Turnip Crop Lures in Trophy Deer

Send by email Printer-friendly version Share this

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.


hunter25's picture

Now that is a great buck and

Now that is a great buck and a great story. It's all about  learning your area and what the deer are feeding on and taking advantage of it. Now the baiting issue could be interesting as Isuppose he could argue either way, but he did in fact say he planted it just for the deer to be hunted over. It gets confusing in things like this as I know of tickets given in some states for similar. It's not a crop as he never intended to harvest it but yet it's not much different than the food plots that get planted and used almost everywhere. I guess it would just depend on your state and the definition of the law. If it's a field it's okay but just a row or two it's baiting and it's not? Very confusing issue.

Congratulations anyway on a great buck no matter any thing else.

Retired2hunt's picture

  GREAT looking dear - 15


GREAT looking dear - 15 points WOW!!!  Congrats to Lade on his harvest and his ingenuity!

Looking at the Tennessee regulations the crossbow is legal to use throughout the archery, muzzleloader, and the gun seasons within the state.  Pretty darn nice season as well - September 24th through January 1st excluding October 29th and 30th - I guess you have two days to rest!??!

Also looked up the state's baiting regulation.  It states, "No person shall make use of bait to take wildlife unless the bait has been removed at least 10 days prior to hunting."  I guess the growing of turnip greens must not fall into this baiting definition. 

Personally I prefer growing a crop or grasses/clover as a means to develop a feed plot rather than going down to the local feed store and buying a 50 pound bag of corn is throwing it all over the ground.

A great animal taken by some great thinking!




Ca_Vermonster's picture

Wow, what a buck!  Congrats

Wow, what a buck!  Congrats to the lucky hunter!  Very smart of him to use that information about his neighbor's garden, and to think to plant some turnips.  I have actually heard of guys that plant beat and turnips both.  The deer cannot seem to resist the leaves.  I have also heard that when the harvest time comes, guys will just plow up the turnips, and leave them exposed on the top of the ground, for easy access during the winter months.

Not every day you get an opportunity at a 170ish class whitetail.  Very nice!

COMeatHunter's picture

Nice trophy.  It's fun to

Nice trophy.  It's fun to read about other's successes in hunting too.  Who would have thought turnip greens would bring in a big buck.  Personally, I don't really care for turnips but I suppose I could find some space in my garden if it seemed to lure that kind of buck into my backyard!

One thing that seemed curious to me in this article.  Is a crossbow considered a "bow" in terms of records in Tennessee?  The article said it was the first day of archery season, so it must be legal to use a scoped crossbow during archery season in Tennessee.