Unique 191-inch 'Velvet Buck' Killed in Tennessee

Logan Hanks killed a unique cryptorchid buck, also known as a velvet or cactus buck, in northwest Tennessee with a giant 13-point rack that scored 191 inches.

Unique 191-inch 'Velvet Buck' Killed in Tennessee

Logan Hanks of Tennessee with his 191-inch "velvet buck." (Photo: Logan Hanks via Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)

Tennessee hunter Logan Hanks had seen the giant buck for years on game camera photos. He even had a chance at it in 2015 but Lady Luck didn't smile.

However, second chances often are what dreams are made of.

Hanks put the big buck, which had velvet-covered antlers that scored 191 inches, in his crosshairs in early January 2020. This time, Lady Luck smiled.

Here's the info from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency about his hunt and the buck:

On January 2, 2020, Logan Hanks harvested a once in a lifetime deer. The Cryptorchid deer near Covington, Tennessee, was familiar to locals and known to hang out behind Walmart. Many people were watching this deer. He was a "freak" and everyone wanted the opportunity to hunt him. Hanks was lucky enough to own and farm approximately 200 acres beside the buck's favorite hangout. Hanks has been watching/hunting this buck for three years and has pictures of him from all three years with his unusual velvet antlers.

Hanks hunted the buck last year and got the opportunity to harvest him during the rifle season. However, Hanks said his "bad luck" got him. Just as Hanks was pulling the trigger, the deer moved, and he missed him at 160 yards. Hanks was beginning to think he was cursed on killing a big deer because he missed this deer and another monster in 2015.

This year, as deer season approached Hanks was anticipating camera pics of the big buck. The buck showed up on camera, and Hanks was getting regular pictures. However, in August, the deer disappeared, and Logan went months without any photos of the big buck. Logan gave up, took down the camera, and hunted another farm. A couple of months later Logan put the camera back on the one tree he would get pictures of the deer. Logan laughed and said, "that is the only spot on the farm I would ever get a picture of him."

The deer showed, but Logan got one picture of the deer at 11:30 p.m. Logan kept the camera out, and occasionally the buck would appear at 11:30 p.m. Then unexpectedly two weeks ago, the big buck changed his pattern and started appearing just after dark. Every day Hanks was getting a picture of him coming out earlier and earlier and now showing up during legal hunting hours just before dark.

Hanks told his wife, "I've got to hunt this deer every day to the end of the season," and he did. He never saw the buck until January 2. Hanks was hunting in the pouring rain, and dark was quickly approaching. At 5:03, a doe appeared in the wrong direction. Hanks thought to himself, "well guess he's not coming" because the buck would only appear coming from one direction, and it was not where the doe was standing. Hanks looked back and two more does appeared, then the big buck appeared over the hill. Hanks said his heart started to pound, and his rifle was hanging behind him on the wrong side.

As Hanks reached for his rifle the first doe spotted him. She stomped, blew, and took off. All the deer scattered. The buck ran back to the top of the hill, stood perfectly broadsided, and looked back toward Hanks at 100 yards. Hanks took an off-handed, no rest, shot at 5:06 p.m. The buck dropped immediately in his tracks but fell on the backside of the hill out of Hanks's sight.

Hanks stood up and looked through the scope to see if he could locate the buck on the ground. He barely made out the tips of his antlers. Of course, Hanks covered 100 yards in near-record time to get to the buck. He immediately took a pic to send to his wife but couldn't wait for it to be delivered. So, he called her and said, "I got him" then he took his selfie with the deer.

Hanks’s deer has 13 scorable points, rough scores (no deductions) 191 B&C, and was 6.5 years old.

Source - Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Facebook


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