Tim Johnson of Elmore City couldn’t believe the buck that showed up on his Garvin County trail camera during the middle of muzzleloader season.
“I almost fell out of my chair when I was looking on the computer,” Johnson said.
Johnson hunted the huge 26-point nontypical for 24 days out of a box blind — five during the muzzleloader season and 19 more days with a crossbow before the deer gun season opened.
“I was trying every day. I saw him about 10 times live, but I never did get him,” Johnson said. “He was just never close enough for me to take him.”
The buck also appeared on the trail camera of Johnson’s neighbors and they were hunting him as well. But Johnson was able to shoot the buck on the opening morning of gun season.
“The last time I had seen him was the Monday before with a doe,” Johnson. “I was afraid he had left that country with the doe during the rut. But he just showed back up on opening morning.”
The buck green scores in the 190s. If that score holds, it would be one of the five biggest bucks ever taken in Garvin County, based on Cy Curtis scores, he said.
The buck weighed 200 pounds before being field dressed and was aged at 5 1/2 years old.
Johnson, 50, has been hunting deer for 30 years on his family’s land in Garvin County. He has never came close to harvesting a 190-inch buck before.
“It was the buck of a lifetime,” he said. “This thing has drop tines everywhere. I don’t have a clue where he came from. I’ve seen a couple of really good bucks around here, but I’ve not seen anything that looked like him.”