2005-10-26 / Sports

Potential recordbreaker killed with bow in Burke

By Anne Marie Kyzer True Citizen Staff Writer

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Kelvin Rhodes shows off this 13 point buck that he killed with his bow during primitive weapons season. The 5 yearold buck weighed 236 pounds. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Kelvin Rhodes shows off this 13 point buck that he killed with his bow during primitive weapons season. The 5 yearold buck weighed 236 pounds. Years of intensive habitat management paid off for Kelvin Rhodes during primitive weapons season when he harvested a potentially record-breaking buck in southwest Burke County.

Rhodes took down the 13 point deer weighing in at 236 pounds from about 36 yards with his bow.

“It’s going to be the biggest bow-killed deer in Burke County,” predicted Rhodes, who hunts three to four days during the week and on weekends.

Rhodes said he saw this buck during the last two years but was never able to take a shot at him.

“This is the biggest deer I have ever seen in the woods hunting,” said Rhodes, who started hunting 20 years ago when he was eleven.

While the buck has not been officially scored, Trey Nevils of Southland Taxidermy rough scored the 5-year-old deer at 165. The rack measures an impressive 18 inches inside clearance between the horns at the widest point.

“I think for Kelvin to kill a deer that size around here with a rifle is a once in a lifetime experience,” said Nevils, who mounts about 350 deer each year for hunters. “But for him to kill it with a bow is once in a hundred lifetimes.”

The deer will not be officially scored until February, because Rhodes entered it in a contest sponsored by Georgia Outdoor News that does not allow official scoring until the end of the season.

If Rhodes wins the GON contest, which ends in a shoot-out between weekly winners, he could take home a new pick-up truck.

According to the Pope and Young Club, which keeps records on bow-killed game animals in North America, the current record is 135 and seven-eighths for a bow-killed deer in Burke County. The last record was set in 1986.

Rhodes said he and his brother intensively manage the farm where they hunt. They plant food plots year round and only harvest bucks over a certain size when hunting.

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