Gabe Adair had plenty of history on this Decatur County, Iowa brute with sheds and trail cam photos. WPTV Pro-Team member Wesley McConnell almost hung a tag on "Shorty" during a 2009 invitation to hunt Gabe's farm. Late season was the time to get off the couch and make something happen. So with a cold front passing through, Gabe went to one of his well-placed stand set-ups and settled in. This buck approached from behind and walked to a 20-yard broadside position, which allowed Gabe to draw his Bear bow and place a Meat Seeker perfectly. "Shorty" scored 151" and aged at 6.5.
Pete Alfano headed to Nebraska in October for a spot and stalk mule deer hunt. He returned to Illinois after not being able to close the distance on a record book buck with his tag still in his pocket. So Pete and cameraman Nick Skinner loaded up and headed back to punch the tag in December. Hunting over 30,000 acres of NE Nebraska's rough sand hill country, they set up a ground blind against hay bales by an open gate. This opening funneled the deer right to a rye field planted as a late season food plot. After two days of watching this classic forced pinch point, Pete pulled the string on his Bear bow and sent the Meat Seeker through the shoulder of this 154" mature management buck. A trophy for Pete as this was his first mule deer ever and he shot it with a bow. We are sure he will be chasing muleys for years.
Late season proved to be a benefit to Jason Cleveland hunting his Pike County, Illinois farm. Sitting in a Banks Blind during the Illinois muzzleloader season, a buck that Jason had plenty of Reconyx camera pictures of showed up. Named "Number 11" because of his impressive 11-point rack, this mature 153" bruiser stepped into a 3-acre bean field that was blanketed with does and a few smaller bucks giving Jason a perfect shot with his Thompson Center .50 caliber. Evidence of the late season, "Number 11" had broken one of his brow tines!
Clay Craft, son of WP Land Agent Bryan Craft, scores again and this time in Anderson County, Kansas. After 4 days of off and on hunting, Clay finally connected with the "Split G2" buck. It is a deer they have a lot of Reconyx camera history with but had never laid eyes on. On the afternoon of December 6th the "Split G2" was spotted headed to a wheat field just before dark. The buck's gross score was 163" and as you can tell, he broke off his "Split G2" right at the split.
Wesley McConnell headed to his Hill Ground Farm in Pike County Illinois on December 10th with his TC-Bone Collector dressed up with a brand new Brunton scope to try and make a little noise. The first day after a cold front passed through with temperatures in the low 40s, a buck came out of cover that Wesley had been hunting for a couple of years and had captured on Reconyx photos. "Biggie" a 160" monster stepped into a Imperial Whitetail clover field at 150 yards giving Wesley a nice comfortable shot. After looking at the footage they made the trek but could not find any blood so "when in doubt, back out." Returning early the next morning "Biggie" was only 90 yards from where he was hit.
On December 30th Gabe Adair once again dragged himself off the couch and headed out to hunt his farm in Decatur County, Iowa. This time hunting the late muzzleloader season, he was armed with his T/C Bone Collector. Hunting horrible conditions and frustrations running high, Gabe and cameraman Shawn Riley only needed about 30 minutes after sunrise for this mature buck to come into view along with a field full of others. A grunt or two and they turned in Gabe's favor with this one coming to a 60-yard broadside shot. This 155” brute almost got a walking pass because of the weather but the old saying “can't kill 'em off the couch” did him in!