October 27, 2021
Breaking News Bucks 2021
While the story of “Larri” only began a few months ago, it’s been decades of work, sacrifice and choosing to surround myself with the most selfless friends I could ask for that got me here. The sacrifices and help from Cody Larrimore made this hunt possible. The footage he captured couldn’t be more impressive. His never-ending knowledge that he’s shared with me in the past few years has elevated my skills and brought out a passion I never knew I’d find within myself. Because of the impact Cody has had on my life, I decided to name this buck “Larri,” after my friend Cody Larrimore.
The events from that night are just now coming back to me as I write this Breaking News Buck piece, but one thing I will never forget was hearing those two words Cody whispered, “He’s here.”
As I looked up, Larri was turning the corner into our very limited shooting lane. There was no panic and no hesitation from inside the blind—just a solid plan. Despite it being the first time Cody or I had seen the buck in person, we were ready. We had planned. We had prepared. Now it was time to execute.
Cody said from the start, “If this deer makes a mistake, it will be the biggest mistake he’s ever made.”
So, when I clipped my release onto the D-loop of my Mathews Halon, we both knew the mistake had been made. Cameras one, two, three and four were in the red and recording; but one minute moved to two, then three, then four, and my mind started racing with anticipation. Larri stood over our Ani-Logics minerals for 17 minutes!
Eventually, though, Larri turned broadside, and I released my arrow.
“It actually happened,” said Cody, “What a giant!”
I was overwhelmed with emotions, my eyes filled with tears of appreciation as I reflected on what just happened. This was the most humbling, rewarding and meaningful opportunity I’ve ever experienced. I learned a great deal about myself; I learned just how smart these mature whitetails truly are, what true friends are willing to do for each other and how much I value the chase of whitetail deer more than I enjoy the moment of the kill.
The amount of support I’ve already received has been overwhelming. It means more than I can put into words. I am truly grateful and appreciative to have had this opportunity and the support from so many close friends and family members.
I will never hunt deer with a rifle again!