MS Sportsman Tells Story of Potential New Mississippi State Record Buck

Mississippi Sportsman Magazine has interviewed Will Rives and posted the story about shooting his massive 198 4/8 Pope & Young buck out of Jefferson County.

Dec 22, 2010, 12:04 ET from Mississippi Sportsman Magazine

JACKSON, Miss., Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Will Rives had a "good feeling" about his chances to see a buck working a few scrapes and rubs he was hunting on December 14th, but he never expected to bag what will likely be a new Mississippi state record bow kill, with a green score of 198 4/8 P&Y. Mississippi Sportsman magazine has posted the full story, with video, on the website If the net measurements hold, Rives' buck will be the new state record archery-killed typical deer. The current record is a 167 2/8-inch Tallahatchee County beast arrowed by Rob Stockett III in 2007.

Rives' buck was killed the afternoon of Dec. 14 after the store shooter for Bowie Outfitters found a funnel between a thick cypress brake and a road on a Jefferson County piece of property.

"There was a hooking off the road," he said. "So I just walked off the road with a lock-on, and I got to a cypress tree that was about the size of my thigh. On the other side, he had just worked it over."

The hunter then found two or three scrapes, circled to the downwind side of that scrape line and hung his stand.

"When I got in the stand, I saw four more scrapes," Rives said. "It was a no-brainer." Rives hunted for two and a half hours before passing on some does. Then around 5 p.m. he caught first sight of the big buck. After the shot, Rives was unsure whether or not he got a good shot on the deer, and it ran away.

Four hours later, Rives and a hunting buddy found the huge buck. "I was just a guy in the right place at the right time that did the right things," said Rive.

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SOURCE Mississippi Sportsman Magazine