Below, Cory Wiedel tells the story, in his own words, of how he settled the crosshairs on the buck of a hundred lifetimes. Cory’s buck falls just short of 200 typical inches, with G2s exceeding 15″, Cory’s grandchildren’s grandchildren may never kill one bigger. If you ask Cory Wiedel, the good old days are right now!
Very LUCKY way to start off the 2010 season!
This Kansas Muzzleloader buck was shot on the second day of the early muzzleloader season, September 21st.
Here’s the story:
On the first night of the hunt, there were two 140 class bucks about 500 yards away from my stand that were looking at an inside corner on my property that was out of sight from my stand. Just the way these bucks postured and acted intimidated, I knew there was something big coming out of that corner.
The challenge was that I needed a NE wind to hunt that inside corner and they were calling for S winds for the next few days. Plus I didn’t have a stand over there.
At noon the next day I decided to check the weather even though I thought it would be out of the S. I couldn’t believe it, a front was moving in and from 5pm to 9 pm the wind was going to blow out of the NE.
Well, I didn’t have a stand over there so I decided to take a 5 gallon bucket and sit on it on the ground next to some thick hedge trees. The hedge trees covered me up very well, I had deer as close as 3 yards away.
At 5:00 a coyote was headed for the inside corner, he stopped and was looking over in my direction. No deer were on the field so I stood up and whistled at him to get him from going where the deer were going to be coming out at. He saw me and headed back where he came from.
Deer started to pour into the soybean field about 5:30. The farmer got these beans in late and they were still green. At 7:15, there were about 25 deer in the field. The two 140 class bucks were on the field and they eventually looked to the inside corner and sure as heck, here he came. I could see this bucks rack clear as day at 450 yards. I knew he was a shooter and I’ve learned that once my mind says it’s a shooter I don’t focus on the rack anymore, I focus on getting him harvested.
He started heading my way and slowly got within 200 yards. He was starting to head away from me at this point so I took the 200 yard shot. He immediately hit the ground, but then got back up and slowly walked a couple hundred yards to the inside corner and vanished.
I decided to give him some time and we came back at midnight. I would have left him all night but there are a ton of coyotes in this area and I didn’t want them bumping him.
As we approached my deer, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I knew he was big, but not this big. I haven’t officially scored him, but he’s got 15+ inch G2′s, over 12+inch G3′s and his main beams are 29 inches long.
I didn’t have any trail cam pics of this buck this year, but I did see him during last year’s rifle season and I guessed him at 160 inches. I think he will score in the 195 inch range.
Again, I am very lucky/fortunate to have harvested this animal!
Good Luck to everyone this up and coming season!
Cory J. Wiedel