Deer of the Year

147-inch buck falls in Madison County

Canton’s Elizabeth Ratcliff didn’t want to shoot the huge Madison County buck. Well, more accurately she really wanted her boyfriend Jimmy Greer to kill it.

But Greer had his shot during the 2010-11 season, and missed.

Ratcliff made her shot count on Dec. 1 when the 147-inch 11-point stepped out. […]

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Another Giles Island monster buck killed

Ricky Rogillio saw that huge buck the first time during an early season bow hunt, when he took a client to Giles Island Hunting Club. It was monstrous, with two drop tines dripping from the left main beam.

“I saw videos of it, and I knew I wanted to come back,” the Walker hunter said. “I worried it wouldn’t be there when I got back.”

He left the island last Wednesday (Nov. 30) with the 175-inch rack cooling in the back of his truck. […]

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National wildlife refuge produces wild 180-class buck

(Editor’s Note: Hunter John Thomason has been unavailable for a telephone interview because he works offshore, so this story was put together using an emailed account of the hunt.)

John Thomason’s emotions ran the gauntlet during the hours he spent planning his hunt, sitting in the stand and waiting to see if his shot was true. […]

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Clarke County trophy buck begins hunter’s retirement in style

Edward Ray Vaughan loves to hunt, but he laid off the sport for about 10 years after having to move to Tennessee for work. However, he retired in September and his son-in-law convinced him to join a Clarke County hunting lease.

Vaughan began his retirement in style Nov. 21 by killing a buck that eventually green scored at 196 inches on the Buckmasters system. […]

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10-year-old Hernando hunter kills 143-inch trophy buck

Kent Porter was just taking his two kids hunting on a buddy’s property in Tate County on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 16), and by 4:15 p.m. the Hernando hunter was being absolutely pestered to death by his 10-year-old son Cody who wanted to pop a spike standing in front of the stand in which the hunters were concealed.

The elder Porter absolutely refused to allow it, and now young Cody is probably happy because a mere 30 minutes later a monster 10-point walked out. That deer later green scored 143 inches Boone & Crockett. […]

Deer of the Year user arrows Lamar County Pope & Young trophy

With the wind howling and his 6-year old daughter wanting to go hunting the next day, all Stevie Dewease wanted to do was sit in a ladder stand and watch how the deer might react to a ground blind he’d put on the edge of the field a few days earlier.

Little did he know both of those efforts would result in a buck he’ll remember the rest of his life. […]

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Swayze Bozeman arrows 160-class buck

Cousins Swayze and Trey Bozeman of Flora share a lot in common, more than just the blood that flows through their veins. They both have fathers who love the outdoors and are extremely dedicated to their families. The dads love to hunt and fish, and at Bozeman Farms in Madison County, they share those passions with their sons.

And, oh yeah, let’s not forget another thing the two boys have in common: They have both taken bucks with drop tines. […]

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Sportsman user arrows 135-inch buck along Big Black River

Max Lovertich had been bow hunting a few hours the morning of Oct. 15 when he just couldn’t stand it any longer.

“It was 7:30 and I just asked the Lord to let me see a deer, any deer,” said the 19-year old from Byrum. “I’m not kidding. I wouldn’t have minded a buck, but at that point I was ready to see anything come through because I was getting bored. Doe, buck, something with four legs. It didn’t matter.” […]

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Madison County youth kills freakish 15-point

The descriptions of the buck taken by Will Clay, 14, on the opening day of youth season on Nov. 5 have varied.

“Pineapple rack,” his taxidermist said.

“Briar thicket,” said his dad and hunting partner Mark Clay, when he was first described the buck he’d seen in a pasture at the family’s farm in Madison County. “I swear it looked like it had a briar thicket on top of his head.” […]

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Big Claiborne County 8-point arrowed

Doug Atkins will remember Nov. 5 for more than the big LSU-Alabama football showdown. In fact, his celebration began an hour before that game even kicked off when he arrowed the biggest 8-point of his life.

“I’m that guy who’s hunted for 23 years and never pulled the trigger on a deer like that,” Atkins said. […]

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Flora farmer arrows Madison County 14-point

John White had been watching a trio of bucks during late summer on the farm on which he lives, but one of the deer stood out from the rest.

“Back in August, I was seeing him just about every other afternoon,” White said. “My wife and daughter and me would ride our four-wheeler to the field to see if he would be there, and sure enough he would show up.”

The buck was traveling with a big 10-point, an 8-point and a group of does. But the Flora hunter, along with buddy Mike Grubbs who also works the farm, were focused on the main-frame 8-pointer with stickers all over the place. […]

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Giles Island monster buck video released

The entire hunt during which Giles Island Hunting Club’s Jimmy Riley arrowed a 180-inch buck on Oct. 1 was filmed for inclusion in a national cable show, but that video won’t be available for months.

So sat down with Riley and asked him to talk about the hunt – while showing off the rack that green scored 180 6/8 inches Pope & Young. […]