posted on May 16, 2011 07:00
By Mike Handley
As far as Dave Ediger is concerned, cams are for football teams and car engines; peeps are sounds made by tiny chickens; and fiber optics are nothing more than 30-pound-test monofilament, better suited for deep-sea fishing than weed-eating.
The veteran hunter from Buhler, Kan., is among the few left who prefer to hunt deer with a plain-Jane bow, a recurve he just points and shoots, which launches cedar arrows fletched with feathers. Speed doesn’t matter, when dead is dead.
And dead is one tremendous Harvey County whitetail that not only is a new state record, but also a runner-up to the world-record Typical in the BTR’s recurve category. Dave put one of his cedar arrows through it last November.
He was hunting land that has been in the family for more than a century, sitting in a stand his son, Caley, had hung so long ago that the host pine had begun swallowing it. It wasn’t his first choice of ground or setup, but he didn’t have another place situated for the north wind that assaulted south-central Kansas that afternoon.
Just over an hour into his Nov. 13 vigil, Dave was dialing his son’s number.
The impressive mainframe 6x6 has a couple of irregular points on the left side, making it a 14-pointer. Its official tally is 165 7/8. The No. 1 deer in that category carries 174 6/8 inches. (A nearly 20-inch inside spread hands the Ediger Buck a composite score of 185 5/8 inches, but deer aren’t ranked by this figure).
Despite living in the Land of Giants, Dave waited for more than four decades to stick the kind of buck that put Kansas near the top of the list of deer hunting destinations. I rather doubt he’s complaining.
The full story of Dave’s hunt, written by his son, will appear in the October 2011 issue of Rack magazine. Meanwhile, for those who got in your tag applications last month, consider taking up or rediscovering the joys of shooting a recurve. As it stands right now, Kansas has no other bucks in this category. If you shoot one that qualifies for the BTR, it’s a shoo-in as a runner-up.