At just 19 years of age, Jared Oeder has bagged his fair share of trophy bucks—three over 150 inches—which is more than a lot of hunters will ever see in their lifetime.
Apparently it keeps getting better and better for Oeder, who killed his fourth sizeable buck on October 7. The buck was his biggest, with a green score of 190 inches and plenty of mass to go around.
On an afternoon hunt in early October, Oeder spotted three does walking in a field, and then in time two bucks trailed behind. With his dad there to film, Oeder waited until the monster buck stepped into the field, rattling branches and making his way closer to them. He readied his Horton crossbow and prepared for the shot, which came at about 40 yards.
“The special excitement to this hunt was the fact that this particular deer was new to the plot this year,” Oeder said. “He was only seen a few times on our Moultrie game camera and a couple of times on other hunts.”
- 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.