posted on June 09, 2013 16:35
By Mike Handley
Powerless to do anything but gawk, Jeff Yelton's gaze shifted back and forth from the deer with the strange rack to his watch. Always one to follow the rules, the hunter from Chesterton, Ind., knew it wasn't yet light enough to legally squeeze his muzzleloader's trigger.
He was almost convinced something was wrong with his too-slow watch.
He KNEW something was wrong with the animal's antlers.
The left side of the rack was normal, if not extraordinary. If Jeff had bothered to count the points, he'd have tallied six long (typical) ones on that side alone.
But it was the right side that kept him from counting, which demanded attention. All that junk couldn't be antler, could it?
Jeff's question wasn't answered until four days later, because the deer disappeared before the man's timepiece gave the okay to shoot.
Jeff was back in that power line stand on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Close to 8:00, he saw the second buck of the morning about 150 yards down the right-of-way.
He eventually realized it was the buck with the messed-up antlers, and when it came to within 80 yards, he squeezed off a shot.
The right side of this Porter County, Ind., buck's rack is 26 inches larger than the impressive, 6-point left antler. It's easy to see why Jeff was confused when he first saw the deer.
Its BTR composite (true gross) score is 198 7/8.
A miscalculation of where the buck was standing when the bullet struck almost resulted in Jeff believing he'd missed. Ed Waite tells the whole story, which should be a lesson to all, in RACK magazine this fall.