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Jon’s Kentucky Buck by Mike Hockensmith

November 19, 2012 by  
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I’ve often heard luck described as when preparation meets opportunity.  If that is the case then harvesting this buck definitely involved a little luck.

My brother, Jon Hockensmith set his sights on this big Kentucky bruiser after getting trail cam pictures of the deer back in early October.  He religiously hunted the buck each and every time the wind permitted.  I often encouraged him to hunt some of our other farms for a change of scenery but he insisted on hunting this deer.  The month of October came and went, producing only one sighting of the deer and that was at over 300 yards, crossing a pasture.  The trail cam pictures showed that the deer was regular in the area, but only after dark.

Early November brought the pre-rut and hopes that the big buck would make a mistake and show himself in the daylight hours.  For a week and half he hunted almost daily hoping to get an opportunity at him before the firearm season opened, but it wasn’t to be.

The Kentucky firearm season opened on the second weekend in November and Jon was once again perched in his stand waiting on the buck.  He hunted five consecutive days and decided to take a morning off and get caught up on some work around the house. At noon, after his chores were complete he started out to check his trail cameras.  As he started out of his driveway he thought to himself that it might be a good idea to take a rifle with him, just in case.  He returned to the house to get his rifle.  This would be the “preparation” portion that I mentioned earlier.  Upon reaching the farm he started walking back the old logging road and as he came over a little rise there the buck stood.  They were now locked in a stare down at only 50 yards.  This would be the “opportunity”.  He quickly shouldered his rifle, settling the crosshairs on the buck’s shoulder and fired the shot.  The deer ran 30 yards before expiring.  After the shot Jon stood, shaking from adrenaline, in complete disbelief at the events that had just transpired.

When I think of a hunter being lucky the image that comes to mind is that of a hunter that hasn’t spent any time in the field that year, has never seen the deer they harvested and simply lucked into the harvest.  For this reason, I’m hesitant to describe this hunt as lucky, but I think Jon will agree to a certain extent that luck played a role in the harvest.  Luck or not, it’s still a great deer and great story.

Mike Hockensmith

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