Todd Bigbee was surprised that his Reconyx had captured what was a strong and dominate 8 pointer last year had blown into this palmated monster. The massive growth resulted from a little known benefit of the drought! This brute had been bedding along a grassy ditch running through a milo filed, so Todd developed a plan to to cover the 30 yard opening. After spotting him on the run in the morning, Todd regrouped and again sat the same spot for an afternoon hunt on the opening day of muzzleloader season in Comanche, County Kansas. Like clockwork this brute returned to the same bed and in an instant took a .50 caliber to the sack! Todd decided to wait until morning light to recovery and with a short 15 yard track from the point of impact this 204" was piled up in the cover.
Todd and Mary Bigbee first spotted this buck in 2010 and quickly named him "High Rise" due to his tall and narrow rack. It could be fortunate that Mary barley missed High Rise that year with a bullet just passing over his back. With the drought impact of 2011 and a broken main beam this brute did not make the hit list for 2011. Reconyx trail camera photos and good scouting put this guy at 8.5 years old for 2012 and hanging about 100 yards where he from the missed the shot in 2010. The 8th day of the season caught the wind just right and Mary was able to deliver a black powder slug into this 166" brute, closing the chapter to this 3 year quest.
September 17th found Pete Alfano in a familiar area of South Central Kansas looking to close the deal. Hunting a property that has been managed for the last four years. After searching through some Reconyx photos Pete has his eye set on a new guy who had shown up. So on opening evening when this 160" boy showed at 90 yards, Pete smoked him with a 250 grain Barnes. This makes the fourth year in a row Pete has harvested a 160" or better buck."Can't beat Kansas!
On September 20th Aaron Milliken was hunting a field in Lyon County, Kansas that a brute had been spotted in a couple nights before. After spotting the monster they had set a few Reconyx cameras hoping to get a better look and they did so the plan with high hopes came together. Having to play the wind on a couple sets the buck entered the field already filled with does and turkeys giving Aaron and a clear 140 yard shot. After the impact of the slug the buck retreated back to his bedding area. After a 3 hour wait a short 70-yard recovery resulted in this 194' stud!
The newlywed team of Kelly and Jeremy Putnam headed to their blind in Harper County, Kansas on September 23rd looking for a brute they had spotted two days earlier. With dark creeping in on the camera lens lady luck shinned on Kelly! This 167" strolled up 35 yards in front of the camera and received a WHAMMO from Kelly's .50 caliber muzzleloader.
Nick Skinner jumped at the opportunity to hunt Tom McFarlane's ground in Kingman County, Kansas. Tom had plenty of history on a buck he had nicknamed Curly and set Nick out on the quest to give him a dirt nap! On September 24th 157" Curly stepped out 75 yards from where the most recent Reconyx photos had been taken and received a perfectly placed slug from Nick's muzzleloader.
Following an invite from good friend and fellow land specialist Steve Purviance, Bryhn Craft made the short trip to South Central Kansas to hunt a heavy 10. This brute showed up on Reconyx photos in August but the scouting showed this guy was strictly nocturnal. The plan called for finding a way to hunt him in his bedding area and that is what Bryhn did! After 13 days off hunting at around 10:00 am, this 170" heavy massed buck stood from his bed and Bryan wasted no time delivering the death punch.
Pete Alfano got a little September surprise with an invite from Base Camp Leasing to hunt a property bordering the White River in South Dakota. So on the 27th of September found Pete found himself sitting in his Lone Wolf treestand with Bear bow in hand. Late in the afternoon this 132" 6 pointer that was on the hit list got an air mailed 2 inch Rocket Meat Seeker!