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December 27: John Williams

​Last year, Andrew harvested a buck during the Missouri late youth season. On that day, two different mature bucks came into the beans. Andrew took the bigger of the two bucks leaving the deer we nicknamed Bullwinkle. Bullwinkle got lucky and got a free pass, at least until this year.

​Bullwinkle is a buck we have had behind grandpa’s house for at least three years, and we could always recognize him by his limp right ear and huge frame. Going into this season, we had high hopes that Bullwinkle would be back on the beans just like the year before. This year, the area behind grandpa’s house is in a CWD containment area. He was given five red tags by the Missouri Department of Conservation, which allows anyone to harvest any deer with any method. We had been getting pretty good Reconyx pictures of Bullwinkle, but just never got the weather necessary to get him on his feet before dark.
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With the weather finally coming in on the 27th of December, we went after him with high hopes. Like the previous times hunting over this area, we had deer all over us and right after camera light was gone, we spotted Bullwinkle below us. The next day we had the first real winter storm of the year blowing in, and we knew that the deer would have to get up on their feet to get something to eat. With the snow, sleet, and rain mix flying, we made our way to the shooting house with hopes that we would see Bullwinkle again but just a little bit earlier. With the parade started, we looked into clover plus below us in the bottom, the same place that Bullwinkle had came out the night before, and there he was. Bullwinkle walked parallel with us down in the bottom and then made his way through the native grass on his way to the beans. At this point, Grandpa had a clear shot and let the Winchester model 70 .243 and Deer Season XPÂ’s rip. We could tell he was hit but he was not going down so grandpa took another shoot and it found its mark. After a couple mishaps this season and a warm fall, it was a good to finally have things come together and a great way to see the story come to a close on this old warrior.