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By Mike Handley

Corey BaileyI 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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# Berryhill
Monday, December 05, 2011 10:01 PM
great buck wish i could shoot one like that here in Oklahoma
Fred Trahan
# Fred Trahan
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 9:59 AM
Hardest hunter I know guys. He's 100%, 100% of the time. Well deserved buddy!
Buddy ro
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 10:01 AM
That is a very close personal friend of mine! A well desreving hardcore dedicated hunter!
Chris Myers
# Chris Myers
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 10:13 AM
Well deserved. A very good guy and excellent hunter. Way to go Corey.
Chris Boudreaux
# Chris Boudreaux
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 10:23 AM
I can't look at this picture enough!!! Congrats again Corey, proud to know u man!
jimmie Lee
# jimmie Lee
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 10:53 AM
Congrats Corey beautiful deer. you would be hard pressed to see anything close to that in north west Louisana.
Tony D
# Tony D
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 10:56 AM

Congratulations on a great Buck and for sharing your experience on this hunt. It was a blessing to read your comment about dropping to your knees and thanking the good Lord. "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you", 1 Thess 5:18. Too many people forget about thanking him and don't acknowledge his goodness.
Fred A
# Fred A
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 12:35 PM
Congrats on another great Kansas buck. Is that score with or without the inside spread?
Mike Handley
# Mike Handley
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 12:42 PM
The 183 5/8 is a gross (green) B&C score
Randy B
# Randy B
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 12:59 PM
That's a good deer man. I live in Arkansas and have seen deer like that but with no pay off , you are one luck man ( Congrats ) .
david Ward
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 1:56 PM
Too bad he had to ruin it by using a trail cam to find this deer in the first place. Using one of thoes is like going to the store and picking it off of a shelf. Montana has got it right for once !
Jason Bagala
# Jason Bagala
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 2:19 PM
One of the hardest hunters and most generous sportsman I know. Always willing to help out any one in need. I've seen him transform into a traditional shooter and believe me, he has put his time in. No one is more deserving of this buck. Congrats again.
Chris Boudreaux
# Chris Boudreaux
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 2:19 PM
David, u are confused man!
John Lippi
# John Lippi
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 4:08 PM
Great deer. I live in Illinois in Pike County and I see 2-3 deer big deer year. I don't use trail cameras but even if I did it doesn't mean I'll ever see that same deer again. This is the big woods here and usually never see the same deer twice. I've shot close to 200 deer and the biggest is a 174" 13 point and then a 172" 16 point. This year I was lucky enough to get a 163 " 12 point. Hunting is a way of life for me. This was a tough year. Remember Hunt Hard-Kill swiftly-Waste nothing-Offer no apologies........Congrats.....
Mark Evetler
# Mark Evetler
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 4:09 PM
What an magnificent buck! Congratulations Corey on putting it all together and with traditional archery equipment as well! Impressive is an understatement indeed!

For the record, the previous posts by Tony D and Chris Boudreaux are spot on!

My *hats off* to ya bud!

