Hunter Extraordinaire! Monster 16-point Buck Bagged by Recent Texas A&M Agribusiness Grad

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Elusive deer meets his match in East Texas and becomes the talk of Douglass Texas, Nacogdoches County and beyond.

Small East Texas Community Basks in Success of Young Hunter Who Nabbed Huge, Elusive, Whitetail Buck

Douglass Texas native and Texas A&M Agribusiness graduate Clint Lowery poses with huge buck. Used with permission from Clint Lowery.
Deep in East Texas lies a community in western Nacogdoches County of 500 people named Douglass. It includes a wonderful group of hardworking Americans with a shop literally called "The General Store" and a restaurant labeled the "Corner Cafe" - along with a 2014 Douglass Indians high school baseball team which won the Class A state championship wearing camouflage uniforms. This is the type of community that parents and grandparents in larger towns and cities talk about endlessly as they reminisce about days gone by.

But there is big news in Douglass, Texas. The talk of the town - even among the patrons at the Southern Belle Salon - is a "local boy" named Clint Lowery. In the past few days, Lowery has probably become the most talked about hunter in East Texas and one of the year's biggest news stories in Douglass, a community on the southwestern edge of our Ark-La-Tex region. And it's all because Clint Lowery bagged a huge, 16-point, whitetail buck that had become almost legendary in Douglass since late summer.

Clint Lowery, graduate of Texas A&M, shows off the Aggie Ring. Photo used with permission from Clint Lowery.
Clint Lowery gives a 'thumbs
up' with "The Aggie Ring" 
As mentioned above, people in Nacogdoches County had been talking to each other about a buck with a huge rack in and around the area of Douglass High School for a few months. According to local buzz, the buck had entered and exited several properties both big and small within a three-mile radius of the school. 

It was the "big one," and Clint Lowery got him on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. "It's a once in a lifetime thing," said Lowery's uncle, Mike. "We're all really proud."

Close your eyes and conjure up a picture of a young man you would describe as "all American," and you are very likely to come up with someone almost exactly like the young man from Douglass. Clint Lowery is a 22-year old, exactly six-foot tall Texas A&M, College Station graduate in agriculture business. He came back home to Douglass, Texas to work with his father at the family farm he will one day be running himself. At age 14, Clint Lowery won "grand champion" at the Nacogdoches County Pro Rodeo with his steer, an English Cross weighing 1,260 pounds. He was also a state and nationally ranked high school baseball player.

Speaking with Ark-La-Tex.com, the polite and friendly Lowery was both interesting and heartfelt. In addition, it was completely obvious why pictures of the Douglass, Texas resident on Facebook were met with numerous comments below them about what an "outstanding young man" Lowery is and what a "special person" he is.

But it was Lowery's talent as a hunter plus a little bit of luck that helped him get the monster 16-pointer. You see, Lowery missed the opening of deer season because he was already scheduled to attend a clinic on artificial insemination for cattlemen in Canton, Texas. And, as you can guess, guys like Lowery don't break a firm commitment - even when deer season begins.

However, this turned out to be a blessing for Lowery, because his game camera was working that weekend. When the hunter returned from the artificial insemination clinic on Sunday, he began to marvel at the pictures of  the locally famous buck from his camera. The buck had been eating from Lowery's pile of corn near his empty hunting blind. Lowery then hunted on Monday. When he decided to go back on that pivotal Tuesday afternoon, he was initially elated to find the 16-point buck. But excitement turned quickly to discouragement when the animal moved behind a tree. Nevertheless, Lowery finally got his clear shot.

The palmated buck had split brow tines, and Lowery roughly estimates the rack at 174 5/8 Boone and Crockett inches. However, the Texas Big Game Awards will be the official judge.

News travels fast in Douglass, so Lowery said everyone already knows about the big buck. "For me, it was such a moment of joy and accomplishment, and everyone else has been saying 'wow' and telling me they are stunned. But everyone has just been super nice and saying congratulations."

The size of the buck even surprised Lowery, who knew the 16-pointer was big from seeing him on his game camera. "It's the biggest deer I have seen in my life in the wild," the hunter added. "We took him to the meat market last week, and he is going to provide us lots of meat for the coming winter. Nothing will be wasted."

Lowery said he was going to have a taxidermist do a whitetail deer shoulder mount. This means the hunter will have bragging rights for decades to come as the locally famous "big buck" will hang right on the walls of Lowery Farms. "It has been so crazy with social media," the A&M graduate said. "People I haven't talked to since college are getting in touch. Really been fun."
Clint Lowery on a sunny day of fishing

However, Nacogdoches County only allows hunters one deer per year, so Lowery will have to wait another 12 months to get a shot at his next big buck. That said, the all-American Lowery is also pretty good with a rod and reel. So don't be surprised to read that the smart and talented hunter from Nacogdoches County has caught a record breaking fish in the not too distant future. It's often said that good things come to good people.

At the same time, it is truly inspirational to hear about family, friends, neighbors and a local community rallying around Lowery after he bagged the big buck that had quickly become the stuff of local legend. It's like a feel-good movie with the perfect ending you can watch again and again. Indeed, rubbing elbows with the hardworking, salt of the earth citizens at the The General Store and ordering a piece of pie with coffee from the Corner Cafe sounds like the prescription for a happy and fulfilling life - just like proud Douglass native, farmer and hunter extraordinaire Clint Lowery. Ark-La-Tex.com

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