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189-inch New York 19-pointer Falls After Two Years of Cat-and-Mouse Game

Jason Johannes chased this New York giant for two seasons before he finally bagged him.

189-inch New York 19-pointer Falls After Two Years of Cat-and-Mouse Game

Jason rattled in this big non-typical, and he even got the buck to commit after the deer spotted him grabbing his bow. (Photo courtesy of Jason Johannes )

Breaking News Buck

I began hunting this deer in 2020 after I received a few velvet pictures of him in August. I was close to sealing the deal that year, but I ultimately lost the opportunity because a branch was between me and him on Halloween night. I never saw the buck again until July of 2021. 

He reappeared on my trail cameras around mid-July and never left. I received pictures nearly every other day of him on minerals or ag fields.

The Game Begins

Flash forward to Oct. 2, when I had a scrape he was hitting every morning for a week in daylight. While I hunted there on the morning of Oct. 2, he came into the scrape, but it was before legal shooting hours began. I would see him that night in a soybean field, but I never had a shot opportunity.

I hunted on and off with no luck until I had to leave for an Iowa deer hunt Oct. 25. While I was in Iowa, my New York target buck started showing up on my cell cameras in the daylight. I quickly filled my Iowa tag on a nice 10-point on Halloween, and then I drove home the next day.

189-inch New York 19-pointer Falls After Two Years of Cat-and-Mouse Game
After a missed opportunity in 2020, this non-typical disappeared until July of 2021. (Photo courtesy of Jason Johannes)

Game Over

On the evening of Nov. 3, it felt like everything could come together in my favorite hardwoods stand. Around 4:30 p.m., I did a rattling sequence and quickly had an average buck come in. At 5:15 I rattled again, and I immediately spotted my target buck while I was still rattling. He was 80 yards out and closing, and he actually spotted me hanging the antlers back up and grabbing my Mathews V3 bow.

After a 30-second staring contest, he committed to closing the distance. I stopped him at 42 yards, held tight to his shoulder and released the arrow. The hit was picture-perfect, with my Rage Extreme ten-ringing him!

After a two-hour wait, I took up the blood trail alone; and only 90 yards away I recovered him. He has 19 scoreable points and an inside spread of 18 inches. He was green-scored at 191 inches and officially scored after the mandatory 60-day drying period at 189 5/8 inches. 

This is obviously my personal best buck, but New York deer hunting is only getting better every year. So, we’ll see what the future brings!

189-inch New York 19-pointer Falls After Two Years of Cat-and-Mouse Game
Jason’s 2021 New York buck was officially scored at 189 5/8 inches. (Photo courtesy of Jason Johannes)


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