posted on March 10, 2013 14:18
This 45-pointer from Iowa is one of three whitetails from last season with BTR composite scores exceeding 300 inches. I wrote about one of those, an enormous Kansas buck that succumbed to EHD, last week.
This buck, which succumbed to a bullet wound, grosses 309 2/8.
The man who shot it is Tim Forret, who spends far more time behind the wheels of combines and tractors than he does hunting deer.
He first saw this buck while harvesting beans in 2011. The other time he saw it, the tag in his pocket was good only for an antlerless deer.
Tim and his young son, Zach, became obsessed with the giant whitetail, and they were thrilled to collect several trail cam photos of it in the summer of 2012. They devoted many hours to scheming, setting up a new blind and sighting-in the boy's new muzzleloader, which they agreed to share.
Father and son saw the buck they'd nicknamed Ol' Two Rows (for the way it flattened corn stalks) in the flesh on Sept. 30, while harvesting beans.
Because the drought spurred an earlier-than-usual harvest, Tim was able to get a buck tag for the early muzzleloader season. If he hadn't, his Oct. 20 hunt would've ended much differently.
Tim had lost sight of a couple of bucks he'd been watching and was scanning the woods line when his gaze fell upon a third with a familiar face. Identifying it took maybe one second, even in the fading light.
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