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The Brow Tine Buck by Brandon Carter

February 13, 2014 by  
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Upon arriving at Sunfish Valley headquarters I was greeted by my old friend and guide, Andrew.  He had not gotten any pictures of the brow tine buck since before the late muzzleloader season which had just ended.  To compound the situation a few pictures of a shed buck in the same area worried us that it was him.  However, Andrew wasn’t phased.  He believed the buck was still carrying his rack and we needed to put some cameras a few ridges over and we would find him.

Brandon-Carters-197I’m a pretty independent hunter and like to just “do my thing”, but I know not to “guide the guide”.  I’ve developed a lot of trust in Andrew and he respects my input as well.  We work together really well so it was no surprise when we both agreed on where to set up the first string of cameras.

Normally we would let the cameras “soak” for a few days before checking them, but since we were somewhat running against the clock we decided to check them after only one day and night.  I was relieved and excited when our giant was on the camera the very first night.  Baiting is legal in Ohio and the buck had visited a bait site shortly after dark and we were able to get quite a few good pictures of him.

As much as I do not like sitting right over the top of a bait site, we were scared to push into the timber any further in fear that he could be bedding on any number of ridges in the immediate area.  Andrew and I both felt the best bet was to simply play it safe and hunt near where we got the pictures of the buck as it afforded us completely undetectable access and a very consistent and favorable wind.

After several days, we had not seen a deer but the Brow Tine Buck was on camera EVERY night, just after last shooting light all the way up until first light in the mornings.  Almost any time when hunting a feeding scenario, we hunt afternoons only as to not blow the deer out on a morning stand approach.  We were playing this game to perfection but just could not get this mature buck to daylight.

One night about 5 or 6 days into the hunt, I decided that it was time to “move in” on this buck or we would never harvest him.  Apparently great minds do think alike because that night Andrew met us at our cabin with a topographical map and let me know it was time to move in on this buck.  We examined the topo map and discussed the angle in which the buck always approached the camera and departed.  All signs pointed to the buck using a finger ridge that would lead the buck from the thickest and most rugged terrain in the area right down to the location where we had now gotten hundreds of trail camera pictures of him.

That night we received a really nice blanket of snow which we felt would really help us.  The snow allowed us to back track the Brow Tine Buck from the bait site as he went back to his bed for the day.  Just as we suspected, his trail lead us right up the point of the finger ridge we had identified as his staging area.  Right about the time we felt that we had pushed as deep into the timber as possible without the risk of jumping the buck, we came across the perfect tree for our stand.  The tree was a large cedar tree which would give us lots of cover and cover the entire ridge with a bow.  The wind was prevailing out of the west and that would hit us right in the face at the stand site.  It was the perfect set up so we hung our stands and for the first time I truly felt we could harvest this buck.

The forecast for the next several days was to be brutal with high temps in the 20’s and waves of snowfall nearly every day.  This was the kind of weather that could do two things, make the deer hungry and possibly shed their antlers.  The Brow Tine Buck had held his rack up until this point so we were hopeful that he would be hungry and make a move with enough light for a shot.

With the use of our Heater Body Suits, Jodie and I braved the elements on that frigid ridge for several days….and never saw a deer!  At this point I was giving up hope quickly.  We had been on this buck for over a week and had only seen maybe 3 deer total.  Late season hunting can be very hit and miss, and I knew this going in.  At any point we could have abandoned the hunt for “Brows” and moved to other areas with more deer, but we were focused on this buck, he was the kind of deer that could turn our entire season around.


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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