Florida Whitetail Hunting Blog!



  It was a cool southwest Florida hunting morning when we first saw the whitetail giant. We were whitetail bow hunting and saw him in the back of our Florida property with his giant whitetail rack shinning in the morning sun. At that time we didn't know it, but we were on a hunt for the biggest whitetail deer ever seen or shot on the ranch.
 There we were eighty yards from the Florida oak head he was in. We sneaked around some Florida palmettos to within 40 yards with him staring at us, were at full draw with our bow mumbling turn, turn. After around one to two minutes he darted off across a giant Florida open field. We didn't see another deer till after lunch. We were looking for the giant whitetail again and ran across another whitetail by a Florida field fence that was around 160 inches. What the heck,
that's a nice whitetail, so the sneak was on. We crawled to within in thirty-five yards behind one palmetto, set up on knees and came to full draw. Perfect shot and the deer ran 40 yards pilling up. We then loaded up the deer and were heading across the open Florida field when we saw the giant whitetail for the second time. We steeped out of the hunting cart and he bounded off about another 40 yards standing behind three Florida pine trees. Well you stay here with your hunting bow, and I will try to get him to walk your way.
 He wasn't a giant whitetail but he was not dumb, like a rocket he was gone. Well I guess we can forget seeing that beast of a whitetail again. We hunted another day not seeing a shooter, and decided to hunt the next day for hogs with dogs. Hunting the next day by a strip of palmettos we let the dogs go, and in five minutes the giant whitetail runs out into the open field. I said If you want him, you better use the gun cause will never see him again. We quickly pulled the gun out and shot. It was not a good shot at all, and the deer ran into the Florida cypress swamp. We quickly ran to the swamp, and I see my good friend raise his rifle again. I can't see the deer, but stop moving so I don't run him off. Bang, bang, bang, bang, what the heck. Then I see a white patch fall to the Florida swamp ground. Yes I yelled, as we walked up to the whitetail giant, and I was looking at another 160-class buck.
 What the heck were you shooting at, and where is the giant? Then I looked to my left, and there is another dead whitetail deer. Walking up to this whitetail, and I knew it was him. Holy crap, it was the biggest whitetail deer either of us has ever seen hunting. You shot two deer. My friend then said, I was so fired up I was shooting at brown, and didn't see the first deer fall, or look at his antlers.After bringing both whitetail bucks back to the main hunting lodge, I scored the northern Florida cross whitetail at 274 inches, wow!
  An end to the biggest and best whitetail deer hunting days of both our lives, what can you say, when luck smiles on you, it could be a big smile or a small one.


Tampa Florida Whitetail Deer Hunting on a warm day.

 It had been a long day hunting whitetail in a ground blind with my guide at Razzor ranch. Time to go in and eat a great lunch. We saw around five does, and a bunch of different exotics, but no big whitetail bucks.
 We ate our lunch and was taking a nap, so my guide went out to feed some animals in the breeder pens. I was half a sleep an hour later when another guide at the main building told me my guide had a nice whitetail buck spotted, and he wants to try a soft push to us at a funnel. I was bow hunting and needed to get within 20 yards to make a clean kill. After talking over the cell phone we had a plan and set out to it. We settled in a thick pile of palmettos and waited to see a rack. It was at least 20 minutes with myself being told several times to sit still and stop trying to look around the palmettos, leave him come to us, my guide was telling me. We want to see him first, not the other way around. Just wait and let him walk by, then I will make him stop after you draw your bow. In about 2 more minutes there he was. I drew my bow and heard my guide grunt. The buck stopped and I shot him perfect. I thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest. We waited around 15 minutes then walked about 30 yards and found him piled up. It was a slow warm FLorida start with a fast and great hunting end.
 Wow, what a place to whitetail hunt. Talk about a target rich environment!
I will be back on the hunt next year at Razzor Ranch, and I already have a deposit down on next years whitetail.

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