No Ghost, But Plenty Of Spook On Halloween
A Harris County buck named Spook grosses in the 150s with impressive 12-inch tines.
Adam Grant thought it would be only fitting if he were to finally take the mysterious buck that he calls Ghost on Halloween. That unfortunately was not in the cards, but he did score on Ghost’s running buddy, Spook.
“The last two seasons I’ve been after a really big buck on my Big Rock Hunting Club in Harris County,” the country singer from Shiloh said. “Ghost is a 5×4 main-frame with a lot of stuff coming off his antlers.
“I called him Ghost because he’d only show up on camera every once in awhile. I figure he is coming off another piece of property.”
Trail-camera photos before the season revealed that Ghost had acquired at 10-point running buddy. When Ghost would show up on camera, the perfectly symmetrical 10-point would be with him. They only showed up at midnight.
Adam set out on Tuesday morning thinking that taking Ghost on Halloween would make for a great story to tell.
“The weather said it was supposed to be raining at 8 a.m., so I started not to go,” he said. “At 6 a.m., the weather report said there wouldn’t be any rain, so I decided to give it a try.
“I put some Buck Bomb Doe in Estrus scent on my boots and decided to sneak in my stand from the back. Then I thought if a buck followed that trail, he’d be coming in from behind me, and I wouldn’t be able to see him. I figured I had made a mistake, then I figured, oh well, it is what it is. I’ll just deal with it.”
Adam said he had been in his stand only about 30 minutes when he realized that he had indeed made a mistake. Behind him, he heard a deer rustling leaves about 70 yards away. He had no idea what it was.
“It was out of sight the whole time,” he said. “For a solid hour I sat there thinking about what to do. I knew whatever it was might be right behind me, and I knew it was looking for me. My face started itching, and I wouldn’t even reach up and scratch it.
“Then I heard a faint grunt, and I knew it was a buck. For 10 minutes after that, I heard nothing. I didn’t know if it had left. I was begging it too please show himself.
“Finally, he came out right under me to my right, and I could see it was Spook. I waited for him to cross the 4-wheeler trail in front of me. When he got behind a big oak tree, I could finally aim my Ruger 450 Bushmaster. When he stepped out behind the tree, I shot.”
The buck bolted and Adam eventually heard the buck crash out of sight in the woods. He got down from his stand and followed blood. The buck had crossed a small creek, run up a hill and piled up in a ravine on the other side.
“It was a waiting game that tried my patience,” Adam said. “I figure he will score about 150. He has some 12-inch tines. And I know that Ghost is still out there.”
Adam’s life has taken some strange turns. He was a law-enforcement officer for years. In 2016, he was working a traffic stop when he says a drunk driver driving 80 mph crashed into the patrol car where he was sitting. That ended his career. He then purchased the land and started what began the Big Rock Hunting Club.
Adam has continued his country music career and recently recorded a new album.
Harris County Best Bucks Of All-Time
|1||204 6/8 (NT)||Lauren Atwell||2002||Harris||Gun||View|
|2||199 6/8 (NT)||Ken Brown||1974||Harris||Gun|
|3||170 6/8||Gorman Riley||1983||Harris||Gun||View|
|4||170 2/8||Jeff Foxworthy||2018||Harris||Bow||View|
|5||168 4/8||Gary Mailhot||1983||Harris||Gun|
|6||192 1/8 (NT)||Cory Croft||2021||Harris||Gun||View|
|7||166 4/8||Charles Minton||1969||Harris||Gun|
|8||188 7/8 (NT)||Earl Williamson||1974||Harris||Gun|
|9||162 1/8||Glenn Jackson||2014||Harris||Gun||View|
|10||161 7/8||Glenn Garner||2017||Harris||Bow||View|
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