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The Story of "Eleven or More
Once upon a time... Well, that's just how this story should start if someone would tell the story of "Eleven or More" because after learning everything that transpired over the six years of the great bucks' life the story of "Eleven or More" is really quite hard to believe. The story of this great deer turns out to be true and is told over the 24 minute online show on Midwestwhitetail.com January 9 east episode.
To have history with a wild free ranging animal over a six year period requires either a lot of luck or a lot of hard work. Most hunters start scouting in early fall, hang stands in what they believe will be good spots, then hunt those stands and hope that a nice buck will come by. After their season is over they remove their stands put them up and retire for the year and repeat the process year after year. This system of deer hunting is sometimes rewarded but most times fail and there is absolutely nothing wrong with this way or anyway someone wants to spend their free time in the outdoors. This way of hunting is not exactly what it takes to manage, hold, grow, kill, and make history with mature bucks.
To hunt a single mature buck for four years and to have over 2000 trail cam pics of the deer, or to have 3 encounters with the deer from 3 different stands, to spend countless hours in the winter and summer developing food plots, water holes, cutting TSI on over 80 acres to improve habitat, or creating bedding areas by doing clear cuts in strategic places; this is really what some think is required to really make such a story like "Eleven or More's" come true. You do that work and then have a summer where major drought caused a serious case of EHD disease (in some areas wiped out 40% of the population of whitetail deer) and still year after year the buck "Eleven or More" survived and thrived because of the hard work and sweat that you put into it.
When on an evening hunt on December 14, 2012 the 6.5 year old "Eleven or More" had pretty much seen it all up to that point. When he entered a Frigid Forage pure trophy clover field that he had walked into many times before the only difference this time was Corey Jones (AKA Diaper Sniper) was waiting with a great wind and a Thompson Center 50 cal in his hands! Tune into the January 9th online show and get the year by year details of this great story of the deer named "Eleven or More".
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