The 2011-12 Texas archery season is barely two-weeks old, but it has already produced a trio of lifetime bucks for East Texas bowhunters.
The most recent big buck stories to circulate belong to Freestone County archer, John Thorne, and Smith County archer, Tom Mayne.
Thorne is a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden who worked for three years as a wildlife biologist on the 13,900-acre Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area.
Thorne was participating in an archery only draw hunt earlier this season on that WMA when he arrowed a whopper of a buck.
A typical nine-pointer with split G2s, the rack grosses 177 as a non-typical, 172 net. It is the highest scoring whitetail ever taken on a public hunt at the Richland Creek WMA, according to wildlife biologist Jeff Gunnels of Tennessee Colony.
Mayne was hunting on opening day in Smith County when he arrowed what may be the highest scoring buck ever taken by a bowhunter in that county.