May 2006
Happy Hunting Ground

Happy Hunting Ground


 
  Jean Tillery of Lowndesboro attributes her buck to the antler restriction on their lease, the culling of does and their summer and winter food plots.
The club that she and her husband belong to, Hawkins Creek Hunting Club in Butler County, has a strict six point or better rule. Jean had taken enough does this year as part of the club’s aggressive culling program and now she was hunting a buck. All she wanted was a deer that was six points or larger.

At 6:58 that morning, she got what she wanted. One hundred and ninety yards away, she saw the deer coming through the woods with his nose on the ground and moving fast. He was nearing a beaver dam and she got ready. As he crossed into an opening, she settled her riflescope on the moving deer, remembering to lead him slightly due to the speed at which he was moving.

Her shot rang out and she saw the deer go down in the heavy timber along side the dam. She could hear the deer thrashing as he died but could not could see his headgear nor his body.

She waited on the stand for a good long while to be sure the deer was down for good. She had concentrated so hard on making a clean kill and focusing on the exact spot to place her bullet that she couldn’t remember how big his antlers were. While she was waiting for the deer to expire, she did two things: she called her husband and she prayed that the deer had at least six points. At 8:05, she called her brother-in-law to tell him of her news.

Her son arrived and they went to recover the deer. Jean says that she has heard of ground shrink all of her life but what she experienced was just the opposite. As they drew closer to the deer it got bigger and bigger, she knew then that this was no ordinary deer. When the deer was loaded and back at camp, he stretched the scales to two hundred pounds. A green score of the rack totaled a net 150 B&C with an inside spread of nineteen inches. He was a fully mature, wild, Alabama trophy whitetail–the trophy of a lifetime.

 
Jean harvested this 10-pointer buck that scored 153-4/8 B&C points in Butler County.  
Jean and her husband, Walter, credit several things to the taking of this buck. The first and foremost is the antler restrictions on their lease, the culling of does and their summer and winter food plots. In the summer, they plant iron and clay peas, soybeans and supply the deer with a good mineral program. While the buck was not killed on a food plot, they also credit their use of Bio-Logic Greenpatch mixed with wheat and oats, all of which they buy at Quality Co-op in Greenville.
The same buck was caught on a game cam at the end of the 2005 deer season.

On March 11, the sixty-day drying period was over for the rack and it was scored at 153-4/8 points.

Jean is a true deer hunter through and through as is evidenced by a couple of remarks she made. She said that as nice as it is to have harvested this great deer, her first racked buck, although smaller, still means a lot to her; and she can’t wait until next season because there is one out there that is bigger than this one.