Lord, we love the Internet. Without it we’d be stuck with phone calls and fax machines, and we’d have to wait months to get a look a big bucks as they hit the ground.
Thankfully, it’s 2012 and we can follow along all season as hunters around the country drop deer at an alarming rate. Already this year we’ve seen dozens of potential Boone & Crockett record book entries and a few that will challenge for their state crowns.
We’ll continue to hit the pavement in search of the stories behind these trophies, and share them in our Deer of the Day column, on Facebook and in our all-new community. All you have to do is keep hunting.
Here’s our roundup of the best bucks of 2012 so far:
- 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.