Brian Rennecker has sheds from this buck at 3.5 and 4.5 years old so he was definitely on the hit list this season. Nicknamed "Big Chocolate" from his massive dark rack the first time Brian saw him from the stand was the right time! As the buck walked a ridge to get to a small corn patch at the top, Brian was able to squeeze the trigger on his Thompson Center and drop him at 41 yards. This Illinois bruiser stretched the tape to 181 5/8 and Brian gives credit to his Scent-Loc in the all-new Realtree Xtra.
Steve Purvince hunting an Oklahoma ranch that he has privileges to for several years and familiar with the diverse terrain had little hope until he checked a Reconyx in a small China-Berry grove. This 187 5/8 monster had staked a claim on the territory and the hunt was now on! Hunting along with his Dad, Steve set-up on an finger over looking a canyon and his Dad on a opposing finger. Call it luck but 10 minutes after the plan was hatched Steve let the Thompson Center bark and this trophy with double- rowed tines on both beams and numerous kickers was on the dirt. A total of 12-15” of tines were broken or he could have pushed 200.
Pete Alfano drew a 2nd season shotgun tag for Iowa and no better guy than to hunt with than Gabe Adair, so he headed to Decatur County. Gabe has a pretty robust catalog on the bucks roaming his farm and had plenty of Reconyx photos to put this guy on his "hit-list." Nicknamed "Popeye," because of losing and eye fighting; Pete set out to take the one eye 152" brute. Set up in between two grain fields in a bottom planted to turnips, Popeye knew his mark, strolling to 60 yards, Pete let a Winchester 385 grain Dual Core slug go from his Bennelli with a perfect double lung shot.
"Ole Loppy" named because of his lopsided rack was on Mark Williams Kentucky hit-list. With plenty of Reconyx photos that showed Ole Loppy had an aggressive nature, fighting with any other buck around. Set-up near a bedding area between two cut corn fields in a ground blind, Ole Loppy came in from the left to check some does giving Mark a perfect 30 yard shot! The TC Omega let loose and Ole Loppy flopped!
Mark Bohlman climbed into a blind on on the western edge of a food-plot planted in rape, turnips, winter wheat, and oats in his home state of Wisconsin with high hopes of closing the deal. With a slight drizzle and temps in the 40's conditions seemed right. Watching deer all afternoon this 3.5 year old 8 pointer committed to come in once he caught a glimpse of the decoy Mark had set-up. At 40 yards the Bear Anarchy, Trophy Ridge and Rocket Broadhead, sealed the deal!
This 5.5 year old was at the top of Rich Baugh's “management buck” hit list. With plenty of history on this 8 pointer, Rich knew that he had grown to his full potential so when a big December blizzard rolled in, the hunt was on. Brutal conditions with 40-50 mph winds made it perfect for a mature stud to be on his feet. Sitting in one of his Banks Blinds on the edge of a corn field with about 30 minutes of light left, this guy showed up for Rich and he hammered him with Thompson Center Endeavor 50 Caliber.
There is nothing better than passing on the tradition and Rich Baugh is very proud to do just that with his son Parker. Setting out on a cold December day with hopes of harvesting a mature management buck, Parker and Dad set-up along side a corn field and with the conditions just right watched as buck after buck came into view. When this 4.5-year-old 135" 9 pointer showed up, Rich gave Parker the green light. Dropping the hammer on a Thompson Center 50 Caliber brought a very rewarding hunt to a close and Dad was able to capture it all on video.
Hunting their home farm in northern Missouri, Chris Propst, son of Whitetail Properties agent Jeff Propst was very familiar with the this buck, nicknamed "Yankee." His first encounter was in 2010 just two days after Chris had gotten married but he never got a clear shot. Hunting late muzzleloader season with a storm rolling in Chris was in for a long sit. With light fading and already packing it in for the day he caught a glimpse and threw up the binos! Stopping Yankee at 130 yards, Chris dropped the 153" brute like a sledgehammer.