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U.S. Soldier Takes 30-Point 'Cactus Buck,' Potential Kentucky State Record

September 30, 2011
U.S. Soldier Takes 30-Point 'Cactus Buck,' Potential Kentucky State Record - 9

Justin Corn, an active duty Army E5 Sergeant, recently killed a giant non-typical that might be the new Kentucky non-typical archery state record. This amazing buck has at least 30 velvet-coated points that include stickers, kickers, and a whole lot of extra junk. Here is an inside-look at how Corn connected with a monster deer that has been aptly nicknamed the "Cactus Buck".

When the early Kentucky archery season finally rolled around, Corn could hardly wait to grab his bow and hit the woods. Over the past several years, he has spent a lot of time in both Afghanistan and Iraq serving his country. As a die-hard deer hunter, it's been hard on this soldier to be away from home and give up his hunting time during the fall. A few days ago, Corn took advantage of some much-deserved time off and visited one of his favorite whitetail honey-holes inside Fort Knox.

On this particular hunt, he strategically positioned himself behind a giant oak tree that overlooked a dried-up creek bed. The area lacked any suitable trees to hang a stand, and he was forced to setup on the ground. However, Corn’s wide-bodied oak tree was split down the middle, which offered the hunter both cover and good visibility. Falling acorns had also covered the entire creek bed and Corn knew there was a good chance that he might be able to intercept an early season shooter.

Shortly after getting situated, crunching leaves and popping acorns grabbed his attention. A slick-headed doe slowly walked into view with another deer directly behind her. Corn could clearly see the second whitetail was a giant buck and he immediately started trying to pick out a shot. Without hesitation, he used the cover of the split oak tree to draw his bow and aim at the velvet-coated monster that was standing 40-yards away. The arrow found its mark and Corn watched the buck pile-up within sight of the winding creek-bed, which brought a dramatic end to his season in the Bluegrass State.

On a side note, area biologists examined Corns’ “Cactus Buck” and some interesting information has come to light. The biologists estimated that the unusual 30-point buck is about 5 years old. They also believe the buck has never shed its velvet-covered antlers. After the mandatory drying period, Corn’s trophy will be officially scored and it’s possible the deer may break the non-typical state archery record which stands at 234 1/8 inches taken in 1997.

Congratulations Justin on one heck of a buck, and thank you for the sacrifices you have made while serving our country.

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from knox guide wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I am a deer hunting guide at ft Knox. Today I met Mr Corn as he pursued more big bucks in our area. I am proud this monster was taken from our area and by such a deserving individual. I look forward to tomorrows hunt. Sorry but I remain silent on the area number.

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from Jason Jarstfer wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

awesome buck Sgt Corn. Much Congrats. I actually saw his rack at the taxidermist and that is truly a once in a lifetime buck. To take him w/ a bow is something else. Great job man.

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

lol /nice buck indeed,this creek branch runs into the wma otter creek . some older class deer are being taken here last few weeks, the terrain is tuff,

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

lol /nice buck indeed,this creek branch runs into the wma otter creek . some older class deer are being taken here last few weeks, the terrain is tuff,

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

lol /nice buck indeed,this creek branch runs into the wma otter creek . some older class deer are being taken here last few weeks, the terrain is tuff,

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

lol /nice buck indeed,this creek branch runs into the wma otter creek . some older class deer are being taken here last few weeks, the terrain is tuff,

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from Anthony wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Great buck...Congratulations Sgt. I agree with Bryan, this couldn't have happened to a more deserving person!

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from Bryan wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Awesome buck. Congrat! This trophy couldn't have went to a more deserving person. Once again, congratulations on a monster buck and thank you for what you do for our country. Goodluck to you the rest of the season.

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from The Captain wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Great work SGT Corn... now if I could just get a buck in bow range!

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from The Captain wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Great work SGT Corn... now if I could just get a buck in bow range!

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

lol /nice buck indeed,this creek branch runs into the wma otter creek . some older class deer are being taken here last few weeks, the terrain is tuff,

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from Bryan wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Awesome buck. Congrat! This trophy couldn't have went to a more deserving person. Once again, congratulations on a monster buck and thank you for what you do for our country. Goodluck to you the rest of the season.

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from Anthony wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Great buck...Congratulations Sgt. I agree with Bryan, this couldn't have happened to a more deserving person!

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

lol /nice buck indeed,this creek branch runs into the wma otter creek . some older class deer are being taken here last few weeks, the terrain is tuff,

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

lol /nice buck indeed,this creek branch runs into the wma otter creek . some older class deer are being taken here last few weeks, the terrain is tuff,

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

lol /nice buck indeed,this creek branch runs into the wma otter creek . some older class deer are being taken here last few weeks, the terrain is tuff,

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from Jason Jarstfer wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

awesome buck Sgt Corn. Much Congrats. I actually saw his rack at the taxidermist and that is truly a once in a lifetime buck. To take him w/ a bow is something else. Great job man.

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from knox guide wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I am a deer hunting guide at ft Knox. Today I met Mr Corn as he pursued more big bucks in our area. I am proud this monster was taken from our area and by such a deserving individual. I look forward to tomorrows hunt. Sorry but I remain silent on the area number.

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