Hunter: Joshua Earp
State/County: Georgia/Taylor County
Score: 187 Green score
Gear Used: Thompson/Center Arms Encore muzzleloader, T/C Shock Waves 250-grain, HAWKE optics, Mossy Oak camo, Primos can, Whitetail Fatal Obsession scent
A rainy Saturday morning yielded a real Georgia giant for one hunter earlier this month.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, Joshua Earp said he found a scrape line on a firebreak, close to the planted pines he set up the previous Monday in hopes of luring the buck that laid the scrapes.
When the rain finally let up, Earp said a small, nervous doe came out of the pines. Picking up movement behind her, Earp spotted the buck. Knowing instantly he was a shooter, Earp waited for a good shot on the big boy.
The buck finally made his way to the firebreak—a perfect shot for Earp, who lined up his T/C Encore and placed a shot right to the base of the buck’s neck, dropping him. After loading the big buck up and getting him home, where he could be scored and caped, Earp said he was at a loss for words.
“I was really speechless after the scoring. It’s truly a buck of a lifetime,” Earp said. “I’ve hunted 25 years for this, and give all thanks to God and my father for teaching me and introducing me to this sport I’m addicted to.”
Earp’s Georgia giant scored 187 inches green, weighing in at 235 pounds.
- Knowing I couldn’t even come to my knees without breaking the little concealment we had, I decided to lie on my left side, using my left elbow for as solid a rest as could be achieved within the slight incline of the old fencerow. But when I shouldered the rifle, the sight of the crosshairs oriented at a 10-4 o’clock angle was definitely a different look from the normal 12-6 position we all practice from. Even so, I didn’t figure that would matter if I aimed at the right spot and squeezed off a clean shot. I settled the crosshairs where I needed to place the bullet and steadied the rifle. Whispering “fire in the hole” while floating the crosshairs on the spot, I gently squeezed the trigger until the recoil removed the buck from my view. Read the full story.