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By Mike Handley

Chris MiragliaChris Miraglia looked like one of George Romero's zombies when he staggered into his suburban Ohio home on Oct. 24, 2011. Had it not been for the goofy grin underneath his bloody and creviced brow, his wife might've screamed.

She almost did anyway.

"I got him! I stuck him good!" he mumbled, which, to her, sounded more like "I want to eat your brains!"

And then it registered: Chris had used "him" and "stuck" in the same sentence, which could mean only that he'd put an arrow through Big Boy, a buck with which her husband had become infatuated. But had he field-dressed it with his teeth?

"After I shot Big Boy and saw him lay down, I was hyperventilating," Chris explained. "I was so intent on keeping my eyes on him, I missed the last three steps on the ladder, went down and hit a tree face-first.

"I split my forehead wide open and was bleeding pretty profusely," he added. "I was too excited to even care."

Because Chris had literally been hunting in his back yard outside Canton, the last thing he wanted to do was push the buck out of the small copse of woods and onto a neighbor's lawn. So he slept fitfully and didn't return until the following morning.

The deer hadn't moved.

With a BTR score of 176 6/8, this Stark County 18-pointer is No. 5 among Ohio's bow-taken Semi-irregulars. Its composite score is 201 3/8 inches.

The full story by Ed Waite will appear in the July issue of RACK magazine.

Dates to Remember

March 16-18: If you're interested in becoming a Buckmasters scorer, the next measuring class will be held during Circle M Auctions' 11th Annual Whitetail Classic Sport Show and Antler Auction in Dubuque, Iowa's Grand River Center. You'll have to pre-register for the class. This rare opportunity aside, the show attracts truckloads of antlers and serious collectors. For information about the class and to download the pre-registration forms, click HERE.

Jeffrey Castle Lewis Lawson Stephen Shugars Austin Chandler Ryan Noffsinger Douglas Dorff BTR

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j.t. guinan
# j.t. guinan
Monday, March 05, 2012 8:33 AM
Thats a great buck, sound like you got him in a houseing project. congrats, however, now you have an 95% chance he's your best ever lifetime and you gotta settle for the 140-160's in the world. bummer huh.
Ed Waite
# Ed Waite
Monday, March 05, 2012 5:42 PM
Hey Tim,
I wouldn't mind more info on these two braggin boar names:
Steven Shugar
Jeffrey Castle

Thanks
Ed
Dave
# Dave
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 10:51 AM
Great buck and story. Who cares if you never take one bigger. What a thrill.
Dean
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 12:27 PM
NICE BUCK!!! A memory you'll have FOREVER!! Congrats!!
Chris Miraglia
# Chris Miraglia
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 1:00 PM
Thanks Guys.
Dennis A. McDade
# Dennis A. McDade
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 8:14 PM
Awesome Deer,buddy.Those suburban bucks sure get Big cause they aint got no pressure.Congrats.
R.Stewart Ullstrom
Thursday, March 08, 2012 5:58 PM
both deer are awesome!! I live in suburban Pittsburgh,Pa. I know the monsters are here!!! Gotta figure out how to get after 'em legally!!

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