Black Gold Sights - Pure Gold
The chase for Mr. Mass
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
duckhunterbrad 14-Oct-19
duckhunterbrad 14-Oct-19
RMhunter 14-Oct-19
Boone 14-Oct-19
Bou'bound 14-Oct-19
spike78 14-Oct-19
EmbryOklahoma 14-Oct-19
Copperhead 14-Oct-19
PAbowhunter1064 14-Oct-19
Charlie Rehor 14-Oct-19
Busta'Ribs 14-Oct-19
JTV 14-Oct-19
Shug 14-Oct-19
iceman 14-Oct-19
Overland 14-Oct-19
The last savage 14-Oct-19
Brian M. 14-Oct-19
wooddamon1 14-Oct-19
Bowboy 14-Oct-19
South Farm 14-Oct-19
t-roy 14-Oct-19
duckhunterbrad 14-Oct-19
duckhunterbrad 14-Oct-19
duckhunterbrad 14-Oct-19
otcWill 14-Oct-19
wildwilderness 14-Oct-19
nehunter 14-Oct-19
Genesis 14-Oct-19
drycreek 14-Oct-19
Grunter 14-Oct-19
DuckhunterBrad 15-Oct-19
bentshaft 15-Oct-19
Duke 15-Oct-19
BigOk 16-Oct-19
Paul@thefort 16-Oct-19
Brian B 16-Oct-19
Southern draw 17-Oct-19
WV Mountaineer 17-Oct-19
duckhunterbrad 24-Oct-19
Predeter 25-Oct-19
14-Oct-19

duckhunterbrad's embedded Photo
2018 trail cam photo
duckhunterbrad's embedded Photo
2018 trail cam photo
I hope everyone enjoys the story, it won't be as good as most but hopefully it's enjoyable.

The story begins 4 years ago while I was hunting in our river bottom, I noticed a younger buck that had broke off every tine on his main beams but still wanted to fight every buck he could find. I had numerous trail cam photos of this deer from 2015 to 2019 and every year he would add mass to his main beams and his tines would grow but not by much. Last year was the first year we decided that we were going to target Mr. Mass(I rarely name deer but thought he deserved it) and he evaded our attempts but pure fate. I put a good friend of mine in a treestand that makes a great pinch point on November 7th. He sat most of the day with moderate deer movement and decided it was time for lunch, just as he was face first in a PBJ sandwich low and behold Mr. Mass cruises by with him unable to get his bow and a shot off in time. In the mean time I had shot another buck on a different farm so my chase for Mr. Mass was over but I still had my dad with a rifle tag. As December rolls around Mr. Mass is hitting a bean plot everyday and most of those days he is there with plenty of day light. I convinced my dad to make sure his rifle was on and I would let him know when the conditions were right to get to the stand. a few days later we had the wind we needed and we were off to the stand in my little boat(perfect way to access stands in the river bottom). 30 minutes before dark out he steps in all his glory but he's 325 yards away, he never came closer than 275 and my dad has a self imposed limit of 200 yards. Darkness finally set in and that was the last hunt of the year for Mr. Mass.

14-Oct-19

duckhunterbrad's embedded Photo
duckhunterbrad's embedded Photo
As we rolled into 2019 I made numerous attempts to find his sheds and after 4 days of searching I nearly drove over them while I was on my way to another area to search. The smallest mass measurement was 6 1/8th!! Without question this was the deer I was going to be after this fall. May 2019 brought historic rains and completely flooded our river bottom with 15ft of water for 2 weeks, we had this happen in 2007 and it took almost 2 years for the deer to really get back in there. I had low hopes of him showing back up for the remainder of the season but low and behold mid July he showed up on a mineral site for 2 days. We went almost 2 full months before getting another picture of him. Late September we were on our way back from an Alaskan moose hunt when I checked my Spartan cameras and noticed he made another 2 day cameo appearance and then he disappeared again.

Mr. Mass had become a ghost in his old age(6) and was rather difficult to pattern but based on previous years information he would always make our area his home for 0ct-March. I had planted multiple food plots and hinge cut a few areas for bedding to help isolate where we could have possible encounters. Early October I was running numerous cell and reconyx cameras trying to track him down and he made another appearance on 8th and remained consistent everyday after that.

