Hunter Knight’s trophy buck

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Hunter Knight of West Jefferson, NC was hunting in Ashe County on Nov. 19, 2022 when he killed a huge trophy buck. Knight was hunting from a ground blind when he shot the deer at 60 yards surrounded by hardwoods. It was Knight’s first time seeing the deer in the flesh. His trail camera had snapped photos of the big buck one week earlier.

The 10-point buck sported a 23-inch spread and has been green-scored at 140 5/8 inches.

Knight was actually on his way to his intended hunting spot early that morning when he realized just how early it was. He was afraid he’d walk up on some bedded deer if he kept going, so he decided to stay put until shooting light before slipping into his spot. As daylight broke, he began walking. But 100 yards in, he heard something walking close by. Less than 60 yards away, he saw a large-racked buck running with its nose on the ground.

Knight readied for a shot, hoping the deer would stop. He let out a “meh,” but the deer ignored him. Two more “meh” sounds and the buck finally stopped and looked his way. Settling the crosshairs on the animal, Knight pulled the trigger of his Remington .308. The buck kicked up and bulldozed 20 yards before expiring.

It’s the biggest buck Knight has ever killed.



Congratulations to Knight, who is now entered in our Bag-A-Buck Contest and in the running for these monthly prizes and the Grand Prize package:

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