This buck was killed in the Arbor–Shady Grove area in Houston County by Kevin Wisener. Wisener lives in Lufkin, Texas and is a building contractor listed with the BBB, specializing in metal houses, metal buildings, horse barns, hay barns, RV covers, solar and electric gated entryways, fabricated livestock pens, and much more.
Wisener has been hunting in the Houston County area for twenty years. Wisener’s father-in-law is James R. Pyle, whose father, Herschel Pyle, was one of ten Pyle brothers,who were born and raised in Houston County. Wisener said, “Five of them, including Hershel, served in the armed services during World War II, with my father-in-law, serving in the army during the Vietnam era, exposed me to whitetail deer hunting in Houston County. My father-in-law taught me the difference between shooting a bow target, and learning how to successfully hunt and kill whitetail and elk.”
The Pyle family have been well renown as avid hunters and fisherman from the 1940s until present day. “I am forever grateful to my forefathers, veterans, and men of God, who gave their lives for me to enjoy present day freedoms,” Wisener added, “such as my right to bear arms and hunt in this great country of USA.” The Pyles have always upheld Houston County as a producer of Big Bucks, and that has been proven through the years by their kills as well as Wisener’s two Houston County Pope and Young bow kills.
This particular buck would almost always go nocturnal right at the start of bow season, for the last two years. “We actually thought he was killed by gun hunters last year, because we didn’t get him on camera again, until June of this year,” said Wisener, “I had never seen him in real life until Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at 7:15 am.”
Wisener explained that he had a doe and spike enter a buck forage food plot with the doe whipping the spike off. A few minutes later, a 14″-wide young 2 1/2-year-old 8 point entered the plot and began chasing the doe in circles. Wisener was positioned 10 yards off the food plot in a SMZ zone (Streamside Management Zone) 26 feet up in a lock on deer stand, when Key Ring (a name Wisener’s daughters gave the buck for having unusual kickers of his g2’s, that she said Wisener could hang his keys on) emerged from behind him out of nowhere.
The buck approched the 8 point buck in a proud offensive posture, and caused the 8 point and the doe to run off. Key Ring walked to where they were standing, smelt the ground, took a couple bites of oats and turned and followed the 8 point and the doe. “Thinking my opportunity to get a shot at him was over, I tried a desperation grunt call, with a bleat call right behind it. To my surprise, he turned around and took eight steps toward me, and turned broad side to me looking for more action,” explained Wisener. After not seeing what he was looking for, Key Ring turned and looked back toward the 8 point and doe. The buck looked like he was about to leave so Wisener drew back his bow as the deer began to walk away in a circle.
“When I calf bleated with my mouth, he stopped and I placed my 40-yard pin in the middle of his body above his vitals, knowing my arrow would drop him,” said Wisener. Wisener knew the buck was 46 yards away, from range finding objects around the food plot the day before. Wisener heard his arrow hit and Key Ring ran off 50 yards and stopped. Wisener did not know where he had hit the deer, and was not sure that the shot was successful until the buck began twitching his tail very fast.
Twenty seconds later after looking proud and alert toward the 8 point and the doe, Wisener noticed him rock side to side, just like an elk sometimes does when they are successfully shot with a bow. Five seconds after his first rock from side to side, he rocked again, and lowered his head about ten inches then raised it in full alert attention toward the 8 point and doe only to fall dead instantly. ”
“I immediately thanked Jesus for allowing me to even see a beautiful creation of his much less harvesting it. I am forever grateful for the goodness and mercies, He has shown me in my life. I texted my wife and daughters, as they were on their way to school, to tell them of the incredible hunt, and then tried to keep telling myself this wasn’t a dream,” Wisener explained. 46-yard shots are not normal for whitetail bow hunters, but Wisener had just been on a Colorado Elk hunt, having practiced for months with his bow sights still set up to 70 yards. Wisener said, “I had confidence in hitting the buck if he didn’t hear and squat below the shot.”
Wisener explained that he does not think the deer really ever new what hit him. The two-blade mechanical Rage Broadhead completely passed through the bucks heart and lay on the ground unbent or damaged. Wisener finished by stating, “Houston County has always had some huge bucks, and I’m so grateful God has allowed me to kill one such as this. The unofficial gross score is 167 2/8″ and 153 as a main frame 8 point.”