posted on April 21, 2013 08:52
By Mike Handley
Jeremy Schmeidler might no longer play baseball, but that doesn't mean he's incapable of hitting a wicked curve ball out of the park.
Nine days into the Sunflower State's 2012 bow season, the 33-year-old from Hays, Kan., decided to ditch the game plan he'd so carefully crafted in favor of a whim. Rather than gamble with a less-than-ideal wind and a hunter-savvy buck, he rolled the dice by spending the evening inside an abandoned house on his 750 acres.
Doing so meant that if Jeremy even saw Wild Thing, the buck he so desperately wanted, he'd have no knowledge of his approach and only a minute to react if he did. It would almost be like taking a blind swing at a fastball.
Jeremy retrieved a trail camera photograph of this buck in May. Although it was very early in the antler growing season and the deer's main beams hadn't grown far beyond the budding brow tines, the mass was incredible. Also, the bases were encircled by irregular points.
"It was very obvious this buck was turning into something special," Jeremy said. "By the first week of August, he was a bonafide giant. We were 100 percent sure he would top the 200-inch mark."
Jeremy's quest for Wild Thing was filmed for the TV show "Full Draw Adventures" – nine innings worth of footage to produce an episode that's supposed to air in July.
A week after a very close call, they got the ending they wanted.
Because the wind and thermals were wrong for the blind where he'd had the close encounter, Jeremy opted to set up in a little stone house where he suspected the deer might enter an alfalfa field. To minimize scent, he took the extra step of pitching a pop-up blind inside the house, leaving only two flaps open.
From those, Jeremy could shoot out of the house's front door or only window. He wound up shooting out of the door.
"If I hadn't already had my release clipped to the string and my Mathews in my lap, I wouldn't be telling this story," he said.
Maybe three seconds after the cameraman hit the record button, Jeremy's arrow sailed 11 yards and smacked the 22-pointer that took top honors at this year's Monster Buck Classic in Topeka. Its BTR composite score is 225 1/8 inches.
The story is one of the best you'll read in RACK magazine this fall.