Hunting the same Texas county he patrols as a game warden for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, officer Eric Minter stopped this 31-pointer on October 19. It’s the first buck Minter has taken in eight years of bowhunting. The big 5 1/2-year-old nontypical green-scored 212 3/8 gross and 205 2/8 net. Should that score hold up after 60 days, it would be enough to rank Minter’s deer fourth among the Lone Star State’s Pope & Young nontypical whitetails.
Editor's Note: We'd like to thank Martin Oviedo, a game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Dallas County who partnered with Minter on the opening day of the Texas firearms deer season, for taking the photos of Minter in the field (slides 8-14 and 16-18).