Skip to main content

Bill Winke: Iowa Double G4 Giant

Hunter: Bill Winke

State: Iowa

Score: 200-inch green score

Gear Used: Hoyt Carbon Matrix bow, Fuse sight, Fuse quiver, Fuse rest, Nikon Monarch 7 binoculars, Bloodsport Arrows, Realtree camouflage


Bill Winke has been recognized for years as a master bowhunter when it comes to Midwestern whitetails. His most recent buck is just another reason why. Winke first noticed the buck in 2008 and named him "the double G4 buck" because of the twin G4's on both sides of his rack. Winke decided the buck was worthy of hunting in 2009 as a four-year-old. Fortunately for Winke, its rack continued to grow until the evening of November 3, 2012, when he spotted the buck again.


The double G4 had been very elusive over the years, and as a four-and-a-half-year-old, Winke saw him just three times. As it aged, however, the buck changed his patterns and was never seen in the daylight as a five-year-old. It then became quite visible late in the season when he was six years old. Winke didn't know what this year would bring, but was very hopeful.

On the evening of November 3, the monster buck entered the field headed toward a food plot Winke built. Winke grunted multiple times before the buck finally headed his way. At last the double G4 presented Winke with a long-awaited shot, which he capitalized on. Winke has over 12 hours of video footage of this buck on his Midwest Whitetail site and will showcase his hunt for the double G4 there.

Kyle Heuerman

Any serious whitetail hunter knows that it's not often that we get a second chance on the buck of a lifetime, or even a first chance for that matter. But luck was on the side of Kyle Heuerman and his girlfriend Jennifer Weaver when they put an arrow through this 196-inch Illinois brute.

Read the full story.

Joe Franz

We estimate he was 7 1/2 years old. That's based on photos from 2010, when he clearly wasn't over 3 1/2. When I got him he weighed over 300 pounds on the hoof, as suspected. Official B&C measurer Glen Salow came up with a 'green ' gross score of 258 7/8 inches. After the 60-day drying period, he again taped the rack. This time he got a gross non-typical score of 261 3/8, with a net of 230 7/8. The gross score evidently makes this the highest-scoring wild whitetail ever harvested on professional video.

Read the full story.

Jon Massie

Jon's no stranger to free-ranging whitetails across the central plains, having guided a number of clients to trophies and harvesting many big ones himself. In fact, going into 2013 he'd shot two net Boone & Crocketts: one a non-typical scoring over 200, the other a typical from public land. With such success behind him, Jon felt all of his hunting dreams already had come true. At least, he did until a buck he'd never seen showed up on one of his trail cameras.

Read the full story.

Tom Boyer

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.

Teddy's Buck

With a whopping 40 inches of non-typical growth, he has a gross Boone & Crockett score of 215 3/8. The rack's 21 6/8-inch inside spread certainly helps to show off its unique character. He was just a special deer, and very much a result of patience in both management and hunting.

Read the full story.

Ryan Sullivan

Ryan Sullivan was only 19 when, during the 2013 season, he arrowed an Arkansas buck of gigantic proportions. Like many of his fellow Arkansans, Ryan is a deer and duck fanatic. For several years, however, he gave up most of his duck season to lock horns with the world-class buck.

Read the full story.

Junior Key

Junior's outstanding whitetail is the biggest ever recorded from Monroe County, and he ranks as one of the Bluegrass State's top bucks from the 2013-14 season. This great non-typical also is the latest member of Kentucky's all-time Top 30 list.

Read the full story.

Mikell Fries

At 16 yards, Mikell took aim at the giant and released his arrow. In an instant, the shaft had passed through him. The deer instantly whirled and ran out of sight . . . but then, within seconds the archer heard him crash to the ground. 'I remained in the stand for several minutes to gather my thoughts and calm down, ' Mikell says. 'I'm sure the entire encounter only took a few minutes, but it seemed an eternity. '

Read the full story.

Bill Robinson

Three double-digit tines of 10 2/8 to 13 5/8 inches, plus 7 1/8- and 9 3/8-inch brows and a 21 3/8-inch inside spread, add plenty to this regal crown. Put everything together and you have a gross 9-point frame score of 193 6/8. That's as big as it sounds.

