Finally after persistence I manage to get the boss buck where we hunt in Creston, NC. My father-in-law took a 9 pt. i missed in muzzleloader season and he thought he had gotten the buck rubbing a few nice size trees, but i told him i thought there was a bigger buck in there. Sat. before Thanksgiving, i was on my way up the side of the mountain above an orchard and heard a deer walking heavy. I had to sit down and sat down about 200+ yds. from my stand. Then he came around about 100 yds. above me from my left moving to my right, boy did my eyes open big on this one. He was kicking up leaves and marking territory as he walked. I waited on him to see what he was going to do. He walked down towards me then stopped and stood there, then started to the left again down towards the orchard, i had to pick where to make a shot between the tree's, as i didnt want to wait until he hit the road bed i was on and pick me up. I made a perfect shot, 55 yds. and he ran back up about 10 yds. and dropped, an 11pt over 200 lbs, but a Main-frame 9pt. He had 2 kickers on his brow tines that made him an 11pt. His hair on his tarsals where 5-6 in tall and just starting to stink good. They looked like paint brushes. I made my shoot sitting on my knees off hand with my 308. Biggest have taken in my hutting career and big deer for Ashe county, he ws 4yrs old+.
Bird taken in Caldwell Co. at John's river near Globe mountain/Collettsville area.
Tom and 2 hens left the field, got spooked. We had 2 toms talking by 5pm and then a hen showed and didn't like the decoy. 5 min later here comes the tom looking for a hen. He hung in there for a few minutes, but no shot yet. He started to slip away and we did some light clucks and purrs and he started back in and at 40 yards he hit the dirt! The ol' 11-87 busted another one. My father-in-law and me called him one in earlier Thursday morning. This tom was not a heavy bird 17lbs 6oz, 9 1/4 beards, 1 in spurs. 3y bird. My father-in-laws was about the same, just a pound heavier. Those mountain toms aren't easy to hunt!