Steven Davis, a Winston-Salem fireman from Davidson County, killed what is likely the state’s largest buck ever taken, typical or non-typical, with archery equipment, according to North Carolina Sportsman.
Besting Brent Mabrey’s 2005 Halifax County non-typical record of 176 6/8, Davis’ buck sports a massive 5×5 mainframe with nine stickers and a spread of 23 3/4 inches with a green score of 190 7/8 inches non-typical. Davis killed the buck while hunting family land with a crossbow on Sep. 18 after watching it for four days by glassing and with trail cameras go in and out of a soybean field. The buck also beats James Thomson’s 163 1/8-inch non-typical crossbow record set in 2010.
After placing his 16-foot treestand 50 yards off the edge of the field on the first day of archery season, Davis returned to hunt it the following morning. That’s when he first saw the buck standing up from his bedding area, nearly 200 yards away. Unfortunately for him the buck was downwind and likely caught a whiff of Davis, sending him in the opposite direction.
His opportunity came, however, as Davis squeezed off a shot from his Horton crossbow at roughly 35 yards, sending the buck darting across the field. When Davis checked out the blood trail he said it “looked like it was painted on the ground.”
After going probably 150 yards, the buck fell down a hill another 30 to 40 yards before ending up in a creek. Only upon seeing it up close could Davis appreciate the size of his buck as the enormity of the rack began to set in.
It wasn’t just Davis’ biggest buck he’s ever killed, it’s likely the biggest ever archery taken buck in the state.
<h2>Tom Boyer</h2>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. <p></p> <a href="http://www.northamericanwhitetail.com/trophy-bucks/tom-boyer-buck-209-inch-kansas-brute/" target="_blank">Read the full story.</a>