Blacktail Obsession

By Chris Stone

Chris Stone
California, 2008, DIY, Private Land

Throughout the last ten years, I have dedicated myself to being more of a hardcore archery hunter whose rifle has collected a lot of dust. I love archery hunting and all the challenges it presents me in the field and on the range. Along with my obsession for archery hunting, my obsession for hunting trophy blacktails has grown to a level of near psychotic craziness.

During the last two years, I have harvested some great trophy blacktails. In 2007, I arrowed one that scored 143-5/8 that I dubbed the “Bammer Buck” (EBJ Issue 47). At the time, he was the largest blacktail I had harvested and had a lot of character. However, even after harvesting such a great buck, my drive and obsession for harvesting a bigger buck did not stop there. I had seen several articles of the Wysock Buck (EBJ Issue 44) that scored a whopping 164-5/8 gross and 157-0/8 net, which made it the new California state archery record for typical “coastal” blacktail.

Now a buck of that magnitude and size for the “coastal” or “inland” blacktail is rarely seen in the wild. Keeping my mind and eye on my goal during the spring, I cut out a photograph of the Wysock Buck and put it on my refrigerator. Everyday, I saw the photo and was motivated to arrow a buck of that caliber. Most people would think I was crazy, but I felt that if I didn’t set a high goal for myself, it would be mere luck to achieve it.

Blacktail Obsession

For a full account of Chris's adventure, go to page 18 in the July/August 2009 issue of Eastmans' Bowhunting Journal.