Deer of the Day: Hannah Plehall's 183-Inch Hawkeye Hoss

hannah_plehall_fHunter: Hannah Plehall

Location: Central Iowa

Gear: CVA Wolf .50, Tasco 3x9, Ameristep Doghouse popup blind, Lacrosse boots, Scent-Lok apparel, Primos Truth Cam 35.

Score: 183 4/8 (gross)

Who says hard work doesn't pay off?

Hannah Plehall and her father, Dave, did their due diligence in patterning this impressive central Iowa buck over the past couple of seasons. So when the opportunity to finally take the fine whitetail presented itself during Iowa's youth muzzleloader season, Hannah was more than ready for the shot.

Setup in their ground blind on the north side of a creek on an 83-degree day in which the wind had died down, Hannah and her father hadn't seen a single deer the entire hunt. But they knew the buck traveled along the south side of the creek at least once over the weekends, so it was just a matter of patience.

Finally, the giant showed up, staring directly at the ground blind. The buck then unexpectedly jumped straight up in the air in two leaps before starting down the trail broadside in front of the blind. Hannah's father stopped the buck with a mouth bleat at 30 yards, and with a bang and a cloud of smoke the buck was off.

Hannah was sure she hit the buck, and a short 40-yard trek across the creek confirmed her confidence. Hannah's hard work earned her a tremendous 183-inch (gross) buck that would make any whitetail addict a little green with envy.

So far Hannah is two-for-two when squeezing the trigger on a whitetail. With that kind of track record and work ethic she'll likely continue downing big bruisers like this for many more seasons to come.

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