A cool story from former OL contributor Chris Niskanen on the Pioneer Press’, but after finding a set of huge shed antlers early in 2007, Minnesota hunter Michael Versland became obsessed with hunting the deer.

The high school biology teacher set out to take the buck with bow and arrow, spotting it twice in 07 and then again the following year. Unfortunately, none of those encounters panned out. In that time, he managed to find the buck’s increasingly large sheds and even captured the monster a few times on his trail camera.

Finally, on Oct. 2, Versland connected. The 10-pointer green scored 210 1/8 gross inches with a width of 22 ¼ inches. Amazingly, the buck tipped the scales at a whopping 350 pounds.

For the complete story, check out Niskanen’s story at