With a cold front moving in the evening of October 5, Stanley Suda came across the deer of a lifetime.
Setup in a stand overlooking a food plot, Suda watched as the Ohio monster chased an older doe he suspects was starting her estrous cycle. The buck pushed the doe into the field in front of Suda’s stand, at which point he didn’t have a good angle on the shot. After stopping directly under his stand and sniffing the steps, the giant buck re-entered the field, which is when Suda made his 15-yard shot.
“Anxiously, I waited for the monster to take a few more steps and give me the shot that I’ve been waiting for my entire life,” Suda said. “At full draw, I steadied my pin and released an arrow that would change everything for me as a hunter. The shot was perfect and I watched my dream buck run across the field and pile-up about 20 yards inside the wood line. This was definitely my finest moment in the treestand.”
One shot changed everything for Suda, making 2012 a season he’ll never forget.
For more photos and the exclusive, inside story on Stanley Suda’s Southern Ohio giant, check out the December/January issue of North American Whitetail.
- 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.