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Deer hunters ‘lured’ to Potts

Deer hunters ‘lured’ to Potts

Deer management and how to let the bucks get big was the subject for the West Tennessee QDMA Deer Hunter Chapter second annual Hunters Night Out on Saturday at Westview High School.
Those in attendance were treated to a special guest speaker, Stan Potts, a renowned deer hunter. He is the host North American Whitetail and Dominant Bucks TV shows.
Door prizes were given away to guests and even sponsors had a chance to win some great deer hunting equipment. Chris Pentecost of Greenfield was the big winner of the night, taking home a brand new .270 Savage rifle.
But everyone came to hear Potts and what he had to say about proper deer management and what it will take harvest monster bucks in West Tennessee.
Potts pointed out four monster trophy mounts on a portable wall behind him and the first thing he said was that hunters need to pass up on the younger deer and let them mature. Potts also said hunters need to locate the big deer and “lock in” on them.
“The first thing you have got to do is pass on the bucks up when they are a 2 and 3 years old,” he said. “You have to let them grow up to be mature deer. You also have to locate deer and lock in on the big ones.”
Potts said he has never hunted deer in Tennessee, but has hunted in Kentucky several times and the property he hunts on is properly managed for huge bucks.
He said for several years there were no bucks taken off the land and that let them grow up to be big mature bucks. The only deer harvested were does.
With no bucks allowed to be harvested for several years, the bucks were able to get to the age they needed to be.
Potts also talked about harvesting bucks that were over 200 inches.
He says to be able to harvest bucks that big, hunters have to let them mature.
Potts then pointed to a trophy buck mounted on the wall that Dalton Lewis of Obion harvested the opening day of the muzzle loader season in 2012.
“This is what you can harvest if you let them mature and pass on the younger bucks here in West Tennessee,” he said.
Potts believes a deer that large is the toughest, smartest animal on the planet.
One thing he pointed out is that it is not the state’s responsibility to manage the deer.
All the state does, he said, is set limits on what can and cannot be harvested during the various hunting seasons.
“It is up to us as hunters and property owners to manage the deer,” he insisted. “We have to let those deer reach that proper age.
“It is up to us to plant those food plots for them to feed on.”

Published in The Messenger 6.18.13

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