McManus Camp 2019 Hunt Reports and Photos of All Bucks
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Hunt 2 November 20 - 23
The Rice family from the Tampa area of Florida invaded the McManus Camp for the second hunt of the season. Jerry Rice, from Dade City, the patriarch, was accompanied by sons Ed Rice, Tampa, and Kelly, from Webster who was similarly joined by his son, Winston Rice, from Bushnell. So we had a grandfather, his two sons, and a grandson.
All were first-timers with Beaver McManus, where last season's "Buck of the Year" was taken, but they held off at first, just to see what might be found on their adventure. After the first afternoon and the next morning, none had taken a buck. That's good. Too many Adobe Lodge rookies are prone to shoot the first one they see. Why? In their heart-of-hearts, they just can't believe our claim that many bucks will be encountered during their stay.
It wasn't till the second afternoon then that Ed Rice was the first to take a 17 1/2" eight pointer. The next night, Winston found a 16" ten he liked. On the final night, Jerry and Kelly finally scored with an 8 and a ten, respectively, both in the 18-inch range. Jerry's buck was taped to total 124 inches, but he certainly looks larger in the photo taken by Master Photographer, Beaver McManus.
All except Jerry took a doe, in addition to their buck.
The best news was that the entire bunch re-upped for 2020 even before the end of the hunt. So we will get to see all of them once again a year from now. What a deal!!!
Hunt 1 November 6 - 9
Texans dominated the first hunt at the McManus Camp to kickoff the 2019 season. Aaron Roberts, from Corpus Christi, was back for his second visit with Beaver after an absence of a few years.
Returning from taking two dandy bucks a year ago, Mark McFadden from Trinidad, TX was joined this year by his brother, Mike McFadden, who hails from Richardson, TX.
Mark was first to put his tag on a magnificent 15 pointer. Although only 16 3/4" wide, that beauty sported in excess of 147 inches of bone on his head. Mark was ready to take a second buck if an acceptable candidate would have shown himself. But Mark had set the bar mighty high for himself with that first monster.
Brother Mike collected a handsome 18" ten pointer which taped 124". Mike also took home a doe.
Aaron Roberts' buck was a fully mature, heavy 17 3/4" eight pointer. Aaron also elected to take a doe to add to the venison he took back home to the Gulf Coast.
Luckily, the weather during the entire hunt with nice and mild. Not too cold or hot; not too windy. The steak-night photo posted below confirms the moderate temperature, even after dark. The pre-rut has started and deer movement was good most of the time, even in those days just before the full moon.
The next McManus hunt report will be posted around about Nov. 25.
Mark McFadden, 16 3/4" 15 pt. 147 5/8"
Mike McFadden 18" 10 pt. 124"
Aaron Roberts 17 3/4" 8 pt.
Steak night with 3 hunters, Beaver, Mario and his son, Joseph.