Hunter: Aaron Milliken
State/County: Kansas, Lyon County
Score: 194 gross
Gear Used: Thompson Center Encore with Brunton Eterna scope, Reconyx trail camera, BB2 nutritional deer supplement and attractant
Sound management, knowing how the local deer move, and being in the right place all contributed to Aaron Milliken taking this great buck. Milliken admits he knew this big boy and another giant buck were living on one of his leases in Lyon County, Kansas, but also knew the deer were mainly moving at night. After hearing from his hunting partner that there was a confirmed daylight sighting of the Kansas giant, Milliken got in prime position the next day.
What makes this buck even more special is that it actually ran past the Reconyx trail cam after the fatal shot. Milliken’s hunting partner Heath passed on this same buck in 2011, when he was then just a 160 class four-year-old.
- Knowing I couldn’t even come to my knees without breaking the little concealment we had, I decided to lie on my left side, using my left elbow for as solid a rest as could be achieved within the slight incline of the old fencerow. But when I shouldered the rifle, the sight of the crosshairs oriented at a 10-4 o’clock angle was definitely a different look from the normal 12-6 position we all practice from. Even so, I didn’t figure that would matter if I aimed at the right spot and squeezed off a clean shot. I settled the crosshairs where I needed to place the bullet and steadied the rifle. Whispering “fire in the hole” while floating the crosshairs on the spot, I gently squeezed the trigger until the recoil removed the buck from my view. Read the full story.