Mark Wilkins Buck A Year In The Making
This month on the GON Cover.
Ever wonder how folks end up on the GON cover?
Mark Wilkins, of Buckhead, will tell you all it takes is a phone call. But first you have to kill a cover buck.
Mark hunted his 129 6/8-inch Pope & Young buck for more than a year before arrowing it the second afternoon of bow season last year.
Mark first took notice of the buck in 2009, when a broken left antler marred what would have been a pretty good rack. After finding the buck’s shed that spring, Mark watched on trail-camera through the summer as the buck put on an impressive new 12-point set of headgear.
When bow season arrived, Mark was ready. He had the buck patterned and knew it visited a particular food plot in the evenings.
The plan went down like clockwork. With the wind in his favor, Mark went to the soybean plot in 90-degree heat the afternoon of Sept. 12. The buck eased in about 7:30 p.m., and Mark released the arrow that would land him on this month’s cover.
If you kill a buck you think is cover-quality, don’t expect GON to just hear about it. Before you skin it out, call (800) 438-4663. There’s a chance we’ll come out, take some good photos and put you on the cover of GON.
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