While archery season with the white-tailed deer hasn’t even happened in a week, freshman archery hunter Weston Turner has raked in two “bucks-of-a-life-time. »In less than 48 hours.
On opening Sunday, Turner harvested a 13 point whitetail deer near Acton at his grandfather Bill James’ ranch and pinned down another monster deer at Brock who could score in the 150 through the scoring system. Boone and Crockett.
Turner Hood County’s roots run deep and his grandfather’s ranch near Acton has experienced a decline in deer population over the past five years due to a nearby ‘high fence’ ranch. who prevented access.
This led to Turner’s uncle Pete James leaving the deer population alone and working to create a more welcoming environment for them.
Sadly, Turner’s uncle died of complications from COVID last year, leading his nephew to continue his legacy outdoors.
“I only started hunting two years ago, and it was a way to honor my uncle’s legacy as a hunter,” Turner said.
Although he had a successful harvest in his first year, Turner wanted something more stimulating and turned his attention to bow hunting.
“I bought my bow in May,” Turner said. “I trained twice a week and shot about 100 arrows each time. As we approached hunting season, I stepped up a bit more.”
While luck always plays a part in raising a large sum of money, Turner applied more than just practice with his bow – gathering information from friends and archery businesses and researching how to create the right kind of habitat.
Things didn’t start the way Turner planned on opening day when he and his cousin, Kyle Hamill, “ran into deer” and the deer fled in all directions.
“That’s the next four days, that’s what I told Kyle,” Turner said.
It was an unsuccessful Saturday, and after an equally unimpressive Sunday morning, the cousins snapped up for lunch. The scales weighing football and naps against an afternoon chase were tilted with news that a cold front was blowing.
Adding fuel to the fire was Turner’s entire year to keep track of a big dollar that occupied the area.
At around 6 p.m., three younger dollars came out of a draw and offered Turner a chance to complete his tag, but he avoided the temptation.
The young males aided Turner in his hunt because they allowed him to quell his “buck fever” and to practice shooting his bow.
When the young males suddenly became nervous and scattered, it was not the practice of the novice archery hunter that scared them away.
“Shooting at the young males really helped calm me down,” Turner said. “I was fine until I saw these woods come out of the woods.”
It was the male he was looking for, and he had already drawn his bow. With his arrow ready, the buck entered an ideal range for Turner at 15 yards, and he took off with a perfectly placed shot.
“I figured I wasn’t going to shoot more than 30 yards because I had trained up to that distance. I wanted to be able to take a deer without human error,” said Turner.
After waiting for the deer to calm down and the deer to completely exhale, Turner approached his harvest and found that the buck met his expectations.
“He didn’t have a ‘ground shrinkage’ and he was big as I saw him on camera,” Turner said. “Once I got my hands on his antlers, I knew he was something special.”
The male has 12 main points and a kicker tooth. Another small tooth can also qualify the buck to score as a pointer at 14.
A certified marker will measure the deer that appears to be a lock for Boone and Crockett record entry.
On top of Turner’s already excellent hunting season, there was an additional harvest at Brock when he let go of a massive 9-10 point buck that appears to be scoring in the 150s.
With the Brock region being more hunted, Turner’s second big deer added to the astonishment of his pals, who now want to go hunting with him.
“They called me and asked me to come with me or offered to take a lease with me,” Turner said.