Hunting Guide: An encounter with ‘The Boss’

Posted: November 15, 2012

Special to The Winchester Star

Carl Streit poses with his downed buck — nicknamed ‘The Boss’ by local hunters in the area — that had 10 scoreable points. Streit had heard stories about a big buck but never saw it until the day he harvested it with his Matthews Z-7 Extreme bow on Oct. 12 near the North Mountain area in Frederick County.

Carl Streit had a dilemma. He had a couple places to hunt. Which tree stand would he occupy?

Not being able to hunt with his favorite hunting partner, his son Travis, had bummed him out a little bit, so he decided to hunt in a stand a few minutes from his house in order to preserve his limited hunting time.

As he climbed into his 20-feet high hunting stand, Streit thought about the buck several of the local hunters were excited about. The deer had been observed by numerous local folks and had been nicknamed “The Boss,” because of the exceptional antlers and large body. But Streit had no clue that he and “The Boss” were about to have a confrontation shortly.

The afternoon sped by. As the sun started to drop behind the tall, colorful hardwoods, Streit saw movement below him.

“At 6:10 p.m. I looked at my watch. I looked up and three deer were on their way toward my stand,” Streit said. “Oddly enough, the lead deer was definitely the local legend. Usually when an exceptionally old, larger deer is in a herd, he is the last deer in line. Not this time.”

Onward came the three deer, until the big buck was 23 yards from the stand. Having long ago picked up his bow, Streit was ready with his Matthews Z-7 Extreme.

Placing the 20-yard sight pin behind the front shoulder, Streit touched his release. The Rage broad head hit right in the boiler room. Even though the monster sprinted downhill at a rapid pace, Streit was satisfied that the Rage had done its job.

Shaking just a little from the sudden encounter, Streit descended from his stand and found favorable signs of a good hit. But darkness was fast approaching, so rather than take a chance and push the buck, Streit elected to stay the chase until morning.

His son Travis would be able to join him and together they would be able to recover their deer of a lifetime.

After a fretful night’s sleep, the father and son set off in search of the legendary deer. When a giant buck receives a moniker (name), his status in the community of deer hunters is elevated.

Some folks claim once he is named, he becomes harder to take, a sort of ghost.

Luckily for Streit and Travis, this was not the case with “The Boss.” Because the deer ran almost straight downhill, the trail lasted a little longer than they anticipated, but soon enough Travis cut in front of the trail and saw the behemoth piled up in, of course, some very rough cover.

After a few high fives, the pair pulled the deer to an open area and admired him.

The Boss had 10 scoreable points and a huge body. The Pope and Young Society scores deer in the same fashion as Boone and Crocket Club. The Pope and Young Society has a minimum score of 125 inches to make their record book. Streit’s buck would easily top that mark.

Two items Streit classed as essential to taking “The Boss” down were Jackie’s Earth Scent to minimize his human scent, and his camo choice of Zero-Detect (website, a local company owned by Steve Bursey and Kyle Uhler. Streit said both items were great additions to his bow-hunting arsenal.

Father-and-son hunting traditions are getting to be almost obsolete for a variety of reasons. The hunting bond shared by Travis and Streit helps make them a closer family.

And it reinforces the belief that anytime the chance to introduce a young person to the outdoors comes about, it’s best to take advantage.