Typical asymmetry and 11 6/8 inches of abnormal points total 25 1/8 inches of deductions, so as a typical, the deer nets 'only ' 168 5/8. But the 8×5 rack's total gross score of 205 4/8 is much more reflective of its stunning size. Regardless of score, the Robinson buck is clearly a marvel of nature.

Read the full story.

Nick Drake

The action was fast and furious right from the get-go. At daybreak a doe busted through the cedar thicket with an eight-point suitor following close behind. The doe, however, wanted nothing to do with her pursuer and jumped into a nearby pond in an attempt to flee the buck. This, however, wasn't the last of the action. Nick continued to watch several bucks harass does throughout the morning, but chose not to take a shot at them.

Read the full story.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Why Plant Warm-Season Food Plots for Deer

Why Plant Warm-Season Food Plots for Deer

Learn how and why planting warm-season food plots can benefit you and your deer herd.

Gordon

Gordon's First NAW Hunt

This segment features Gordon Whittington's very first on camera hunt for North American Whitetail.

Planting Fruit Mast Trees for Whitetails

Planting Fruit Mast Trees for Whitetails

Learn how planting fruit trees can benefit your deer herd.

Deer Herd Health and Antler Development with Mineral Supplementation

Deer Herd Health and Antler Development with Mineral Supplementation

Haynes Shelton and Dr. James Kroll talk about how to supply your deer herd with key minerals, and how to avoid the most common mistakes.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

With a sweet and tangy bourbon BBQ sauce drizzled over venison backstrap, this recipe is perfect to fulfill that Cajun craving.Bourbon BBQ Venison Backstrap Recipe Venison Recipes

Bourbon BBQ Venison Backstrap Recipe

Chef Derek St. Romain

With a sweet and tangy bourbon BBQ sauce drizzled over venison backstrap, this recipe is...

Watching and studying the bucks of summer could lead to great success in this fall! Scouting and Learning from Velvet Bucks Scouting

Scouting and Learning from Velvet Bucks

Alex Comstock

Watching and studying the bucks of summer could lead to great success in this fall!

Knowing your bullet drop at various ranges, having a good rangefinder and spending the time to practice with your rifle can the difference between success and eating deer-tag sandwiches. Here's why.Know Your Bullet Drop and Range When Hunting Whitetails How-To

Know Your Bullet Drop and Range When Hunting Whitetails

Travis Faulkner

Knowing your bullet drop at various ranges, having a good rangefinder and spending the time to...

Whether you cook it around a smoldering campfire or over a charcoal grill, this Braai'ed Deer Heart Recipe is a good one to add to your after-the-hunt rituals.Braai'ed (Grilled) Deer Heart Recipe Venison Recipes

Braai'ed (Grilled) Deer Heart Recipe

Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

Whether you cook it around a smoldering campfire or over a charcoal grill, this Braai'ed Deer...

See More Trending Articles

More Freak Bucks

We've seen some strange whitetails over the years here at North American Whitetail, from a 30-pointMuzzy Moment: The Cactus Buck Freak Bucks

Muzzy Moment: The Cactus Buck

North American Whitetail Online Staff - July 09, 2014

We've seen some strange whitetails over the years here at North American Whitetail, from a...

The biggest albino deer ever might be this protected brute that was captured on tape and observedBiggest Albino Deer Ever? Freak Bucks

Biggest Albino Deer Ever?

NAW TV - October 25, 2011

The biggest albino deer ever might be this protected brute that was captured on tape and...

Jeremy Loveland was taping on a friend's land in middle Georgia when he spotted this giantBiggest Four-Point Buck Ever? Freak Bucks

Biggest Four-Point Buck Ever?

NAW TV - May 16, 2012

Jeremy Loveland was taping on a friend's land in middle Georgia when he spotted this giant

Piebald deer, which the taking of can sometimes create controversy from non-hunters or anti-hunters, are indeed rare thanks to the recessive genetic trait being found in only a small percentage of deer nationwide.Amazing Piebald Buck Arrowed by West Virginia Hunter Trophy Bucks

Amazing Piebald Buck Arrowed by West Virginia Hunter

Lynn Burkhead - November 09, 2020

Piebald deer, which the taking of can sometimes create controversy from non-hunters or...

See More Freak Bucks

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the North American Whitetail App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All North American Whitetail subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now