Just a day prior to the Iowa Whitetail Classic, a blizzard swept throughout Iowa and the midwest. Luckily, by Saturday morning, the roads were mostly clear (from the south) and we were able to make the trip to the show.
As usual, the Iowa Whitetail Classic did not have any shortage of Big Bucks! As you can see in the pictures, bucks were lined up stretching across the width of the exhibition room.
Here’s a snapshot of Casi and I with our good friends (and Whitetail Junkies), Jody & Alicia Hadachek.
Several years ago we had a buck running around with a very unusual set of head gear. We only saw him from distances but he looked like he had a huge rack with velvet hanging off of him. Ended up one of the guys we hunt with shot him during rifle season and we discovered why he looked the way he did. He was a big typical 8 that had gotten tangled up in big mess of red baling twine and had several sticks tangled in with it. It was quite a sight to see
It's amazing what these bucks can get messed up with.
Several years ago, my dad was hiking through the bottoms where we used to hunt (before it was logged out), and made an unusual discovery.
He found a dead and half-eaten (by coyotes) 23-point non-typical that had gotten tangled up in a small brush pile and couldn't get free. Needless to say, my dad saved the antlers and had them mounted on a plaque.
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...