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By Mike Handley

Kevin FitchIt was as if the ground opened up and swallowed Kevin Fitch’s buck. One minute, it was on the receiving end of a shotgun slug (he hoped). The next, it was gone.

Not fall-down-dead gone. Not running-with-the-wind-and-leaving-a-blood-trail gone.

Just gone, leaving the hunter from Norwalk, Ohio, with Rodney Dangerfield eyes and a mouth full of bile.

Seconds earlier, Kevin had finally seen antlers atop one of the 20 or so deer zigzagging in the brush ahead of him. He didn’t have much of a window, but he thought the shot was doable.

“I was scanning heads, and, suddenly, I saw antlers. When they passed through an opening, followed by the head and neck of their wearer -- other than that, all I could see was the top of its back -- I slipped off the safety and squeezed the trigger,” he said. “After the shot, the buck simply vanished. It didn’t run off, and I didn’t actually see it fall.

“It just disappeared,” he added.

Turns out, the buck slipped into a big ice-filled hole left when a tree was toppled. Getting it out of there involved a second shot and a bit of wrestling (literally a head-lock), but Kevin managed with a little help.

He had no idea he was shooting at a 23-pointer with antlers that would rival the fallen tree’s root wad. It was Dec. 18, a last chance for Kevin and his son, Cody, to punch their tags by slugging a deer. Cody also shot a doe while his dad was playing in the root pond.

One of the largest bucks felled in Ohio in 2010, this Lorain County specimen has a composite score of 238 7/8 inches. A BTR score of 217 5/8 makes it No. 15 among Buckeye State shotgun harvests.

The full story, and it’s a good one, will appear in the October issue of RACK magazine, thanks to Ed Waite.

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Monday, June 27, 2011 10:44 AM
Thats a awesome buck not to many people have a chance to shoot a wall hanger like that. I have to nine points on the wall and a eight point thats not mounted it scored 120 7/8 nothing like that one of course but not to bad from around my way. Good luck this season on another great buck.
Jim Majka
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6:54 PM
Awesome buck! you Kevin. We don't have deer anything like that
here in florida.we would like to see one about half that big.I been hunting over
55 yrs.and yet have able to shoot one like that.again congrads,
Dan Hawthorn
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 2:03 PM
Congratulations Kevin. I would wade a frozen river for one like that and I have killed many whitetail and about 25 mule deer but nothing close to that one.

I had something like that happen to me one time when wild dogs were killing our calves, I shot this dog at 300 yards and he just disappeared and I knew I had hit him so I went to where he was and he had fallen into a burned out stump hole. It sure gives you a funny feeling when something just disappears like that.

Congrats on a very nice wall hanger.
Dennis A. McDade
# Dennis A. McDade
Thursday, June 30, 2011 6:52 PM
Awesome buck,the Good Lord was sure watchin over you that day.It will be hard to top that one,congrats.

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