A buck killed yesterday morning in Atascosa County near Poteet just might be one of the biggest free-range bucks killed in Texas this year — and possibly the biggest free-range buck ever taken in Atascosa County.
Sixty-nine year old hunter Larry Bartek had seen the buck last year on his 300 acres, and knew neighbors around him were also hunting the big deer.
“I knew he was on my place and I hunted him almost everyday since the beginning of the season,” Bartek said. “Yesterday morning, I had six does and a yearling behind the feeder and one of the does began to get really nervous. Then she crouched down and I thought, ‘it’s either a pig or a buck.’ Well, I’ll be, here he came.”
The buck made one pass through Bartek’s shooting lane, never stopping or offering a shot.
“I thought I’d missed my opportunity,” Bartek said. “But the doe came back about five minutes later and he walked out again.”
Bartek made a perfect shot on the buck, which fell immediately.
“I hate to wound a deer,” he said. “So to shoot this buck perfectly was important. There was no ground shrinkage.”
Bartek immediately showed the buck to neighbors and was relieved everyone had nothing but kind words for him about harvesting the buck.
“They were all so good about it,” he said.
The buck has been scored by two deer contests, with a final gross Boone and Crocket score of 224 7/8 nontypical.
The buck is a mainframe 13-pointer with several kickers and two large, matched droptines.
Read more about the hunt and Bartek’s history with this buck in the next issue of Lone Star Outdoor News, out Friday, Nov. 28.
Photos by Codi Crouch and Larry Bartek.