Andrews was only 16 when he used a borrowed compound bow to take the 26-point whitetail—the second largest taken with a bow in the entire country for 2003. It was less than a year later, on June 18, 2004, when the spectacular trophy was taken.
Since then, there have been no substantial leads in the case and no arrests have been made.
Thanks to the efforts of Les Davenport, a Mt. Sterling, Illinois hunting writer who has taken a special interest in the Andrews’ case, outdoor gear mega-retailer Bass Pro Shops has stepped forward to offer $5,000 in products for information leading to the recovery of the deer mount.
“Bass Pro Shops listened to my story about this young man’s deer and without much hesitation agreed to offer a $5,000 Bass Pro Shops gift card to anyone with information leading to the return of Brian’s buck and the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who stole it,” Davenport said.
Combined with a $5,000 cash reward already being offered by the Andrews family and Buchanan Wildlife Association, it is hoped that Bass Pro’s announcement will be the incentive needed for someone to step forward with information on the case.
Davenport also hopes to bring attention to other missing trophy Iowa buck mounts believed stolen. While it is unknown if the thefts were related, it is indeed ironic that numerous outstanding deer heads disappeared in The Hawkeye State in recent years.
The Springfield (MO) News-Leader notes that other thefts of Iowa trophy whitetails in 2003 included the Deaton buck, with a 198 1/8-inch mainframe, and Jack Bell’s 235 7/8-inch non-typical. In September 2005, eight whitetail mounts were stolen from the cabin of Leroy Brinks near La Porte City. More recent thefts include a 192-inch non-typical stolen from Jim Nagle of Evansdale and in March of this year Jamie Aikey of Waterloo had a 16-point non-typical stolen from his business.
Persons with information about the Andrews buck are asked to contact the Buchanan County Sheriffs Department in Independence, Iowa, at 319-334-2567. Information on the other missing Iowa whitetail mounts may be forwarded to the Iowa State Police at 515-725-6090.-J.R. Absher (The Newshound)