Deer of the Year 2008

Tony Vanditto
Auburn, New York After seeing his Alberta outfitter's pictures of a giant 2013/8-inch buck, Tony knew he wanted the deer in the worst way. Before he even left for his trip, he vowed to hunt only for that specific deer. After a long stalk and a single shot, Tony's vow was fulfilled.
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Timothy Harnick
Marshall, Michigan Before this big boy came in, Timothy had spotted 12 does and three smaller bucks. Timothy finally set his sights on this bruiser, which chased five does past his stand.
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Tim Sickles
Jamestown, New York After first missing this monster Illinois buck, Tim settled down and hit his grunt call. He reeled the buck back into shooting range and was on target with his second shot, dropping the 1745/8-inch trophy.
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Russ Defusco
Colorado Springs, Colorado Despite sleet, snow, ice, fog and 50-mile-per-hour winds, Russ was able to drop this 28-inch-wide muley. He originally passed on the buck, hoping to find a bigger one, but days later reconsidered. He shot the 300-pounder on public land with a pre-1964 Winchester .270. Somewhere, Jack O'Connor is smiling.
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Paul Atkins
Kotzebue, Alaska Paul dropped this 1001/8-inch Sitka blacktail buck, which was still in velvet in November. But shooting the deer was only half the battle; Paul still had to drag the buck out while avoiding Kodiak Island's healthy grizzly bear population.
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Jon Behrle
Homestead, Iowa Before deer season, Jon learned that his younger brother had died while serving in Iraq. Hunting from his brother's old stand, Jon shot this massive 14-pointer. After the shot, emotions took over. "I sat next to the deer and cried like a baby," he says.
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John Ollendick
Tohma, Wisconsin If you shoot a trophy buck in Smalltown, Wisconsin, you'd better count on a lot of people dropping in to see it. John learned this lesson last year when nearly 100 people came to see his massive 200-inch buck, which had 23 scoreable points.
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Joe Bouch
Canfield, Ohio Joe got home from basketball practice just in time to shoot this giant 1752/8-inch buck. Joe's dad had spotted the deer earlier in the day and later pushed it from its bedding area toward his son's stand.
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Jeff Stephenson
Belleville, W. Virginia Jeff let four bucks walk before this massive 166-inch Ohio brute came in. The deer strolled under Jeff's stand, literally touching his tree. But Jeff was able to keep his composure and made the shot at 15 yards.
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Eric Wellauer
Hayward, Wisconsin Eric must read a lot of OL's bowhunting articles, because he used every trick in the magazine during his hunt in central Illinois. With help from a decoy, rattling antlers and scent wicks, Eric was able to bring in this 145-inch buck on the last day of his hunt.
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Colton Koch
Sullivan, Missouri After passing on this 8-point buck twice so that his friends could have a crack at it, Colton decided to take matters into his own hands. He finally dropped the 147-inch bruiser with one shot, just 20 minutes before sundown.
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Chad Miller
Glen Ullin, North Dakota
Chad passed on this buck during 2006, but he was fully rewarded for his patience on the very first morning of the 2007 season. After the shot, the deer ran only 70 yards and expired just as the sun was cresting the horizon. The buck scored 150 inches.
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Bryan Mills
St. Joseph, Illinois For three years this 1716/8-inch phantom buck eluded Bryan. Despite his best efforts, all he came away with were sheds and photos. Bryan finally shot the buck by stalking him in a drainage ditch.
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Brian Ingram
St. Joseph, Illinois Brian collected two years' worth of sheds from this 2057/8-inch buck. He eventually caught up with the giant during the muzzleloader season and took him down with a perfect broadside shot at 35 yards.
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Allen Schumacher
Effingham, Illinois No one will ever question Allen's dedication as a deer hunter. He fell 20 feet while trying to hang his deer stand only weeks before the season opened. But with a little ingenuity, Allen managed to make it out into the field and shoot this nice buck. He hunted with his broken leg and ankle tucked into a sleeping bag because he couldn't wear a hunting boot.
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Alan Billen
Quenemo, Kansas Alan hiked to his spot on public land only to find someone had already set up there. He found a new spot and shot this 186-incher.
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Adam Gilmore
Rock Springs, Wyoming Adam and his uncle put the stalk on this 1855/8-inch buck. They got within 160 yards before Adam knocked him over with one shot.
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Stacy Rogers
Rossville, Indiana Stacy talked constantly about taking up archery, so finally, during the first week of October, her boyfriend, Don Pickell, decided to teach her. After less than two weeks of practice, Stacy could nail a bull's-eye at 20 yards. Don was impressed, so he got her a tag and took her hunting with him. On October 19, with Don by her side, Stacy shot her first doe and officially became a bowhunter. "My heart was racing. I knew I was ready for more," Stacy says. More was exactly what she got. Two weeks later, Stacy shot the dandy 1322/8-inch buck that had been haunting Don's trail cameras.
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Don Pickell
Rossville, Indiana Not to be outdone, Don shot this 1696/8-inch monster buck, proving that karma smiles on those who introduce newcomers to hunting. Submit your photos now for Deer of the Year 2009!
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