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When Virginia hunter Scotty Dolan tagged this bizarre bruiser on Nov. 16, he wasn't quite sure what he had killed. Closer inspection of the downed deer revealed a velvet rack with three bulbous droptines and 20 scoreable points. At first Dolan's hunting buddies thought his field photos were a joke pulled from the internet. But when they finally met up with him, they couldn't believe what they saw.
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Brandon Seward sent us these photos of a slammer piebald buck from his family farm in Wakefield, Virginia. A piebald buck is fairly rare, but what makes this deer interesting is how big it is. Most of the piebald photos that come across my desk show spike bucks or forks.
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We’ve seen some giant bucks tagged this season, but this massive typical bowkill from Iowa may prove the biggest yet. We haven’t heard much about the hunter or his world-class buck yet, but rumors suggest we could be looking at a new world record. Here’s what we know so far.
This photo was posted publicly to Facebook as early as Nov. 19. The user who published it heard the buck was shot near the town of Frankville in Winneshiek County, Iowa. Details from an email shared with Heartland Outdoors blogger Tim Walmsley also suggest the monster was killed in northeast Iowa.
According to Walmsley and Scott Bestul of Field & Stream, the buck reportedly measured 206 inches. There’s no word yet on whether that’s a gross or net score. To unseat the current Pope and Young Club typical archery world record, this mystery buck would need to beat the reigning 204 4/8-inch Illinois stud taken by Mel Johnson in 1965. Johnson harvested his first-place buck with a recurve bow in Peoria County, Ill. [ Read Full Post ]
David Von Drehle recently wrote a great article for Time magazine titled "America's Pest Problem: Time to Cull the Herd." In the article, Von Drehle explains how many wild game populations have boomed back since the mid-1900s (for example, the American alligator population has increased by 400 percent, whitetails are up 800 percent, and Canada geese are up 370 percent) and now those extra critters are causing problems in urban and suburban areas.
"We have too many wild animals — from swine to swans," Von Drehle writes. "Whether you're a Walmart employee in Florida wondering what to do with the alligator at your door, a New Yorker with a hawk nesting on your high-rise or an Ohio golfer scattering a flock of Canada geese, you now live, work and play in closer proximity to untamed fauna than any other generation of Americans in more than a century." [ Read Full Post ]
Late-season hunts are all about finding food sources and hunting them. It's also about hunting soft and quiet. Late-season bucks are basically recuperating from two months of intense activity and that means plenty of food and plenty of bedding behavior. Sure, you may catch a little late season breeding activity, but the smart money is on the food. Any breeding that occurs will basically be a random event.
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Indiana hunter Anthony Giger arrowed this nontypical bruiser in Brown County, Indiana on the morning of Nov. 4. Although he initially planned to fill his doe tag, the 35-year-old ended up with more meat than he bargained for and an incredible trophy buck to boot.
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