T. William (Bill) Knapp hunted whitetails with us every single year since 1997. He passed away only a few months shy of his 21st hunt at Adobe Lodge.
Most remarkably, Bill Knapp collected our fabled "Buck of the Year" three separate times - the only hunter ever to do so - and his first time was on that very first hunt with us back in 1997. In fact, despite our standard warning to first-time hunters - "Don't shoot the first buck you will see" - that is exactly what Bill did. In confessing the error of his ways, Bill was fearful of some kind of admonition. But all he got was heaps of praise for harvesting such a magnificent buck.
1997 150 5/8 inches
2003 171 2/8 inches
2006 162 3/8 inches
Bill's second "Buck of the Year" also just happens to be the largest buck ever taken by a Home Camp hunter. What's more, the big guy was "rattled-in" by Bill's guide, Jerry Watts, obviously the largest buck ever collected by rattling.
The third Best-Buck came from a blind which Bill's guide (not Jerry) decided held little chance for success of any kind. The guide was trying to placate Bill's unhappiness at seeing little or nothing by placing him where the trend was likely to continue. Shows you how much any of us know about where the big ones might lurk. This 2006 buck currently sits in fourth place on our All Time Best Buck's list. Bill credited nothing but "Good Luck" for this one.
Back in 2002, Bill's buck that year was sitting in the # 1 position until our final hunt of the season. So he almost had a fourth title on his wall.
Only half in jest, Bill referred to himself as "The Legend of Adobe Lodge." None of us ever challenged his claim.
Over the two decades of hunting with us, Bill introduced us to his good-buddy, Ray Reynolds, his son, Eric Knapp, and a host of other friends including Wendell MacPherson. During the coming 2017 season, Bill was bringing two grandsons, Dylan and Andrew Knapp to show them what he found so addicting about his Adobe Lodge experiences.
We offer our sincerest condolences to Bill's entire family. For sure, he was speical to everyone at Adobe Lodge. The link below will take you to his obituary.