Deer of the Day: Andy Hall's 173-Inch Oklahoma Buck

andy_hall_fHunter: Andy Hall

Location: Garfield County, Oklahoma

Method: Bow

Score: 173 7/8 (net)

For three years Andy Hall watched this buck on trail cameras, but much like many giants in the whitetail woods, this buck remained hidden from the eye. That lasted until the second day of firearms season in Garfield County, Oklahoma.

Sneaking into his stand with bow in hand on November 23, Hall setup on a creek bank where he believed the buck would be about an hour before sunrise. It was a near perfect setup, and almost identically matched a similar setup Stan Potts employed during an episode of NAW TV. The shape of the creek cut into the landscape and gave the hunter an advantage with the prevailing winds.

Roughly 45 minutes into the hunt, Hall heard the unmistakable sound of a buck shredding saplings 40 yards from his stand. Peering through his binos in the low light, Hall noted that the buck was heavy beamed but could not confirm if it was the buck he had been watching.

As the buck worked its way up the creek, it stopped just 12 yards away for a drink from the creek. As the buck turned broadside, Hall let his arrow fly. The shot hit its mark with the buck slightly quartering away; the shot angled into the chest and rib cage. The buck bolted 50 yards before tumbling over into the creek bed. Hall climbed down after an hour to pick up the blood trail. The substantial amount of blood led him right to the buck. At that point he realized it was the buck he'd been watching for so long.

It was an unforgettable moment. If the score stands after the 60-day drying period, it will go down as the highest scoring typical in Garfield County and rank No. 7 overall in the Oklahoma Cy Curtis record book for typical bucks taken with archery gear.

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