Oklahoma State pupil Cort Travis is extraordinarily grateful to his landlord for permitting him to deer hunt on her land close to the faculty.
In the course of the muzzleloader season, the 20-year-old enterprise administration main from Edmond shot a large nontypical white-tailed buck lower than three miles from campus.
“I received the meat. I picked it up yesterday,” Travis mentioned Thursday. “I’m taking her a bunch of it.”
Travis, a 2019 graduate of Crossings Christian Faculty, mentioned he by no means anticipated to search out such a large deer on the 80-acre tract of land. The 22-point buck was a ten x 12 that measures 213 inches earlier than deductions. It could actually’t be formally scored till after a 60-day drying interval.
“I am ecstatic,” Travis mentioned. “I nonetheless cannot consider it.”
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An surprising discovery
Travis and his roommate each got permission by their landlord to hunt on the 80-acre tract. He went dove looking on the property in September and acquired permission to place a path digital camera on the land for the upcoming deer seasons.
Winter wheat is planted on one pasture on the land, primarily for cattle. The property has not been managed for deer looking, however deer usually journey by it, as Travis found.
“Little did I do know the quantity of deer that have been there or the caliber of deer,” he mentioned. “Inside two weeks of getting the digital camera out, I received about 12 to fifteen bucks on digital camera, and he (the large nontypical) simply confirmed up out of nowhere.
“I could not even consider we have been getting photos of a deer that dimension.”
Travis began seeing the large buck in path digital camera images each night time for 2 weeks. He by no means received a photograph within the daytime.
Then the buck disappeared from the path digital camera images for a couple of week, so Travis switched areas of the digital camera and began getting extra photos of the animal.
“By then, it was nearly muzzleloader season and I am looking nearly each single day for him,” he mentioned.
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Travis was capable of shoot the buck on Oct. 29, two days earlier than the muzzleloader season ended. He handed on many bucks together with his muzzleloader in hopes that the monster buck he noticed on the path digital camera would present up.
“I want I might say I patterned this deer and did all the best stuff and it was all due to every part I’ve accomplished, however that is not precisely the way it occurred,” he mentioned. “It simply so occurs I used to be in the best place on the proper time. Fairly fortunate.”
After taking the buck, Travis discovered a neighbor had been watching the buck and seeing it on his path cameras for 2 years. The age of the deer was estimated to be 4 ½ years previous, and the buck had a major leap in antler progress up to now 12 months.
“Apparently, the buck had placed on roughly 50 or so inches from final 12 months,” Travis mentioned. “He completely blew up.”
Travis mentioned the neighbor was OK to study that one other hunter had harvested the buck.
“He was very, very good about it,” Travis mentioned. “He simply wished somebody to shoot him that he knew. He wished to get his fingers on the deer simply to see him. I took it by his home. He was actually completely happy and excited for me.”
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Yet one more 12 months
Travis is having the buck mounted at Terry’s Taxidermy in Oklahoma Metropolis. Oklahoma’s 16-day deer gun season opened Saturday, however with an enormous buck already bagged in muzzleloader season, Travis mentioned he shall be principally duck looking the remainder of the 12 months.
A junior at OSU, Travis and his roommate have already instructed their landlord that they plan on leasing her home for an additional 12 months.
“It is in a extremely good location, proper by campus,” he mentioned. “That is arduous to search out.”
The perks aren’t unhealthy, both.
“I really feel extraordinarily fortunate and blessed,” he mentioned. “I by no means would have imagined that I’d get the possibility to even hunt a deer of that dimension, not to mention harvest one which dimension.”
Sporting Clay Traditional to lift cash for Toby Keith’s OK Children Korral
The primary annual OK Children Korral Sporting Clay Traditional shall be Dec.11 at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports activities in Guthrie.
The Toby Keith Basis opened the doorways of the OK Children Korral in 2014 to households whose kids are receiving most cancers remedy in Oklahoma Metropolis. All cash raised from the occasion at Silverleaf will go to the OK Children Korral.
It additionally shall be a memorial for the late Ronald Fulkerson, a supporter of the OK Children Korral alongside together with his sons: Scott, Shawn and Steve.
Entry charge is $600 for a four-man crew or $150 for a person spot. To register or purchase raffle ticket objects, go to www.tobykeithfoundation.org. Deadline is Dec. 3.
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