Hunter: Drew Baier
State/County: Western Iowa
Talk about being in the right place at the right time. This amazing giant non-typical Iowa buck was bagged by Drew Baier during a November 2012 hunt in western Iowa.
After capturing images from July until mid-October of the buck on his cousins’ trail camera, which was setup on a property adjacent from the farm he was hunting, the photos of the buck suddenly stopped. But Baier remained confident in the spot he had chosen for his stand.
Baier received a welcome surprise after an uneventful morning hunt on November 3rd. As he left his treestand, Baier grabbed the SD card from his trail camera. To Baier’s amazement, the camera caught a daytime photo of the giant non-typical near his stand.
Baier excitedly went back out later that day, and this time it was more rewarding. Just as it was getting dark, he saw the non-typical pass no more than 40 yards from his stand but conditions for a clean shot were unfavorable.
Returning to the spot three days later, Baier saw the non-typical again in almost the exact location as before. But this time the buck took a different path and gave Baier a clean shot at 35 yards. The buck made it about 60 yards before going down, netting Baier his once-in-a-lifetime buck.
- 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.