Oct_12_07 Jay Gregory, host of The Wild Outdoors TV show on Outdoor Channel, posted this on his website:

This morning (Oct. 10) for the first time in 3 years I laid eyes on SPLITTER, a 6-yr.-old buck that I have sheds from and tons of cam pics of over the last 3 years. Until this morning I had never been fortunate enough to see the ghost in a hunting situation. At 9:10 this morning I shot him at 10 yards. An incredible animal. He grossed 190 5/8. Over 43 inches of mass, and 17 scorable points. There on the acorns!

Man, what a buck. I have contacted Jay and hope to post more details on this Midwest Monster soon. For now a few random thoughts:

  • Jay Gregory is the real deal, this guy has been killing incredible bucks with his bow on TV for 15 years now.
  • Remember my recent post about hunting bucks both AM and PM on the acorns? Try it this weekend.
  • The first substantial cold front rolled through the Midwest and into the East this week, dropping the temperature 20 to 50 degrees in places. As I have written many times, this temperature change jolts the big bucks and gets them up and moving. I have to believe the cool weather Wednesday AM played a big part in Jay’s hunt for SPLITTER, and I will confirm that with him.
  • BTW, the cool temperatures–all the better with high pressure and light winds–are expected to hold from the Midwest to the East Coast this weekend. Grab your bow, go to your best stand and shoot a monster, the conditions are right for it. Good luck!