We love to share successful hunting stories of property owners who harvest trophy game on land purchased utilizing the services of Premier Outdoor Properties—and this is a great one! Approximately two years ago, Marty & Jolie Edwards acquired the property where their son, Quaid, harvested his deer that Marty references below. The Edwards are founding members of the Heartland Branch of the Nebraska QDMA Association and they certainly “practice what they preach”! They have enhanced the recreational value of their property by implementing many of the recommendations the QDMA suggests for successful harvesting of deer.
Read on about the gallant efforts made by 17 year old Quaid Edwards in his quest for the Big Buck!
“I wanted to send a short note and let you all know that Quaid (my 17 yr old son) was blessed with a wonderful gift on the second to last day of the 2009 Nebraska Archery season. This is a buck that first showed up on trail cam in early November. He became amazingly habitual in a .75 acre brassica plot on our property in late December. So much so that Q actually missed him at 23 yards two nights before, on the 28th. He had to hunt a different area due to bad winds the evening of the 29th, then at 5:10 pm on the 30th Quaid put an absolutely perfect 18yd quartering away shot on him as he dug through deep snow to get to the brassica’s he had become so addicted to. Q got to watch this deer on several different evenings prior to those encounters as well but was never offered a shot. Getting to watch as many as 27 deer at one time in the small plot, Quaid got to learn a lot about deer behavior, being patient, and what kind of rewards can come from freezing your tail off night after night. The old man is proud of him, it ain’t always easy getting up and dusting yourself off after a miss, but he did.
As far as details on the deer. While I haven’t had him aged, obviously, I really think this deer is a 2.5 yr old. It’s possible that he’s 3.5, but I seriously doubt he’s any older. When we walked up to him he had popped off his left antler when he crashed, so he won’t be going in any books or anything (nothing against books by the way, but that’s not overly important here at our house anyway). He grosses somewhere very close to 165ish (Troi you were right on). This deer fooled me on trail cam. I thought he was older and bigger…not that 165 is small, especially for a 17yr old bowhunter.”
Congratulations Quaid and thanks to proud dad Marty for sharing Quaid’s story!