posted on December 05, 2011 07:07
I can count on one hand the number of recurve kills that have hit my inbox in the last 10 years, so I'm always excited to see them.
Greg Hicks, a frequent contributor to Rack magazine, told me about this Kansas buck taken by his friend, Corey Bailey, of Charenton, La.
Corey got a few trail camera photographs of this buck in 2009, but none in 2010. He thought someone had killed it.
While hunting the same ground this year, Corey quit about 9:30 to check out a knoll in a cut bean field.
"I'd never hunted that little corner of the farm before because there isn't much to it," he said. "The closer I got to the knoll, I realized it was the perfect spot for a buck to bed - only about 3/4 acre, but it was on a high point next to CRP."
Not wanting to miss an opportunity in the unlikely event of encountering or jumping a deer, Corey nocked an arrow before easing along the edge toward the high spot. He was looking for tines in the grass.
"I was about halfway when I looked ahead and saw a huge rack coming my way, so I crouched and got ready," he said. "The buck strolled up to within 20 yards and looked right at me."
After the arrow stung it, the buck wheeled and ran. And so did Corey.
He saw the 288-pound buck standing at the edge of the woods on the opposite side of the field. When it stumbled and fell, he almost followed suit.
"I took a seat and watched him for an hour," Corey added. "Then I nocked another arrow and went over there. When I saw that he was done, I dropped to my knees and thanked the good lord with tears streaming down my face."
The antlers have been rough-scored at 183 5/8 inches, but they haven't been taped yet for the BTR. When that's done, however, there's an excellent chance the deer will be a new typical record for Kansas and either No. 2 or No. 3 in the world.
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