On November 2nd, Wesley McConnell chipped the ice off of what had become a slow season for the team. Right out of the gate we had some great success with a few brutes falling in Kansas but Illinois had slipped into a lull. However, on this warm 70-degree day Wes used his Bear Attack to deliver a Meat Seeker to drop this 146” in his tracks. With plenty of Reconyx photos, Wes knew this buck to be one of the oldest cruising his farm.
November brought several visiting hunters to the farm of Gabe Adair in Decatur County Iowa and most left with bone in the truck. Gabe is a big buck growing and hunting Pro-Team member who produces record caliber whitetails each year, this November once again proved it. On the 3rd day Gabe slipped off to the edge Whitetail Institute Clover Plot for the first time. He had captured plenty of heavy massed deer on his Reconyx in this area and knew it would be primed. Not long in the stand and after several grunt calls this 162” brute stood-up at 75 yards, turned and headed toward the Lone Wolf Treestand. At 45 yards Gabe released the string of his Bear Carnage and put another Iowa monster on the wall! With plenty of photos, several years of matched sheds, Gabe scored a great hunt with a great ending.
On November 9th Dan Perez marked a milestone in his hunting career by harvesting his 50th P&Y with this 140” Pike County Illinois buck. Dan and cameraman Joe Ogden had been hunting hard at Big Buck Acres Farm and on this day choose a Lone Wolf on Heartbreak Ridge for their sit. It proved to be the perfect plan as this bruiser strolled by on the trail of a hot doe at 31 yards and Dan induced Carnage with his Bear bow.
With an invite from friend Gabe Adair to hunt his farm in Iowa, Jason Cleveland jumped at the chance and headed west for a few days. Armed with plenty of Reconyx photo’s Jason was able to pick this 164” dandy out of a crowded field at first light. A feeding doe lead this guy within 20 yards of the stand and Cleveland let loose his Bear Anarchy. A short trail job and this big guy was on his way to Illinois in the back of Jason's truck!
Mark Williams had been running Reconyx cameras on this farm for a few weeks when the 145” Kentucky Stud showed up for the first time. With bad weather during the peak of the rut, Mark knew that if a little window of opportunity would open, he needed to be in stand. Hanging tough, during two and half days of rain brought an open window on a Wednesday afternoon hunt. Around 5:00 this buck stepped out at 80 yards broadside and Mark used his .270 to make a made a perfect shot.
Jason Cleveland was very familiar with “Dink” having hunted him for three years and capturing him on plenty of Reconyx photos as well a video footage from his Pike County Missouri farm. On November 17th during the Missouri rifle season, after playing a cat and mouse game with him during archery season, the wind was perfect for a timber set that Cleveland had planned just to intercept Dink. Intercept he did with a slug from his .270, and this 184” monarch dropped in his tracks!
Rich Baugh started following “Bud” when he was two years old, so he had plenty of documentation on this Iowa monster. Rich scored this guy in the low 160’s at 3 years old, mid 180’s at 4 years and Bud blew up to a world class 204” at the age of 5. On November 19th Rich climbed into his Banks Blind with Bear Anarchy in hand and spied Bud at about 300 yards chasing does. With a few grunts just before he entered the timber, the buck turned and headed toward the blind grunting every few seconds. At 25 yards Rich released his arrow. The shot gave Rich concern so he waited until the next morning for the recovery mission. Joined by his wife and son, after a 75-yard trail, all three yelled “Oh Buddy.”