Deer of the Day: Rick Halverson's 205-Inch Iowa Giant

rick_halverson_fHunter: Rick Halverson

Location: Iowa

Gear: Cuddeback and Wild Game Innovations trail cameras; Mathews Switchback bow with G5 sights; Carbon Express arrows and 100-grain Muzzy broadheads; Scent-Lok appearal and Lacrosse boots; Summit Treestands.

Score: 205 1/8 (gross)



Three years is a long time to wait for the opportunity at a dream buck. But as any whitetail hunter will tell you, it's all worth it when there's success at the end.


Avid Iowa bowhunter Rick Halverson finally connected on a giant 205-inch Iowa buck he named "Droppy" last season after years of passing buck after buck, holding out for this particular droptine giant since first seeing it in 2010.


As the 2013 season rolled around, Droppy made his way back to Halverson's hunting ground just in time for the rut. On Nov. 8 Halverson setup in a big oak tree near the area he'd seen first spotted Droppy on his trail camera in 2011.

The brisk 28-degree day was without wind, making the spot perfect for Halverson. Just as the sun cleared the treetops, Halverson looked toward the south and spotted two does headed his way. As the does neared he saw the giant rack following close behind.


The does led the giant to within 25 yards before Halverson released his Carbon Express arrow tipped with a Muzzy broadhead. Everything about the shot suggested that it was a perfect hit. However, after gathering himself, Halverson was unable to locate the downed buck when he attempted to track it.

Unfortunately for Halverson, the season ended without locating Droppy. Finally, in March, Halverson's hunting buddy, Billy See, called to inform him he had located Droppy while out shed hunting. With the help of the Iowa DNR, Halverson recovered his giant buck and finished his three-year quest with the satisfaction of success, even if it wasn't the way he planned it.

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 'œgreen' 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 'œfire 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. 'œI remained in the stand for several minutes to gather my thoughts and calm down,' Mikell says. 'œI'™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 'œonly' 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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