Dean Partridge Buck: 176-Inch Saskatchewan Bruiser
October 13, 2014
Hunter: Dean Partridge
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Score: 176 inches gross
Even an old dog gets lucky sometimes. For Dean Partridge, host of Canadian Whitetail TV, it wasn't just luck that allowed him to tag out on opening day for the first time since he was 12 years old, going 27 years between first day harvests.
While filming for his show in Saskatchewan, Canada, Partridge was hunting a buck he nicknamed "Fenceline." Partridge had patterned Fenceline pretty well as the buck tended to rely on the safety of the route along a lengthy fence line running east to west. This was the only place Partridge was ever able to actually spot the buck and knowledge of the buck's pattern was paramount to his success.
However, the 80-plus degree temperature the day of the hunt was an unexpected surprise, especially in mid-September. But the warm weather could not dissuade Partridge from his pursuit of Fenceline. He setup on the south side of the fence line, as the buck was known to come from the timber to the northeast before heading west.
With a strong wind coming from the northeast, Partridge setup his Ozonics unit in his blind and prepped for what hoped to be a successful day. It wasn't long before the action picked up as the first few deer made their way toward Partridge. Problem was they approached from the south, directly downwind of the blind.
The Ozonics unit performed perfectly as Partridge's presence remained concealed and none of the deer were alerted, continuing along as four bucks entered the area. One of the bucks, a nice 160-class buck, stopped directly in front of Partridge before turning to look toward a nearby noise, causing Partridge to do the same.
To Partridge's surprise, Fenceline made his way toward the blind, but he was coming in from the south, not his usual route from the northeast. Fenceline traveled along the east side of the blind, through Partridge's wind and right along the fence line, oblivious to Partridge. With the buck broadside at just 16 yards, Partridge drew back and took the bruiser that gross scored 176 inches.
Opening day success is a pretty special thing, but to do it twice 27 years apart, well, that's just something else.