Turnip Crop Lures in Trophy Deer
Lade Conlee has land in Kingston Springs, Tennessee near the Williamson County line. Every fall for the past two years he noticed a very large buck. The buck would come around, however once the acorns dropped and other deer were around the buck would disappear. With his trail cam set up Conlee was able to catch a glimpse of him a couple times in late October, but it would be at night and only on the trail cam.
Conlee had helped one of his friends who had a problem with deer. The deer kept getting into Conlee's friend's garden, where he had planted turnip greens. Using this knowledge Conlee planted turnip greens. He planted a long strip of turnip greens, starting where he had seen the buck last.
Come opening day of archery season, Conlee was ready. The buck showed up and started eating the turnip greens. Conlee and his crossbow were 20 yards away, and took the buck down with a double lung shot. The buck ran about 60 yards before falling.
The buck was 5 and a half years old with a live weight of 230 lbs, and a 15 point rack. The rack’s Boone and Crockett net green score was 182 3/4 gross and 167 1/4 net. The base of the buck’s rack measured in circumference at more than five inches. The buck field-dressed at 179 pounds. “The body on him was ridiculous,” Conlee said.
This buck may end up being the largest harvested with a bow in Cheatham County. November 25th marks the end of Conlee's 60 day wait for the antler drying. Good luck. From The Tennessean.