Whitetail Heaven Outfitters in central Kentucky announced on Wednesday that one of its hunters had harvested a massive 200-inch buck still in velvet. The buck was shot by Buddy Deville, a visiting hunter from Louisiana, during the opening week of bow season.
“We do things a little different here at Whitetail Heaven Outfitters… we put more inches of bone on the ground the first 4 days of season then most outfitters do all year!” the company boasted on its Facebook page.
Whitetail Heaven Outfitters is based in Nicholasville, Kentucky and offers 45,000 acres of habitat to hunt in. The outfitting service also provide guides for pheasant and quail hunts, turkey hunts, and three-day coyote hunts, priding itself on its fair chase, no fence ethic. Whitetail Heaven also boasts an impressive gross average of 140 inches on harvested bucks. Field and Stream writer Dave Hurteau happened to be hunting with the company when Deville bagged his monster buck, and described the excitement as the buck was brought back to the lodge.
“Later back at camp, 40-some hunters and family members and guides and cooks gathered in the driveway, watching the Ram 2500 pull up in the pitch dark, honking its horn the whole way,” Hurteau wrote. “Hunter Buddy Deville, from Denham Springs, Louisiana, stepped out of the truck grinning, dropped the tailgate, and showed us all this colossal velvet buck.”
The buck was reportedly measured at 202 and 1/4 inches.