Buckeye Feeders was thrilled to award a patent-pending TORQ High-Performance Off-Road Electric Vehicle to Michael James Waber, winner of the Double Take Photo Contest for the 2013-2014 season. Buckeye Feeders Owner Steve Brown presented the electric vehicle to Waber on June 17, 2014.
According to the Double Take Photo Contest rules, a hunter had to submit a photo of a big buck coming to and eating out of a Buckeye Feeder before the season, and then have photos of the hunter later harvesting that same big buck, for the chance to win the off-road electric vehicle.
Waber learned about the contest when visiting www.buckeyefeeders.com to search for a larger-capacity gravity feeder.
To win the contest, Waber of Layfayette, Indiana, submitted a game-camera image he had of a large 10-point buck with his Buckeye Feeder before hunting season and one of him and the deer after he shot it with his crossbow during hunting season. As luck would have it, Waber’s B&C buck, which netted 176 and 6/8 inches, was entered into the Hoosier record book as the second largest typical buck taken with a crossbow for Tippecanoe County, Indiana .
Waber spotted the huge buck three years ago in a field 1/8 of a mile from his house.
“I purchased a 35-gallon Buckeye Feeder, for deer and turkey, and a Moultrie trail camera in hopes of luring the buck to my property, so I could pattern him and later take him. I set the feeder and the camera up before the 2012-2013 season in hopes of getting better pictures of the buck, and possibly collecting his shed antlers. I thought I could pull the buck into the feeder, because I had seen him on my parents’ farm, which was only about 600 yards from my farm.”
During the second year of checking his trail-camera photos before and after deer season, Waber saw plenty of images of the buck he named “The Big 10” feeding at the feeder between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., but he didn’t get any photos of the buck during daylight hours.
“One afternoon after deer season ended, I was taking corn to fill up my Buckeye Feeder, when I spotted one of The Big 10’s shed antlers on the path to the feeder,” Waber said. “When I looked at the pictures from my trail camera, I saw that the buck also had lost his second antler, but I searched and never found it.”
On Jan. 3, 2014, late in the afternoon, Waber climbed into his treestand with his Parker crossbow. After being in the stand only 20 minutes, he spotted the monstrous 10-point coming up a ravine toward him.
“Once the buck turned broadside to me, I squeezed the trigger on my crossbow, and my Rage broadhead hit the mark,” Waber said.
Knowing he’d taken the buck of a lifetime and had met all of the requirements for the Double Take Photo Contest, Waber entered the photos and won.
Steve Brown, 205-368-9391.
Image courtesy Buckeye Feeders