Biggest Buck of 2013?

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Late-season deer hunting could be viewed as “leftover in the refrigerator,” but savvy hunters know that some of the biggest bucks are keen survivors. That buck-of-a-lifetime could suddenly appear, even after traditional seasons have closed. This is especially true in states with a history of B&C antlers like Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas. Tom Boyer is the perfect example, with his 241-inch non-typical giant, which may be the biggest buck of 2013. Here are the details, presented by Realtree’s Bernie Barringer:

Tom Boyer, of Seagoville, Texas, made the trade of all trades.  Boyer, the founder of Boss Buck feeders and blinds, swapped some of his products for a hunt with Bob McConnell of Horseshoe Hill Outfitters in Anderson County, Kansas. It was a trade that would result in Boyer taking one of the biggest bucks of 2013.

barringer_2_0[1]Most of the hunting at this Kansas outfitter involves long hours on stand, and that’s what Tom was prepared for when he arrived for the start of the 2013 rifle season.  But things didn’t go as planned. Boyer opted to sit all day, even when other hunters were being picked up for a quick lunch. Early in the afternoon, McConnell headed back out to deliver the other hunters in camp to their locations for the afternoon hunt.

As he was driving down a gravel road, a giant buck with a doe ran across in front of him. McConnell turned around and finally located the buck bedded with the doe in some tall grass near a soybean field. All he could see of the buck was a massive, nontypical rack sticking up above the grass.

The buck’s location wasn’t too far from the blind that Boyer was still patiently waiting in. McConnell quickly headed in his direction to grab the hunter and attempt a stalk.


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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.

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