posted on June 16, 2013 09:47
By Mike Handley
If you see shelves bearing "Sneeze(s) in a Can" in your favorite sporting goods store this summer, don't laugh. Just pull out your wallet and thank Larry Finley.
After losing the battle to stifle a sneeze last November, the deer hunter from London, Ky., barely had time to wipe his nose before a 226 7/8-inch (composite score) whitetail ran into his bullet.
Larry is among 13 friends who lease 880 acres on the Ohio River in Pendleton County.
Because many members had stumbled across sign indicating a very large buck was living within their jurisdiction, not even the worst weather imaginable could keep them home when the rifle season commenced.
"It was warm that weekend, actually the worst hunting conditions you could ask for," remembered Larry, who chose to hunt from a borrowed ladder stand overlooking a sign-riddled hollow he'd discovered the first year he joined the club.
Opening Saturday was a bust, but Sunday's hunt was a short one.
"My allergies were killing me," Larry said. "After a while, I sneezed … not very loud. Next, I was just sitting there with my head back when I heard a shot."
When he sat up and looked around, Larry saw this buck charging downhill. He didn't think twice before squeezing the trigger.
After sitting there for about 30 minutes, Larry got down and began to look for blood. When he found some, he returned to the clubhouse to recruit helpers.
The 21-pointer was the largest whitetail felled by a rifleman in Kentucky last year. Overall, it's No. 14 among the state's rifle harvests.
Dale Weddle, master scorer and author, shares the details in RACK magazine this fall.