One week to the day after dove season opened, Chris Currin of Creedmoor struck it rich sitting on a dove stool. No, he didn’t kill his limit of 15 little gray, flying missiles. He killed a 155-inch, 11-point buck in full velvet overlooking a Person County bean field.
“I have a couple of other stands, but I knew there had been some bucks working this field, so I just sat down on a dove stool in the edge of a cutover. I had a buddy about 30 yards away, in case we could double up,” said Currin, 23, who knew a “bachelor group” of bucks had been hanging around “It was a big old bachelor group – we see ‘em every year.”
Shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, the bachelors started filtering into the bean field Currin was watching. Two small bucks walked in first, and once in the field, Currin said they kept looking back in the direction from which they’d come. Next came two 6-pointers, then two 4-pointers.
“They kept looking back, and then he came into the field, about 15 yards behind them,” Currin said.
“He” was a big 11-point buck, a main-frame 4x5 with sticker points on the two tallest tines on its left antler.
“He kept working my way,” Currin said. “I had one opportunity, but a smaller deer got in front of him. Then, there was a small but 15 or 20 yards to my left, and he pin-pointed me. I remained still, not even wanting to blink, but he blew, and they all ran off except the big one.”
Currin knew his chance was about to be over, so he drew his Bear compound.
“As soon as I released, he sort of turned to run,” he said. “I hard a loud ‘pop’ so I knew I’d hit him. I sat down and waited a while. I went out and found my arrow, and I found half my arrow and some blood, so I left and went to my parents’ house for an hour.
“When I went back, I found a bunch of blood. I found him about 70 yards into the woods – about 100 yards from where he was when I shot.”
Currin looked for an entry wound that his 3-bladed Muzzy broadhead might have made, but he couldn’t find one – at least in the usual place. Then, he found the broadhead lodged in the inside of one of the deer’s thighs – the one away from the side he’d shot at.
“He turned right when I released, and the arrow must have gone right under him and stuck in his off leg,” Currin said. “It must have hit an artery.”
The buck carried a tall, wide set of horns still in full velvet, with four typical points on the right antler and five on the left. The tallest tines were 10 inches long, and the two tallest tines on the left antler carried sticker points measuring an inch and an inch-and-a-half long. The bases of the buck’s antlers measured 5 ½ inches in circumference, and it had a 17-inch inside spread. A friend put a tape measure on the buck and came up with a gross score of 155 7/8.