Rain and wind were howling when Josh Carter, 29, checked his cell phone’s surveillance camera remotely on Halloween morning to see if any deer had approached his tree. It was 5:30 in the morning and Carter was a little skeptical about going archery in such bad weather … until he looked at two distant photos of massive silver that he didn’t. had never seen. He gathered some gear and headed for the woods, climbing a stationary tree around 8 a.m. The stand was a productive place on an oak crest platter. Carter hadn’t chased him this season, but his stepfather, Brad Butcher, scored 10 points there in 2020.
Carter was looking for a small 50-acre lease in Logan County (an archery county) near the Kentucky state border. The rain subsided by mid-morning, but the wind was still blowing strong.
“The strong wind might have helped me because I was near a ridge and deer were scurrying up the side of the hill 25 feet below me,” says Carter, who owns a trucking company. .
The rut was on and dollars were wandering, but Carter only saw a small one around 9am.
“I didn’t move, and eventually he turned away and started slowly feeding on acorns,” says Carter. “Incredibly, he was downwind of me, but way below my position, so he didn’t coach me. “
At 15 yards, the buck passed behind a tree, shielding Carter from the deer so he could draw his 65-pound Hoyt bow. When the male came out, he turned away and Carter sent a Rage Hypodermic broadhead behind his shoulder. Carter knew the arrow was good, and the male fled, falling about 80 yards from his stand. The stag is one of about 15 that Carter caught with a bow.
He called his stepfather, who arrived an hour later and helped retrieve the buck, dress him on the ground, and drag him down and out of the woods.
The 18-point male is estimated to be 6.5 to 7.5 years old, with an estimated live weight of 220 pounds. He scored a 214 6/8 inch raw green, for a 200 2/8 net.
Carter’s buck is a far cry from the atypical state record, a 212-1 / 8-inch deer captured in 1986 by bow hunter Jerry Hill.