Hunter: Lee Ellis
Points: 12 (6L, 6R)
Have had five years of trail-camera history with this deer, and he had all my attention this year. I knew going in he would be difficult to figure out because he has been known for the last five years to be incredibly random with no pattern. Had 12 cameras and six stands up for this deer all on different properties. Found the area he liked the most and stuck with it. Hunted in that spot 30+ times. He had me patterned on where I was entering and exiting. Threw him a curveball by tucking in a ground blind on the opposite end of the property, so I could access from a different direction and that was what it took to trick him. Story is too long to explain but this was the smartest deer I have ever hunted. Evaded me all year with one encounter in November where he winded me. Green scored him at 193 by a P&Y scorer. Thankful is an understatement.