Chiropractor arrows 190-inch buck nicknamed Zeus.
It’s still early in many deer seasons around the nation, but already, some big bucks are falling. A bowhunter in Louisiana’s West Feliciana Parish downed a buck last Friday that could be a potential top-5 for the state.
Dr. Travis Links, a chiropractor, was tipped off to the buck’s presence by a trail camera photo near a food plot Links and his hunting partners had actually not bothered to replant this year, according to Louisiana Sportsmen.
The hunters didn’t even know the buck was on their lease until they finally saw the trail camera photo on Thursday.
“He was there right after dark, like had to be in the field in the daylight … we nicknamed him Zeus, god of the gods.”
As could be expected by anyone who gets a trail camera photo of this magnitude, the buck immediately became all Links could think about.
“I didn’t sleep for a second Thursday night,” Links told Louisiana Sportsmen. “My wife was ready to kick me out of the house. She knew I was just freaking out about this deer.”
He didn’t have to wait long for his chance at the buck. The next day, Links put together a stand location plan with his hunting partner, A.J. Daigle, and Links was on stand that afternoon.
“It was honestly one of the slowest hunts I’ve ever had on our lease,” Links told Louisiana Sportsmen. “I didn’t see a squirrel. There were no birds. It was eerie, kinda.”
But big bucks always seem to have a flair for the dramatic. Zeus made his big appearance in the field the hunter was sitting in right at last light. And the monster began walking straight towards Links. As the buck closed the distance down to 65 yards, Links continued to freak out.
In fact, he couldn’t even look at the non-typical in his range finder because it just made the shaking worse. So he ranged a nearby tree instead at 47 yards. Once the buck crossed in front of that tree, he knew it was now or never.
Putting his 50-yard pin low on the buck, Links wasn’t even entirely sure his arrow had connected at first and the shakes started again immediately.
“After I let the arrow go, I was literally almost going into convulsions,” Links told Louisiana Sportsmen. “I was freaking out.”
And who could blame him for that?
After he found heavy blood that seemed indicative of a good hit, Links backed out and met up with Daigle and his father. First they recovered a hog shot by Daigle and at 9 p.m. they took up the trail of Link’s monster.
As it turns out, they didn’t have to go far. The monster 18-pointer hadn’t even made it 35 yards. Link’s shot had taken out not only the heart and lungs, but the liver too.
The buck has already been green scored and if the 196 7/8 Pope and Young score can hold after the drying period, Link’s buck will be the new No. 5 non-typical in Louisiana.
“We were just amazed at the size of this deer’s rack,” Links told Louisiana Sportsmen. “This wasn’t just something I killed. This was me, my dad and my buddy A.J. – we’ve been hunting together forever and it took all of us to get this deer.”