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By Mike Handley

Ron PooleIf dancing the Macarena would give me a second chance at a departing buck, I’d grab my hips and swish for all I’m worth. And if you’re a bowhunter, you know exactly how I feel.

Nothing is more frustrating than watching an enormous buck walk out of your life, ignoring your most provocative urrps, wahhs and even the clash of rattlin’ horns, be they real or synthetic. If a shooter is beyond bow range, especially if it’s getting farther away, most bowhunters will throw everything they’ve got at him.

Ron Poole did the Hail-Mary thing last Nov. 19 in Iowa. Realizing he wasn’t going to pull the monstrous 22-pointer off a hot doe by grunting or hoping, he dug out a snort-wheeze call and invited Romeo to a butt-kicking, and it worked like a charm.

While a lot of bucks will do anything to avoid sharing real estate with a huff-and-puffer, the bullies often come running. Ron’s deer was of the latter group, which is why it’s now hanging on his wall in Hector, Ark.

Ron uses a compound bow, but he’s an instinctive shooter who prefers fingers over a release. Although he had a hard time not looking at antlers, he drilled the buck at 35 yards. It wound up being Iowa’s largest bow-killed Irregular in 2010, No. 6 for its category there.

The buck’s official BTR score is 213 7/8 inches; its composite tally (spread included) is 233 3/8.

To be perfectly honest, Ron’s story is far more interesting than pulling out a deer call. It also involves hunting the smallest and least desirable tract available to him that day, as well as a botched application that was supposed to ensure his friend could join him.

You can read all about it in the August issue of Rack magazine.

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mike romzek
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 11:15 AM
real nice buck , nice shot at 35 yards with fingers
Joe Thurman
# Joe Thurman
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 1:21 PM
I shoot fingers as well. I don't like a release. I also hunt Iowa. Seeing this makes me want to be in my stand right now. Great shooting, what a trophy.
David Vanattia
# David Vanattia
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 1:44 PM
Ron, that is one of the biggest deer I've ever seen, you are one lucky person, I realize you must have worked hard to get a chance at that deer and snort wheezing really works, I don't know how you're going to top this deer. Congratulations!!
Brian Bennett
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 4:27 PM
Holey smackeral Ronboy, that's a whopper!
Congratulations on a fine animal. They don't come any nicer than the ones we take ourselves! I look forward to your story in Rack mag.
PS got room in your treestand?
Congratulations you bum!
davidedge
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 9:28 PM
condgradulation on an extremly nice whitetail not very many to get a shot at a animal of that caliber so good job ron
r david bicket
# r david bicket
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 10:04 PM
Nice buck, whether you took it with a bow or gun.. I have been hunting for years and seen nothing close to that from one of my stands. good job trying to top that..
ANTHONY VACCARELLI
# ANTHONY VACCARELLI
Thursday, May 12, 2011 11:09 PM
THAT IS A VERY IMPRESSIVE DEER RON. I HAVE BEEN DEER HUNTING FOR 30 YEARS NOW AND HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING CLOSE TO WHAT YOU HAVE SHOT. THAT INCLUDES PAID HUNTS TO WYOMING AND SOUTH DAKOTA. CONGRADULATIONS ON A GREAT DEER, TAKE UP GOLF OR SOMETHING ELSE......YOU AINT TOPPING THAT BIG GUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ron Poole
# Ron Poole
Monday, May 16, 2011 10:06 AM
Thanks guys
I was blessed to get a shot at him
The woods that i was in is not as big as my yard and i dont have a big yard
If I had been in the big woods i might have killed a big one
Joe Thurman
# Joe Thurman
Monday, May 16, 2011 12:04 PM
That's funny Ron!! If he isn't the big one.. Then you have your hands full trying to get the big one. I like those small pockets of timber. It's amazing what they hold.
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