posted on August 27, 2012 07:03
By Mike Handley
Shawn Greathouse is certainly not a novice bowhunter. He’s Colorado’s director for the Archery Shooters Association, a former national champion 3-D shooter, and his trophy room looks like a wing in the Smithsonian.
You’d think a guy like him would know everything there is to know about hunting just about anything with four legs and a season.
What made 2011 memorable, however, was a trick he learned on the fly from a friend in Kansas.
Shawn and his landowner friend, Brian Becker, were discussing where to hunt one foggy morning.
“Sit anywhere you want,” Brian laughed, knowing that it would be difficult to see a tree, let alone a deer. But he also recommended rattling, adding that he’d had good luck in ladder stands by lowering a pair of antlers on a rope and jiggling them a couple of feet off the ground.
It worked like a charm, and Shawn notched his tag after letting the air out of a tremendous buck.
But that’s not the deer in this photo.
When he got back home to Colorado, he took his bow to public ground. A day later, his new jiggling trick lured in a muley buck.
Another hunter stuck it, but the shot wasn’t lethal. A little more than an hour after the dejected man left, Shawn made a 53-yard shot look terribly easy by skewering an even bigger whitetail than the one he got in Kansas three days earlier.
Had the mule deer buck not responded to the antler jiggling, had the other hunter not shot at it and left, things probably would’ve turned out differently.
At 176 7/8 inches (without the inside spread), Shawn’s public-land Colorado buck is the runner-up to the state compound bow record. Pete Schoonmaker’s story about his friend’s exceptional deer season will appear in Rack magazine this fall.