Ohio: 36-point Freak Buck! Submitted : Dec 17,2012
John Schmucker and a few other Amish hunters had seen the freak for three years. The deer had points and stickers shooting off his beams everywhere. They had found his massive rubs, power-pole thick. The giant had become a local legend in the tight-knit Amish farming community of Adams County, Ohio, but the hunters kept it a secret.
After work on September 30, 2006 Schmucker snuck into a strip of woods near a crop field and ran his climbing stand up a tree. He soon saw a small buck, which he recognized immediately. The freak had traveled with that buck and another little one all summer. The young buck made for his stand; Schmucker figured the giant was close. And then there he was! Schmucker launched a bolt from his Horton crossbow; the deer ran about 80 yards and died in a heap.
Varying accounts said the 36-pointer gross-scored between 295 and 304 non-typical. Regardless of net score people figured Schmucker’s monster would go down as one of the top bucks ever killed in the United States.
They were right; the Xbow giant netted an amazing 291 2/8.
Lessons learned from this buck: The best scouting you can do is with your eyeballs and binoculars; watch and pattern a buck for days, weeks or even years, however long it takes to get a shot at him…most mature bucks have small home ranges; incredible as it sounds, many giants like this 300-incher live in core areas of only several hundred yards…once you find a monster keep your trap shut; the fewer hunters who know about him the better…early, early bow season, when deer are still locked into summer bed-to-feed patterns, is second only to the rut as the best time to shoot a big boy…study and come to recognize all the bucks in a bachelor’s group; if you see one of them you know the others--maybe a huge shooter you’ve had your eye on--is nearby.