He Shoots, He Scores!

BBZ Special: OL contributing photographer John Hafner puts down the camera and scores on a huge non-typical.

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For three straight days, Hafner stayed locked into a tiny stand hoping to encounter one of those thick-necked heavy weights that rule and linger in the thoughts of every diehard whitetail addict. Finally, around 9:00 a.m. a buck that any photographer or hunter would love to shoot appeared out of the shadows. Unfortunately, the long-tined monster bedded down about 225 yards from Hafner’s setup, which initiated a painful standoff that tested the outer limits of the hunter’s patience.
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Minutes slowly turned into hours and Hafner began to question his decision not to make a move on the bedded buck. About that time, two slick headed does walked straight past the lovesick bruiser and kicked the hunter’s excitement level up a few notches. Without hesitation, the buck sprang to its feet and began following the does right into the middle of the perfect opening. One deep breath and a gentle squeeze of the trigger dropped the biggest whitetail Hafner had ever pointed a gun, bow, or camera at in his life.
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The massive 16-point buck gross scored in the 180’s, which made it look pretty darn good in Hafner’s pictures and even better on his wall.
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With a buck like that, John should really consider laying his camera down more often.

BBZ Special: OL contributing photographer John Hafner puts down the camera and scores on a huge non-typical.