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Shane and Jesse King

By Mike Handley

You don't have to read this to get the story behind one of the biggest bucks that hit the dirt in Kansas last season. Just click HERE.

The 14-minute Youtube video opens with a couple of high-schoolers sitting in a den and setting the stage for a short deer hunt. They're a bit like the characters Wayne and Garth from the mid-1980s SNL skit "Wayne's World," although these teenagers were born long after Dana Carvey and Mike Myers left "Saturday Night Live."

There's footage of one of the guys, Shane King, rattling, followed by glimpses of one of the biggest free-roaming bucks ever filmed as it freshens several scrapes before presenting a shot.

What begins as a self-filmed, public-access-type broadcast from a homemade studio ends with the recovery of an enormous whitetail that might well launch Shane's career in the outdoors industry.

The senior at Salina South High School knew this buck was roaming the property he hunts. He'd seen it twice, both times well beyond bow range. The 18-year-old bowhunter was so obsessed with it that he passed up numerous deer afterward, including some chip-shots at animals that would've made the rest of us drool.

Shane and his buddy went to the 80-yard-wide strip of woods on Friday evening, Nov. 2.  Shane's stand was facing north, very near the field's edge to his right. Baxter, who had already tagged out for the year, was armed with a video camera and 40 yards deeper into the creek bottom in a climbing stand.

When Shane saw several deer enter the field in the distance, he began rattling and grunting, hoping the big buck was among them. As soon as he turned to hang his rattling antlers on the tree, he spotted the giant at 80 yards, running toward him.

Rather than come directly to Shane, the big whitetail began hitting the scrapes. Shane threw out a few grunts to lure it even closer.

When the deer was at 15 yards at 6:15, Shane loosed an arrow.

The buddies waited a couple of hours before tracking the buck in the dark. When the trail ventured onto the neighbor's property, they stopped for the night. After gaining permission to continue searching, they found it the next morning.

Shane's buck carries a BTR composite score of 226. Although bigger, it was declared the runner-up to the biggest non-typical bowkill at the recent Monster Buck Classic in Topeka, which uses the B&C yardstick for its contest. The No. 1 deer there had fewer deductions.

Be sure to read the rest of the story in RACK magazine this fall.

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