King of the Woods Title Goes to Lee Nilson
Ontario Monster Whitetails Magazine put on a province-wide contest this past fall, which ended with a hunting triathlon this May. Nilsen of Burk's Falls area walked away with the title and lots of prizes, including an Arctic Cat 700 ATV, and of course some hunting bragging rights. Unlike other triathlons, this one tested hunters’ skills, mettle and knowledge in a three-part test that included a 3D archery range, a moving target pellet gun competition and a hunter safety IQ test. Nilsen competed against 12 other hunters. The entrants in the contest were those that had bagged the best buck in each of the 12 weeks of deer hunting in Ontario.
Nilsen had used a program from a non-profit whitetail hunting organization called Quality Deer Management. Nilsen also does feed deer on his property, and has trail cameras keeping track of the deer. He doesn't take any before they are mature, so leaving them alone until they are at least 5 years old. He had been watching the trophy buck for the last 3 to 4 years. “It was cat and mouse for a long time this year,” said Nilsen. “I knew where he was coming from and I knew his destination, but they don’t get that big by being stupid. You have to wait for the right conditions … I thought I had them a few times that hunt but he was a no show. I guess he didn’t get the memo.” On the second to last day the conditions were right, and Nilson used a compound bow from 20 yards away. Nilsen then went and got his son to help field dress, that was what was most special for Nilsen, sharing the moment with his son who is now old enough to take part. “It’s a pretty cool title. For a guy like me, outside of family and work, the outdoors is everything.” From Cottage Country Now.