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Alek MuladoreBy Mike Handley

If what happened last year in Highland County, Ohio, can be duplicated, deer hunters might benefit from Lamaze classes.

Don't laugh. Little frizzy-haired Alek Muladore might be the only deer hunter to have gasped and huffed his way into the record books.

So shaken by the buck beyond his .410 shotgun's bead last fall, the 8-year-old's breathing was more like that of a woman in labor. It was even loud enough for the giant whitetail to hear it, although the animal found the panting sounds more intriguing than alarming.

The boy's father, Justin, was about to have a stroke. The deer was leaving, spooked by three does that had busted the duo at the top of the double ladder stand.

"I think I said 'Shoot' 400 times in about two seconds," Justin laughed. "But my son was suffering from buck fever. He was gasping and huffing, and the buck heard him. But instead of running, it turned back to look.

"That's when Alek finally pulled the trigger," he added.

The Muladores were hunting the family's 160-acre farm. Last year was Alek's first to carry a firearm, and it was Nov. 20, the first long-anticipated day of the state's youth hunt.

All the heavy breathing took place not long after a foggy sunrise, when Justin saw the deer approaching and woke Alek.

Justin, unable to find blood the first time he got down and looked, thought his son had missed. When he looked again an hour later, he saw hair and, eventually, a single drop. They found the buck entangled in a deadfall not far from where they'd last seen it standing.

Later, at the check station, Alek's face hurt from smiling for photographs. The posing stopped when the young entrepreneur got the idea to announce that any more pictures would cost a dollar.

Alek's 13-pointer carries 178 3/8 inches of antler. Add to that a 20-inch inside spread, and the BTR composite score is 198 3/8. With only two abnormal points totalling 7 3/8 inches, the buck falls into our typical category -- No. 9 in its class for the state of Ohio.

Ed Waite's story about Alek's unique first buck will appear this fall in RACK magazine.

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Tim Pappenfus
Monday, September 12, 2011 8:07 PM
Way to go Alek! Nice buck!
# Vince
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 11:18 AM
Don't let anybody give you grief over having buck fever, Alek! I've been a hunter most of my life and if I saw your awesome buck within slug range, I'd be huffing too!
Ron Watson
# Ron Watson
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 8:15 PM
way to go Alek. you will have to hunt a long time to one that nise again.
Dave Kendall
# Dave Kendall
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:30 PM
Very nice buck and congrats. That buck would give any one, buck fever.
Dennis A. McDade
# Dennis A. McDade
Thursday, September 15, 2011 4:57 PM
Awesome Buck young fella,I am glad you calmed down enough to pull the trigger,I would have struggled too.
justin muladore
# justin muladore
Monday, September 19, 2011 10:51 PM
I'm so proud of my son. But now I have to listen to him tell me my deer on the wall are so small they should have spots.
richard moore
# richard moore
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 10:31 AM
A .410 is a woefully inadequate gun to dee hunt with. There is a great chance of wounding the deer. A 20 gauge slug is the bare minimum.
Irving Stammreich
# Irving Stammreich
Sunday, November 13, 2011 4:01 PM
@richard moore, Don't rain on the boy's parade. He will learn as he gets more experience. Very nice buck, Alek. I would have gotten buck fever just seeing that big boy.
Ron Hamilton
# Ron Hamilton
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:37 AM
Congratulations Alek again... maybe someday you can teach your dad how to kill a buck this size.
Tammy Mongold
# Tammy Mongold
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:42 AM
WAY TO GO ALEK!!! We are all so proud of you!!!
stephanie muladore
# stephanie muladore
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 4:56 PM
@ Richard Moore way to kill a young child's self esteem. Maybe you should host a talk show like Dr Phil! Good job Alek. You and your woefully inadequate gun did a fantastic job!
John Parker
# John Parker
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 5:49 AM
Way to go ALEK!!! We could be takin notes from you. And as far as being woefully under armed, well, who's in the picture w/ the buck of a lifetime and who is nit picking. A .410 MUST be enough for you to have killed him!!! You just must be a better shot!!! Congrats dude!!!
# Tammy
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 7:20 AM
@Dick Moore, excuse me for using the short version of your, but I feel calling you Richard would be woefully inadaquate on my part. The next time you decide to shoot down the amazing accomplishment of a wonderful little boy......DON'T!!
Lou Ann McLees
# Lou Ann McLees
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 12:45 PM
Well said Tammy!

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