Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Rodrigs missed the buck of his life last year.
The young hunter had set up a deer stand along a creek bed on his grandmother’s 600-acre ranch in Montague County in north Texas. He hadn’t seen any monsters on the trail cams, but he knew the deer used the creek as a thoroughfare and he thought he was ready when a 10-pointer walked out at 250 yards.
But a miscalculation sent his shot flying past the big buck, and he couldn’t get a follow-up shot before the buck escaped.
He kept at it, hunting that same spot for weeks until the last day of youth whitetail season.
“I kept going to that deer stand over and over,”...