Orange County spits out trophy buck for bowhunter

Big 10-pointer has preliminary score of 147-6/8

Bill Howard

September 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Brian Rhew killed this huge 10-pointer the third day of archery season in Orange County.
Courtesy Brian Rhew
Brian Rhew killed this huge 10-pointer the third day of archery season in Orange County.
Brian Rhew has become accustomed to taking big deer on opening weekend of bow season. This year was no different, as Rhew arrowed a 146 7/8-inch 12-pointer on Sept. 11, the third day of the season, in Orange County.

Rhew had scouted the buck since last season, passing on him early in 2011 when it sported a main-frame 8-point rack. Letting him walk and grow another year proved beneficial.

Rhew provides mineral supplements year-round, but he begins baiting with corn and setting trail cameras in June. He recognized the buck early on and had shots of him during daylight hours on a regular basis.

 

On opening day, Rhew and a friend went out in hopes of tagging the buck on film, but the weatherman had a different plan. Two storm fronts came through, and facing a constant barrage of lightning, Rhew decided to call it a day. A linesman with Piedmont Electric, Rhew understood the dangers of a storm and took no chances, planning to come back two days later for a second chance.

 

Rhew, hunting from a lock-on stand, watched a doe and a small buck in the field for over an hour. They were nervous and trying to catch a scent, but Rhew was placed perfectly for the wind conditions. Another doe and four bucks – one of them his target – appeared, and Rhew realized he would get his chance.

 

Rhew drew his Mathews Z7 Extreme, set the sight and sent his arrow, tipped with a 100-grain, 2-blade Rage broadhead, on its way. Upon release, the arrow hit its mark, 21 yards away, and Rhew was able to make a quick recovery. At 5:12, Rhew had a trophy to be proud of.

 

Rhew began managing his land for quality deer about six years ago. After a few seasons, the management started paying off. In 2010, Rhew took a 123-inch 9-pointer on opening weekend, and in 2011, Rhew connected on a 138-inch 10-pointer that made the Pope and Young Club’s record book.

 

Quality management has not always been a priority, however.

 

“My uncle, Jesse Lennon, lived in Bladen County,” Rhew said. “There were 13 people that lived in his house, and they hunted for food. He taught me how to hunt when I was 8 or 9 years old. If we didn’t kill anything they didn’t have anything to eat.”

 

Rhew began bowhunting about 15 years ago, but became really serious about it only six years ago. His success in both managing his resident deer herd and his hunting skills have landed him yet another early season accomplishment. 


