Hunter: Randy Walk, president of Hoyt Archery
Score: 225 inches
With 37 years of bowhunting experience under his belt, Randy Walk has probably seen it all. What he hadn’t seen until now was the trophy whitetail of his lifetime.
That all changed on November 6 when Walk was hunting in Kansas with his friend Jay Verzuh. From about 300 yards away he saw what was obviously a monster buck walking a treeline, working does and chasing another buck. In a moment he’ll not soon forget, the giant buck started walking toward Walk’s stand. He made a five-yard shot to seal the deal.
“He is a giant buck. Eighteen points total with nine on each side. He has been green scored at 225 inches and some change and is clearly the largest whitetail deer I have ever seen on the hoof or on the ground for that matter,” Walk said in a statement issued on Facebook.
Walk, who grew up in Utah in a bowhunting family, said this was by far the most amazing hunting experience of his life.
- 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.