Sometimes it seems like the harder you work at something, the further you get from your goal. Eventually the grind wears you down and you either give up or step back, take a deep breathe and just relax and let it happen. That sums up my 2014 season! I busted my ass all summer and early season, preparing for what I hoped would be a dream season. I had a giant whitetail in velvet that I thought was pushing 200” at home in Ohio I was going to concentrate on, and then stopping in Montana for an Elk hunt before heading back home for the opener and with both Kansas and Illinois tags in my pocket too – I had high hopes!
Well, after putting over 6,000 miles on the Tacoma in September, I returned home with nothing to show for my efforts but an empty wallet! I chased a giant 370” bull in Montana for a week and never got any closer than 150 yards, quite an experience but never released an arrow. Upon my return home, the big buck I had planned on hunting vanished, never showed back up in the Whitetail Institute food plot where I saw him in August, no sign of him during the rut and even though I had the only food in the area he was still a no show for late season. I spent 10 days in Illinois and did catch a glimpse of a big typical 10 point that disappeared on me too, and I heard the neighbor’s ended up tagging him.
Fortunately, Kansas paid off for me again, with my 2nd B&C buck from there in the last few years! Kris Seymour had put me on this buck in 2013, and even though I made two trips that year, I never laid eyes on him other than my trail camera. I had planned on being there late November this year to take full advantage of the rut and picked the best week for the moon from my Moonguide, arriving on the 18th. I spent the first day hanging stands and scouting, but on the 2nd day I saw the big 8 point twice. On my 3rd day in Kansas, but only my 2nd morning hunting, the 185” giant came by following a doe ( within the hour of the red moon ) and I made a perfect shot – scoring on my 9th buck with archery gear over the 170” mark!
For 2015 it’s all about big whitetails, Ohio, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana and maybe even an overdue trip to Minnesota to hunt with the Bakers!!!