View other articles written Bill Howard


Reports / Forum
Opening Day Success  This report contains photos  
April 13 at 2:44 am | 1281 Views | 2 Comments
First turkey hunt, first turkey  This report contains photos  
April 10 at 3:41 pm | 1217 Views | 2 Comments
Getting Started: Equipment, Bait, Shops, Lakes...Advice? 
April 10 at 4:45 pm | 1053 Views | 0 Comments
Son's first Kill!  This report contains photos  
April 10 at 7:28 am | 881 Views | 1 Comments
1st Thunder Chicken  This report contains photos  
April 12 at 8:49 am | 859 Views | 4 Comments
My 7 year old daughters first turkey  This report contains photos  
April 09 at 8:14 pm | 695 Views | 1 Comments
Opening Morning Double!!  This report contains photos  
April 14 at 8:17 am | 599 Views | 3 Comments
First Turkey...  This report contains photos  
Yesterday at 12:39 pm | 471 Views | 3 Comments
Black Bass Fishing is Great  This report contains photos  
April 12 at 5:21 pm | 381 Views | 0 Comments
School Trout Inside April Winds  This report contains a video
April 10 at 9:40 am | 377 Views | 0 Comments
opening day success  This report contains photos  
22 hours ago | 315 Views | 0 Comments
Deep Sea Fishing Happy Day Today  This report contains photos  
April 11 at 8:31 pm | 271 Views | 0 Comments
First Turkey 
Yesterday at 12:27 pm | 229 Views | 0 Comments
Weldon Stripers 
Yesterday at 7:14 am | 211 Views | 1 Comments
Twin Girls First Turkey!  This report contains photos  
2 hours ago | 81 Views | 0 Comments
Post | Reports | Forum
1st Thunder Chicken  This report contains photos  
April 12 at 8:49 am | 859 Views | 4 Comments
First Turkey...  This report contains photos  
Yesterday at 12:39 pm | 471 Views | 3 Comments
Opening Morning Double!!  This report contains photos  
April 14 at 8:17 am | 599 Views | 3 Comments
Opening Day Success  This report contains photos  
April 13 at 2:44 am | 1281 Views | 2 Comments
First turkey hunt, first turkey  This report contains photos  
April 10 at 3:41 pm | 1217 Views | 2 Comments
Weldon Stripers 
Yesterday at 7:14 am | 211 Views | 1 Comments
Son's first Kill!  This report contains photos  
April 10 at 7:28 am | 881 Views | 1 Comments
My 7 year old daughters first turkey  This report contains photos  
April 09 at 8:14 pm | 695 Views | 1 Comments
Twin Girls First Turkey!  This report contains photos  
2 hours ago | 81 Views | 0 Comments
opening day success  This report contains photos  
22 hours ago | 315 Views | 0 Comments
First Turkey 
Yesterday at 12:27 pm | 229 Views | 0 Comments
Black Bass Fishing is Great  This report contains photos  
April 12 at 5:21 pm | 381 Views | 0 Comments
Deep Sea Fishing Happy Day Today  This report contains photos  
April 11 at 8:31 pm | 271 Views | 0 Comments
Getting Started: Equipment, Bait, Shops, Lakes...Advice? 
April 10 at 4:45 pm | 1053 Views | 0 Comments
School Trout Inside April Winds  This report contains a video
April 10 at 9:40 am | 377 Views | 0 Comments
Post | Reports | Forum
Twin Girls First Turkey!  This report contains photos  
2 hours ago | 81 Views | 0 Comments
opening day success  This report contains photos  
22 hours ago | 315 Views | 0 Comments
Weldon Stripers 
Yesterday at 7:14 am | 211 Views | 1 Comments
First Turkey...  This report contains photos  
Yesterday at 12:39 pm | 471 Views | 3 Comments
First Turkey 
Yesterday at 12:27 pm | 229 Views | 0 Comments
Opening Morning Double!!  This report contains photos  
April 14 at 8:17 am | 599 Views | 3 Comments
Opening Day Success  This report contains photos  
April 13 at 2:44 am | 1281 Views | 2 Comments
Black Bass Fishing is Great  This report contains photos  
April 12 at 5:21 pm | 381 Views | 0 Comments
1st Thunder Chicken  This report contains photos  
April 12 at 8:49 am | 859 Views | 4 Comments
Deep Sea Fishing Happy Day Today  This report contains photos  
April 11 at 8:31 pm | 271 Views | 0 Comments
Getting Started: Equipment, Bait, Shops, Lakes...Advice? 
April 10 at 4:45 pm | 1053 Views | 0 Comments
First turkey hunt, first turkey  This report contains photos  
April 10 at 3:41 pm | 1217 Views | 2 Comments
School Trout Inside April Winds  This report contains a video
April 10 at 9:40 am | 377 Views | 0 Comments
Son's first Kill!  This report contains photos  
April 10 at 7:28 am | 881 Views | 1 Comments
My 7 year old daughters first turkey  This report contains photos  
April 09 at 8:14 pm | 695 Views | 1 Comments
Post | Reports | Forum

Free Classifieds

Brand New Carbon Express Cross Bow
Brand New Carbon Express Cross Bow
This is a brand new bow in the box never been opened never been fired. It is a Carbon Express X-Force 400 Cross Bow. It is a complete package with Rope Cocker and Rail Lube, 4x32 Deluxe Scope, Quick detach 3 arrow quiver, 3 20' crossbolts and 3...
15 hours ago | 21 Views
GUN HUNTS IN KANSAS
GUN HUNTS IN KANSAS
Only a few days left to get your Kansas deer hunting license & permits. Last day to apply is April 24th. I have 3-4 spots available for the exciting gun season Dec 8th thru Dec 14th. Come hunt with me in 'The Land of Giants' on privately managed...
Yesterday at 10:51 pm | 28 Views
Halifax County Lease
Halifax County Lease
800 acre lease on QDMA property.12 members complete the lease and we need two. pastures,fields, cutovers, and hardwood swamps. Lots of turkey, deer, and ducks (252)327-1795...
April 11 at 2:46 pm | 107 Views