Fred A
# Fred A
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 4:33 PM
Where are these state and world record rankings coming from?
Buddy Ortego
# Buddy Ortego
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 7:41 PM
Congrats again Corey! I can not add to what's already been said. Awesome, well deserved buck taken by a truly great guy! Thanks for all the help and encouragement along my Trad Adventure!! Enjoy every minute of this, bro! You worked hard for it! Proud to know ya! Now hurry up and park your boat so we can go huntin'!!
Mike Handley
# Mike Handley
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 10:03 PM
@Fred: I'm referring to Buckmasters Whitetail Trophy Records, which has been around since the mid-1990s. We just published the sixth edition of our record book, featuring nearly 12,000 whitetails. There are subtle, but important differences between us and B&C. But the answer behind your question is this: B&C has only two categories (typical and non-typical) in their records, and they don't distinguish a recurve entry from one taken with a centerfire rifle. In addition to having four antler categories (vs. two), we break everything down by weapon ... which allows for numerous state and world records, categorized and ranked by the means by which they were harvested (rifle, shotgun, blackpowder, pistol, compound bow, recurve, longbow, crossbow, pickups and even sheds).
# JCFarms
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 5:38 AM
I can't imagine the feeling when that monster strolled up and looked you in the eyes, as luck would have it you will now look at him everyday!
Congratulations Corey!
Thank God for your ability to share him with the rest of us!
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 8:49 AM
Congradulatons Excellent animal
doug  piker
# doug piker
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 9:38 AM
as far as the game camera goes it only lets you see what is in the area it does not tell you where the deer are. THIS DEER WAS TO BE KILLED BY COREY AND THE GOOD LORD LET IT HAPPEN. That is one super nice deer congradulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mike Szabo
# Mike Szabo
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 10:41 AM
Great job Corey. Harvesting a deer like that is enough to make anyone cry. I missed my chance at a beautiful big 12Pt this year and I am still crying. Trail cams are a great tool and are no more offensive than using a "fish finder" when on a big lake you know nothing about. Congrats.
ray oakes
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 5:20 PM
Corey congratulations on a well deserved animal. it sounds like you have alot of good friends and family thats what this go around is all about. I live in new jersey and we dont get to see big deer like that so keep on hunting and sharing. thanks rayjae2wr
Mark Holmes
# Mark Holmes
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 5:35 PM
Nice buck, great story. I wish it was mine. ( lol ) The use of a trail cam is no different, than reading a scrap or rubs. It's just a tool. Congrats
# harold
Thursday, December 08, 2011 6:56 AM
David Ward,Its a *itch being jealous huh ? !
Thursday, December 08, 2011 4:46 PM
WITH A RECURVE. THAT IN IT SELF IS AN ACCOMPLISHMENT. That is one great thropy for anybody.

chris wightman
Friday, December 09, 2011 6:41 AM
Great story and a awesome buck Corey!
David, you are a complete moron and more importantly a jealous individual who's attitude and opinion just stinks. You really should think before you post to a hunter's story next time.
bayou buck
# bayou buck
Friday, December 09, 2011 2:22 PM
Words can't describe how happy I am for you.

Corey Bailey is one of the best hunters I know at consistently locating and killing big bucks. It was just a matter of time before this happened, and if anyone can do it again, it'd be him. Congrats!
chris weaver
# chris weaver
Friday, December 09, 2011 7:18 PM
Cory I am jealous ... and proud at the same time. Excellent job bro.
David Parker
# David Parker
Saturday, December 10, 2011 3:04 PM
Basin Man - that's huge !! You deserved it. No one would ever believe how hard you hunt and love every second of it. Good showing for all Sportsman - especially Team Louisiana ! We used to say " there goes Corey
.. ", as the first boat of the morning would pass our camp in the swamp - sometimes (most of the time lol) before our alarm clock would even go off. Later that day when we were back at the camp he was on step going back down the bayou to check a trail cam - which Snooks says he makes himself. Corey is the same guy that met my nephew at the landing and offered where the ducks were landing and where to hang a stand and offered to help carry some things down river for him - First Class - You Gottem Dude ! Parker
Shanon Presley
# Shanon Presley
Sunday, December 11, 2011 10:27 PM
Congrats Corey!
Well deserved!
Jack Baker
Monday, December 12, 2011 2:07 PM
Cangratulation a buck of four lifetimes, great story. Sounds like you have a lot of freinds here that think well of you, so I know you put in time and deserve it.
daniel stalker
# daniel stalker
Monday, December 12, 2011 7:07 PM
nice buck goes to show how the emotions of bow hunting are much greater than any other method of harvesting a mature buck especially with a recurve oh ya trail cameras are the best scouting tool ever made
Dennis A. McDade
# Dennis A. McDade
Friday, December 16, 2011 6:40 PM
God is good all the time ain't HE,Awesome buck Corey.

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