Dec. 3, was a super cool morning for a deer hunt on the Kansas prairie. Steve Lippitt and buddy, Kyle Barton, climbed a hilltop overlooking the 320-acre personal farm he has hunted through the years. The Bartlesville, Oklahoma, insurance coverage agent knew there have been some nice bucks on the place that he might shoot at longrange along with his .308 customized-constructed Baer rifle with BAT-motion and Nightforce scope.
“It was the perfect morning because there was absolutely no wind and I wouldn’t have to calculate bullet wind drift,” says Lippitt, 50, who has 20 years of longrange capturing expertise.
Lippitt had seen an important buck on the farm just a few days prior, however couldn’t get a shot at the deer. Heck, he nearly hit the buck along with his automobile on Dec. 1. At the highest of the Kansas hilltop on Dec. 3, Lippitt and Barton popped open a conveyable capturing desk, then tucked up near a cedar tree as a backrest.
“Soon after daybreak, a few does stepped into a cut bean field, and we were watching them to see if they attracted bucks,” says Lippett. “About 8:30 a.m., we spotted a big buck and I ranged him at 870 yards. He ran through the does checking to see if any were receptive, but the buck was moving and I waited. I knew he wasn’t going to stay long, and would be off looking for more does. So I was going to take him the first chance I got.”
The buck paused his doe assault, and though he angled barely towards Lippitt, he squeezed off a shot, sending a hand-loaded 205-grain Berger bullet via the animal from 849 yards. The .308 bullet broke the buck’s shoulder and dropped it on the spot. The looking duo bought to the buck and have been shocked at how huge he was. The buck was far larger than any deer they’d ever taken.
The 5 1/2-12 months previous buck weighed 260 kilos on the hoof. It’s a predominant-body 12-pointer with unimaginable mass, and a virtually 2-inch kicker for 13 scorable factors. He inexperienced-scored as a typical buck at 203 5/8s inches gross, netting 190 4/8s inches, based on Lippitt. If that rating holds up, the deer will likely be within the top 10 for typical bucks taken in Kansas by a rifle hunter. The present file is held by Dennis Finger, who shot a 190 2/8-inch buck in 1974. Lippitt despatched images of the buck to the landowner, and he shared it with associates and neighbors. He discovered different hunters had path digicam images of the deer, and that one unfortunate bowhunter missed the buck at 20 yards earlier within the season.
While dropping a buck from such a protracted distance is exceptional, it’s nicely wanting different bucks he’s taken by way of lengthy-vary capturing. Lippitt says he downed a Nebraska 12-level buck earlier this 12 months at 950 yards, and some years in the past he killed one other Nebraska deer from 1,300 yards. But this most-latest Kansas 203-inch behemoth stands other than the others.
“I have been hunting whitetails a long time and never would have thought I’d shoot a typical buck of this caliber,” Lippitt says. “He definitely is a buck of many lifetimes, and I shot him on my wife’s birthday, so I owe her dearly for the chance to collect such an incredible animal.”