Today is the first official day of fall, and I'm ready. In fact, I'm already in transit. Record Quest is hitting the road this week with a bowhunt in north Missouri. I'm taking a break from my home country in Montana to see if I can't let the air out of a corn-fed giant. More on this Show Me state hunt in another post.
From Missouri I'll fly back to Montana, then jump in my pickup and drive to Wyoming for a muzzleloader elk hunt south of Jackson Hole. Then I'm back to the Milk River to see if I can't settle some scores with a whole passel of Pope & Young bucks that have been evading me since Montana's season began three weeks ago.
Then in October I'm headed back to Missouri. My buddy CJ Davis, who helps a whole bunch of hunting companies -- from Nikon to Montana Decoys to Winchester Ammunition -- and I were originally going to hunt Illinois. But then CJ heard about a giant shed antler from a farm just across the river in Missouri, and he asked me if I'd like a change of venue.
Here's a photo of the shed. It purportedly measures nearly 100 inches, and with a matching side and typical spread, it could give the Hanson Buck a run for its money as a new world-record typical. Yeah, I told CJ, I think I could come look around the property, as long as I can bring my bow.
I'll be headed to Texas to end Record Quest in Lone Star style. In the meantime, I'll be getting some help on the pursuit of trophy-class whitetails. Shooting Editor John Snow is headed to Alberta to chase big bucks in the Swan Hills, and he'll head to Kansas for a late rut hunt. Senior Editor John Taranto is headed to Illinois to hunt a property that's already collecting some whopper bucks on trail cameras. And Deputy Editor Gerry Bethge is going to Ohio later in the season to hunt Buckeye State bucks with a TenPoint crossbow.
So … fall is here. Follow along as we put the drop on some of America's biggest bucks, in some of the continent's best whitetail country.