posted on May 26, 2013 08:39
By Mike Handley
When it comes to big Canadian whitetails, the western provinces usually hog the spotlight. One of the finest taken in 2012, however, was felled near Kenora, Ontario.
Buddies Dennis Chevalier and Chris Savage devoted six weeks to hunting a monstrous buck a coworker photographed in early October. For most of that time, they sat together in a pop-up blind, alternating roles as hunter and cameraman.
They really wanted to catch the buck they'd nicknamed Kong on videotape.
Because Chris worked the midnight shift, Dennis struck out alone on Nov. 19. Kong was the fourth deer he saw that day, though the buck wafted back into the trees well beyond bow range.
Dennis thought about grunting or even throwing out a snort-wheeze - anything to lure the buck back in front of the blind - but he wound up doing nothing because he didn't want to spook a nearby doe and fawn.
While the hunter was second-guessing his silence-is-golden decision, the deer in front of him snapped to attention and stared down the trail. Dennis heard heavy footfalls in the snow before he peeked out and saw the deer of his dreams returning.
The shot was 20 yards, and Dennis was holding the bloody arrow half an hour later. Kong lay dead 50 yards away.
After counting points and marveling at the rack's mass, Dennis decided it was time to call and wake Chris. Weeks later, they learned that the irregular 17-pointer is runner-up to provincial compound bow record. Its composite score is 196 7/8.
Jeff Morrison's story about this beast will appear in RACK magazine this fall.