Friday, December 7, 2012

Big Nebraska Buck!

After Tom and Dan got done hunting in Wisconsin they decided to make a stop-over in Nebraska. After all, the deer were rutting, and it was on the way home!

Big bucks seem to materialize out of thin air along the particular river where they were hunting. Chad, Tom's nephew, sees a real bruiser or two every year around the first week of November. This year was no exception.


Danny had this great looking bobcat meander by him.

On the morning of November 8th Chad was sitting one of his favorite stands. Some noise behind him startled him to attention. Peering over his shoulder he saw a set of antlers quickly moving his direction. As fast as he dared Chad removed his bow from it's hook. In no time the buck moved in to sight. A quick glance confirmed it was a nice buck, and no later was an arrow on the way.

Chad is a deadly shot. This was no exception. The bucks crashed a short ways before dying. He is an absolutely beautiful deer, a perfect example of the species - not a monster, but not a baby. Chad shot this deer with his Bassett recurve, Carbon Express Heritage arrow, and Magnus Stinger broadhead.

That same morning Tom watched a fantastic buck pass by him at 45 yards - just too far with the recurve. Based on the direction he was headed Tom chose his stand for the evening. Danny posted in the same tree Chad had success in that morning. The general consensus was that was Tom was in the sweet spot, and everybody hoped the big buck would move through that area.

As luck would have it, as luck always has it in this family, the big buck walked right by Danny instead. A shoulder injury forced Danny in to a super light weight compound bow for this season. But it would take a lot more than that to keep Danny from hunting. The pain was almost unbearable, and it was a tough decision to forego surgery until after the season. But clearly it was the right decision!

Danny struggled to pull back that light weight compound as the beautiful buck walked along the edge of the field. Part of what makes Danny such a great hunter is his ability to close the deal in the heat of the moment. And he did.
November 8th turned out to be the perfect day to cap off this stellar season for Danny and Chad. 

Whitetail Madness

Tom and Dan were in the middle of whitetail madness in the first part of November. And they did pretty good.

Business takes Tom eastward a few times a year to Wisconsin. One of those trips just so happens to coincide with the beginning of the whitetail rut. 

In college I made friends with a couple of outstanding people. Malcolm, who is in his 70's now and still more active than me. And Nick, who is now a Madison Police Officer. Nick's uncle farms in SW Wisconsin, and he has given us permission on some great farms in the area. Between those two good friends we are pretty much set with great deer hunting every year.

Tom and Dan had tons of small bucks cruise past them. They got to witness some great deer behavior while waiting for a nice buck to cruise by.

November 4th has always seemed to be the magical day for us in Wisconsin. So we try to hunt from November 1st - November 7th if we can help it at all. On November 2nd Danny was in the middle of mayhem. A hot doe in the area drew in bucks from all over the place.

Deer were chasing everywhere. Danny was on the edge of some standing corn, and bucks were zipping in, out, and all through the corn. Danny said that the bucks in the cornfield sounded like a pond full of frogs. They were grunting non-stop.

Finally, 12 yards from Danny, a nice buck stepped out in to the open. Danny sent a Muzzy Phantom tipped arrow in the exact place it needed to be.

Three days later Tom returned to the same corner of woods that Danny was in. There were still deer around, and at least one hot doe was still in the neighborhood. She led this neat little buck to within 15 yards of Tom. He mad a perfect shot with his Hummingbird recurve.

This buck had some real neat character, and even sported a 1" drop tine on his left side.

Tom shot his Hummingbird recurve, with a CX Heritage arrow, and Muzzy Phantom broadhead.