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Ohio Monster Buck…it’s mine this time!

September 27, 2010 by  
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Some days are just meant to be. On Sunday September 26, 2010 I was fortunate to harvest a true monster whitetail here in Ohio with my bow. It wasn’t pure luck, it was the result of a lot of preseason scouting and an early season plan that came together perfectly.  Doesn’t always work that way, but this time it did…

The short version of my hunt report is I found this buck by trail cam at a new farm over a mineral lick back in June. His pattern was surprisingly consistent compared to other mature bucks I was watching, he was killable. Fast forward to opening weekend, the weather cooperated, a front blew through, temps dropped 20 degrees. On Sunday the NE wind was right for my stand and I shot him at 15 yards and watched him go down. Unbelievable! After the shot, I had to sit for a minute to get myself under control. I thanked God for the opportunity to harvest the most beautiful buck I have ever laid eyes on. This giant deer gross scored (green) a little over 195″ as a typical ten point. Inside spread is just under 25″, G2’s about 12″, main beams 28″-31″, mass in the 5″-6″ range. No matter the score, it’s just an awesome whitetail and my best so far.

I figured sharing a detailed gear list would be valuable since this equipment played a critical role in my efforts to harvest this monster buck when the moment of truth came.  Over the past 30 years I have learned how important it is to keep my bowhunting equipment simple and reliable.  Complicated and fancy doesn’t work for me, I prefer quality hunting equipment that I know will take the abuse and perform for years.

Preseason Scouting Tools

I used a Moultrie Trail Camera over two Trophy Rock’s mineral licks to initially locate the buck in June. Man, this buck really liked that mineral.  Late summer, I added some Primos Swamp Donkey attractant mixed with corn to keep him interested. I only pulled the SD card about once a month to avoid detection. It was interesting to see him naturally become more nocturnal and less predictable as the season neared. That said, his downfall was his evening pattern from bedding to feeding area.

Bow and Stand

I shoot a Hoyt AlphaMax set at 67lbs. with a Fuse 2 piece quiver, Carbon Express Maxima 350 Arrows tipped with 100 grain SlickTrick Standard broadheads. I use a TruBall release, TruGlo Pendulum Sight and Trophy Ridge Drop-Away Rest. My laser rangefinder is a Leica. My treestand of choice is the Lone Wolf Alpha, they are simply awesome. I like to be about 18-20 feet up so I used three Lone Wolf Climbing Sticks and three Cransford removable steps and screws at the base of the tree.

Clothing and Scent Control

I wore an Under Armour Heat Gear short sleeve t-shirt, Cabela’s MTP lightweight long sleeve shirt, Scentlok Base Slayer long sleeve shirt and gloves in Realtree camo and a Cabela’s fleece vest.  I had Scentlok Base Slayer bottoms and Gander Mountain Realtree camo bowhunting pants. All were washed in scent free laundry detergent and hung outside for two days then put into a giant Ziplock storage bag. I wore Cabela’s rubber boots. Before heading to the woods I took a shower and washed with Dead Down Wind’s body wash and shampoo. I use a clean nylon seat cover inside my truck and a clean floor mat,  you just can’t overdo it when it comes to eliminating human scent.

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Good hunting,


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20 Responses to “Ohio Monster Buck…it’s mine this time!”

  1. Absolutely a Monster King Stud Ohio Buck! Congratulations!!! ^5!!!

  2. John Stark says:

    JT is the hardest working hunter I know. Congratulations to him on a job well done. I won’t be surprised if he guides one or both of his kids to a big one yet this season too. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  3. Dan. says:

    JT – Congrats on a king buck! Let me know I’d be happy to officially score the buck for you.

  4. JT says:

    Thanks Mike. Definitely the most beautiful buck I’ve ever seen, I was very fortunate to take him. Have a great season! Thanks for reading!


  5. JT says:

    Thank you Dan. I have lined up a couple of local scorers for the end of Nov. after the 60 days. There’s a possibility he will be the #1 typical with archery equipment, which is nearly unbelievable.


  6. TheBark says:

    Super buck…I love it when a guy does the work and then gets the reward! Nice work!


  7. JT says:

    Thank you Steve! Have an awesome season this fall! Appreciate you reading


  8. barry says:

    Awesome buck and great photography. A sunset on a dream hunt. I am sure the rest of your
    hunting career will be very relaxed. Mentor a new hunter for the future of hunting.

  9. JT says:

    Thank you Barry. It was a great day. Obviously I was lucky to get that sunset in there! Appreciate you reading!


  10. Ed Waite says:

    Wonder if you would consider having it scored by Buckmasters Trophy Records and perhaps have a story in our RACK Magazine. We do not require a drying period so the score would be official the day it is done. Contact by email please. ed Waite

  11. Brad Redmon says:

    Congrats on executing a well thought out plan and making a high pressure shot count. By the way what county in OH. That buck looks eerily similar to one that I hunted up there last year. thanks.

  12. TheBark says:

    Thanks for good karma…LOL….I live over by Ostrander…lets do lunch sometime !!


  13. Tim says:


    Nice buck you have shot there. I was wondering if you have thought about getting it replicated? You can go to my website and go to the reproductions page to learn alittle more. All my contact info is on there and if you contact me via email I can always return a phone call to you to discuss the process it takes and what you can get out of it.

    Trophy Time Taxidermy & Antler Reproductions

  14. JT says:


    Thanks you, I was fortunate to get him. I hadn’t thought about getting the antlers replicated yet but appreciate the suggestion.


  15. thack11 says:

    great deer. i was just wondering what county it was taken in?

  16. JT says:

    Thanks Brad. I shot the buck in Delaware county.

  17. JT says:

    I shot the buck in Delaware county. Thank you for reading! Be sure to check out our other hunting sites that focus on hunting trips and travel, outfitters, outfitter reviews and more, go to and Good hunting this fall!


  18. JT says:


    I will email you so we can talk about it. Actually there are a few other magazines that got word of this buck and have contacted me for an article too.


  19. mike budd says:

    hey just wondering if you could shoot me an e-mail i might have some trial cam pics of that deer. would like to know if it was the same deer i was hunting so i dont hunt a deer that is no longer there. my email is Thanks

  20. Rich Milleson says:

    Wow!! This is why Ohio is now considered the number 1 whitetail state in the country congrats to you on a great trophy buck. And thanks to the Division of Wildlife for your management.

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