posted on November 03, 2013 10:23
By Mike Handley
Deer hunters in the Midwest complain loudly whenever the temperature climbs into the 60s in November. Farther north, they'd consider it justification for staying indoors and watching TV show hunters whispering into cameras.
The 60s would be a cool snap in southwestern Georgia, however.
It was 79 degrees when Michael Spurlin went to his tripod stand about 4 p.m. on Nov. 9, 2012 - NOVEMBER, not SEPTEMBER.
"My expectations were high. I've always had the most success hunting the first and second weeks of November," the 29-year-old from Leesburg told Lisa Price, who will chronicle his tale for RACK magazine next year.
Plus, he'd heard an all-out buck brawl while hunting the farm the previous day.
At prime time that evening, the bull of the woods - or, more appropriately, pine plantation - approached the food plot Michael was watching from his tripod. The hunter had been in his stand for little more than an hour.
"I wasn't sure how big it was, exactly, but I knew it was bigger than anything I'd ever seen and that I needed to get my gun up and ready for a shot," he said.
And indeed he did, when the buck was at a mere 30 yards, en route to a doe.
Michael was hunting somewhere between former President Jimmy Carter's hometown and where the infamous Hogzilla was shot. The 14-pointer, which has a composite score of 187 4/7 inches, is the fifth-largest Typical ever recorded from Georgia.