In a fall that continues to be nothing short of amazing, some freakishly amazing brutes have already been tagged.
And please consider that the November rut is still around the corner!?!
How about this bruiser smokepole buck taken by the Buckventures gang’s Brandon Adams during Kansas’ smokepole season?!?
I’ve gotten to know Jeff Danker and some of his Buckventures crew over the last couple of years as we’ve been at a church wild game dinner or two together.
As a Christ follower and a deer hunting addict, you have got to love somebody whose slogan is “Shoot by Sight, Walk by Faith.”
They are a good outfit with a TV show (Buckventures Television Show) on the Pursuit Channel and ICTV.
And they know how to put big bucks down (my apologies to Tiffany Lakosky for borrowing her well-known phrase!).
Take Brandon’s mega buck, taken back on Sept. 23. After getting the chance to hunt a magnificent 190 class buck in Kansas with Triple Creek Outfitters, he was able to make the most of his opportunity and let the smoke fly with his new Traditions Vortex muzzleloader.
As the pictures – and Buckventures‘ video – shows, he didn’t miss!
“I was running around, yelling, speaking Japanese….it was emotion that I’d never know you could have over a deer. We loaded it in the back of the truck and headed into town to see Richard and tell him the good news. When we arrived there were high fives, hugs, smiles and even a few tears…..(not from me) all around the lodge, this legend had been laid to rest. The deer was estimated at 7.5-8.5 years old, and with the help of 44 5/8” of mass the deer scored 181 5/8″ as a main frame 6×6, adding the 10 7/8” dagger brought the score to 192 4/8” gross.”
To read Brandon’s complete recount of this hunt for a world-class mega buck stud, click here for the full tale on the Buckventures Web site.
Moving back into the Midwest, the newspaper Web site the PostCrescent.com reports that life is “getting back to normal” for bowhunter Wayne Schumacher.
That’s because life got a little bit on the insane side with media attention and well-wishers leaving up to a reported 25 messages per day concerning the Fond du Lac, Wisconsin hunter’s mega-buck tagged late last month in the Badger State.
That’s highly understandable since in the deer crazy state of Wisconsin, the Schumacher non-typical buck is rumored to have a green score in the 251-inch range.
If that verifies after the official 60-day drying period, it is well more than enough to eclipse the current Wisconsin Pope & Young Club non-typical record, the 233 2/8 inch “Field & Stream” buck taken just last year by Eau Claire bowhunter Bob Decker.
In fact, the Schumacher buck could be the highest scoring non-typical ever taken in Wisconsin by any weapon according to the Boone & Crockett Club.
“Some have speculated that the score may be high enough to surpass the current WI record (247 3/8) from Vernon County. Fond du Lac County has 9 entries with the largest being a 207 7/8 Non-Typical taken in 1956,” reports B&C on its Web site.
As mentioned, the Schumacher buck – taken with a Mathews bow and a Carbon Express arrow – has created a media frenzy ranging from a Field & Stream radio interview to Fond du Lac Reporter newspaper stories and photos (including this one by Reporter photog Patrick Flood) to magazines like Dan Schmidt’s superb Deer & Deer Hunting and even mainstream media video by CNN.
Known to local hunters as the “Lucky Buck,” the bruiser non-typical finally ran out of good fortune on Sept. 20 when it suddenly appeared in front of Schumacher’s stand.
“I didn’t have time to get nervous. It was over before I knew it,” DeerFever.com reports Schumacher having said about the 15-year yard shot.
If those two monsters aren’t enough, consider that two other brutes have been knocked down by archers in recent weeks including this bona fide big boy buck from the Peace Garden state of North Dakota.
According to the Boone & Crockett Club’s Web site, this huge framed buck was taken in late September – possibly near Valley City – by a well placed 25-yard shot from bowhunter Jon Skalicky.
While the score of the 4X5 main-frame rack – along with what appears to be a kicker point or two – is unknown at this time, this buck has some serious mass, tine length, main beam length, and a generous inside spread.
That may be enough to overcome the fact that the rack’s G4 on the deer’s left side will basically wash out from the score sheet as a deduction since it is unmatched on the right side.
Even so, look for this buck to challenge for a spot in the hallowed Booner record book.
And while I’m an official measurer and love putting a tape on antlers, I must admit that this ND buck is without question one of those bucks that you let an arrow fly regardless of what its score might or might not be.
When a deer is that big, who cares what it scores?!?
Meanwhile, not much is known about the following buck, but I feel I need to include a short blurb about it since it is reportedly above the hallowed 200-inch mark as a typical.
According to the Boone & Crockett Trophy Watch Web page, the hunter’s name isn’t known.
Neither is the deer’s score or its vital numbers.
But it is obvious that this velvet-covered typical rack is a world-class monster even from just a quick cursory glance.
And since the initial buzz is that this Grand Prairie, Alberta region fuzzy-horned monarch has a reported green score of 203 inches, hang on – there’s sure to be more news about a buck that could potentially rank among the Top 5 archery bucks of all-time.
Of course, the big Alberta deer still has to run the gamut of the official 60-day drying period.
And the unknown hunter would also be faced with the question as to whether or not he wants to remove the velvet for inclusion into the all-time record book rather than a one-time listing in the Pope & Young Club’s book as a velvet racked whitetail.
In other words, stay tuned to “Hunting365” – there’s plenty more to come on this massive buck and its story.
In the meantime, we’ll do all we here at the H-365 world headquarters to keep you updated on the unbelievable 2009-2010 whitetail deer season that is unfolding across North America.
With this year’s best deer hunting action yet to come, I might add!