DEER OF THE YEAR 2005

Darryl Warner

Darryl Warner

Warner spent three seasons hunting this whitetail. He finally dropped it with his shotgun one evening last fall as he was walking to his stand. The 6½-year-old buck grossed 1695/8 inches.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Tom Sharpe

Tom Sharpe

For the first time, all three of Sharpe's sons were home to hunt together. That everyone in camp took a buck was icing on the cake.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Mike Myers

Mike Myers

Tired of hunting small deer at home, Myers and his brother trekked to Pike County, Ill., where Mike shot this 150-class buck.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Tony Dieste

Tony Dieste

This buck came so fast and aggressively to Dieste's rattling that Dieste was unable to get a shot off until the deer was crossing a sendero at 300 yards.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Austin Arden

Austin Arden

Austin shot this 130-class animal from the same stand from which his parents both took bucks.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Frank Nataros

Frank Nataros

Nataros dropped the muley that wore this1952/8-inch rack at 210 yards with an off-hand shot.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Roger Bowser

Roger Bowser

Bowser rattled in this monster, then became rattled himself. After two misses and a jam, he connected on the 2222/8-inch buck.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Karen Hill

Karen Hill

Karen and her father stalked this buck for two hours. She crawled the final 100 yards on her own before making a great prone shot.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Brian Buchholz

Brian Buchholz

Buchholz shot this Saskatchewan bruiser after four days of sub-zero temperatures.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Rory Finn and Dave Lifford

Rory Finn and Dave Lifford

The two college pals shot these deer at Lifford's camp in the Adirondacks.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Wally Jayne

Wally Jayne

Jayne thought he'd shot the legendary "Kelloggsville Buck," but when the DEC aged his deer at 3½ years, Jayne knew it was one of the local legend's progeny.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Chris O'Hara

Chris O'Hara

When six does spooked from below his tree stand, O'Hara thought he was the culprit. Then this big boy ambled by in hot pursuit.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Lerin Thomas

Lerin Thomas

Lerin's dad offered her the shot at this deer, but she deferred to him. "Next year maybe the antlers won't look so big!" she says.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Clint Houston

Clint Houston

Two weeks before he killed this muley, Houston had hunted elk in the same area and seen very little in the way of deerÂ…let alone this brute.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Judy Maida

Judy Maida

This 190-class desert muley was one of many huge deer Maida saw on a trip to Sonora, Mexico, with her husband.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Michael Glass

Michael Glass

This is Glass's first deer since he was injured 15 years ago.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Jake Glick

Jake Glick

Glick dropped this 167-inch buck on public land.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Glen Reinhardt Jr.

Glen Reinhardt Jr.

Reinhardt's first longbow buck also happens to be his first Pope and Young buck (144 inches).Outdoor Life Online Editor
Don Higgins

Don Higgins

Higgins shot this buck the fourth time he saw it last season, and from the fourth stand he tried. The trophy netted 2072/8 inches.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Glen McGuire

Glen McGuire

McGuire killed this 180-class Alberta buck on his first out-of-state hunt.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Kayla Moxley

Kayla Moxley

Kayla set the bar high with her first deer: this 130-class buck.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Thad Lauer

Thad Lauer

Lauer's Illinois bow buck netted 161 inches.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Kale Tyler

Kale Tyler

Kale's first bow buck is a 130-class whitetail he double-lunged walking home for lunch one day.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Tim Baugh

Tim Baugh

Baugh has lived in some of California's best mule deer country for more than 10 years but drew his first tag for it just last season.Outdoor Life Online Editor