Almost unheard of, hunter kills a whitetail with velvet in the middle of October in Illinois.
Whitetail hunters love some velvet racks. Many hunters travel to states with early season openers in hopes of sticking a brute with velvet still on his antlers.
And no, you didn’t misread the title to this story. Kevin Boyer of Real World Wildlife Products, home of the best food plot products you while find, took advantage of a super rare opportunity in Illinois and shot the buck they named “Velvet Buck” in mid October. This scenario is almost unheard of, and is the first I have ever seen.
The deer had been living on this farm for the past few years. And in the past years, the buck had held its velvet up until November just as he was in this video.
The buck made his way to the stand and gave Kevin a shot right before he entered the brush. Unfortunately, the shot was a bit back, but you will have that while bowhunting.
Their crew takes all the right steps and wait until the next day to track the unique buck. After finding the buck bedded in a creek close by, they are forced to put another arrow in him and quickly recover him after.
Truly a remarkable trophy for Illinois, Kevin finds him self in some very rare company. Not many can claim they have killed a velvet Illinois buck.
Upon the recovery of the deer, they notice that the velvet of the antlers was just beginning to crack. Luckily they got a crack at the beauty before it had shed it’s characteristic that gave him the name the “Velvet Buck.”