Pete Alfano closed the deal on a three year quest by squeezing the trigger of his Thompson Center Pro-Hunter and let loose a 250 grain Shockwave! Pete had hunted this deer he calls Mufassa for the last three years. The deer aged at 5 years old when Pete first got his Comanchee County Kansas and knew that he was very nocturnal so planning the proper set up was key. Pete found the perfect ambush spot sitting on a mouton top overlooking a river bottom. Because of the swirling winds in the bottoms Pete pick this high point which proved to be fatal for the 215" Mufassa when he stepped up out of the bottom.
Kansas on the 3rd day of the 2011 early muzzleloader season was a great place to be for team member Todd Bigbee. Tom let loose his Thompson Center on this 170” brute at 150 yards. Tom lives in good deer country, he plans and scouts enough that he knows where the deer live, however he had never seen this big guy until that cool morning in Ford County Kansas.
Tom McFarlane used three years of trail camera photos to help plan for a lethal encounter with this 197 6/8” gross and 192 3/8” net non-typical. Tom literally had hundreds of Reconyx trail camera pictures of this deer and actually had him at 15 yards last season when he heard those hated words of a camera man, "we are out of light!” This year he was able give this boy a dirt nap with his Thompson Center. Toms say’s that by far this is the most gnarly, heaviest and coolest busk he has ever shot!
Trying to extend his hunting season beyond his home state of Kansas, October found land agent Bryhn Craft in Oklahoma for their Muzzloader season. He had hunted hard for 5 days seeing a lot of 2.5 and 3.5 year old bucks but the mature deer just were not on their feed during daylight due to the temperature and the winds. So a switch-up on the last morning brought last minute success with Bryhn smoking this 137” Okie.
Clay Craft, 11 year old son of Land Agent Bryhn Craft punched an arrow into this 147” Northern Missouri Buck! Clay is the newest member of the Pro Staff Team of Heartland Bowhunter TV and knocked this brute down while hunting a farm his dad manages. Way to go Clay!
Land agent Tom McFarlane set Kelly Putnum up with a killer Kansas farm and she got this 150” goodie in her second year! Kelly and here husband had done their homework and prepared the table when on the 2nd night of a 5 day hunt this brute walked within bow range. Kelly let him eat his last meal before busting him with the old Thompson Center smoke pole. Preparing the ground, scouting and hunting with family is what it is all about and when the bone hits the ground it is always twice as nice!
The season kicked off with 6 year old Ryder Goodwin, son of Land Specialist Zane Goodwin taking this stud the second evening set of the Kansas youth season. This 6.5 year old mature monster named appropriately, “Ole Man” green grossed score170” and was at the top of Zane’s hit list. The “Ole” became what many of us call a buck of a lifetime but, growing up with a hunting coach for a dad, we think we will be seeing more large bone from Ryder!