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On December 13 Terry headed to Iowa for the second gun season in hopes of coming across a mature Iowa buck. Terry had two target bucks on this hunt one being a 5 & 1/2 year old 8 point named “The 8th Wonder” and the other being a 6 & 1/2 year old 10 point named “Lost and Found”. With temperatures in the mid to low 20ʼs the deer were on their feet looking for food.

Every hunt produced high numbers of deer, but no mature bucks had been spotted. Finally on December 17 Terry laid eyes on the buck named “The 8th Wonder”, unfortunately he was over 300 yards away and had a terrible limp. The next day Mark and Terry laid out a game plan to get closer to this buck and hopefully getting a shot on him. The plan was to sit in a ground blind 100 yards away from where the buck entered the field.

Two days later with high hopes of seeing “The 8th Wonder” once again Terry settled into the ground blind for an afternoon hunt. Only 45 minutes into the hunt a big mature 8 point made his way into shooting range of the ground blind. After taking a look at this deer it was obvious he was not the deer Terry was after, it was a tough decision but Terry decided to pass this buck in hopes of seeing one of his target bucks later that evening. After two more sits not seeing either target buck Terry began to wonder if he had made the right decision passing the buck earlier that week. On the final day of the gun season Terry had one last chance in Iowa, with 6 inches of snow falling the night before and a high of 15 Mark and Terry decided to move from the cut corn to hunting standing soy beans.

That afternoon seemed very promising with deer movement starting nearly the moment he climbed into the blind. At 4:20pm while watching a beautiful 4 & 1/2 year old 6x6 Terry glanced to his left and saw the buck named “Lost and Found” heading his way. Being patient and careful not to alert any of the deer under the blind Terry let this buck move into shooting range before taking the shot. With “Lost and Found” at 80 yards Terry cocked his Thompson Center and made a perfect shot, the buck ran 60 yards before going down just inside the timber. Day 89 of hunting turned out to be a day to remember taking a 160 class mature buck in Iowa with Mark, Tracy and Taylor there to share the experience with.