posted on September 28, 2014 07:29
While hunting turkeys in Republic County, Kan., during the fall of 2012, Tom Hamel and his grandson, Shea Crum, twice jumped an enormous whitetail. Unbeknownst to them, the deer was the talk of the nearby town.
"Almost everybody knew about that buck," Tom said.
"Two farmers had photographs of it. One man was even posting pictures on the Internet, advertising for out-of-state hunters," he continued. "Everyone was asking for permission to hunt the land where the big deer was seen, along with neighboring tracts."
The landowner, who did indeed lease some of his holdings, told Tom he could still hunt an 80-acre pasture – mainly because nobody else wanted it.
"It's all open, except for some little plum thickets about 10 feet by 10 feet. You can see from one end of it to the other," Tom said.
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