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Kelly DoylBy Mike Handley

Trudging a mile and breaking a sweat to reach a remote river bend is a small price to pay for smoking a centerfold buck.

Kelly Doyl, a 51-year-old printing press operator from Walker, Iowa, knows the value of sweat equity and expending boot leather.

On Oct. 18, 2010, he and his brother, Bryan, hiked to a distant ridge overlooking a small river and hung stands about 300 yards apart. They saw the sunrise from those positions the next morning, the coldest day they’d had to that point in Buchanan County.

Shortly after daybreak, a forkhorn crossed the ridge near Kelly’s stand. After it disappeared, he rattled lightly with a 130ish set of antlers he’d sawed off roadkill. Twenty minutes later, he tried again -- a bit more aggressively -- and immediately heard something coming.

He couldn’t see the buck, at first, because of the leaves still on the trees. When he finally glimpsed it, head-on, he wasn’t too impressed. The rack was only about 16 inches wide. But when the buck turned its head to the left and Kelly saw the right side, he changed his mind in a hurry.

Thanks to eight long tines -- the smallest being one tick under 9 inches -- the Doyl Buck is a magnificent mainframe 5x5 that grosses nearly 200 inches by its lonesome. The 17 irregular points contribute another 54 inches to the final tally. Its BTR composite score is 248 6/8.

Nick SkinnerAnother Iowa Smoker

While bowhunting with a friend, Jeff Davis, in Ohio last month, I had the privilege of laying a tape to another awesome Iowa rack. Jeff was replicating the antlers for the hunter, Nick Skinner, who’d shot the buck with a muzzleloader in 2010. Ironically, I’d just written the story a few days earlier about Kelly Doyl’s deer.

The Skinner Buck, a 10x10 with an official score of 219 3/8, is a new No. 3. Factor in the inside spread, and its true gross is 238 6/8.

I haven’t spoken to Nick yet. He was bowhunting in Illinois while I was trying to punch a tag in Ohio. But we’ll connect eventually.

Meanwhile, Kelly’s deer is in the bag, so to speak. It’ll be featured in the July 2012 issue of Rack magazine.

Jim Holly Jonathan Wilson BTR Donna Lambeth

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calvin kuhlman
# calvin kuhlman
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 2:24 PM
Im very impressed. That is a buck of a lifetime. That's everybodys dream. Im in washington state and if you get a white tail scoring. 130. In. You have a good one I've got what I call some nice ones but my best grosses 137 an soumthing and I feel its a real trophy. I watch the hunting channel and see all of the bucs all over. I can't imagine that. You hunt hard for a week here on state ground and if you get a shot at a buck you are lucky. Are percentage of sucess in wash is very low. But nice job and congradulations on one fine whopper of a buck, its a beauty.
Phillip Ricks
# Phillip Ricks
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 9:40 AM
That is a buck of a lifetime . I live in South Mississippi Greene County and a 130 buck is a buck of a lifetimtime. I still live in an area where dog hunting is still allowed and it is really hurting our antler growth. It also makes the deer nocturnal to the extreme. If someone wants a challenge of a lifetime come to South Mississippi and try to kill a 4 year old buck. I kill atleast one 4 yr. old a year. My opinion if you can kill a 4yr. old buck here I can score a 170 in Iowa like eating chocolate cake.
# Jake
Friday, December 02, 2011 8:09 PM
what about Canadian readers????????
Dennis A. McDade
# Dennis A. McDade
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 7:26 PM
What a pig,I don't think I would have had to look at that twice before I shot it,awesome Buck congrats.
wesley eubanks
# wesley eubanks
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 3:28 PM
Hunting south east ms is probobly the hardest area on the country to hunt. Not that there are not good bucks just that they are smarter than you. If you dont belive me, go see for yourself. Ive hunted there all my life. A 140 class buck from greene co? Id like to see that on tv
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