Wisconsin: 197 2/8” Typical Bow Buck Should Be Fond du Lac County Record

Dusty Gerrits tweeted a picture of his giant bow buck, and I tweeted him back, asking for the details:

Hi Mike: I rec'd a tweet from you asking for info for your blog, here are the basics.

I shot this buck on Tuesday morning, Nov. 6, near Waupun, WI. The buck many hunters called "The Alto Ghost" or "Big Surprise" had not shown himself this year on our property until the morning I harvested him. Our gang had trail cam pictures of him last year, but none this year. But the neighbors, and many other locals, had several pics of him this year. I have attached a photo a fellow hunter gave me that lives about a mile away from us as the crow flies.

That morning I was actually hunting a different buck we call "Tiny"; we had pictures of Tiny on a scrape the morning before, so I set up there. Tiny is an upper-140s to 150ish 10 point that has lived on our property for the last 3 years. This year we decided to take him if we had the opportunity.

I had a couple smaller bucks show up at first light, but not Tiny. Then to my surprise, Big Surprise showed up to bump a small 8 point that was working the scrape in front of me.  Big Surprise kept pushing the small 8 around, but he wouldn't give me a shot. I was able to draw back once, but had to let off. Luckily, he came around again, and I was able to get a shot off. He took off, and I heard a crash.

Of course then the mind games set in. I wondered if it was actually a crash, or was I hearing things? I sat in my tree after the shot for about 45 minutes. I had to get down and investigate as rain was coming soon. I found blood and then, to my surprise, the Big Surprise. He only went about 50 yards!

The buck gross green scored 197 2/8 typical. Should be a Fond du Lac County record for typical bow, and has an outside chance for state. Thanks, Dusty

Wow, what a buck, another amazing WI giant. Congrats Dusty! comment




Ian in WI's Gravatar The Area in and around the horicon Marsh will always and forever produce giants liek this one. Man thats an awesome deer! Congrats
to the hunter im hoping my big boy grows up on the south side of the Marsh for next year.
# Posted By Ian in WI | 12/26/12 4:37 AM
Cary Dion's Gravatar Great buck, great story.
# Posted By Cary Dion | 12/26/12 2:28 PM
Dean Weimer's Gravatar That's it...I'm moving to Wisconsin. Congrats on a great buck.
# Posted By Dean Weimer | 12/26/12 6:14 PM
Jeremy's Gravatar NEW WI STATE RECORD TYPICAL!!!! 189 3/8"
# Posted By Jeremy | 1/8/13 12:25 PM