This is the first of several Muzzy 200 Club monsters we’ll profile at the ZONE. All the giants score more than 200 inches and were killed with Muzzy’s bad-to-the-bone broadheads.
Marlon Hale glassed a buck in Carroll County, OH last summer, but he wasn’t impressed. The deer was a long ways off, and Marlon couldn’t tell how many points it had. He decided to look for something a little bigger.
For the next month and a half he scouted but couldn’t find a bigger buck, so he decided to “settle” for the deer he’d spotted earlier in the summer.
Marlon, who usually hunts with a compound, decided to try a crossbow just to see if he liked it. When the season opened, he hunted the deer for a month. He moved his climbing stand at least 10 times, trying to figure out where the buck was coming out of the woods and crossing into a cornfield, but he didn’t have any luck.
One morning on the drive to his stand Marlon spotted a big deer. He pulled out his binoculars and saw that it was the same deer he was after, only it was way bigger than he had thought and it had a bunch of non-typical points.
Marlon worried he might spook the giant if he tried to go in and hunt him now, so he waited until the beast walked into 40-acre plot of standing corn, then he drove away.
Two weeks later Marlon returned to the spot before daylight. “It was a little windy that morning, and I worried that I was making a dumb move,” he says. “But I was tired of waiting, tired of moving my stand around. I decided I’d just take a folding chair and go sit on the ground.”
Marlon set up in a patch of woods beside the cornfield and waited… By 10 a.m. he hadn’t seen one deer. “I started thinking that the ground hunt was a bad idea, but then I heard brush breaking behind me.”
A doe ran in and stopped, panting, 16 yards from Marlon's chair. She looked over her shoulder; Marlon heard three grunts.
The massive buck stepped out. Shaking, Marlon reached for his crossbow, which was still leaning against his chair. Somehow he got it shouldered. The buck quartered away and he pulled the trigger.
Marlon knew he had just shot a monster, but he wasn’t sure of the hit. He sat and chilled for 15 minutes to calm down. He found a little blood but he didn’t want to spook the deer, so he left the woods and went home for an agonizing 2½ hours.
He returned and found the monster 100 yards from his folding chair. His 100-grain, 4-blade Muzzy had hit behind the last rib on the right side and angled through the vitals perfectly.
“I couldn’t believe it, I had never seen that many points on a buck,” Marlon says. Twenty-nice to be exact. The rack grossed 262 inches and netted 247. Check out that fantastic mass!
“I didn’t have anyone to help me drag him out, but I was so pumped that the 250-pound deer felt light as a feather,” Marlon says with a laugh.
Way to go man, that’s one of the nastiest crossbow bucks of all time!