As many of you know, I have been bowhunting my entire life. I grew up in a bowhunting family and archery and bowhunting have simply been a way of life for me. Living in Utah, it is well known that I have a deep passion for hunting big mule deer as well as elk and the other western big game species. But I also love to hunt other big game and have hunted in many other states, most of the provinces and territories of Canada, Alaska, and Africa.
What many may not realize is that I have also come to love bowhunting whitetail deer and have been doing so for more than 20 years. I shot my first whitetail about 20 years ago and have since taken several nice bucks. Bowhunting whitetail deer is as different from hunting mule deer as it gets and it takes a very different approach and hunting style. I think this is why I fell in love with whitetail hunting as it presents a whole new set of bowhunting challenges.
Over the last 9 years I have been hunting Whitetail deer in central Kansas with my very good friend Jay Verzuh. I have had some fantastic hunting experiences in Kansas hunting with Jay and over the last 9 years I have seen some really big whitetail bucks. I have taken a couple of nice bucks and have shared some great experiences with Jay and other hunting partners many of whom I work with at Hoyt.
On November 6th, 2012 I had the most amazing whitetail deer hunting experience of my life. Mid-morning I spotted a giant buck working a tree line about 300 yards across an open field. Over the next hour or so, I would get a glimpse of him from time to time as he worked in and around the trees working a group of does. Soon after, I watched him chase a smaller buck out of the trees and ran him half way across the open field in my direction, but stopped and returned to the tree line. About 30 minutes later, the giant buck stepped out of the trees, looked across the open field, and began to trot my direction. The buck came straight into me and I drew my bow when he was at 25 yards. The buck ran up to the edge of the tree line where I was on stand and stopped at less than 10 yards. I had no open shot and held my draw until he began to move. He continued on into the tree line and I was able to get my shot off at less than 5 yards!
He is a giant buck. 18 points total with 9 on each side. He has been green scored at 225 inches and some change and is clearly the largest whitetail deer I have ever seen on the hoof or on the ground for that matter.
I feel very fortunate to have had the chance at this giant deer and grateful that my 37 years of bowhunting experience took over and allowed me to be successful.
I hope you all enjoy the photo and good luck to you with all your bowhunting adventures.
President, Hoyt Archery