December 12, 2016 at 10:43pm
Hunting on a free range deer lease south of Sonora, Texas, Hunter McDonald, had his sites on a big body, high and wide 9 point. The afternoon before, Hunter had killed a 122 inch BC 11 point at a stand called the Sanctuary. He decided to make a return hunt the next morning. At 7:15am, a huge 9point stepped out into a shooting lane to munch on some corn. 'This would be a nice buck to fill his last tag.' Hunter recalls. After he squeezed off a round from his 7mm Mag, the deer ran off. While waiting for the hunt to finish, he shot a doe at 150 yards. When he turned around, he had a 13 point in the shooting lane eating corn. He knew the 7mm Mag was on and had to pass on this huge 13 point. When his dad and uncle arrived to pick him up, they went to check on the 9 point. There no signs of hair or blood from the deer. He had hit a small mesquite limb and it deflected the bullet. Ethicality, Hunter had done the right thing. If he had shot the 13 point, he would have been over his buck tag limit. He had taken only a doe and still had his buck tag. In the afternoon, Hunter went back to the Sanctuary Stand. To his amazement, the 13 point showed again in the same shooting lane. Hunter squeezed off a round from his 7mag and the 139 grain Hornady SST found its mark. Dropping the 13 point in his tracks. While waiting for sundown, an 8 point started locking horns and fighting with the dead 13 point. The 13 point scored 144 BC.