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This season for grandpa and I had started out very, very rough. Through all the time we had hunted, we had yet to see a buck even close to the size or age of a “shooter.” We have been running the Recoynx cameras all fall and it seemed like the bucks where finally starting to show themselves in the daylight especially one particular deer we had nicknamed Curly.

Andrew was coming up for the annual Missouri youth hunt and both grandpa and I felt he would get a shot a good buck before the weekend was over with. We started out in our center field with no lucky and had decided we were going to set our south field that night. This summer we had build a brand new shooting house in this field because of the encounter we had the year before with Lucky.

We got in around two and we ready for a good night. Around three we had a two and a half and a year and a half come working through. They ate a little Biologic but it seemed to me like they were cruising. Around five fifteen, we had a few does come in behind us. About that time we had one come out in front of us to eat in the Biologic maximum and winter bulbs and sugar beets. So time when by and like that she throw her head up and there was Curly right behind a doe. He worked to the end of the field and then towards us. The doe he was following when down to a little field of deer radishes and he followed. Within about five to ten minutes he worked into the field right by a Reconyx camera we had him on earlier in the week. Some other does had came in right to the left of us and caught our wind and took of which made the rest of the deer testy. After staring for what seemed forever he broke and walked left. Andrew was on him, I was on him and he let the T/C rip. Immediately I could tell he was hit. We gave him around fifteen minutes and went to find him. After a short track job we found Curly pilled up. When we walked up on him, he surprised us all on how big he actually was. This closed a two-year story on a Missouri giant and hopefully this is signs of what is to come.
Safe Hunting and Good Luck
Zach