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Hawkeye State Hoss, Dan Hall

Hawkeye State Hoss, Dan Hall

Iowa bowhunter Dan Hall climbed into his stand the middle of October around 4PM, hopeful that he'd get a crack at filling either his antlered or antleress tag.

He was set up along the outer edge of a patch of timber that overlooked a 40-yard wide path of CRP with a cornfield beyond that.

An hour and 45 minutes into his sit, Hall had seen a glimpse of a buck and a doe, but nothing had come into range until a mature doe stepped out and was headed his way. With the doe still 150 yards away, Hall stood up, hopeful to get a shot when suddenly he spotted "Mr. Big"

"My adrenaline was going through the roof! I picked up my binoculars to give him one quick look, (saw) the rack clearly then put them back down (as) he started to chase her. She didn't want anything to do with him but I knew that if she'd come by me I'd for sure get a shot," shared Hall.

Lady luck was in Hall's pocket as the buck chased the doe within 22 yards of his stand! As the doe continued to walk along the edge of the timber toward Hall, she suddenly turned and was now moving through the trees, broadside. Hall drew back and set his 20-yard pin on a spot that the doe would pass through and hopefully the big buck too.

Instead of following the doe however, the buck kept on a path straight towards Hall and was now seven yards away.

Not looking at the rack allowed Hall to keep his composure as he threaded the needle through some overhanging branches. The arrow struck home and Hall watched the buck drop 150 yards away!

The mainframe 10-point buck with a single kicker green scored 182 7/8 inches!

Congratulations on a fantastic buck Dan!


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