Check Out this 195-Inch Ohio Trophy Buck
December 18, 2013
Editor's Note: On December 2, 2013, a hunter who wishes to remain nameless bagged this Ohio trophy buck in Richland County with a 12-gauge. The buck's green score is 195-1/4" non-typical, 175-3/4" typical. This is the story as told by his son.
[caption id="attachment_44362" align="alignleft" width="442"] Not bad for being the first buck he'd ever killed![/caption]
There are three generations of my family that hunt my father's farm, my son, me and my father. This deer hadn't been seen by any of us until this 2013-2014 deer season. The first indication that we had this buck on the farm appeared on a trail camera. The picture was a distant capture of him on October 8, 2013 at 5:22 a.m. The next time he was seen, he was spotted by my son on October 26 at approximately 7:15 p.m. when he was leaving the farm after an afternoon hunt. I saw him right at dark about 75 yards from my tree stand on November 30th as shooting time had expired for the day. We've only been able to see him at dark.
My father hadn't hunted at all this season and hadn't in a couple of years. He and Grandma had been talking about wanting to try canning deer meat sometime. Monday's first day of Ohio shotgun season was relatively warm considering the time of year (he won't hunt if it's too cold). After Grandpa got home from work that afternoon, Grandma said to him, "Go out and shoot a deer so we can try canning some deer meat!" Grandpa gathered his Ithaca 12-gauge shotgun, some old slugs he had lying around that were roughly 10 years old, put his orange vest on over a pair of old camouflage coveralls and headed to the woods just after 3 p.m.
He went to the area of the woods where my son and I have our tree stands. Instead of getting up in a stand he picked a random spot and sat on a log next to a tree. At about 4:45 p.m., he noticed some movement straight out in front of the direction he was facing. He recognized it was a deer casually walking in his direction. A moment after that, he saw the deer had antlers but didn't pay much attention to the size of them as he really didn't care. He just wanted to shoot a deer, any deer, so he and Grandma could "can" it.
The deer continued on a line straight at Grandpa, who slowly raised his gun and focused on the deer's body. The deer continued his causal walk, nose on the ground, to a point where it was passing Grandpa broadside at 15 yards. It was at that point the deer would run its last 50 yards of its life.
This was the second deer Grandpa ever shot in his life, as he is an occasional hunter. His first deer was a doe!
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