Today’s story comes from our pal Shawn Luchtel of Heartland Bowhunter TV. If you haven’t seen HB TV yet, you owe it to yourself to watch a few of their videos. No one, I believe,  captures the beauty and essence of bowhunting on film as well as the HB guys. To see their work, visit And big congrats to Shawn on this great local buck! – MK

“This buck was a buck I have known extremely well. He lived only a couple hundred yards from my house. I could watch/scout him from my barn. I’ve watched him grow the past two years and decided I was going to try to kill him this year as a 4 year old. I owe my success killing this deer to very low pressure, trail cameras, foodplots, and waiting until conditions were right. I am a FIRM believer in the power of high pressure systems, post cold fronts, and cool temps. Those three factors combined really get mature bucks on their feet, in my opinion.

This buck, whom we called “Dan”, came into a mowed corn plot I had cleared a few weeks ago. He began hitting scrapes down the edge of the field, walked into the plot, scent checked some does, began feeding and then gave me a 30 yard broadside shot. He definitely isn’t my biggest buck, but he’s one of the most meaningful given that I have watched him grow and mature.

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(In the trail cam photo below you can see “Dan” coming out into the corn plot just before Shawn got an arrow in him)

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