Sixteen-year-old Clayton Brummer did what few adult hunters would have the self-contol to do: He passed on taking a shot at a huge non-typical that stuck its head out of a milo field milo early in the Kansas hunting season.
“Dad told me not to shoot, that we needed to wait for another day because we couldn’t see much of the buck,” Brummer said. “I’m not sure that’s what I wanted to do, but it was the right thing to do. My dad was right.”
When the deer, which later scored out at 230 inches non-typical, stepped out of a corn field on Sept. 8, however, the young hunter made the second encounter count.
Brummer and his father Darin were in the stand several hours before daylight on that fateful day, and watched a shadow of the buck rise and run through the milo field before moving into a neighboring corn field.
“All we could do was sit, wait and watch,” Brummer told the Wichita Eagle. “We knew he was in the corn and that he’d probably have to come out sometime.”
The elder Brummer was glassing the field for the deer when Clayton Brummer saw the buck step out — at only 30 yards.
Without saying a word to his father, the young hunter put the crosshairs of his .300 Ultra Mag on the buck and squeezed off the kill shot.
Ground shrinkage was not a problem with this buck, the rack of which was still largely covered in velvet.
“He had such a tight (narrow) rack and so much junk (extra points) on the inside he just kept looking bigger the more we looked,” Brummer said. “We have him at 21 scorable points, but with all that velvet on it’s hard to tell what else he might have underneath.”
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