From the Topeka Capital-Journal comes an awesome story of a girl’s first buck, sporting a rack that green gross scores 207 5/8. Last month Rachelle Karl went deer hunting with her boyfriend Kyle Sims – Rachelle was familiar with the outdoors, but had never gone hunting before she met Kyle three years ago. Kyle didn’t know it yet, but he was about to score some serious boyfriend points on this trip.

Rachelle had unsuccessfully hunted deer for three seasons (she missed a few). So, before this season she put in a lot of practice hours at the range. With Rachelle shooting confidently, the couple got to their hunting spot in Dickinson County before sunrise on November 30. It wasn’t long before this massive buck stepped out.

Kyle didn’t want to send his girlfriend into a buck-fever panic so he didn’t tell her just how big the deer was.

“I’m pretty illiterate when it comes to how big deer are and I just knew he had antlers and that he was good-sized,” Rachelle said.

They waited for 15 minutes for the buck to turn broadside and then Rachelle finally squeezed the trigger on Kyle’s dad’s .243. The deer was 220 yards away.

She hit the buck, but it ran straight at them so she shot again and dropped him for good at 60 yards.

The taxidermist gross scored the deer at 207 5/8 inches with a net typical score of 178 2/8 and a net nontypical score of 198 4/8. They’ll have to wait for the rack to dry to get an official B&C score.

Needless to say, the new hunter is now hooked.

“I’m excited to go hunting next year,” she said. “I know this is probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing, but I’m just excited to be out there.”