photo of a deer killed by Terry Phillipsphoto of a deer killed by Terry Phillipsphoto of a deer killed by Terry Phillips

Hunter: Terry Phillips

Points: 9 (4L, 5R)

County: Dooly

Season: 2021-2022

Hunt Story

This story began two years ago when this buck was a 3.5-year-old. We got numerous pictures of him in velvet that year and a couple of us let him walk during bow season because we believed he would score just under our club minimum of 130 inches for a nine-pointer and also had more growing to do. Then he threw us a curveball and disappeared for two years, reappearing a few weeks ago on camera. Sunday morning, there was a big frost and I could see great in a fresh clearcut that I was hunting. Shortly after daylight, he walked up to within 30 yards of our feeder station scenting checking for Does. I shot him at 110 yards and he ran in my direction. He stopped 57 yards away and I shot again. An hour later, the white ground made for an easy tracking job. We are learning more and more that Georgia bucks can grow mass like those in the Midwest if they can make it to 5.5 years old or older. He has 18 inches on each side and an overall gross score of 143 6/8. In addition to the heavy mass character, he has a hole at the end of his left main beam resulting most likely from a worm that took up residence during antler growing season. I now have my own version of The Hole in the Horn Buck! 
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