At first, it regarded like a stick. Then, Louie Mozurak realized there weren’t any massive timber straight overhead. That’s when he acquired excited and took out his cellphone.
“That’s a freakin’ whopper!”
He walked nearer and realized that what he had first thought was a stick, was the truth is the most important four-point whitetail shed Mozurak had ever seen. That was in April 2021. Mozurak, a Pennsylvania resident, was shed searching an Ohio beanfield the place he had permission to hunt that fall.
“I do know there’s large deer in Ohio. However to get my arms on one thing that massive was fairly superior,” Mozurak says. “There’s undoubtedly no lacking that antler.”
It could be one other yr and a half earlier than Mozurak would get a shot on the buck that dropped the shed. Within the meantime, one of many 4 factors receded a bit, making the deer a near-perfect 3-by-3. When the 2022 season rolled round, Mozurak’s fortunate area was planted in corn. This meant there was sufficient cowl and thick development to funnel massive bucks, a profit the sector had not yielded the yr prior when planted with low-creeping beans.
“It’s a very exhausting farm to hunt. There’s no pinch factors, you’re simply in thick, thick woods,” Mozurak says. “I didn’t see him [the season prior], I feel he was wintering someplace else. However I instantly acquired path cam photos proving he was nonetheless alive within the spring. I went on the market in the summertime, set out some extra path cameras, attempting to get a very good sample on this deer.”
Mozurak discovered that the buck moved calmly by means of trails within the corn. He determined to hunt as early within the season as attainable, hoping to catch the buck nonetheless sticking to its summer time sample. After just a few days, he determined to maneuver nearer to the place the buck would usually come from. The thick forest made for a difficult method, particularly because the strip of woods subsequent to the corn area was so slender. However Mozurak hoisted himself and his saddle into an immature tree.
One additional complicating issue was the shot angle. The best way Mozurak was oriented, the buck would in all probability stroll straight at him. Mozurak had no real interest in taking a head-on shot and knew he’d have to attend till the buck walked previous him to get a good broadside angle. He determined the sit can be extra for observational functions and he’d come again the following morning with higher data on the buck’s routine.
However as quickly as that call handed by means of Mozurak’s thoughts, the buck materialized.
“He did precisely what I believed he was going to do, strolling proper towards me,” Mozurak says. “To today I nonetheless don’t know precisely the place he got here from. However he ended up turning his full physique and smelling the place I got here in from. He turned sufficient that I may shoot him.”
Mozurak let an arrow fly, hitting an ideal pass-through shot. The buck ran about 50 yards towards a highway and went down.
“It was tremendous fast,” Mozurak says. “From the time I shot him to the time he dropped was in all probability about 10 seconds and he by no means moved after that.”
Mozurak doesn’t often battle to pull bucks out of the woods, however this one introduced a problem. He estimates the buck weighed about 260 kilos on the hoof.
“He was an previous deer, plenty of scars on him,” he says. “Scars on his neck, scars on his ears, he had a pair wounds on his again, possibly barbed wire. However I simply really feel actually fortunate to have the ability to harvest a deer like that.”
The three-by-3 rack measured 140 inches on the dot with 26-inch important beams and 14-inch G2s. Mozurak is uncertain why the buck didn’t develop extra tines, because it undoubtedly had the room on the principle beams to take action. However as Mozurak factors out, a six-pointer of this measurement is awfully uncommon. The one receded tine stands at simply lower than an inch lengthy, so Mozurak isn’t certain if the buck will really measure as a 3-by-3.
“It’s actually near an inch,” he says. “It’s a very swirly level, so I don’t know if it’s actually going to be a real 3-by-3, however you’ll be able to’t even see it in photos as a result of it form of comes out on the finish.”
Mozurak says the trick with previous, cautious bucks like this one is to maintain your distance and depart them room to really feel comfy till you make your transfer.
“Generally it’s good to take a seat again and observe earlier than getting in there and busting all of the deer out,” he says. “The day you go in there may be the day it’s important to kill them. They know you’re there and so they know to remain away.”