I took off early from work on November 2nd, so I could take my climber into an area in Moore County, North Carolina where I had seen two racked bucks the day before from my ladder stand. After picking a tree and setting up, I settled in and hoped for the best.
After several hours and with about 20 minutes of shooting light left, I'd resigned myself to a day of seeing nothing. About five minutes later I heard a deer walking in from my left behind me and turned slightly but couldn't see it.
The deer continued to walk from my back left to my right and when I looked over my right shoulder this big buck was just walking along in no big hurry about 20 yards behind me.
The first thing I saw were the white horns and I knew he was a good buck, but I didn't take the time to count points and just put him in the crosshairs of my slug gun and pulled the trigger. When I got up to him I saw he was a 5x5 with a double brow tine on one side and two small sticker points. My sons and I have hunted this property for several years and they have had cameras out all over and we have never seen this deer on any of the pictures.