Dylan Smith, the winner of Moultrie’s Monster Buck Contest, recently sent an update on his winning photo. After capturing a few more photos of the contest winning Twin Towers buck, Smith had the huge deer pinpointed with the help of Moultrie’s infrared game cameras. As the sun began to set on October 19th, a large 9-point that he had also seen on camera caught wind of Smith, causing him to freeze downwind from his stand. The 9-point caused the Twin Towers buck to take caution and he didn’t pass by Smith’s stand until the last few minutes of daylight. Since Smith has set a personal goal to capture every hunt on film, he passed on the chance to harvest the great buck because it was to dark to capture on video.
Unfortunately for Smith the buck was harvested on an adjacent property the opening day of rifle season. The buck had broken off the end of his main beam and part of his right G-5, which accounted for at least 15 inches. “I wish I had taken the shot on the great buck. It was too bad, but I feel fortunate that I was given the opportunity to hunt him and he was also able to pass on his great genes,” Smith says. Luckily, Smith was able to harvest another great buck on his property soon after the close encounter with Twin Towers. He caught the buck on his Game Spy I-60 tearing up his mock scrapes and providing him with some excellent hunting footage.