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Wisconsin Whopper

KozakBy Ben Kozak

-- My father and I hunt a 105-acre property that my family owns in Shawano County, Wisc. On opening day of gun season, Nov. 17, I saw several small bucks, letting them pass along with a half-dozen does.

I was looking down a shooting lane, watching two does moving through the swamp. Suddenly they stopped and turned to look deeper in the swamp. A doe came running across the lane.

Thinking a buck would be right behind her, I grabbed my gun. Sure enough, a big deer followed her into the lane and stopped, his shoulder behind a tree. I waited for a clear shot, but one never came. The buck walked out of sight.

Subscribe Today!I decided to wait and see if the buck would circle. Twenty minutes later, the doe returned and stopped in the lane again. The buck reappeared moments later.

I pushed off the safety and squeezed the trigger when the doe was well ahead of the buck. He was down!

I didn’t know how big he truly was until I walked up to him. He has 12 points and an inside spread of 18 inches. The rack scored 170 2/8 inches (gross).

--Ben Kozak

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