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Oklahoma Hunter Tags 30-Point Drought Buck (Page 2)

Big bucks don’t grow on trees. They grow amid the trees by eating natural forage and, when a hunter does things right and hits a lucky streak, by eating forage planted by man. Just ask Brad Gaddis of Oklahoma.

“I rose to my feet, bow at the ready, and waited for the shot,” said Gaddis. “I let him get as close as possible, and when he walked into one of my shooting lanes I grunted.”

The giant whitetail stopped in his tracks. Gaddis says it all happened too fast for him to become overly nervous. On autopilot, he drew, held and centered his pin behind the mighty buck’s exposed left shoulder as it quartered away slightly. With a thunk, his arrow flew.

“I knew immediately I’d hit him good,” he said. “I watched as he ran, thrashing through the timber, until he was out of sight.” It was 7:30 in the morning.

Not about to become impatient now, the adrenaline-charged bowhunter let the arrowed buck sit for an hour before starting in on the blood trail. (Loren reports it was more like 20 minutes, based on his phone calls.) At any rate, Gaddis didn’t have to go far. The hunter found the Oklahoma behemoth lying stone-dead, less than 100 yards from his stand.

As he approached the deer, Gaddis let out a victory yell.

“I hadn’t just killed the biggest buck of my life,” he said, “but probably the biggest buck I’ll ever see.”

Only after he wrapped his hands around the buck’s antlers could he appreciate just how big it was. After several attempts, he counted 29 or 30 points. The buck officially netted 2125/8 B&C inches and was estimated at 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 years old—a fact that’s pointless now that the buck will live eternally on Gaddis’ wall.

There are bigger bucks taken each year around the country, no doubt. But for Brad Gaddis, in this particular year in southwest Oklahoma, this is the best buck in the history of the world, and for that, he knows he’s extremely lucky.

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3 Responses to Oklahoma Hunter Tags 30-Point Drought Buck (Page 2)

Ken Carlton wrote:
April 29, 2014

doolittle, I don't know where your from but planting food plots is benificial to the deer herd. Not to mention that the year had been record breaking dry and the wildlife was no doubt in need of real nurishment before, during and after the rut. The buck was following a doe, not standing at a feed trough. Great job Brad you earned that buck. and left plenty more for the following years.

doolittle wrote:
April 15, 2014

well, good thing to get the buck out of the gene pool, but kind of a shame it had to be done over a baited field.

Dan Robbins wrote:
April 14, 2014

First of all...Congratulations! As a Wildlife Commissioner for Oklahoma it is satisfying to me to see that some of our rule changes like reducing the buck limit to 2 bucks has helped more of our deer achieve the age needed to grow trophy bucks. 'Hunters in the know let young bucks go'. Great job and a prime example of what type of deer Oklahoma can produce with proper deer management.