I have always been a fan of the red moon and when it coincides with a cold front even better!!! Last Thursday evening the front came in to late in the day to make it to the stand in any reasonable time. I thought Friday could be the day but was unable to hunt due to work commitments, but I had the afternoon off. Thankfully the river was up and I could get across a large gravel bar to access my stand instead of walking a half mile across a bean field. I have always been a fan of boating into my stands when possible, you don't bust deer going in or out and you don't over heat getting to your stand. I had decided earlier in the day that I would take a climber and get as close to his bedding as I thought possible without spooking him. By 2pm I was settled into the stand and waiting patiently for what I though would be a last 15min of light hunt. At 6pm I had a small nine point wonder by but thought I could hear more rustling in the leaves from the same direction that he came, but with so many leaves on the trees I could see very far. I pulled my stocking cap up and over my ears that my hearing wouldn't be impaired. I continued to hear the rustling and finally saw legs appear and then I saw that it was Mr. Mass making his way along the levy to his feeding area. He was on Course to come by at 24 yards, and it seemed like it took forever for him to get to my shooting lane but I'm certain it was only a minute or 2. He hit my shooting lane and paused briefly at 23 yards , I let the arrow fly and he took a step towards me that made it a hard 1/4 to shot. I missed the should blade by 3in and the arrow went towards his last rib. When he spun from the shot he snapped about 9in arrow off and the remainder stayed inside of him, he didn't make it far roughly 75 yards and I watched him crash down!!! The hunt for Mr. Mass was over!

I thoroughly enjoy chasing mature whitetails and the back and forth of him ghosting and and then reappearing only made the success that much sweeter. Thankfully he has passed on his noticeable genetics to several other smaller bucks in the area and I'm looking forward to the next couple years chasing his offspring.

Green score 193 4/8ths

From: RMhunter
14-Oct-19
Great story, and really great deer. Huge congrats to you

From: Boone
14-Oct-19
Awesome old buck and a great story, Congrats!

From: Bou'bound
14-Oct-19
Yes thank you for sharing. Wow!!!!

From: spike78
14-Oct-19
Congrats very unique on the back of his rack!

14-Oct-19
Beautiful buck, Brad! Congratulations!

From: Copperhead
14-Oct-19
Good Story and a really nice buck. Sometimes hunting is bittersweet, but I think that's part of the attraction/addiction.

14-Oct-19
Congrats!

14-Oct-19
Great story, and what a BEAST! Congratulations!

14-Oct-19
Congrats! Good for you! What was the total of the 8 mass measurements? Anything over 40” is giant!

From: Busta'Ribs
14-Oct-19
Think you need to change your bowsite handle there buddy... awesome buck!

From: JTV
14-Oct-19
Not bad for a 'duckhunter' .. congrats ......

From: Shug
14-Oct-19
Congratulations... curious.. how much did he grow from last year?

From: iceman
14-Oct-19
Congrats! bad@ss deer!

From: Overland
14-Oct-19
Nicely done! I'd be curious to see a pic with his rack from this year and his sheds from last year.

14-Oct-19
Great job and I agree 100% on.. by boat access....works really well.Congratulations

From: Brian M.
14-Oct-19
Wow, what a stud. Congrats.

From: wooddamon1
14-Oct-19
Wowzer, congrats!

From: Bowboy
14-Oct-19
Wow what a beast! Congrats!

From: South Farm
14-Oct-19
He's a brute!

From: t-roy
14-Oct-19
Great buck, Brad! Congrats. Nothing beats putting your target buck on the ground!

I’m with others above. ^^ How bout another pic or two of Mr. Mass?

14-Oct-19

duckhunterbrad's embedded Photo
2016
duckhunterbrad's embedded Photo
2016
total mass was 47 6/8ths

All the work that goes into hunting mature deer makes the harvest bittersweet but its the end result for what we worked so hard for.

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duckhunterbrad's embedded Photo
2017
duckhunterbrad's embedded Photo
2017

14-Oct-19

duckhunterbrad's embedded Photo
2018
duckhunterbrad's embedded Photo
2018

From: otcWill
14-Oct-19
Dream buck!

14-Oct-19
More kill pics! Very impressive buck

From: nehunter
14-Oct-19
Congratulations!! His body is Massive too!

From: Genesis
14-Oct-19
Great example of night photos playing trxie

From: drycreek
14-Oct-19
That’s a gnarly old buck ! Congrats on your success...

From: Grunter
14-Oct-19
Wow dandy buck congrats! Enjoyed the story thanks!

15-Oct-19
Full weight was 278. I will try and get a picture of last years sheds and this years rack.

I appreciate all the thank you’s. I’m glad I was finally able to contribute to bowsite! I thoroughly enjoy reading everyone else’s hunt recaps.

From: bentshaft
15-Oct-19
Great buck and story.

From: Duke
15-Oct-19
Great buck with lots of character and a great story to boot. Congrats.

Now you can get after those green heads, Brad!

From: BigOk
16-Oct-19
Congrats

From: Paul@thefort
16-Oct-19
I would not have expected anything less from a fellow duck hunter. Nicely done all around. my best, Paul

From: Brian B
16-Oct-19
Wow, Beautiful deer!

17-Oct-19
Congrats ! Dandy

17-Oct-19
Congrats man!

24-Oct-19
Thanks for all congrats. I hope everyones season is going well and you're prepared for the greatest time of year THE WHITETAIL RUT!

From: Predeter
25-Oct-19
Great deet and story man!

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