The Ridge-Runner Buck

I got these photos from hunting buddy and turkey/whitetail pro Ray Eye the other day. What a nice buck. Congratulations Brandon on an awesome, awesome Ozark deer. Brandonmarty

The whitetail buck is a "one-of-a-kind" trophy. Old bucks like this from the Missouri Ozarks are seldom seen, much less taken by hunters. There are no fields, food plots or farmland within miles of the steep, rough, heavy timbered ridges where this buck was taken.

This public-land, acorn eater was taken by Brandon Reece, of Hillsboro, Misouri while hunting the Jacks Fork River Hills. Brandon was guided by Marty Eye and took this buck from a ridge point stand Marty and Ray set up a week prior to 2007 deer season. The stand was on a huge rub line on a steep ridge point at the upper end of a saddle. There was an abundance of giant scrapes in this narrow funnel area. Marty saw seven different bucks using that ridge point during the MO fall turkey season. Brandon has hunted deer nine years.

-Gerald Bethge