Tuesday, October 30, 2018 / by Jordan Gates
It’s officially hunting season for Kentucky and Indiana…. Well hunting season officially started several weeks ago but with temperatures in the 90’s and me not wanting to sweat to death high up in a tree it has officially started now that the temperatures are low. Deer are beginning to move more, one deer in particular at my grandparents' farm that I have been chasing after for several years now. We named this buck “High and Tight” for his unmistakable tall and close together antlers. You can spot him from several hundred yards away. His ivory white antlers reach up into the sky higher than any other buck on our farm and most of the time it is just a tease from way too far away, when only binoculars can really get a clear picture of him. I had my first up close encounter with High N Tight last year during muzzleloader season….
I had just gotten all of my camouflage on and was headed out the door with my bow when my grandpa asked me for the third time if I was sure I didn’t want to take the muzzleloader with me just incase. I stubbornly told him “no” and that I was determined to harvest a buck with my bow. Of course Murphy’s Law would prove to bite me again and High N Tight walked out of the tree line right into my shooting lane…. At 90 yards.. Well outside of bow range but well within muzzleloader range. But guess who chose not to bring the muzzleloader with him? This guy. I was kicking myself the rest of the season not having another encounter with what would have been the biggest buck of my life. All of the offseason this year all I could do was hope and pray that he had survived through the winter and maintained his home on our property through the spring and summer.
TO MY PLEASANT SURPRISE my number 1 hit list buck for 2018 High N Tight is still on the property and showed up on some of our farm’s trail cameras this past week. I am ecstatic to say the least. To make it even sweeter, I got a good look at him a few weeks ago. He was all the way across the soy bean field from me but it was awesome to see his large rack again just grazing the property. That in itself was super satisfying! I can’t wait for an even closer encounter this fall and hopefully having him mounted on my wall by next fall!