Terry Drury isn’t any stranger to massive deer, and he is aware of that pressuring a large whitetail may be the kiss of demise. However the co-owner of Drury Outside felt like his finest probability to kill a Missouri big was to maintain taking swings at it, even from the identical blind. The technique paid off on October 16 when Drury killed a monster nontypical that grossed 216 inches B&C.
“We’d watched this buck since 2021, when he was 3-½ years outdated, and he simply received greater and larger,” Drury tells F&S. “Our sightings and trail-cam pics proved that he was a homebody, with a small core space. This 12 months, we had an prolonged drought in Missouri that had us 7 inches behind in regular rainfall, and that dry climate actually had deer—together with this buck—centered on a small pond within the timber. That pond was so crucial that we determined the blind we had close by was going to be the most effective spot to kill him, and with slightly luck and loads of exhausting work, we have been in a position to hold returning to that very same blind for a number of hunts.”
Certainly, when Drury lastly killed the buck, it was the sixth time he and cameraman Forrest Bonin had seen the buck from that blind. “He saved coming in simply out of vary, or proper eventually mild after we couldn’t kill him,” Drury says. “We’d keep within the blind for an hour after darkish, ensuring the buck had moved on and we didn’t bump him. On heat afternoons, we’d pack a cooler with ice, then depart the lid open and activate a transportable fan to blow the cool air round, as a result of we didn’t wish to open the window and let our scent out.” Lastly, after a handful of encounters, the buck got here out with loads of mild to spare. “We watched him make a rub for over 6 minutes, after which he walked into a gap and gave me a 21-yard shot,” says Drury.
The wait was properly value it. Drury’s buck sported a 186-inch primary body, with 30 inches of nontypical factors. “He’s actually received every little thing I dream of in an enormous whitetail,” Drury says. “He’s received a drop tine over 6 inches, kickers and stickers, and 48 inches of mass. Simply an unbelievable buck, and proof that in case you let a buck get outdated, he would possibly get really enormous.”