Who says the best deer hunting in Grayson County is during the month of November when the local whitetail rut is at its peak?

Who says the best deer hunting in Grayson County is during the month of November when the local whitetail rut is at its peak?


A year ago, Aubrey bowhunter Robert Taylor dispelled that theory in late December when he downed a Grayson County buck for the ages, the pending Pope & Young Club non-typical state record for Texas featuring a net score of 254 4/8 inches.


This year, local game warden and longtime bowhunter Dale Moses added even more proof to the idea of "late being great" when he arrowed one of his best bucks ever in early January as the 2013-14 season wound down.


The big Grayson County buck, a bruiser that Moses had nicknamed "Captain Hook," first showed up on Moses’ trail cameras back in November.


That began a cat-and-mouse game between Moses and the huge deer that went on for weeks.


By the time Moses finally caught up with the big whitetail and arrowed it on Jan. 2, he was all but devoid of vacation time and had logged many, many hours in a stand chasing the buck.


"I wasn’t sure if I would get him or not because he wasn’t showing up much and several other hunters were after him too," said Moses. "But in the end, it all worked out."


"I feel very blessed to have taken him."


Green scored a few days ago by veteran P&Y measurer Ken Witt, the "Captain Hook" buck has Moses in a bit of a quandary.


Why is that? Because he isn’t sure whether to enter the deer as a typical or as a non-typical following completion of the 60-day drying period.


"The buck has a non-typical green gross score of 192 2/8 inches and a green net score of 184 0/8 inches," said Moses. "If I enter him as a typical, he has a green gross score of 174 0/8 inches and a green net score of 165 6/8 inches."


Either way, the buck will be one of the biggest Region 5 whitetail entries this season for the Texas Big Game Awards program (which accepts green scores).


It will also be one of the biggest entries of all-time in local Grayson County records and in state-wide Pope & Young Club listings.


Should Moses choose to enter the buck as a non-typical, it could rank as high as number 13 in the all-time Grayson County Record Book that yours truly keeps.


If he decides to go with a typical entry score, the Moses’ buck will rank as high as number three in the all-time GCRB.


"We have some incredible deer here in Grayson County," said Moses. "This archery-only thing is (really) working."


Especially late in the season, or so it would seem.