Hunter: Robert Gramoll
State/County: Wisconsin/Juneau County
Score: 202 1/8 inches, green score
Gear: Remington Model 7400 .30-06 auto-loading rifle
Persistence wins the day.
Just ask Robert Gramoll, who thought about packing it in early on the second to last day of Wisconsin rifle season, having been shutout to that point during bow and rifle seasons. A couple of buddies told him to stick it out, which he did. It was a decision he won’t soon forget.
That day he struck whitetail gold, spotting what was clearly a wall-hanger approaching through the woods. At about 75 yards the monster buck spotted him and turned to run, but by then Gramoll had touched off a shot with his Remington 7400 .30-06, dropping the buck dead in its tracks. When he got to the buck, he finally realized what he’d shot—a 202 1/8-inch monster that beat out the previous county record for typical deer by six inches.
“I was hunting with my boss on his property, and when we walked up to the deer, our mouths dropped. We couldn’t believe it, we were both in shock,” Gramoll said. “I’ve been hunting my whole life and never seen a deer like this. It’s like winning the lottery.”
According to John Ramsey, a scorer for the Wisconsin Buck and Bear Club, Gramoll’s buck will most likely be the new Juneau County record and place top 10 in the state. All that waits is the required 60-day drying period, but according to the Star Times, Ramsey believes it will be more than enough to take the top spot in the county.
As for Gramoll, it was all about being at the right place at the right time. When he was met by a crowd of onlookers at the town general store, several landowners had trail camera photos of the deer in velvet. But in the end, Gramoll was there when it counted. He battled through the season, as he had many, and was rewarded.
“At first I was so discouraged, I just wanted to go home. We hadn’t seen a damn thing during bow and rifle seasons,” Gramoll said. “But you know I stayed, and that kind of says it all. I’ve been real blessed with this monster 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.