STATE RECORD CROSSBOW TYPICAL
GREG McKNIGHT - Wynne, AR
Greg McKnight is a 33-year-old construction worker form Wynne. In the summer of 2007 Greg captured ‘about 750’ images of a huge typical buck along the L’Anguille River west of Wynne. The long-tined 5x5 seemed to frequent a particular parcel of private property which ran alongside a 350-acre swamp, a spot where Greg had several stands set up.
But when bow season opened Greg hunted for more than two weeks without seeing the big buck at all. His persistence finally paid off when on October 15 the big typical came in to the feeder he was watching.
But the buck ‘skylighted’ Greg as he sat in his stand some 22 feet off the ground and moved off without offering a shot. Even though he hunted every day hoping he would return, he didn't see him again until October 30. This time things went more according to plan, and as the animal stood unaware 10 some steps away Greg raised his Horton Supermag and triggered the release. The bolt hit right behind the shoulder, but the monster didn’t go down!
For the next 2 weeks he and a group of 8-10 friends looked…and looked…but to no avail!
“I knew I had made a good shot,” as he told the story Greg still had a note of the dejection he felt that day in his voice. “But after we looked for so long and couldn’t find him I thought he must have died somewhere out in the swamp. I was sick!”
Then came word that a friend, Steve Davis, had seen the buck crossing a nearby field during the 2-day November gun season. With all the scent he and the other searchers had left throughout the area Greg doubted that the buck would return to the spot where he had been shot, but in reality that is exactly what happened!
“On December 18 I had got on stand about 5:15 that morning, and about 6:45 I heard two bucks fighting nearby. I could tell they were big because the sounds of their antlers slamming together were like tree trunks. Then this buck came slipping along the edge of the swamp, headed straight toward me. When he stopped about 8 yards away I shot again, and this time as he ran I saw him turn a cartwheel about 50 yards away!”
After the 60-day drying period the Cross County monster, the first ‘booner’ from that county since 1997, netted 174 1/8 typical points, a total that will make it the new Arkansas state record typical crossbow kill!