July 09, 2021
October 4, 2020 is a day that my son, Wyatt Throckmorton, and I will never forget! For several years, Wyatt and I have been hunting a buck that we knew was unlike any deer we had ever seen. We gave this unique buck the nickname "Bent G2".
During the 2020 season, we estimated Bent G2 to be a 6 1/2-year-old deer. After over-studying multiple trail cam photos, we estimated the buck to be well over the 200-inch mark.
On October 3, the night before our memorable hunt, Wyatt and I were hunting closer to home on a different farm. While we were hunting, our Tactacam Reveal trail camera sent us our first-ever daylight picture of Bent G2. This was our sign.
After showing Wyatt the picture, we began researching the wind direction for the next evening. I told him that if Bent G2 did the same thing tomorrow evening, we had a good chance at getting a shot at him.
By 4:45 p.m. on October 4 we were in place. With the new treestands hung and trimmed, all we had left to do was wait for the magic hour. After observing a few does and a smaller buck pass through the field, we sat vigilant, waiting for the last hour of legal shooting light.
A little after 7 p.m., as I was quietly putting something in the pack, Wyatt alerted me that there was a buck walking down the field in front of us. While I was slowly raising my binoculars to get a better look, Wyatt whispered, “I think it’s him, dad.” He was already studying the buck through the gun’s scope.
When Wyatt shot, I heard the bullet make impact with the deer, and Bent G2 whirled around and ran back down the side of the ditch where he came from. We smiled and gave each other knuckles, knowing that everything looked and sounded good.
But once we got down and began tracking, there was a lack of good blood. So we made the difficult decision to leave the property and come back at first light the next morning.
Less than 40 minutes into the search, and about 400 yards down the creek bottom, we discovered Bent G2 in his final resting spot on the creek bank. Wyatt’s smile as he posed behind Bent G2 pretty much said it all! Bent G2 has 22 scoreable points, 11 on each side. We green, gross scored the deer at 230 7/8 inches. However, we had the buck officially scored at the Iowa Deer Classic in March of 2021.
Bent G2 was officially net-scored at 211 6/8 inches. With an inside spread of 24 inches and circumference measurements totaling 44 inches, I only know one good way to describe Bent G2: he’s just massive.
Be sure to subscribe to our in-print magazine today because Wyatt's whitetail will be run as a full feature in the September issue. There you'll find more details about the father-son hunt and even more great imagery.