decided to take a ground blind in and brush it in the evening of the hunt. We had been watching the deer in the evenings and knew his pattern well, but the mornings we weren’t sure what he was doing. So on the morning of the youth hunt, we slept in to avoid taking the chance of letting him know he had company, and went in that evening after him and set up on the edge of the field that he had been frequenting. Like clockwork he showed up. The plan all came together and Tristan hit his mark.”
Stats: “I am married with two kids, 11yrs & 1.5 yrs. My wife and I both have full time jobs, we work opposite times of the day so I run a daddy daycare center by day, & by night I am a General Manager & Operating Partner for two restaurants. Basically I run a Restaurant Bar & Grill 5 days a week, I physically supervise all aspects of the restaurant and 7 days a week I am responsible for all operations. The most difficult aspect is the supervisory hours which are from 6pm to 4am. I have about 3 weeks of vacation a year, but I burn half during the summers since I work Monday through Saturday it forces me to use vacation days for Saturday events that normal people have off regularly like weddings, graduations and family events. I save about 10-14 days for use October through December. Getting the family to cooperate and support that time away requires me to make many deposits almost strictly in my families emotional bank accounts 9 months of the year. January thru September is a very selfless time for me to get time for the season.
We live in an average 1200 square foot house on less than acre of land in the middle of a house ridden neighborhood in Waterford MI. We don’t own land or property. I don’t make much money, but I save for what I feel is the best quality gear I need to be successful, I’d say I splurge on my bow, bino’s, rangefinder, treestands and clothing. I save a year in advance for diesel fuel & kill tags.”
Success: Numerous Pope & Young/mature bucks in Michigan and other Midwest states.
Hunting Style/Keys To Success:
“I kill the biggest bucks in the areas I hunt because I go to greater lengths than anybody I know. I basically think about where to hunt, how to hunt it, and when to hunt it probably 365 days a year. I lay in bed at night and think about what deer are going to do in an area I am trying to hunt or what a certain big buck is going to do.
To kill mature deer it requires going to extremes and sacrifice. I love to have a spot I can hunt all day. I have killed a few deer on all day hunts while my hunt partners where back at camp or the house and they thought I was crazy. I love to hunt all day and I love to drive all night to get to my hunt spot. I have closed my job down with my gear in my truck and driven all night and go straight to the stand and hunt all day.I have packed my truck, gone to work, left at 1 am, pulled over for speeding and let go with a warning and made it to the stand before sun up. I hunted all day and ended up killing a P&Y class buck at 4:30 in the afternoon (I knew it was my lucky day). I couldn’t put a number on the amount of times I have driven all night to get to the stand because my schedule doesn’t allow me to hunt on my own terms. I have even slept in my truckbed in 20 degree weather to hunt in Illinois in 2006. One of the big sacrifices that is not enjoyable is to secure deer season I must give up a lot of off-season fun January through September. I usually sacrifice completely ice-fishing, shed-hunting, morel hunting, spring food plots, fishing, camping, kayaking, canoeing etc. I know I want to kill big bucks and I don’t want anything to get in the way of it.
I would say that my hunting style is “adaptive”. Every aspect of hunting is ever-changing From late summer to early fall the woods change, the weather and temp change, the crops change, the deer’s bodies and desires change so you have to have a style that adapts to your surroundings. Whenever you move geographically to a new piece of property from 1 mile to 1000 miles you have to adapt not always just to the earth’s changes but the local deer’s “personality & individual survival skills” and the local pressure, whether in the form of human predators or canines, etc. You have to read the “Tea Leaves” and form a strategy
Here’s another key to success. KFC….no, not Kentucky Fried Chicken.Know what you want, Find out what you’re getting, Change what you’re doing until you get what you want. You have to change what you are doing. Don’t get stuck on the same piece of property or same style of hunting. Sometimes guys hunt the same 100 acre piece of property for years and never kill or see a big buck and then the property gets sold, leased or developed and they have to search out a new piece and BAM they start killing big bucks. They would have continued to hunt that original 100 acre piece of property and if they weren’t forced to change they never would have. Some guys hunt with the same guys for years and then for some reason start hunting with new people, learning new techniques and start killing big bucks. If you’re not killing big bucks, adapt and change.”
Story: “In 2011 I only had 2 opportunities to hunt the Michigan bow season, Oct 1st and Oct 18th. The 18th was a Tuesday which was a work night, but all the stars were aligning for me. I had to take the night off from work, this was my last unscheduled vacation day I had. There was a cold front moving in that night and the barometer was dropping. I had placed a stand in August where I had seen bucks in the end of October the previous year. I was hoping with the weather change and upcoming rut that they would be feeling their oats for the first does in heat of the season. I also had a friend hunting with me that could drop me off near this stand because the only parking spot blocked deer traffic through this area and the parking spot required you to trudge through a brushy bedding area which would kick a bunch of deer out of the area. Dropping me off on the other side of the property gave me a short stealthy approach to the stand.
I got to stand at 2pm and would not have hunted it if I knew how uncooperative the wind was going to be. I needed a West wind for optimum performance and it was shifting from NW to N to NE. Right into the thick bedding! I had some scent spray in my pack and sprayed down in the stand. I don’t have a lot of confidence in the stuff, but it was my only option to attempt to salvage the hunt. Right away I had a button buck bed down at about 75yds, then 2 fawn does came through and bedded at 15 yds. I wondered if someone had shot their mother and that’s why they were without a mature doe. The first button fawn had got up and teamed up with a bigger deer farther out in the brush. Some time had gone by and about 6 pm a group of 7-9 mature does came through headed NW right by me about 25 yds straight down wind, they didn’t spook, but as a group they seemed nervous and changed direction and headed south. When the last doe disappeared I waited about 15 mins and gave out a few estrous bleats and then a few tending grunts.
Within 10 minutes this buck shows up like a ghost standing almost in the same spot as the does when they got nervous and headed south. I could only see his right side and at first I didn’t think he was big, but when he was about 15 yds from me I could see his big brows and his bladed G2 on his right and that was the deal maker. He was headed behind a tree at 12yds and when he passed behind it I was able to draw. At 10 yds he was almost directly below me, I put the pins just offset his spine above the vitals and released.
The arrow impacted the spine and dropped him, I quickly knocked another arrow and dispatched him with a second shot. I then texted some hunting buddies and climbed down tagged him. He is my best MI deer, a mainframe 9pt with 7 in brows, a 10 in bladed G2, a right bladed brow with a sticker. He dressed out at 188 lbs and grossed 139″ and netted 132″. I couldn’t be more stoked, as I was batting 100% in 2 days of MI hunting. I had also shot a buck Oct. 1st that scored roughly 120″ but dressed out 205lbs.”
You Can Kill Big Bucks Too
If you’ve made it this far, you’ve read a lot about how normal everyday people have been able to tag big, mature bucks. Big bucks aren’t just for the rich or the privileged. I share all of this because I want each and everyone of you to be empowered by the realization that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. If you want to kill big bucks, you can make it happen. These four “Average Joes” are perfect proof of that. So get out there, work your tail off, always keep learning and start chasing those bruiser whitetails. I’ll be right there with ya.