After adding this new Southwest Iowa farm in August, Owen Reigler had little data on the buck age structure so he set out his Reconyx trail cameras to gather as much as he could before the fast approaching November 1st. He captured a photo of this 164 3/8 brute at the end of October so he mapped out a plan. Set-up on a 7 acre Whitetail Institute food plot with just the right conditions and little waiting game this boy hit the dirt at 40 yards after Owen let loose an arrow from his Bear Anarchy.
Rich Baugh had followed 'Tall Brows' the last couple years and had passed him on numerous times as a 3.5 and a 4.5 year old. But on November 2nd, Tall Brows felt the sting of an arrow released from Rich's Bear Anarchy. This buck had moved to the middle of Rich's Iowa farm and with the right conditions and the right age, Rich set out to bring him home. Making a short 20 yard punch with a Rocket Steelhead he was only to run about 100 yards before Rich saw him hit the dirt!
Michael Ogletree was committed to this Livingston County, Kentucky buck; so much so it took him nine full daylight till dark sits! A cool feature, he has a strand of barbed wire wrapped around the base of his left antler. Hanging his Lone Wolf overlooking a CRP field he spent a few days in the rain, wind and cold but on the morning of November 13th, it started off with a heavy frost and quickly turned out to be a bluebird sky day. This buck came out of the timber chasing a doe and gave Michael a perfect broadside shot. Running only 80 yards this 137 6/8" buck took a Kentucky dirt nap.
The Father and Son team of Jeff and Chris Propst had an awesome day November 3rd in Lewis County, Missouri. Hunting their farm and armed with plenty of detail on what it was holding they where sitting on an oak ridge. Jeff was up to bat when a buck he had named “DTP” showed up. A 155” double-throat patch brute quickly got an arrow from Jeff at 35 yards. Fifteen minutes later from the same stand, Chris pulled back on another Northeast Missouri monarch making it one of the best father and son hunts in these guys memory.
Jumping at the opportunity to hunt some great Nebraska ground, Pete Alfano packed the truck and headed out. After two days of glassing this buck through his Bruntons, Pete knew if he could get the wind just right he would be able to drop the hammer. Having placed a Reconyx near a water tank, Pete actually got photos of the buck chasing a doe just before pulling the trigger. With the conditions just right and set-up high on a sand hill, Pete got his sights set on this 185” muley and popped a cap finding a perfect quartering target.
Hunting the great ground of Christian County, Kentucky, Boyce Flener climbed into a Lone Wolf armed with his 300 Win Mag topped with a Brunton and knew something good was going to happen. Having plenty of Reconyx photos of several good shooters in the area, Boyce had freshened up some scrapes with Tink's Power Scrape on his way to the stand. Boyce had not even settled in the stand and "SG3" was already feeding in front of them. Getting comfortable and getting a steady rest Boyce hurried the shot a bit but still brought home 142” of bone prize.
Hunting the second firearm season in Hancock County, Illinois, Aaron Milliken had a loaded hit list. With plenty of Reconyx pics, this farm was packing a good herd with a few good shooters. Jumping into a stand around noon that Aaron had hung the day before, it didn’t take long to know the strategy would pay off. Aaron let his T/C Encore bark within an hour of getting to the stand on this 141" beast. A well-managed 250-acre farm with little pressure resulted in a one-hour hunt with bone in the truck!
Hunting her small family farm in West Central Illinois, Jen Gress brought home a buck of her dreams that she had no history on. Hunting a "community rub" on their property that Jen favored for bow hunting. However this was the first of Illinois's firearm season and she had her 20gauge in hand. Hearing this 174" monster before seeing him, the doe he was after lead him to within 20 yards of her Lone Wolf Ladder stand. Placing the shot perfectly, Jen saw little reaction from the brute, however after a short wait and a short track job she has the bone to prove a job well done!
On November 18th it was a perfect cold, frost covered morning that found Paul Sawyer hunting from his Banks Blind over looking standing corn. Paul was looking for a buck they named "Big Chocolate" which they had plenty of Reconyx photo's showing him standing broadside in front of that blind. However Big Chocolate had paid a visit to Brian Rennecker on the other side of the farm just about the time Paul was getting settled in. That left a few more on the hit list and the next morning "Medusa" came in chasing a doe, stopping him at about 60 yards just before heading into the corn Paul pulled the trigger of his Bennilli Black Eagle sending a Winchester slug to the heart. When making the 125 yard recovery of 135” Medusa, 5 does broke from a creek bottom and Paul did a little herd management dropping to a knee and flipping one at 100 yards.
Jeff Heil hunted his home farm in Green County, Illinois during the 1st firearm season hoping to connect on one of his will documented bucks on his hit list. Taking a seat in his Banks Blind on a creek bottom field, Jeff started seeing movement around 11:00 am. This 145" buck broke from the timber and gave Jeff a chip shot with his T/C Omega. The creek bottom field had been planted with Whitetail Institute, which Jeff says makes this his honey hole!
With a one-buck limit in his home state of Kansas, Bryhn Craft is always looking for other opportunities to hunt. November 16th found him hunting his 200-acre farm in Pike County, Illinois during the 1st firearm season. With plenty of Reconyx photos, Bryhn knew what was roaming the ground. Set up on the edge of some heavily grazed corn he felt certain this would be a great spot to intercept a buck. After a long sit this 139” stud got a slug delivered by a T/C Pro Hunter and Bryhn got the joy of extending his hunting season.
Hunting his farm in Green County, Illinois Joe Gizdic nows what is on the list. With plenty of stealthy brute roaming Joe was hopping to make the best of the the 1st Muzzy season. Committed to sitting all day over a cut bean field he knew it was just a matter of time till a shooter showed himself. And naturally with minutes of light left Joe dropped this 158 2/8 brute in his tracks at 30 yards.
Gabe Adair was back after one of his well-documented bucks on November 25th. Having Reconyx photos since he spotted him as a 2.5-year-old, Gabe easily added this 6.5 year old to his hit list. Noticeable by his always present split bows on both sides. Adding 42 inches of mass from his 5.5 year old sheds; this Southern Iowa bruiser stretched the tape to 162". Gabe released his Rocket Meat Seeker from his Bear Motive 7 and this giant took a dirt nap within 80 yards.