Rex Blackburn’s Guilford County Giant

Guilford County

I killed this Guilford County buck on Sept. 20, 2023. This is the third season I have had this deer on camera.

I harvested him with my Hoyt RX-3.

I hunted that buck on Wednesday afternoon particularly because of a favorable wind. However, just before he came in, the wind shifted and started blowing over my back. Some of the does that were already in front of me started throwing their noses up in the air, and I could tell they were getting my wind.

I glanced over a few moments later, and saw the big buck coming in. He too was already throwing his nose up in the air, and he was very alert. Even though I was very well hidden, he caught a glance of me reaching for my bow and locked onto me. He probably stared at me for about 20 seconds. My heart was beating so hard and I thought for sure I was busted.

He turned and started walking away, which gave me an opportunity to draw back. He stopped as he was leaving at about 25 yards, quartered away heavily. I put the arrow just in front of his right hind quarter, and it buried up into his vitals. I heard him crash about four seconds after the shot.

However, because the shot was farther back on a deer than I’m used to, I didn’t feel comfortable going after him right away and so we waited until the morning. Sure enough, he was lying right where I heard the crashing.

I took the shot at 6:29 p.m. Wednesday evening. We recovered him early Thursday morning.

–Rex Blackburn; Oak Ridge, NC

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