Hunter: Johnny Walling
Points: 8 (4L, 4R)
Letting deer age on our small 200-acre farm in north Georgia has been paying off. Along with supplemental feeding, food plots, and running trail cams year round, “The Farm” as we call it, has every type of habitat a deer hunter dreams of. No real reason for the deer to need to leave. We decided 5 years ago to really watch trail cameras and shoot nothing under 3.5 years old. Since then, we have been amazed. We quit shooting does 5 years ago also because we wanted my son to be able to see a lot of deer as he is just getting into deer hunting. The does are abundant, have no reason to roam, and that brings the bucks in. I killed this deer Friday afternoon, hunting in some pines between a cutover and power line. Had trail camera pics of him in this area 1 month ago. Saw him chasing a doe 3 weeks ago. He came into the pine/hardwoods out of the cutover looking for some left over acorns before proceeding to the field behind me. After 3 years of trail camera photos, I finally got my opportunity, and to say I was excited was an understatement. I made a 30-yard shot and he ran maybe 20 yards and was down. I’m still pumped.