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Potts was Right!

A deluge kept Greg Woods out of the woods on Nov. 8, 2011, but the rain turned into snow while the 51-year-old electrician slept.

The white stuff was a complete surprise, since it hadn't been in the forecast for Brown County, Kan., and it made for a magical morning in a treestand. Even better, as far as Greg was concerned, he was out there on what Stan Potts had once told him was THE best day to hunt deer in the Midwest.

The deer were indeed active. The first one, a doe, passed underneath his stand 20 minutes after daybreak. She was followed by a nice 120-inch 8-pointer. And the third deer he saw that morning was a real jaw-dropper. It was well beyond bow range and wouldn't respond to grunting, but it posed against a snowy backdrop for 20 or so minutes before vanishing like a wisp of smoke.

It reappeared and tantalized Greg for another hour and a half before disappearing again. The closest it came was 80 yards, and the veteran bowhunter from Alabama decided he'd probably never see the monster again.

At 10:55, however, Greg spotted an 8-point buck skirting the edge of the nearby cornfield. The big buck was behind it, and they were coming toward him.

Greg had to test his safety harness, but he got a shot. He and a buddy, Charlie, found the buck shortly after they began following the blood at 3:00.

The 22-pointer is a stout mainframe 4x5 with 27-plus-inch beams, 8-inch brows and three (nearly four) foot-long typical points. Its BTR composite score is 218 1/8 inches.

The full story will appear in Rack magazine next fall.

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Thanks, Mom

Adam Wireman has many reasons to honor his mother, Dianne, on Mother's Day. This year, there was one more.

Had it not been for dear mom, Adam's 2011 deer season would've ended very differently. Not only did she make it possible for him to scale his favorite ladder stand on Oct. 12 by baby-sitting at the last minute, but she also pointed him to the dead buck for which he'd been searching for four days.

Adam and his brother, Tyler, hunt their parents' 130-acre farm in Pike County, Ohio. They know the place like it's their own personal playground, which, of course, it was.

Adam moved his 20-foot ladder before the season opened, hoping to be closer to where a giant buck was photographed by a trail camera the previous year. A stomach ache cut short his first vigil from it. The second time he climbed those rungs, the deer gods smiled upon him.

Within an hour of his ascent, two small bucks approached from the thicket behind him. Adam then heard some loud noises from another thicket in front of him.

"Since it was getting close to last light, I decided to stand up and be ready in case something came out," he said. "I heard more stomping and, when I focused, I saw a huge rack within the brush about 40 to 50 yards in front of me. I knew immediately the buck was a shooter. All I could see were humongous antlers swinging back and forth between the saplings as the buck came straight toward me."

Adam loosed his arrow when the enormous deer was at 30 yards. He and Tyler, as well as a couple of buddies, spent the next four days looking for it.

On the fifth day following his encounter with the buck (and the last of his five off-days), Adam left his kids with his mother in order to go to the gym to lift weights.

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Golden Laurel Goes to Indiana Monster

For the third time since its inception in 1996, a woman will be awarded Buckmasters' prestigious Golden Laurel Citation.

In one of the tightest races in 16 years, one that included new state records in Arkansas and Louisiana, a world record by recurve and an Illinois buck that was the largest felled in 2011, Audrey Sharp's 24-pointer from Posey County, Ind., was deemed the most significant entry into "Buckmasters Whitetail Trophy Records" this past season.

Audrey's buck is a new rifle record for Indiana. It's also the second-largest whitetail bagged by a woman at any time, by any means, anywhere in North America. The largest (253 5/8 inches) was taken in Kansas by Jamie Remmers back in 1997, the first by a huntress to garner the Golden Laurel.

There was a moment, however, when Audrey's father, Tim, wondered if his daughter had lost her mind. The deer was standing just 20 yards away from the treestand they shared, while Audrey fiddled with the red dot scope atop her .44 Mag rifle.

They hadn't been aloft for long on opening day of the firearms season, when Audrey heard something and nudged her dad just after sunrise. Tim was the first to actually see the deer.

"I lifted my scope's flaps and turned it on, but the dot was too bright," she said. "While I was adjusting it, Dad kept whispering, ‘Shoot it, Audrey, shoot it!'"

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Finding the Zoo in Yazoo

Josh Alford of Brandon, Miss., might be only 15 years old, but he learned something last season that some wildlife managers two or three times his age often forget, which is to never say never.

Conventional wisdom dictates that when a property's doe-to-buck ratio is heavily laden with females, mature males will not reach their potential for antler development and body weights. Thus, many game biologists recommend a liberal doe harvest with the goal of creating a 3-to-1 or even a 1-to-1 ratio.

The doe-to-buck ratio in Yazoo County, Miss., where Josh was hunting last December, was nearly 17-to-1. Or at least that's what the Brandon High School football player saw from his ladder stand facing a 200-yard-long food plot: 33 does and two bucks.

By the time he left, there was one less of each.

"Seeing that many deer in one day is NOT ordinary," he added. "I usually see only seven or eight, at most. Deer were running everywhere."

Josh had already shot a big doe when this rut-worn, 200-pound stud came onto the food plot at 5:06 p.m. The teenager wasted no time in taking the 120-yard, quartering-away shot with his 7mm-08.

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