Hunter Takes Monster Buck Despite Health Challenges

Nick Cantrell of Buffalo Creek with a mighty 11 point buck which came face to face with him out of thin air.

Dec 12, 2019

BUFFALO CREEK, W.Va. — His retirement from the local water company earlier this year meant Nick Cantrell of Kistler, W.Va. would finally get to hunt the way he wanted.

After 35 years with the company, the last several as supervisor, his time for hunting was often limited and work always got in the way.

His biggest limiting factor these days is his health.

“I’m 62 and I have some health problems, especially with arthritis and the latest I can usually hunt is about 12 or 1 o’clock,” he said. Top Health Secrets Of America’s Most Active Seniors

Nick and his brother have hunted Buffalo Creek all their lives. They know every hollow, every stream, every trail, and almost every tree. But the area Nick wanted to hunt in 2019 was going to be hard to access.

“The coal company opened up a mine in there and that forced us to have to take a different way in,” he explained. “Instead of a 45 minute ride in, it was taking almost an hour and a half.”

But Cantrell thought the area was worth the extra effort. A year ago his brother had missed a nice buck there and earlier in the season his brother had killed a good sized eight pointer in the same general area.

Cantrell hunted it hard for five weeks and hadn’t seen much. In fact, in the last five days he hadn’t seen a deer at all.

“I told my brother I hadn’t seen anything but a few does and I was thinking about pulling out … ”


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