Hunter: Tracy Burns
Points: 12 (8L, 4R)
I've enjoyed the magazine for 25 to 30 years as a member. I was lucky in the 2010 hunting season, I was in the Truck-Buck Shoot-Out. I enjoyed that memorable weekend of the Shoot-Out. I did not win, but enjoyed meeting different hunters throughout Georgia that weekend. Now for my hunt this year. Thursday, January 6, this morning I was seated and ready to hunt in this 38 degree morning. Barometric pressure at 30.02 and rising. Perfect conditions for a last minute of the season's end for a buck to be walking with no wind blowing. Perfect for me. My last hunt of the year. I have to work Sunday 12 hour shifts. This is it for me. To my left is a 1/4-acre food plot consisting of mainly wheat, oats, and rye. Surrounding by pines. In front of me is 1 acre of pines. To my right, the road that I travel down. I can see 125 yards to my right, up the road, for a deer crossing. At 7:30 from my left appeared a gnarly buck. He walked out shaking his head as if agitated. I centered my crosshairs from scope on him at about 70 yards. He turns walking away. Shaking his head again. Stops. Walking toward me. I'm in disbelief when he stops at 20 yards, turns to his left. I then center my Remington 700 .243 behind his right shoulder and about 6 inches under his back so that it would drop him in his tracks. Which it did. Ethical shot. Buck harvested. He did not take another step. Very ethical shot. Very gnarly buck. He is so ugly, he's beautiful. Twelve scorable points. The proof is in the pictures. Thanks for GON magazine.