It Was Too Good to Be True…
Just days ago North Carolina was buzzing about this awesome buck that was harvested in Surry County, NC. Everyone wanted to see the pictures, everyone wanted to know all the details and what this youngster was doing to grow such a monster in North Carolina. Now the heart breaking news has been released. The Nicholas Davis Buck is not a North Carolina Deer.
As I type those words I still can’t quite register the reasoning behind this. This isn’t something that can be taken lightly. This is a slap in the face to all North Carolina Sportsman. The conversations I’ve had with several people about this buck were all positive, all smiles, “North Carolina is now on the map for MONSTER Freak Non-Typical bucks!” Why does it matter? It matters to all North Carolina Outfitters who would have booked countless NEW clients that want a crack at a North Carolina Freak. It matters to the NCWRC that would have sold countless licenses to hunters wanting to try at a North Carolina Freak, to both Residents and Non-Residents. It matters to all North Carolina Sportsman that work countless hours practicing Quality Deer Management, watching our bucks grow bigger and seeing this Freak thinking, “Hey, it’s finally working!” It matters to Joey Thompson, who took his time away from his family to score this buck in excitement that this was a North Carolina deer and potentially the new State Record. It matters to us because we are Outdoorsman, we are Sportsman and we take pride in North Carolina Whitetail Conservation.
I hope this doesn’t discourage North Carolina hunters but instead gives us goals to grow bucks similar to the Nicholas Davis Buck… just the right way.
Special thanks to Joey Thompson, Certified Scorer of the NCBA. He informed us as he was informed by the NCWRC that the Nicholas Davis Buck was not in fact a North Carolina deer. Here is the statement he posted on facebook just moments ago:
“To everyone in the NC woods, I am in regret to inform you of the deer I took pride in measuring on Thursday night as it was not a NC deer. I am very upset over this as I felt it was legitimate and legal. I am very Thankful the NCWRC for the hard work and protected the deer we hunt. I want to apologize for the hunters of NC for the problems we face as we spend numerous hours away from our loved ones in pursuit of the big deer we chase.
I’m in shock and I’m sorry for misinforming NC of a potential State Record”
How do you think the NCWRC should handle Nicholas Davis and his bogus claim? Comment below and join in on the discussion on our facebook page HERE.