of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, is all smiles after putting this mega whitetail
on the ground. Him traveled to Manitoba, Canada to hunt with Barry Strong
of Drop-Tine Outfitters. This province has really produces tremendous
bucks the last few years. The antlers on this magnificent specimen gross
over 183 inches and net around that magical 170 mark. Any one wanting
to book a hunt with Barry can call 1-204-648-5083.
was building as I awaited my Canadian hunt. When fall rolls around I
get this feeling, as all whitetail hunters know, that the time has come.
The time to get into the woods in pursuit of the wily whitetail. I hadn't
been to Manitoba in eight years so I was anxious to return to say the
least. I was looking forward to hunting with my outfitter, Barry Strong.
I had numerous conversations with Barry on the phone and felt confident
about the area. We hashed out the details and got ready for the hunt.
Time seemed to drag on while my mind was filled with monster whitetails.
I couldn't wait to get up to the bush.
call to Barry about two weeks before we were scheduled to leave and
we would be set. However, while talking we both came to the shocking
discovery that somehow the dates of arrival had gotten missed up. I
was pretty upset at first and considered canceling the trip because
there would be other guys that week. Barry assured me tat everything
would be okay and to come in up anyway. Whew! With that settled, the
hunt was only weeks away.
to Manitoba, Barry met us at the place where we would be staying, he
had us over to an awesome dinner at his house. Afterwards we looked
at some impressive racks and sheds, which fueled the fire even further.
Barry wrote out our licenses and we were off to a sleepless night.
to a temperature of 25 below zero! Typical Canadian hunting weather
and I was stoked! We had come prepared and were able to sit all day
in this frigid landscape.
third day the weather started warning up, and so were the buck encounters.
On Wednesday evening, my brother Andy had a chance at a 150 -inch 5x5
and somehow shot just over its back. On Thursday evening, though, he
redeemed himself. He got a beautiful 5x4 that grossed 140 Boone and
Crockett. Meanwhile the rest of us were seeing deer, including a few
small bucks, but no shooters.
morning broke with beautiful blue skies and temperatures in the high
20's. My friend Randy had an unbelievable experience with a big buck
early in the morning. By the time Barry found Randy, he was pacing up
and down the road. We later learned that Randy had turned around in
his stand to see a buck staring straight back at him. I don't know who
was more surprised, but the buck took off and Randy made a beautiful
shot. He buck was a 9x6 that grossed 166 Boone and Crockett, and had
a really neat third beam growing off the rack. What a buck! With one
day left, I was determined to hunt until the bitter end. Up there, or
any where for matter, your luck can change in seconds.
arrived at my tree stand, three does were meandering through the area
so I waited to climb in. Around 9:30 a.m. I watched another doe pass
by. It was another bluebird day and things were warming up. At about
11:30 I noticed movement coming through the trees. Right away I detected
long tines, and it was a dandy buck indeed. I already had my right hand
on my gun when he stepped clear of the trees, and turned to give me
a head-on look at that spread. Wow! If that didn't get my blood pumping,
nothing would. We stared each other down for what seemed like an eternity.
Appearing like he was going to bolt, I took the shot. The buck reared
and took off into the bush.
I was really
excited at this point. I climbed down and went to the spot where I thought
he had been standing. While I was looking around for signs of a hit,
I noticed something horizontal in the bush about 50 yards away. You
there lay my buck!
I ran over
to my trophy and hoisted a heavy beam. My Canadian dream had become
a reality. I couldn't believe his size! I contacted the boys by radio
and told them the good news. They were on their way with the snow machine
in no time. We retrieved the buck but not before taking a lot of pictures.
I am a firm believer in taking more pictures than you need, just in
case. Especially with a buck like this one. I wish my dad could have
still been here to see this one. He would've loved it!
we did some measuring and came up with a green score of 183 6/8 gross
with a net score of 171 5/8. While penning this, we are awaiting the
official score, but he is a Booner in my book! With 26-plus inch main
beams, a 21-plus inch inside spread, 14 scoreable points, and a tallest
tine of 11 6/8, this basic 5x5 is everything anyone could ever hope
for. What an ending to an already great hunt which almost didn't happen.
Barry and Tara were wonderful hosts and I cant wait to go back.
The final Boone and Crockett score was just under 170 due to a chipped
tine on his right beam. With the tine repaired, the buck netted 170
3/8. The gross score was 183 and change.
Buck Magazine Vol. 16, No. 1, Summer 2002