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The story of “Bonecrusher” started 3 years ago when I saw him walk through the field we call the 6 acre as a 2 1/2 year old buck with a couple of inside tines. Last year he showed up as big 4 1/2 year old buck with a lot of points and would have probably scored around 170”. We decided to take him off the hit list last year with the thought that if he made it one more year with all those tines, he would be a mega-giant. I was lucky enough to find 1 of his sheds this spring or what was left of it, everything but about 8 inches of the main beam past his g2 was gone, so we gave him the name “Bonecrusher”.

Fast forward to August of this year, he starts showing up on our Reconyx cameras and he IS a mega-giant! He has a huge frame and a wall of tines, the thought of hunting him the upcoming fall was enough to keep me up at night. I got one look at him in the flesh in a bean field and he looked even bigger in real life, I wanted this deer bad. Three days before season opens I get him on my Reconyx feeding in the 6 acre on beans not 20 yards from my stand! Hurry up October 1st! It rolls around and we were getting incredible weather, problem was I needed a south or west wind to hunt him in the 6 acre. It wasn’t happening, Mother Nature kept it blowing out of the north so I waited...and waited, until I got a south-southeast wind on the 5th. We slipped in to hunt him but I didn’t feel good with the wind being more east than south. The first deer we saw was a mature buck and he winded us immediately, very frustrating but rather than mess it up we backed out and burnt the evening’s hunt. The next afternoon had the wind blowing out of the west at about 20 mph, still not perfect but with the barometer rising and knowing he would be coming from the west into the field I had that feeling, so me and Lil’ Jon decided to go for it.

The first couple of hours went by and we had only saw a couple of does and a spike, at this point I am thinking the great early season movement had come to a halt, but about 6:15 he stepped into the field. We watched him feed about 150 yards away in the same spot for about 15 minutes. With the combination of the cold temperatures, the 20 mph wind and a giant buck in the field, I went to shaking. I wasn’t sure if he was going to come close enough for a shot before dark and I really wasn’t sure if I could hit a Volkswagen at 20 yards in my current condition! All of a sudden he quit feeding and started walking our way, fast. I grabbed my bow and got ready for the shot but it didn’t seem he was going to stop for me to shoot. I last ranged him at 37 yards as he was walking away and figured I had waited my whole life for this shot and was going to take it, even though I wanted him to come in closer. I bleated to stop him, settled my 40 yard pin, hit the release and it all went into slow motion. My PSE is fast but my Lumenock lit arrow seemed to be frozen in thin air and then, THWACK, right where I was aiming, I couldn’t believe it- the good Lord was definitely guiding the flight of my arrow on that shot. I don’t really remember what happened after that, which is dangerous when your 25 feet high and your legs are jello! I had to do my interview with one arm wrapped around the tree and when I gathered myself, we climbed down and went and got my Dad to share in the moment and get this party started!

We found him piled up 80 yards away and the deer I was after was dead, what a feeling! I truly feel blessed to be able to harvest a deer of a lifetime and to do it for Dream Season Celebrity made it all the more special. Team Sylvia/Lindsey was on the board in Iowa! R.I.P. “Bonecrusher” - Jeff