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How an NC hunter got this 201-inch BEAST named ‘Brush Pile’! 👀
> During the 2020 pre-season, on a nearby property, a friend captured a trail camera photo of a suspected 200″ buck. …earned the nickname “Brush Pile” in recognition of his large non-typical rack. Shortly after, the massive buck appeared on Chris’ trail cameras too.
No action on his property til Oct 9:
> …a little while after lunch, Chris walked to a stand location he loved. He arrived a little earlier than normal, just to see what was going on. As usual, there wasn’t much early-afternoon action.
> Chris sat in his treestand for a while, but without any deer movement, he decided to get down around 4:30 pm. …he swapped SD cards in one of his trail cameras. Then he started back toward the truck.
> …he decided to pop the SD card in his card reader. The second deer on it was the giant his friend previously had on camera. “…soon I realized it was Brush Pile.”
> …he realized the buck hit that very camera earlier that day at about 5:30 am. After getting over the initial shock, Chris checked the current time…5:05 pm. “I threw my gear in the truck, grabbed nothing but my crossbow, and literally ran back to the stand.” Since the buck hit the camera so close to daylight, Chris was confident the buck bedded down fairly close by.
> At about 6:30…two does walked into view. They fed around for about 15 minutes. Then, all of a sudden, they started acting nervous. [2 bucks game into view.] “It was all I could do to pass on the bigger of the two because I considered him a wall-hanger.”
> …the bigger deer started acting exactly like the does previously did. Seconds later, the does looked toward the cover – away from Chris’ stand location – and began blowing. “I looked toward them, and for the very first time Brush Pile was heading in my direction.
> “I’ve seen nice bucks before, but never have I seen so much rack on a deer. I didn’t see any air space between tines and points. It almost looked solid.”
> The giant buck stepped behind some trees, disappearing from view. Less than a minute later, the smaller shooter buck jumped and ran off. He knew the monster buck must be close.
> Seconds later, Brush Pile stepped back into view just 7 yards away. A big tree obscured the buck’s rack, but the vitals were clear. Chris peered through the scope, settled the crosshairs on his front shoulder, and let it rip.
“She can watch 20 deer walk by in front of her, but until she sees the one she wants she’s not going to shoot.”
> …I can always count on my friend and whitetail expert Ted Marum…. One of Ted’s favorite tricks is to simply jam a stick in a logging road, or at the junction of several deer trails, and train a camera on it. Before he walks off, Ted spits on his palm, and rubs it up and down the stick.
> “Every buck that walks down that road or trail is gonna stop and smell that stick. I’ve got tons of pics of them not only sniffing that stick, but licking it themselves and returning to do so whenever they’re on that trail.”
> Buff Up Your Battery Contacts: If your cams are more than a year old, they’ve spent some time in the weather, enduring heat, cold, moisture, etc. All that exposure can oxidize the battery contacts and result in a poor connection…. Before I deploy my veteran cameras for another season, I use a small section of Scotch-Brite pad and lightly buff the battery contacts inside each cam.
> Keep the Bugs Out: …you can prevent this by simply adding a dryer sheet to the inside of your camera. If space is tight you don’t need the whole sheet, just trim a small section off with a scissor and cram it in a corner. The smellier the sheet the better (I prefer “Bounce Outdoor Fresh” for its heady bouquet) and if you’re worried about deer spooking from the scent, don’t.
> Clean Your Lenses: …carry lens wipes with me as I make visits to check my cameras. Clean cams are not only more sensitive, they simply take better pics.
Great deals can be had on hunting land in CWD zones?
> I remembered I was standing in the middle of a CWD management zone. I couldn’t deny my excitement for the land, though, and despite the challenges of dealing with CWD-related regulations, the total package was just too much to walk away from. After some modest negotiating, I closed on the property within a couple weeks….
> The rules for hunting and handling deer in the DMA are less daunting than I assumed. The biggest challenge I face is how I must handle a deer after harvest. I live a little more than a half-hour from my land, and my home is not in the DMA.
> To solve the problem of being able to process my deer at home, I set up an inexpensive tripod that I can hang my deer from and quickly break it down to the allowable parts. I can then bury potentially infectious parts on my land, which is an encouraged method of disposal.
> …a few other special rules that I must observe in the DMA. I am unable to use or possess urine-based attractants while hunting.
> Going into my 2nd year of landownership and hunting in a DMA, I’m happy to report that buying it was a great decision and I’m glad I didn’t let the minimal extra requirements become a roadblock. I quickly learned that the inconveniences are more daunting on paper than in reality….
WY wrestling with tags given to out-of-state landowners…
> Under current WY statute, landowners cannot legally subdivide land for the purpose of procuring more hunting licenses. Yet in its public meetings, the Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce has heard stories of land being subdivided for the primary purpose of owners obtaining 2 more elk hunting licenses for friends or family.
