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Scott Rawlings

By Mike Handley

Scott Rawlings thought he'd never best the 173-inch drop-tined buck he arrowed in 2011.

But that was before the bowhunter from Chillicothe, Ohio, checked a trail camera three weeks into October, 2012. The photograph he retrieved put a spring back in his step.

"By the end of September, I had not gotten a single picture of a buck on my Wildgame Innovations camera," he said. "I was worried that (epizootic hemorrhagic disease) had hit my area and killed all the mature deer."

The only reason Scott didn't panic was because he hadn't stumbled across any dead ones.

Keeping upbeat wasn't easy, however. Although he spent many hours in stands the first three weeks of October, he saw very few deer, and none of them bucks, not even little ones.

The best possible antidepressant was the photo he pulled on Oct. 25. And wouldn't you know it: His vacation was scheduled to begin the following week.

Each side of the Ross County 16-pointer's rack carries more than 17 inches of irregular growth. It's BTR composite score (spread included) is 194 6/8 inches.

Ed Waite measured the deer and wrote the story for RACK magazine's August issue.

Ohio is having yet another banner year for monster bucks in 2013. Stay tuned for some state-specific recaps in January.

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