Ryk, you’ve got to get down to the shop,” Kevin Berge urged. “And don’t forget your measuring tape!”
Kevin was telephoning from my Edmonton archery store, Visscher’s Archery World. It was Saturday morning, September 21. Don McGarvey, one of our regular pro shop customers, had just stopped by with a huge buck he’d arrowed the previous evening. As Don rattled off his story to Kevin and another shop employee, Rob Littlemore, Kevin glanced out the window. One look was all it took. Although the buck was resting on its side in the back of a truck, one antler was clearly visible above the sideboards. This was no ordinary buck. Kevin decided he’d call me at home.
Don McGarvey was visibly excited. “Don was still shaking when he got out of the truck and ran into the store,” Kevin told me later. “It’s lucky his friend Dan Wiles was there to drive.”
Seems after Don downed the monster whitetail on the evening of September 20, he tagged it and left it in the field overnight. He knew he’d need help retrieving the big buck. Enter Dan Wiles who returned with Don the following morning to take field photos and help load the deer. Instinctively, Don knew his buck was something special; however, this was his first trophy-class animal and he had no idea what to do next. Recalling that I’m an official Pope and Young Club measurer, Don decided to ask me for advice. He and Dan climbed in the truck and headed for my pro shop.