I wanted to share a story about a potential Kansas state record typical we encountered behind my house deer hunting.
Kansas State Record Typical Possibly
Eight months ago I went to check my trail camera behind the house and was pleasantly surprised when I popped the sd card into my computer, I immediately knew the buck I had gotten a few pictures of was a special buck.
Chance to Film
The only thing was I had already tagged out on a nice buck that I filmed myself shooting on October the 18th. For a second I thought I might just hope he would make it through to next deer season and maybe he would be bigger and I could try to match wits with him and maybe get a shot at him myself. Then I thought since my good friend was coming from Georgia to hunt with me this would be a great opportunity to try and help my friend get a shot at a stud. And to get serious about my desire to to become a serious videographer.
So I picked up the phone and told my friend and DHBB Pro-Staffer Troy to take a look at this beautiful buck that had suddenly started showing up on one of my trail cameras behind the house 300 yards from my back door. I still remember the phone conversation we had as we looked at the pictures we were both pumped to say the least, we quickly came up with the name “Horn Donkey” for the brute. At first we figured he would score around 175″ ballpark, but the more we looked at him it started to dawn on us that this buck could possibly be 190″ inches or more.
Potential State Record Typical
I did some research and found that the Kansas state record typical with a bow was 193 and some change. So from what we were guessing he would score we were looking at a potential Kansas state record typical. At first the buck was only showing up at night but as each day passed he started showing up more often and just a few days before Troy was to arrive he started showing up at different times during daylight hours. I picked up Troy at MCI airport on November the 8th and to say we were pumped would be an understatement. We had a cold front moving through and it was a very cold rainy day and there was definitely no need for sunglasses.
That evening I decided not to hunt because I didn’t want to get the camera wet and the wind was wrong to hunt the set where the big brute was showing up. So that evening I took Troy to another piece of property and he hunted alone. We knew we had to play our cards right with this big boy, one mistake could mean the game was over with a smart old buck of this caliber. We knew the wind was going to be out of the northwest the next morning and it was going to be cold and perfect for the stand where “Horn Donkey” was showing up.
The Big Day
The next morning we woke up early and had breakfast and then took scent free showers and made our way behind my house. The excitement we were feeling was indescribable. That morning we saw 2 coyotes and four bucks, two of the bucks were nice but not the one we were after. It was obvious the bucks were on the move.
Back to the House
We got out of the stand and made our way back to the house for lunch and then made our way back to the stand around 2:30pm. On the way to the stand we saw about 25 turkeys.
After we got situated in the stand I decided to do a short calling sequence. A few minutes later I looked up and holy cow it was him! I immediately knew I was starring at “Horn Donkey”, I eased around to Troy and whispered “get your bow our boy is here!”. Troy said from the look on my face he knew I meant business!
“Horn Donkey” walks to about 20-25 yards away and then stops and stares me down for what felt like forever! My legs were trembling and my hands were shaking. I hid my freshly painted face behind the camera and tried not to blow it for Troy. By this point my heart is pumping out of my chest! I have never seen or been this close to a world class buck.
I was hoping Troy could have shot him when he first walked out. He was 20 yards broadside. But Troy had hung his arrows on that side of the tree and couldn’t get a shot. All the pictures we were getting the buck was coming in from a different way. Of course he surprised us and came from the opposite direction. So my camera arm was in a bind and Troys arrows were in the way.
Finally after filming him for what seemed like forever, Troy was able to get drawn and shot. We think his arrow nicked a little branch and changed the flight of the arrow. Causing him to hit the buck back. Hitting just in front of the hind quarter. Near the gut and striking the leg bone in the hind quarter on the opposite side. We waited for a while then decided to back out and look at the footage on the television. After reviewing the footage we decided to wait until the next day to start looking. After a long sleepless night the next day around noon we started looking and we found nothing. We called the neighbors and got permission to look everywhere for what seemed like miles.
For the next few months I walked almost daily and never found him. It is just one of those deals in hunting that just wasn’t meant to be. You hunters out there know that it can and does happen. We hate it but that’s the way it goes. We can honestly say we gave it our best shot and it is what it is. It’s not every day you get a shot at a potential Kansas state record typical with a bow. So it still stings a little. Troy will be back in Kansas this November and we will be looking for redemption.
I hope you enjoy this video of the legendary “Horn Donkey”.