Opening day of the 2011 gun season saw our buddy Lavory White climbing into his stand in Wartrace TN to try for one of the good bucks he had been seeing. His stand sits back off of a bean field along a well used trail, far enough back for concealment but close enough to have a shot into parts of the field. Little did he know he was about to have a once in a lifetime chance.
The field edge made several bends as it followed the treeline deer had a well worn trail along the inside edge of the woods. The trail ended in a point of trees that extends into the field which is their entry point to go feed. Just after sunup Lavory sat watching a nice 10 pt feeding across the field. Problem was it showed no intention of heading his way. He decided to climb down to ease to the edge of the woods for a better view, he only had a small shooting lane and the 10 wasn’t in it.
As he slipped to the edge he heard something crashing through the woods toward him. Since he had no cover he laid down just in time to see a big buck running directly at him. A bit startled he said he was reaching for his knife, forgetting the .30-06 beside him, thinking the buck was coming for him. Instead the big boy made a turn and came to a stop 20 yards away looking into the field.
The big buck walked out into the field and Lavory saw a drop tine and knew he wanted this one, the funny part is he didn’t see the rest of the rack. When the buck turned broadside he brought his gun up then realized all he could see was brown the deer was so close. He did his best to judge the spot and pulled the trigger. The gun recoiled and the big buck hit the ground. He tried for a few seconds to get up but Lavory had done his part.
Lavory walked up to take a look and check out his drop tine buck then got a good view of the rest of his rack. That is when he knew he had killed a buck he had been hearing about from others in the area. He had heard stories of a big 15 point non typical but never thought about getting a chance at him but there he was. A once in a lifetime buck especially for middle Tennessee.
Lavory is a young hunter that does it right. He passes younger bucks while picking a buck that has the type rack he wants. He has a long time left to hunt but I can’t imagine another deer from our area comparing to the Wartrace 15, congrats Lavory on a great deer.