Dr. Deer's Ten Point Crossbow Strikes Again in Kansas for North American WHITETAIL
Dr. Kroll's trusty Ten Point Crossbow struck once again on December 30, 2013 at the Buck Forage Research and Demonstation Ranch near Hutchinson, Kansas. The mature 5X5 (with 3 kickers) was moving along a travel corridor from feeding to bedding area, when Doc and cameraman Rob Hughes spotted the giant slipping along a woody edge. At the 35 yards, the buck was no match for the Muzzy broadhead, running only 50 yards before piling up in a staging area. Look for this exciting hunt and others on next season's NAWT TV Serices on the Sportsmen Channel. "I am falling in love with the Ten Point," says Doc, "it is going to become a regular part of hunting gear!"
Dr. Kroll and Landowner, Tim Lindsey, show off the bruiser five year old buck they harvested on a travel corridor leading to a staging area on Tim's land near Paxton, Nebraska. Dr. Kroll was hosted by Jim Martinosky, owner of Central Nebraska Outfitters. Jim is one of the most successful outfitters in the Corn Husker State.
Dr. Deer Takes First Buck in Nebraska for WHITETAIL SLAM
Thursday, November 21, 2013 will go down as an eventful day for Dr. Kroll, as it marks the day he harvested a mature eight pointer on a private farm near Paxton, Nebraska—the last state in the Great Plains he had not harvested a buck! Doc was hunting with Tim Lindsey, who purchased his farm in 2003 from the Jorgensen family who homesteaded the property back in the 1800s. Tim has been managing the property for mature bucks, employing many of the management recommendations and principles developed by Doc. His program centers on the most important aspect of deer management: nutrition, using food plots and supplemental feed to improve recruitment and antler quality. Tim works closely with one of the best outfitters in Nebraska, Jim Martinosky, who was kind enough to invite us to film a show. For many years, Jim has operated Central Nebraska Outfitters (www.centralnebraskaoutfitters.com), and enjoys a loyal clientele who come to the area annually to hunt big game, game birds and waterfowl. “These two men embody the spirit of private conservation I have espoused for years,” says Doc, “it was an honor to be invited to hunt with these guys, especially considering the commitment to quality management they have demonstrated.”
Mrs. Deer Bags First Buck of the 2013 Season at Research Facility
Susie Kroll (a.k.a. “Mrs. Deer”) took the first buck harvested this season at our demonstration/research facility near Nacogdoches, Texas. “This was a buck we had been hunting for two years,” says Dr. Kroll, “and, believe it or not he was a management buck!” It was the fourth hunt of the early Texas season, when the buck suddenly appeared on a Buck Forage Oat plot named “Damon’s Plot” after the Kroll’s son-in-law, Damon Register. “It was last light,” notes Susie, “and I was concerned there would not be enough camera light to document the hunt. Fortunately, the buck stopped long enough for me to place a shot.” That exactly is what Susie did, placed a shot perfectly as the bruiser wheeled to run. He dropped right in his tracks from the .270 WSM bullet. The buck scored 152-3/8 B&C gross, hardly what most would call a “management” buck. But, after 30 years of management, the herd at the facility is producing world class bucks every season. We still have a few spots left, so if you wish to hunt with Dr. Deer, get with us quickly.
Susie Kroll (a.k.a. "Mrs. Deer") proudly shows off her 150 class management buck, the first of the 2013 season at our research/demonstration facility. She dropped the monster with one shot as it was wheeling around to run!
84 Feet of Antlers!
Each year, we remove the antlers from research bucks at our facility near Nacogdoches, Texas. It is an exciting time, not unlike opening a Christmas package, when we finally get and hands on this year's antlers and finally measure them. 2013 was no exception, as students got to take part in the process, as part of their training. "Getting to touch a live deer, look him in the eyes and smell him gives you an experience you never will forget," says Ben Koerth.
These are the antlers removed from only three of our bucks, each four years of age. Antler removal does not hurt the bucks, since antlers are non-living material composed of the same elements as bone. Bucks are suspended in a cradle to prevent injury and their antlers are removed with a special cutting device. When measured, the three bucks scored 307-7/8, 323-6/8 and 376-3/8 inches Boone & Crockett! That’s a total of 1,008 inches or 84 feet of antlers from only three bucks! The big guys also sported a combined 79 antler points (26.3 average). Longest beam length was 29-6/8 inches; and, greatest antler circumference was a whopping 10-2/8 inches! Hands-on experiences for our students like these make them well-qualified to become deer managers after they graduate. “Few education programs today provide such experiences,” admonishes Dr. Kroll, “and our students are among the best.” For more information on
Hunt With Dr. Deer?
For over 30 years, the Dr. Deer Team have been conducting research and testing at the Institute facility near Nacogdoches, Texas. A significant part of that work has been on nutrition, genetics and techniques to produce monster bucks. Now YOU can share in the progress made during 3 decades of work. In the past, we have controlled the deer population at the facility by inviting special guests and family to hunt. This fall, we are opening the gates of the facility to a handful of serious hunters who wish to come and hunt with Dr. Deer and Ben Koerth, and receive personal instruction in deer hunting. Below is a sampling of our bucks. Depending on when you come, we will teach you how to rattle and call bucks in for harvest, or maybe even the art of decoying. The property has been landscaped for whitetails and hunting. This is no easy hunt! Although high-fenced for research purposes, these deer are some of the most difficult to outwit. They have all the high nutrition foods they need and more than enough cover to move undetected through our forests. If you are interested, please use the “Contact Us” tab on the site. Have a great season and please send photographs of bucks you harvest this season. Watch for new material about to come on line in "Dr. Deer's Reading Room" under the "On Line Education" tab.
Damon Register (right) shows off his 180 class buck taken on the "Dr. Deer" TV program at the Research Facility near Nacogdoches, Texas. With Damon are: Cameraman, Wayne Trimble (left), Spencer Johnson and Dr. Kroll. The buck was 5.5 years old.