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Big Buck 411 Blog


By Mike Handley

Jackie Bushman
Jackie Bushman

If what I’ve seen in the last couple of weeks is any indication, this is going to be an outstanding year for big bucks.

Last season was the best on record, and it began early. The first photograph of a huge whitetail to arrive in my inbox in 2009 – toward the end of September – came from Clay Tiringer in Saskatchewan. With a BTR score of 227 3/8 inches, that deer wound up taking our Golden Laurel Citation.

It’s usually well into October before the e-mails start flying. Already this season, however, I’ve received several. Here are the best, so far. If you or a buddy happens to shoot a monster, please send photos to me at Be sure to include your name, date and location of harvest, weapon used and a telephone number.

Dustin Rimmer and Tim Warren
Dustin Rimmer and Tim Warren

The first great buck I saw this year was taken in Montana by Jackie Bushman. Our fearless leader skewered the 175 2/8-inch buck with an Easton Axis tipped with a Muzzy Phantom as it passed within 15 yards of his treestand on Sept. 8 – the first deer to be taken with his new Mathews Z7. Best of all, the hunt was filmed and will appear on our TV show in 2011!

A couple of great bucks were arrowed in Orange County, N.C., on Sept. 13. Friends Dustin Rimmer and Tim Warren 
Chris Gellner
Chris Gellner
made their shots three miles and 45 minutes apart. Can you imagine how excited they were? You can read the full story HERE.

And, finally, here’s an outstanding Sargent County, N.D., buck in velvet, taken Sept. 4 by bowhunter Chris Gellner. His taxidermist green-scored the rack at 171 5/8 inches.

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Ed Waite
# Ed Waite
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 8:49 AM
Yes indeed, I am looking forward to a great scoring season also. Bring them on!
Dennis A. McDade
# Dennis A. McDade
Monday, October 04, 2010 6:50 PM
Well the Buckmaster sure started off great,congrats to him.I hope this is a good year for hunters everywhere.

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