Editor's Note: Master Sgt. Joe Kysela is a 21-year veteran of the Oklahoma City Police Department and a firearms instructor. He shares the following story about his 10-year-old son, Hunter, who killed a 200-pound, 14-point buck in Blaine County during the youth hunting season.
During muzzleloader season, which ends today, Kysela returned to the same hunting spot and killed the biggest buck he's ever taken, a 15-pointer.
“It didn't weigh as much, probably 150, but still huge,” Kysela said. “I couldn't believe our luck that myself and my son could take two huge bucks from this property. They will both feed our family the rest of the year.”
By Joe Kysela
On the morning of the youth hunting season, Hunter and I were sitting in a buddy stand between a wheat field and the hillside.
At 7::20 a.m., I saw a large deer crossing the hillside in the plum thickets. I looked through the binoculars and saw it was a nice buck, but since it was so early, we couldn't really tell how big.
I ranged the deer at 179 yards. I didn't want Hunter shooting that far. I had him switch places with me since I was on the side of the deer. I told Hunter to get ready and I would grunt at the buck that was now moving farther away with each second.
Hunter was shooting an AR-15 in 6.8 SPC as he had the two previous seasons, and he is deadly with it. I grunted and the buck stopped and looked our way. I grunted softly one more time and here he came.
The buck was coming hard. I told Hunter to get ready. The next time I lased the buck, he was stopped, quartering to us at 79 yards, well within range. I told Hunter to stay calm and aim for the crease where the neck and shoulder meet, and to slowly squeeze the trigger.
I was watching through my binoculars when he shot. I saw the buck hunch up and knew he had a good hit. The buck ran behind a thicket. I was watching to see if he came out the other side, but he did not.
Hunter said he saw dirt kick up in the air on the far side of the thicket so we knew he had gone down. I told him to stay ready just in case the buck managed to get up.
We waited a very long 10 minutes and then got down to go check. Hunter wanted to run to the deer and I had to stop him and calm him down.
I told him to never run up on one until you know for sure it is dead, otherwise it could jump up and run off. So we quietly sneaked around the thicket until we saw the biggest bodied whitetail I have ever seen in person in Oklahoma.
Then I saw the rack. I said ‘Hunter, that buck is huge.' We picked up his head and I started counting points. We couldn't believe it. The buck had 14 points and would have had 15, but the left brow tine was broken off.
The buck's body was huge. His nose was as big as a calf's. The buck weighed every bit of 200 pounds. When I field dressed it, I found Hunters mushroomed bullet inside the buck.
Then I saw what I thought was another fragment. I pulled it out and saw it was another mushroomed bullet, but of a totally different caliber. This one looked like a .223. This old warhorse had taken a bullet before and lived.