September 09 at 11:17am
I killed this buck on opening day (09/07/2019) at about 8:10 pm in Surry County NC. I have been seeing several pictures of this buck on trail cam among others in his bachelor group for the past 2-3 months. I knew I had a good shot at seeing him due to the many daytime pics, but knew I had to make it happen early in the season before the patterns start to change. I seen 16 deer on stand the evening of the kill. When I first seen the couple bucks he had been traveling with step out into the soybean field I knew the giant 8 was probably close. Just few minutes later he appeared the same trail into the field. The two bucks that were with him came up in front of me about 20-25 yards where I had some corn and b and j attractant poured out amongst the beans. I was sitting in a pop up ground blind on the edge of the soybean field in thick cover. The giant 8 stayed in the edge of the field and was eating on the beans not moving much at all to where the other bucks were. Knowing that I was running out of daylight very quickly I knew I was gonna have to make a move. I ranged the giant 8 with my bushnell range finder and it read 45 yards. Due to the low light I told my lifelong friend (Blake Hull) that was with me in the dog house blind that I was about to make a risky shot. I told him I was afraid I would not have another chance. I turned to the left and put my 20 pin at the top of his back and squeezed the trigger. Blake and I both heard the loud pop of the bolt from my Stryker crossbow hit the deer and the field scattered. Moments later we then heard a big crash in the cut over in front of us as if the buck crashed. We gave it about 15-20 minutes then went out to where the buck was standing. I then seen my green Illuminock shining in the soybean field. My buddy Blake went over and picked up the arrow and when we both seen the bright, red and bubbly blood on the arrow we hugged each other’s neck in complete overwhelmed excitement! We then tracked the buck for approximately 35-40 yards where he was located down in the woods under a laurel bush. The toxic broadhead that I was using left a killer blood trail and there was no problem at all locating the deer. After processing and caping the deer out my buddy and hunting partner Matt Adams measured the buck with his tape and came up with a rough score of 162. The buck was pushing 7 inches just around the base at his head and g2’s just over 12 inches. No official weight was taken, however, out of several avid hunters seeing the deer there was several predictions of approximately 250 pounds. This is brief synopsis from the hunt.