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The Brow Tine Buck by Brandon Carter

February 13, 2014 by  
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Brow-tine-buckThe 2012 hunting season was one of the toughest years of hunting Whitetails I had ever seen.  EHD outbreaks across the Midwest during the drought plagued summer had reduced buck numbers significantly.  On top of the reduced numbers, weather conditions were not favorable for daytime movement or rut activity.  With the hunting being as tough as it was, a hunter really had to make EVERY encounter count.  And that’s where luck came in.  Anything and everything that was outside of my control happened.  I had coyotes spook a 180 class buck in Iowa, my rangefinder wouldn’t read on a 160 class buck in the same state.  In Kansas I had a 170” buck come in perfect,  I draw just as he’s about to step into my shooting lane and then he burst into full sprint across my opening to chase a nearby doe.  To make matters worse, he comes back in 3 times and does the same exact thing.  If that’s not bad enough, he comes in a 4th time as light is fading and then beds down under my tree, leaving me trapped in the stand until 9:30pm!  That’s just a sample of the things we encountered while filming season 4 of Reel Shot TV.

My wife Jodie and I ended last season on a late season hunt with Sunfish Valley Whitetails in southern Ohio.  Ironically , we were hunting a buck named Lucky!  He was a gorgeous 180” 6×6 that had been missed by about 5 hunters.  Working with guide Andrew Wilburn, we established a pattern and moved in to hunt.  On the first afternoon in the stand we hung to hunt Lucky, we encountered him.  However he would live up to his name as the wind swirled when he was at about 65 yards, letting him know there were hunters in the area.  For the length of our hunt he just teased us, showing up on trail camera when we were not in the stand, but he was no show when we were in the stand.  It was frustrating but it showed us what kind of bucks lived on Sunfish Valley Whitetails properties.

I was really looking forward to the 2013/14 deer season after all the hard luck Jodie and I had the previous year.  We make our living producing a Hunting show and can’t endure too many seasons like that!

Unfortunately for us, last year was only the beginning.  Deer sightings were down even lower and mature buck encounters were near zero.  Jodie managed to take a really good 150” ten point in Kansas.  I didn’t fill my Kansas tag, but Jodie’s harvest was a change of my luck.  We flip flop back and forth on hunts, so with Jodie’s kill in Kansas, I was back in front of the camera and a return to Sunfish Valley Whitetails was on the schedule next!

Our late season hunt this year was to take place after we attended the ATA (Archery Trade Association) show in Nashville.  At this late point of the season a buck can shed his antlers literally any day.  Shedding is often times triggered during harsh climatic changes or any kind of stress a buck may sense.  While we were at the ATA show, most of the country was experiencing EXTREME winter weather with record lows being recorded.  I was worried the bucks would be dropping their antlers like an October White Oak.

If the thoughts of shedding bucks wasn’t enough, Andrew began sending me pictures of the “Brow Tine Buck”.  I had seen pictures of this buck before, for several years in fact, but did not know if he was still around….or antlerless.  I wanted to be optimistic in my view of hunting this world class buck, but I just couldn’t help but to be nervous….would he shed? Would he go nocturnal? Would the wind swirl on me once again?  All these questions ran through my head each day before I arrived to camp.

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2 Responses to “The Brow Tine Buck by Brandon Carter”

  1. Kkk says:

    Fking retard i hope some1 kill u like u kill this Animal. And cut Your head and take a picture :-). Im waiting for this photo

  2. That is one cool looking whitetail rack! I’ve been hunting on land in central Wisconsin for over 25 years and I’ve never seen anything like that monster before. Impressive!

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