I had high hopes for taking my 4th 200” buck last season, having located a giant buck at home and securing permission for a small farm where I located him in July. In velvet, he looked to have a mainly typical frame that was short but very massive with 8-9 points per side and a drop tine. Although I had multiple trail cam pics of him from late summer till mid October, everything was in the middle of the night. I hunted this deer smart, only going in when I had the wind and moon on my side but never saw him during the daylight. Ended up that the neighbor killed him during the rut and I was told he scored 197” with a broken tine.
I traveled to Kansas twice to hunt with Kris Seymour and ended up taking an old buck that had been on one of the farms I hunted for the last 5-6 years. He was a basic 6 point with heavy bases measuring over 7”, a very mature deer that had reached his prime and had to go. I also made 3 trips to Minnesota to hunt with the Bakers, had a great time and passed on multiple bucks holding out for a 170” deer Scott had nicknamed Big Red. We had the buck at 70 yards one morning, following a doe, as they passed out of range of the Banks Blind and never saw him from the stand again. I spent a couple brutally cold days in stand at the Crumrin farm in Illinois for the last weekend of season, seeing over 100 deer from the stand in 2 evenings. The deer were piling into Adam’s food plots with the extreme temperatures and on the last night, the buck I was after showed up offering me a 35 yard shot. It was a beautiful 10 point with long heavy brow tines, probably in the low to mid 160 range. Even though I had great footage of the buck and the OK from Adam to shoot him, I ended up passing on the deer, he will be an absolute giant this season!
I ended up not tagging a buck at home, although I did have an opportunity to shoot a 150’ buck during Muzzleloader season but it just wasn’t what I was looking for. My nephew Logan killed his best buck to date over one of my Whitetail Institute food plots, out of the Banks Blind. All in all, I had a great season and even though the only buck I harvested was in Kansas, I had great encounters and passed on at least 4 bucks in the 150-160’’ range which will make for an awesome episode for Team200 this fall!