posted on December 14, 2013 10:14
By Mike Handley
After what happened to Joe Godar on Nov. 9, 2012, it's a pretty safe bet that the Ohio bowhunter will feel naked if he climbs another tree without some kind of rattling antlers.
He and a friend were hunting his property in Highland County that day, the first of three they managed to steal away from their jobs. Although the weather forecast wasn't exactly optimal, they set out to hunt from daylight 'til dark.
About 12:30, Joe ate the lunch he'd packed and shrugged out of a layer of clothes. Before resuming his vigil, he decided to try some aggressive rattling.
"When I sat down and glanced to my left, I saw a buck - a shooter - at 75 yards," he said. "Surprisingly, I did not panic. I didn't really have to deal with buck fever. I just knew and accepted that, for once, I was in the right place at the right time, and it was no time to make a mistake."
The arrow's penetration was lousy, but the shot was otherwise perfect.
Joe's 24-pointer, by far the largest whitetail ever harvested on the property his family has hunted for generations, has a BTR composite score of 223 1/8 inches. The rest of the story, in the hunter's own words, appeared in RACK magazine's September issue.