The Nebraska panhandle is perhaps getting a little extra credit score as a large mule deer vacation spot after Trent Holscher, 34, tagged this unbelievable muley buck on Nov. 16.
The rancher and seed salesman had simply a brief window after work to do a little deer stalking on his father’s 320-acre farm. The solar was beginning to set as Holscher stalked into a CRP subject and a bedded buck stood up. Holscher thought the deer was a good one, and as he received nearer its rack appeared to develop even bigger.
“The rut was underway, and the buck was with about a half-dozen does and a smaller buck,” says Holscher. “I got to about 50 yards and thought he was much better than I originally believed.”
Holscher rapidly shouldered his .25-06 Browning X-Bolt rifle and despatched a 117-grain Hornady bullet by way of the buck’s chest. The buck dropped on the spot, and Holscher walked to his trophy—which confirmed no signal of “ground shrinkage.”
Holscher’s spouse Lindsay helped load the animal onto a Polaris Ranger, then they headed off for deer meat processing. The giant 8×7 mule deer has a large and heavy rack that can be formally measured after it’s mounted by a taxidermist, says Holscher. They estimate the buck scores about 210 inches. It was not weighed however was estimated at 5 or 6 years outdated.
“It was so dry this year we didn’t see many deer all summer and early fall,” says Holscher. “The deer stayed mainly in cornfields, which are irrigated and have food. The rut got them moving, and the corn had been cut. I’d never seen that buck before.”
Holscher says his space of Nebraska has about 70 % mule deer to 30 % whitetails. Whitetails thrive greatest alongside the South Platte River bottoms, he says.
“There are other better muley bucks taken in this region, but he’s by far my best deer,” says Holscher.
Nebraska isn’t thought to be a true trophy buck state like its neighbors Colorado (for mule deer), Kansas (for whitetails), or Iowa (even greater whitetails). However Nebraska does supply unbelievable alternatives for resident and nonresident deer hunters. The state has over-the-counter deer permits (no attracts) and loads of land that’s publicly accessible.