Editor’s note: Last Sunday, Jason S. Erb harvested a once-in-a-lifetime Ohio trophy buck. The buck’s gross green score is 193 3/8” and this is his story.
I live in Alliance Ohio, however I harvested my buck in the adjoining Columbiana County. I have spent more time in the woods this year than I have the past five years combined due to a busy schedule with my children. This was my 17th night in my ladder stand. I have tried calling and using attracted scents over the years and have not been real successful, therefore I do not use them. I do everything I can to eliminate human odor and let nature take its course. I do use Dead Down Wind odor eliminator.
Last Sunday night, November 3 I got in my tree stand around 3:30 p.m. This was the first day of time change, making legal time 5:47. It was a very still evening, not even a leaf was moving. It was about 5:35 and a doe and two yearlings came out in the small field I was hunting. They grazed around the field a while and the doe started to get leery, she tucked her tail and walked away. I have been in the woods enough to know what that means. My Bear Attack compound bow was sitting across my lap. I turned my bow vertical and positioned my T- handle TRU-Ball release. Within a minute I saw another deer walking toward a scrape that was about 35 yards from me. At that time I could not tell it was even a buck. The deer walked over to the scrape that was there and started licking the branch. At that point I could see it was a buck, however I did not know even if it was a shooter. The buck started walking toward the yearlings and me.
As it started walking toward me I drew my bow, while still sitting. The buck got within 18 yards and I knew that he was a shooter, however I did not know he was as large as he was. I was focused on the shot and not looking at the size of his massive rack. I knew that I was within minutes of legal time, and trust me it was getting pretty dark. I let my “Indian bullet” (Gold Tip arrow fitted with a 2-Blade Rage) go and I hit my mark, or so I thought. I felt confident in my shot. He ran in the same direction he came from, the doe in the yearlings scattered from the field. After a few minutes I got down and went to where I shot. I found two thirds of my arrow with blood on it. I walked a few feet and found blood. At that point I walked back to my truck and sat for 45 minutes. I called everyone that I could think of, not that I wanted to talk to them but to kill time. If you are a hunter you know how long that 45 minutes feels like, HOURS!
After 45 minutes I walked down to the impact site and started following the blood trail. He backtracked on the same trail that he came in on. I followed the blood about 80 yards and found a white belly staring at me. As I walked up to the deer, I knew that he was a shooter however I was in shock. I called a friend to tell him I shot a nice deer, he asked me how big the deer was. I was quick to answer with 140- to 150-inch deer.
I told him I had to go, I had a lot of work to do. As I knelt over him and fondled his rack I almost cried. I knew this deer was a lot larger than what I recently thought. After I got the deer a friend of mine helped me drag the massive buck from where he expired. Luckily I only had to drag him about 30 yards before we hoisted him into the back of a mule. I would assume this deer was close to 250 pounds. After a full evening of show and tell I took him home and hung him in the garage, I wanted to sleep beside him with a gun to ensure no one messed with him! The next morning I took him to the taxidermist (Jeff Pusateri of Buckeye Taxidermy), he was even impressed. Jeff gross-scored my deer at 193 3/8 inches. He has 16 scoreboard points and his inside spread was 25 5/8 inch.
God Blessed me with a once in a lifetime buck!
Here are even more photos of this giant buck and the land Jason was hunting:
All photos courtesy Jason Erb
For all the info on how to pattern monster bucks with trail cams on your property, check out this GF article.
We don't blame you, Jason!