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Mark Sharp

By Mike Handley

After a long day on the job, Mark Sharp wasn't sure he wanted to go bowhunting after work on Nov. 8, 2013. Although that's usually a good time to be in a deer stand, he hadn't seen much activity to that point.

While trying to decide what to do, the man from Washington Court House, Ohio, checked the wind direction several times that day. Still, it was hard to commit.

He wound up calling his brother-in-law during the drive home for their daily discussion of what they'd seen in the woods the previous day.

"He convinced me I should go out that evening," Mark said. "He said, 'It is Nov. 8, dude. You HAVE to!'"

Mark opted to go to a farm he'd hunted only twice that year, a place that had seemed devoid of deer. A buddy had mentioned that the neighbor had finally harvested his corn, which meant the resident whitetails would've been pushed back into the timber.

Mark used a doe-in-heat scent bomb, his grunt and bleat calls to lure the only deer he saw to that day to within top-pin bow range.

The double-lunged buck crossed a creek onto the neighbor's ground, but Mark secured temporary permission to look for it. And the search didn't take very long. He was accompanied by his brother- and father-in-law.

"My brother-in-law and I could not believe our eyes," he said. "I knew in that exact moment I would probably never experience another high like that. I was so pumped that I had trouble sleeping that night.

Mark's buck has a BTR composite score of 215 6/8 inches. The complete story will appear in RACK magazine.

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