One Year Makes a Huge Difference

by Daniel E. Schmidt, D&DH editor

No matter where you hunt, it’s easy to see the difference just one year can make to
the size of a mature white-tailed buck.

Such is the case with a great buck my friend Adam killed in north-central Wisconsin
on Sunday. Adam is a diehard trophy hunter, and he closely monitors the buck population
on the land he hunts. Although some of those observations are done through in-the-field
scouting and glassing, most of it is done through trail-camera surveillance. An avid
bow-hunter, he strives to target deer based off of ages classes rather than antler
scores. Having a good handle on the age of the bucks roaming his property certainly
helped when a dandy 12-point showed up near his stand last weekend (which was opening
weekend for our bow season). Standing there in front of him was a deer he knew well
– a deer, in fact, that he knew was a 3-1/2-year-old when he captured his first photo
of it in 2008.

Knowing the deer was mature — despite having an enormous rack — immediately sealed
the deal in Adam’s mind that this indeed was one he wanted to harvest.

The beautiful 12-point rough-scored 166-2/8 P&Y. The buck had a huge body to go along
with the rack. The deer weighed 204 pounds field dressed.

Adam believes the second trail-cam photo is of the buck from last year…even though
that image shows a split tine on the one side and a sticker on the other. The brow
tines, however, are almost identical. What do you think?

Thanks to Adam for sharing these photos with us!

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