> “In various locations around the state, you have some outright abuses of the landowner license system,” said Adam Teten, a Buffalo resident and big game hunter who chairs a subcommittee of the task force exploring landowner license reforms. “Meaning, you have wealthy individuals subdividing pieces of property to gain highly sought-after limited-quota elk, deer and antelope licenses.”
> Such landowner tags are subtracted from an area’s total license quota and are awarded prior to the lotteries that distribute hunting licenses to the general public.
> Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce co-chairman Josh Coursey said that the push for landowner license reforms has stalled out, partly because his counterparts are awaiting an internal proposal being developed by Game and Fish. That proposal will be shared with the taskforce at its Jul 7 meeting and then considered by the WY Game and Fish Commission at its Sept 13-14 meeting….
> “Short of a tropical depression that results in immediate improvements in habitat conditions hunters should generally expect below average antler quality and body weights, but harvest opportunity is likely to be high as deer will likely frequent feeders this fall.”
> “The statewide five-year average fawn recruitment is approximately 38%. It would not be a surprise to see the 2022 estimate dip below 30%.”
> Way of the Hunter is a hunting game, first and foremost. We are focusing on elements and gameplay mechanics that enhance the core hunting experience and setting aside those that do not. We’ve put more work into things such as authentic animal behavior or authentic ballistics.
> The cartridge was developed in collaboration by Winchester and Browning, and was initially chambered in Browning X-Bolt Rifles. These rifles usually averaged 0.5- to 0.75-MOA accuracy….
> The round looks good on paper too – not super fast, so barrel life should be good, yet fast enough to carry way out yonder.
> Overall cartridge length is 2.995″, short enough to chamber in short-action rifle actions, which are slightly faster to cycle and lighter in weight. Typical bullet weights are adequate for any North American game except for the big bears.
> Recoil is moderate, and with long-range ammo, the round maintains 2,000 fps velocity to beyond 800 yards.
> …I made the longest hunting shot of my life with the 6.8 on a quartered-away bull elk at dusk. The bull dropped in his tracks to an accurate first-round hit.
> Not only did I witness a dog going underwater but going underground, way underground. Earlier at another beaver pond, I discovered the true attribute of a bona fide beaver dog, being able to “tunnel dive.”
> I call these tweeners because they aren’t sold as flagship models, and they aren’t true budget bows either. They’re right in between – and the best tweener bow I’ve shot in quite some time is Hoyt’s new Torrex….
> From 20 to 60 yards, the bow performed like any top-tier flagship.
> While the original Xero A1 and A1i were good, the revamped Xero A1i Pro is great.
> One of the major differences in this new Garmin sight is the ability to micro-adjust everything. You can micro-adjust windage and elevation…you can also adjust the overall pitch of the sight. This ensures that the sight housing is perfectly set up for your eye. …a huge improvement and makes setting up the sight leaps and bounds easier than older models.
> Sighting in…takes less than 10 minutes, and it’s all because of the Auto Pin Calibration feature. Based on your arrow speed, arrow diameter, draw length and even distance from sight to grip, it will auto-calculate your pins out to a personalized max yardage.
> Basically, you’ll sight in your first pin followed by sighting in a pin for the farthest distance you’re comfortable shooting. After the sight walks you through that process – and it literally walks you through it – you’re done.
> …a slight learning curve…. Once it was set up, I’ve gotta admit, this thing was fun to use and wicked accurate. Like, scary accurate.
– You can sort of blend into the tree rather than feel like you’re sticking out
– It feels nicer and more stable to shoot from
Quote of the Week
“…[the public] thinks of the DNR as an adversary now, not the people who are there to help. We are not the adversaries. I think a lot of that is CWD-related. People think we are out to decimate the deer hunt.”
> “It was a perfect storm of CWD, other diseases and deer management changes. Things will improve, we just have to get over this hump.”
Liking the positive attitude – it WILL get better!
Shot of the Week
Check out this absolute MUTANT of a KY buck killed by Christian Cummins in 2020, one of the biggest typs ever taken in that state. 6×7 tip B&C was 187 2/8 gross and 177 6/8 net. Inside spread is 22 4/8″, and right and left main beams measure 27″ and 27 3/8″.
> To my surprise the buck ran directly to me, not knowing what hit him. In a frenzy, he stopped only 10-15 yards in front of me. My mind was racing, and for some reason all I could do was sit there dumbfounded watching him.
> The buck was probably going to expire right there, but I told myself I needed to put another arrow in him. I finally got myself together enough to cock the crossbow back and execute another shot. The buck ran another 25 yards and was down for good.
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