My 2014 season started on December 14, 2013, when I hit the buck, Elvis, who I had been chasing for 2 years. I had hit him low and lost him. I spent 2 days looking for him with no luck and no sign of him. I prayed he was still alive and I hadn’t fatally hit him. I prayed the coyotes hadn’t found him and ran him off to some random location to die. I continued to hunt, when the weather got extremely cold, but no sighting of him and he wasn’t showing up on any cameras.
Season eventually went out and I continued to search for him the rest of the winter and into the spring with no luck. I ended up walking almost 50 miles searching everywhere in a 2 mile circle, all I could do at that point was wait for summer and put cameras up hoping he would show up. I got all my food plots planted and everything was looking good for the upcoming season, except I still didn’t know if Elvis was alive.
June rolled in and it was time to start getting cameras up on bean fields and places I had picked Elvis up early in years past. I was picking up some nice bucks, and one new buck I named “Toothbrush” because of the double row of tines on the one side, but still no Elvis. Finally on July 19, 2014, I got my first picture of Elvis and he was even bigger, not showing any sign of injury. I continued to run cameras on other farms but my main objective was to figure out what Elvis was doing because he had changed his core area up and wasn’t doing anything he had done in the past 2 summers. Once I thought I had him figured out it was time to get some Lone Wolfs up and stay out till season rolled around.
As season approached, I had 2 deer on my mind Elvis and Toothbrush, Elvis being number 1 on the list. I went in a couple of times when I had good winds but no luck. I had checked my Moon Guide and seen around October 12-16 there was going to be a “red moon.” I decided to wait for those dates and when I got the right wind I was going in. Finally on Oct 15 I was getting the marginal wind I needed to go back in. I had a group of does come out downwind early but the EverCalm and Ozonics were doing their job, and right at last light Elvis stepped out. I stopped him at 35 yards, settled in and let it fly. I watched the Lumenok disappear and I knew I had just killed my first 200.
After taking a few weeks off to celebrate the hunt of Elvis, I started hunting again. This time I was after Toothbrush. On the evening of November 10, I had passed a couple really nice bucks, so that night I decided to leave everything in the tree and hunt that stand the next day. I was only going to be able to hunt for a couple hours because it our twins 5th birthday. At 8:30 that morning, I looked up and saw Toothbrush. I grunted at him twice and he was on a string, I ended up shooting him at 25 yards. My 2014 season was over and I had just killed a 225” and a 165”.
Now I’m going into the 2015 season the same as always, planting food plots and getting ready to get cameras out. Let’s just say I’m excited to say the least. I have been watching a buck the last couple years that could be very special…………….bring on the season.