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Deer of the Day: Dan Aquino's 210-inch Non-Typical Ohio Brute

dan_aquino_fHunter: Dan Aquino

Location: Richland County, Ohio

Gear: Elite z28, Victory Archery Vforce V3, Grim Reaper Whitetail Special 2-inch, Tink's Scent Bombs, Scent Blocker

Score: 210 2/8 B&C non-typical


Everything came together for Ohio deer hunter Dan Aquino last season when he completed his two-year quest for a 210-inch non-typical buck of a lifetime.


Aquino's quest for the monster 20-point buck, however, began two years ago when he heard rumors of the buck's existence, potentially roaming around in his hunting area.

dan_aquino_1The rumors became reality at the end of October 2014 while Aquino was out with his wife to watch for activity after a particularly bad storm that had him opting not to hunt that morning. Deer were everywhere, but Aquino was watching a nice 8-pointer specifically when a massive 20-pointer with a drop tine entered the area through a funnel, chasing a doe.

Disappointed that he didn't go hunting that day, Aquino watched the brute leave through the funnel that went just by his stand. He grabbed his trail camera for more clues on the monster.

After scrambling through about 100 photos, Aquino found one of the massive buck entering and checking his mock scrape around 11 p.m. the night before. From then on he passed on quality bucks, waiting for his opportunity at the buck of a lifetime.


dan_aquino_2Days went by before he finally saw the big buck again. Finally, on November 11, Aquino was perched in his stand during the afternoon when the buck he had been waiting for came in to check the scrapes.

Aquino waited for the buck to get to 15 yards before slowly drawing his Elite z28 and releasing the Victory Archery Vforce V3 arrow tipped with a Grim Reaper Whitetail Specail 2-inch broadhead through the buck that came to be known as "Wicked." His aim was dead-on as the buck expired just 30 yards away.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. '

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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.

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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.

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