Lifetime outdoor sportsman goes after biggest buck he has ever seen

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) national outdoor TV series, Brotherhood Outdoors, takes Derek Carrington of Buchanan, Michigan on a Kansas whitetail hunt on Sunday, April 6, at 11 a.m. ET on the Sportsman Channel.

After spending more than 30 years hunting deer, elk and squirrel and reeling in his share of fish, Derek Carrington, a member of Roofers Local 23 in South Bend, Indiana has seen a lot. He never expected, however, to come face-to-face with a monster buck and a camera lens at the same time. It happened just like that during Derek’s recent experience as a featured guest on USA’s Brotherhood Outdoors.

“This was the trip of a lifetime,” said Derek. “Since I was small, I was always watching the hunting and fishing shows. I never thought I’d be the one who got to go.”

Derek said it was his dad, a retired union roofer, who started him early, fishing bluegill and hunting squirrels. By the time he was 18, he learned how to bow hunt. “It’s still my passion,” he said.

Now, like his dad, Derek enjoys taking his two sons Hunter (8) and Holden (5) out on his boat to fish for perch and salmon near their home on Lake Michigan but said it’s not just about the catch or the harvest. “It’s the laughs, sharing stories,” he said. “It’s the best feeling in the world.”

Just like with family, camaraderie and good times are wrapped into the show like on the first day of the Brotherhood Outdoors trip, when Derek sits, watches and waits patiently all day with co-host Julie McQueen to no avail. That’s when it became clear to Derek that hunting deer that have room to grow on hundreds of acres in Kansas is quite different from hunting on smaller parcels of lands like he is used to doing in Michigan. “It’s so much broader and wide out there,” he said.

The next few days of the hunt present quite a different story with deer running everywhere and a huge buck that Derek calls, “an absolute giant,” showing itself to the crew at about 500 yards away, in the final hour of the show. “It is the biggest buck that I have ever seen,” Derek said.

Tune in to Brotherhood Outdoors Sunday, April 6, at 11 a.m. ET, on the Sportsman Channel.

Image courtesy Union Sportsmen’s Alliance

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