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Buck Profile: Split 12


 “YOUR ADVENTURES” w/ Scott McCabe

I first laid eyes on the Split 12 buck in July 2012, he was in a bachelor group of great looking bucks. I knew he was big when I saw how much bigger he was then the buck behind him. That buck is a dandy as well but I knew Split 12 was a true Wisconsin Monster! I got a few more night pictures of him in velvet. In September I got my first picture of him out of velvet, he is a 12 pointer with the split brow on his left side making him a twelve.  In 2012 I guess him to be either 3 or 4 years old. I never laid eyes on him until the last week of October, during archery season. I was in my stand and finally saw him coming down a trail parallel to the one I was hunting, he offered no shot. I did stop him with my grunt tube, shot or not, it was great to finally lay my own eyes on him.

IMG_3537I never saw him again during archery season and never heard of a hunter harvesting him during gun season so I was hopeful he made it. Then came January 24, 2013, it was a bitterly cold day, well below zero and that brought him out of hiding. I was glad to see he made it and couldn’t wait to look for his sheds. After an extensive searching I came up empty handed in finding his sheds.

IMG_0565I knew he would ultimately show his face this summer, it was just a matter of time. I put out my full assortment Covert Scouting Cameras months earlier than normal.  Well a few weeks ago it all finally paid off and I got my first pictures of Split 12! I’m 99.9% sure that it is him and he has the same split brow and nubs on his brow tines. I am anxious to see how big he will be this year and hopefully be givenIMAG1835 an opportunity to harvest him. I have done a lot of hinge cutting to make travel corridors and planted food plots, all to help funnel him by my stand. Can’t wait for the next card pull!!