Announcing the winner of the 2009 Deer of the Year contest...
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Congratulations to Dakota Thorstenson for taking the Outdoor Life Deer of the Year! Dakota wins a $200 gift certificate to Cabela’s for one truly great buck.
Due to the outpouring of amazing sportsmanship by Deer of the Year candidates such as Eugene Mancl, James Hagman and Aaron and Brant Ludwig, our friends at Cabela’s have donated an additional $200 gift certificate to the family of the late Adam Riehl. The thoughts of the entire Outdoor Life and Cabela’s families are with you.
Dakota wasted no time in proving his hunting prowess. The 12-year-old dropped this wide mule deer buck on the run at 200 yards during his first rifle season. He’d seen the deer several times during bow season, but never was able to get a shot at it.