While at the Ohio Deer and Turkey Expo a particularly wide-racked, heavy-antlered whitetail caught my eye adjacent to my booth site. It wasn’t long before 11-year-old Matt Seibold came by and within minutes he took claim to the big buck I had been admiring.

Here’s his story in his words:

My name is Matt Seibold.I am an 11-year-old from South Vienna, Ohio. November 17, 2007 was the first day of our youth hunting season in Ohio. My dad woke me up at 5:30 a.m. so we could get in the woods and to our stand before daylight. About 20 minutes after daylight a 10-point buck came right in on us within about 10 yards. I accidentally spooked it trying to get my gun positioned to shoot. The next deer we saw went running right behind us chasing after a doe. Then about 8:05 a.m. a doe appeared about 60 yards out and my dad told me to get my gun ready because he thought a buck would be following her.

My dad was right because sure enough here it came. It was the biggest buck I had ever seen. I asked my dad if I could shoot. He said “wait, the deer is walking closer.” Then the deer turned broadside at 50 yards. That’s when my dad said “shoot it.” BOOM! The doe took off running right by us. My dad asked me if I was aiming because the buck did not move. Then the buck tried to follow the doe and that was when we realized I had made a perfect shot. The deer went 10 yards towards us and fell down. My dad reloaded the muzzleloader and said if he moves shoot him again. We waited 45 minutes to get out of our stand. I called my mom right away and told her I had killed a monster buck. The rack was higher than the bed of our truck! It took us 2 ½ hours to get five miles home because everybody wanted to see my deer. They all wanted to know where I killed the deer and I would just say “in the woods!” It field dressed at 190 pounds and scored 171 3/8 net as a 10-point typical.

Way to go Matt! By the way this was his first buck and he’s sticking to his story about his hunting location, “it’s in the woods!”

Mark Kayser