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Success at Last in the Hawkeye State!

The Iowa bucks had flat kicked my tail the first 2 months of the season thanks to a lot of bad luck, so when I got back from Kansas I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen in the late season. Despite the crazy rut reported by many, I had seen a lot of big buck activity all November. I had been locked in on 2 particular bucks all season and couldn’t close the deal with either one of them. Camera failure had cost me a great chance at one of them at 24 yards but that’s another story for another day. In between chasing those 2 giants, I tried a deer we called the “Zip Code Buck” a couple times but it produced no sightings. “Zip Code” had gotten his name because around the age of 4 or 5 he decided to pick up his camp and head 2 miles south which pretty much changed his mailing address, thus earned him this nickname.

I hunted him hard last year and almost killed him on November 1st last year which turned into a great encounter on last year’s 100% Wild video. He had a double beam on his left side last year and would’ve scored real good but somewhere around the 5th of November he busted that WHOLE side off! That was very depressing to find that out, but we then decided to quit hunting him and pull him off the hit list. Coming into this past summer I knew where I was going to get “Zip Code’s” photos and I was just hoping he would still have that double beams. Well after our first round of Reconyx cameras, it was obvious he didn’t have the beam but he had a big sticker coming off his base and his frame was bigger than ever! I knew my chances would be slim hunting a 8.5 year old buck but he was one of the bucks we were going to target even if it meant killing him late season. At that age you just don’t know how much longer they got on this earth and they become a lot easier to pattern when the temps bottom out. However, I would’ve never guessed that the first time hunting the field I had gotten pics of him in all summer, he would magically appear! He was way bigger through the Nikons than he looked all summer on the Reconyx photos. I let him feed as close as he would to the box stand we were sitting in and then I dropped the hammer. A well placed TC Shockwave had this 8.5 year old giant dead and a journey going back to the fall of 07’ was over! Thanks to the Lord above for the opportunity and very thankful to a wonderful wife that supports my obsession! - Jeff