The Brow Tine Buck of 2018
Please Note. This is a reprint from the Crossbow Hunting Forum. Many felt it should be here also. Enjoy!
The main attraction is his Brow Tines, but this 10-pt. buck was 5 ˝ years old and weighted 225 lbs. field dressed.
For PA standards, this alone qualifies him as a monster.
Here is my story:
The Brow Tine Buck of 2018
I first saw this 10-pt. brute on my trail camera and it was always in the middle of the night. After seeing these brow tines that turned out to be 8 and 7 inches high, I knew this was my target, no matter what. I thought I figured out where he was living during the daytime, but 9 hunts later I started second guessing myself. After placing a camera near this hiding place, I knew I had it right. He was always coming out about 20 minutes after dark. But then the rut started along with a full moon. I started with a twisted knee about 3 weeks earlier and it kept getting worse. (Later I found out that I had a fracture.) Being my favorite deer stand is nice and even has a heater, I convinced myself I was sleeping overnight for a two-day hunt. My wife and especially my daughter we not happy with this decision at all. My son knew I would be ok. So extra early on Oct.24th, full moon coinciding with the recently started rut, I headed out for the 400 yd. walk to my deer stand. A back pack stuffed full, including one thermos of hot coffee and a second thermos of hotter coffee for tomorrow. Two days of food and some normal supplies… knife, handwipes, etc. Probably weighing 35 lbs. Then in my shoulder side pack, another 15 lbs. of necessities; binoculars, calls, scents and misc. A cane in one hand, my crossbow over my shoulder with the other hand, 50 lbs. of necessities in 2 packs, off I go. It didn’t take long for me to 2nd guess myself. But thinking about those brow tines just made me truck harder, but my knee said “slower”. Finally, after several stops to rest my knee, I made it. While still dark, everything was unloaded and put in its place. It was a long day, starting at 7:00 am here and scheduled to end at 6:40 pm. Throughout the day, I was a little disappointed. I thought there should be more action, but then I remember seeing the coyote in the pictures with my trail camera. The sun is going down, 6:00 rolls around. Does are starting to come out with a younger buck or two closes behind. I’m watching two areas, one on one side of me, the other on the other side, trying hard not to watch too long on either side. Then it happens! 6:20. As I turn my head to the opposite side, here he comes on a trot past me at 25 yds. The sun is dimming, and I need my binoculars to be 100 % sure it’s him. Yes, but he’s at 60 yds and heading out farther towards the does in heat and younger bucks. Suddenly, he turns back, chasing a doe heading slightly towards me. My Parker crossbow is up and ready. Not knowing where this doe is going, I stop this trophy with a “baww” at 45 yds. Quickly, I have to take what may be my best shot! But there is a problem. Yes, he’s stopped, but this brute is standing, with a “quartering towards me” shot. I’ll take it anytime with a rifle, BUT A CROSSBOW?!?! Is there a harder archery shot? Not in my book. Whoosh… THUD … Off he goes, back in the pines where he called home. Ok, I’ve got a good feeling, knowing where I was aiming and hearing that THUD. I call my son’s house. I described to him the past 20 minutes. It will take him an hour and a half to drive to my place. When he gets here, he’ll get my small tractor out with the wagon on the back, and head down the path in my direction. I told him to call me before he heads down… just in case. Now about 50 minutes has gone by, everything is cleaned up and put away. Yes, at this point I’m confident! Carefully, quietly, down out of the deer stand to the harvested soybean where I made the hit. It’s dark and finding the bolt or blood trail is not going to be easy. But if I made a hit, it’s not going to be that hard either. No bolt and no blood. So, follow the shooting lane through the pines that this brute ran off on, there, after about 40 yds, I found blood and a lot of it. (The next day I found the bolt, about 20 yds. from the hit, right where he left the field). Another 35 yards and there he was, collapsed, 75 yds total. It was a perfect shot. Look at those brow tines and you’ll see why I’m excited. The only other whitetail buck I could find, with brow tines this high and with a front facing Y on top of each, was the “Famous Brow Tine Buck of 1870.” I’m proud to say, every buck I ever shot was legal in every way. I’m 66 yrs. old and this was my 45th buck in PA. In the past 20 years, I didn’t pull the trigger several years because it just wasn’t a big enough 8, or whatever. This 10-pt. weighed in at 225 lbs. field dressed.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my hunt.
The one picture is him in a clover patch in July. It really shows his size.
Good Sanctuary vs. Good Food Plot
Sanctuary wins by a first round Knockout!