Deer of the Day -- Halloween Hoss! -- Luke Holthaus

Deer of the Day -- Halloween Hoss! --  Luke Holthaus

I was really looking forward to starting the 2010 season with the crops actually coming out early this year and many good velvet sightings and trail cam photos I had high hopes of what this season had in store for me.

The first week went by slow with minimal deer sightings and only one buck. This was pretty typical though with it still being warm. Not much changed with the second week or the third and by now I was starting to feel the frustration setting in.

On Halloween night I had the wind that I wanted for a stand that my brother had found a great shed not 50 yards from in the spring, but with no trail cam photos of this buck we were skeptical if he was still there or even still alive.

I was running late but headed out none-the-less to give this stand a shot with the hopes of whatever was sporting that shed the year prior would show back up. I'd been in the stand for about an hour and a half when I looked over my left shoulder and saw a doe with a huge buck following right behind her.


He was 100 yards and angling away from me so I reached for my grunt call and gave him a few soft grunts. He didn't pay any attention and when the doe went over the hillside he stopped at the top of it and I gave him a snort wheeze and two short grunts and here he came.


He closed the distance to 25 yards but was facing me and I couldn't get a shot. He started to walk as if he was headed to the downwind side as they do many times and I stopped him at 40 yards and let the arrow fly.

I watched the arrow go through and stick in the ground for a perfect shot. He ran only 50 yards and fell. The deer had 20 scorable points, an 18.5-inch inside spread and green scored 200 6/8. I will sure have a hard time topping this one.



We want your Deer of the Day! Send us an image, a brief description of your hunt, and the gear you used to whitetail@imoutdoors.com

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

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Deer Dog: Replicating Realistic Tracks

Deer Dog: Replicating Realistic Tracks

On this edition of "Deer Dog," Jeremy Moore discusses the role scent plays when it comes to tracking and how to incorporate it into your training.

Alternative Season Whitetail Hunt

Alternative Season Whitetail Hunt

Mike Clerkin is hunting the alternative weapon whitetail season in Missouri with his S&W revolver.

Deer Factory: Northern Climate Warm-Season Food Plots

Deer Factory: Northern Climate Warm-Season Food Plots

Dr. James Kroll and Pat Hogan discuss warm-season food plots on this deer factory in Minnesota.

Deer Factory: Minnesota Property Overview

Deer Factory: Minnesota Property Overview

James Kroll and Pat Hogan begin a new Deer Factory project in west central Minnesota.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Good location is just part of the equation. Scouting

The Best Summer Trail Camera Strategy

Tony J. Peterson

Good location is just part of the equation.

Fill your quiver with the right ammo this season. Bowhunting

The Best Arrows for Deer Hunting

Tony J. Peterson - June 10, 2019

Fill your quiver with the right ammo this season.

After weeks of speculation, the official 60-day entry score for Luke Brewster's epic Illinois non-typical bow-killed whitetail was announced today in the OSG booth at the 2019 ATA Show in Louisville. According to North American Whitetail editor Gordon Whittington and associate editor Haynes Shelton, the Brewster buck is the largest buck ever taken by a hunter anywhere in North America! Trophy Bucks

BREAKING NEWS: Brewster's 320-5/8-Inch Non-Typical Buck Pending World Record Announced

Lynn Burkhead - January 10, 2019

After weeks of speculation, the official 60-day entry score for Luke Brewster's epic Illinois...

To hear many serious trophy bowhunters tell it, Kentucky must be a figment of someone's fertile United States

Best Spots for Bowhunting Kentucky Trophy Bucks

Gordon Whittington - July 21, 2016

To hear many serious trophy bowhunters tell it, Kentucky must be a figment of someone's fertile

See More Trending Articles

More Deer of the Day

Although January's not a time typically associated with killing huge bucks, many Midwestern states Deer of the Day

Steve Niemerg Buck: 197-Inch Illinois Giant

Bernie Barringer - May 10, 2016

Although January's not a time typically associated with killing huge bucks, many Midwestern...

Serious deer hunters know Maryland has the soil nutrients and herd genetics to produce magnum Deer of the Day

Jordan DuHammell Buck: 223-Inch Maryland Monster

Craig Holt - June 14, 2016

Serious deer hunters know Maryland has the soil nutrients and herd genetics to produce magnum

When Ohio's Grant Garber solicited the assistance of local outfitter Eric Ashcraft with Close Deer of the Day

Grant Garber's 211-Inch Ohio "Goliath"

Dan Long - October 11, 2016

When Ohio's Grant Garber solicited the assistance of local outfitter Eric Ashcraft with Close

During late summer 2011, Ryan Provance put out numerous trail cameras on his hunting club in Deer of the Day

Ryan Provance Buck: 180-Inch Mississippi Tank

Rick Dillard - May 10, 2016

During late summer 2011, Ryan Provance put out numerous trail cameras on his hunting club in

See More Deer of the Day

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

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

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