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.