posted on July 07, 2013 10:38
By Mike Handley
One of the advantages of hanging a trail camera near your stand is being able to see what you missed by hunting someplace else.
Josh Prewitt and his brother-in-law, Scott Mays, are big believers in woods cams. They rely on the units to tell them what sort of bucks pass through the 80 acres they hunt in Rockcastle County, Ky.
Once the season begins, they've already identified which bucks will trip their releases or triggers. And checking the cameras takes a backseat to actual hunting.
Two days into Kentucky's 2012 modern firearms season, the bull of the woods stood in front of Josh's empty ladder stand about half an hour after sunrise. The hunter from Brodhead was 400 yards away, watching another ridge, when the trail cam documented the visit.
Two more days passed before the unlucky hunter realized he'd chosen the wrong spot. When he returned to the stand above the camera the same afternoon he saw the photo, he didn't really expect to see the deer.
Nothing was afoot. It was so slow and disappointing, in fact, that Josh decided to quit a little early.
After shrugging into his backpack, he took one last 360-degree look and listened intently before getting down from his stand.
The rest, as they say, is history. The 11th-hour shot was an easy 100-yarder.
Josh's buck is a clean 6x5, which is why it falls within the BTR's typical, instead of the perfect category. Its towering foot-plus-long uprights help it to a composite score of 185 6/8 inches.
Master scorer Dale Weddle of Nancy, Ky., taped the deer and wrote the story for RACK magazine. It'll be published this fall.