Daylan Howard's Kentucky Big Buck

Hunter: Daylan Howard

State/County: Kentucky/Hardin County

Score: Estimated 130 inches

Gear: .30-06

Patience is a virtue, and nobody knows it better than Daylan Howard.

This impressive Kentucky buck was bagged by Howard this year after a nine-month wait. In late February, as Howard and his father were at the farm they lease, they spotted a group of deer coming out from the woods.  But one deer in particular caught their attention. He was quite obviously what they called "the king of those woods," and Howard set out on a mission to harvest the buck this season.

From the end of late spring through summer, Howard remained determined to nab his coveted buck. Howard eagerly watched night after night as the buck he named "Chocolate Face" strolled through the soybean field on the farm and was caught several times on the trail camera they placed.

Howard could hardly bare the anticipation of the upcoming season. He watched excitedly as his sister bagged her first deer, but he had yet to see "Chocolate Face" — or any deer for that matter — during his hunts. Rather than become discouraged, Howard remained positive.

Finally, as October ended, while Howard and his father were in their treestand when they noticed a deer enter the opening.  "It's him! It's him!" his father exclaimed. Howard readied his .30-06, visibly shaking as buck fever was getting the better of him. Moments later, Howard held his breath, squeezed the trigger and bagged his buck.

Howard may have waited nearly a year, but it was all worth it after he killed the buck of a lifetime.

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