Feb_12_07 Last year was a nightmare for Christopher Thomas of Indiana. He lost all his personal belongings in a fire, his fiancée left him and he lost one of his best friends too.

To top it off, Chris went out to his hunting spot on Nov. 19 and discovered that some slime bag had ripped off his ladder stand.

Chris needed some time to hunt and clear his head, so he plopped down beside a tree near where his stand had been. Soon after a group of drive hunters traipsed through the area! What the hell else could go wrong?

Chris hung tough and a group of does came along at midday, followed by this giant, which Chris killed and which scored 198 3/8 NT.

Way to go Chris, you deserved it man.