Past Journal Story – Hunting’s A Family Affair
Excerpt from Hunting’s A Family Affair by Trisha Kusenberger…skip to full article HERE
She may have taken the big buck herself, but she doesn’t forget about all her support.
With hunting season drawing to a close, conversations were already shifting to what the next season would bring, along with discussions of who would be up to shoot. It was my turn in line, but I was already thinking of passing. Not that there wasn’t anything good out in the field, but I knew it would be hard to beat my last buck. Two years ago I took a nine-pointer with a 4-inch droptine that scored 169. After that, I knew the next time around would take something really special to get my heart rate up.
August rolled around and out went the Cuddeback field cameras. We had been following a nice buck with dark horns for several years now. This year he would be 7½ years old and would finally be considered for taking as a trophy under our management program. He was a big deer and always had our attention with its dark chocolate horns and wide frame. One evening at the ranch house, our biologist Jason turned on one of the field cameras and took us all by surprise. There he was, a brute of a deer standing and looking straight into the camera. The buck was in full velvet and looked to be 2 feet wide. My jaw immediately dropped and I said, “He’s mine.”
Continue reading Trisha’s story which was featured on the cover of our November/December issue of 2010 HERE!