posted on February 16, 2014 10:18
By Mike Handley
Greg Reinhardt of Alexandria, Ky., isn't into scouting. He already knows exactly where he'll see the sunrise on opening morning of the Bluegrass State's rifle season.
He and his brother, Randy, refer to the honey hole as "the killing tree," although there aren't any trees there suitable for climbing. That's why it's his rifle setup. When carrying a bow, he goes someplace else.
"Every single hunter in the world would probably pass up that spot if he didn't have the experience we do with it," Greg told Dale Weddle, the BTR scorer who's writing the story for Rack magazine.
"It's usually a 10-o'clock-in-the-morning stand. When gun season comes in and the neighbors get to beating on (the deer) … here they'll come to our cedars," he added.
Sitting there is the closest thing the brothers Reinhardt have found to a guaranteed shot opportunity. The Killing Tree is at the end of a long ridge, offering a nearly 250-yard view down a little finger that leads toward a field.
Most of the property is thick with cover, except for the ridgetop sendero.
Greg slid into his brushed-in blind at daybreak on Nov. 9. Before the morning mist dissipated, he looked up and saw this gorgeous whitetail step out of the cedars.
Somehow, the thing didn't hear Greg's heart rattling around in his chest like a .410 shell in the bore of a 12 gauge. The giant buck was standing stock-still, head down, and quartering slightly away from the vibrating hunter.
"The shot just buckled him," Greg remembers.
The Bracken County bruiser ties the No. 3 Perfect among Kentucky rifle harvests. The other, from Livingston County, is narrower, meaning Greg's carries a greater composite score (186 5/8 inches).