A legend from down south. Black Ops was first seen back in 2011 by our Co-Host Zach and Pro-Staff Justin Fuchs. They almost had a shot on this 4 1/2 year old whitetail, but he was too smart and lived through the season. That following spring in 2012, Pro-Staff Joe Haas found the matched set of Black Ops which ended up taping out at 157" given a 20" spread. The next year was a whole different beast. Hunter after hunter encountered Black Ops, but with the same result.....no harvest. One of our friends had an opportunity at Black Ops, but it ended up with the slug missing its mark. That spring we once again had the privilege of picking up Black Ops matched set. Once again the antlers scored 157" approximately. Now in 2013, Black Ops is back, and definitely showing his age. He lost a little bit from his 2012 rack, but he is still a very impressive nine point. Will this be the year that Black Ops falls to Team Haastyle?
Back for yet another year, the ancient buck known as "Gramps" is back for another rut. Sporting a slightly wider rack with a touch more mass, this buck is sure to be a top buck on our list. Hopefully this old man will stumble past one of our staff, and the saga can end.
Repeat made his name known by looking identical to a 3 1/2 year old buck Zach had shot back in 2008. Sporting the same 2 year old rack that Zach's buck had it seemed as if the buck had been cloned and was going to look the same as a 3 1/2 year old. In 2011, Repeat was seen a couple of times and to our dismay, had not put on much rack growth. In 2012, Zach had an opportunity at Repeat, but this mature buck used his ninja skills and ducked the arrow which went right into the "No Zone". That following spring, Zach did find the matched set of Repeat, and now in 2013 we are still waiting upon his emergence out of the thicket.
A 3 1/2-4 1/2 year old buck that showed up this year on one of our Wisconsin properties that forgot that antler growing should include tine length. This buck though not the prettiest racked deer, is a top hit list buck due to management. We are looking to take this wide short tined buck out to preserve our herds genetics. Will Gomer follow Team Haastyle's game plan and come in for a shot? Only time will tell.