Skylar Martin had been watching a big 10-point buck on trail cameras for the past 5-years without ever seeing it in person until Nov. 28 of this year. He killed the deer that day at his Guilford County hunting property, but he quickly realized he wasn’t the only family member to have shot that same deer.
The buck weighed 215-pounds and sported 10-scorable points that collectively measured 141 3/8-inches when green scored. Martin killed it on a morning hunt, and though he knew the deer was impressive from trail camera photos, he didn’t realize just how impressive it was until he saw it in person.
“I had been watching this deer on trail cameras for the last 5-years and never seen it in person. About a month and a half ago, my dad shot a big buck with his muzzleloader and called me to help him search for it. We started looking but it began raining, and it turned into a downpour. We couldn’t find any blood so we went back the next day, but didn’t have any luck. We just prayed that he had missed,” said Martin.
Martin had put that experience behind him, never thinking much more about it. But it all came back to him once he shot, then found, his big 10-pointer.
Sitting in his stand overlooking a wheat field, Martin enjoyed a favorable wind and felt good about his chances of seeing some good deer. Around 7:45 a.m., he was watching a doe play in a salad patch behind him, and he noticed a flash in the tree line just beyond the salad patch. He looked through his binoculars and realized it was the massive 10-pointer he’s been after for so long.
“I immediately grabbed my Mossberg .30-06 and put the crosshairs on him. He was on a steady walk and I had to take a shot fast. I tried to stop him by yelling, but he never would. Finally, I took a free hand shot at 120-yards at him. He ran off, and with so much brush in the way, I couldn’t see where he ran,” said Martin, who called his parents to help him search for the deer.
They found the deer after a short search. “I had dropped him in his tracks, but he wasn’t dead. He lifted his head up off the ground. I had to take another shot, and soon after that he took his last breath,” said Martin.
Once Martin began looking over the deer, he realized it had three bullet holes in it instead of just his two. Upon cleaning the deer, it was evident that the third hole was from the muzzleloader Martin’s dad had shot the deer with weeks earlier.
“This deer was truly a fighter and proved himself against the odds,” said Martin.
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