Deer of the Day -- Missouri Monster, John David Berry

Deer of the Day -- Missouri Monster, John David Berry
John's buck featured 31 points and scored 228-inches.

Firearms are often times heritage pieces that are passed down from generation to generation. Each time a gun takes a big deer or is along for an adventure, it's like a new chapter is being scribed  into the firearm's history, with each shot offering a new story.

13-year-old John David Berry's rifle belonged to his Uncle, David Shaw, who tragically lost his life in a fire in 1996. The Remington Model 700 chambered in .243 Winchester was a favorite of Shaw's and he had taken several trophy bucks with the gun while hunting in the deer woods with his father Bill.

After losing his son, Bill poured his attention towards his grandchildren, including John, who he'd pick up from school and take hunting, teaching him everything he could about outdoorsmanship and appreciating every moment in life as "you never know when your last breath will be."


Young John was planning on putting the deer wood's lessons he'd learned from his Grandfather on a middle-of-the-rut deer hunt near Harris, Missouri on his great uncle's row crop and CRP farm. It was the second week of November and family and friends surrounded John in a setting that Berry best described as a "man's territory!"


For five days, nine hunters would call a 1,600-square-foot-home their deer camp and hunt the area, looking to hang horns on the wall and fill up a deep freezer or two.


Earlier scouting trips had shown there were plenty of deer in the area and several mature bucks, including a huge main frame 10-point that had everyone salivating at the thought.

After seeing and passing on several different deer, John was in his stand the second day of hunting for an evening sit. As he was pulling up his rifle with a pulley rope, he looked out into the harvested cornfield in front of him, and there stood a buck bigger than anything he'd ever laid eyes on before.

John steadied the Remington 700 on his stand and clicked off the safety. The gun barked and the deer dropped -- John had shot his buck of a lifetime, certain that those before him were with him now.


The incredible buck sported 31 points and scored 228-inches.

Another great buck for a great gun that without a doubt still has many more stories to tell.



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

Recommended for You

Improve the nutritional benefits that your land offers local deer. Land Management

No Matter the Season, Deer Orchard Work Brings Big Benefits to Whitetails

Lynn Burkhead - June 27, 2019

Improve the nutritional benefits that your land offers local deer.

Restore the predator balance on your land. Land Management

Managing Hog & Coyote Populations for Whitetail Properties

Mark Wooley

Restore the predator balance on your land.

Here's how to crack the summer code. Early Season

3 Types of Late-Summer Bucks & How to Hunt Them

Garrett Tucker

Here's how to crack the summer code.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

On Target: Tips for Handgun Hunting Accuracy

On Target: Tips for Handgun Hunting Accuracy

Dr. James Kroll provides tips for hunting whitetails with a handgun.

NAW: Predator Management

NAW: Predator Management

On this edition of "Deer Factory," Dr. James Kroll and Pat Hogan discuss ways to manage predators when it comes to your deer hunting property.

Battling Breeding Bucks

Battling Breeding Bucks

Stan Potts heads to his home state of Illinois to hunt whitetails with his bow during the November rut.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

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...

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...

Here's how to crack the summer code. Early Season

3 Types of Late-Summer Bucks & How to Hunt Them

Garrett Tucker

Here's how to crack the summer code.

See More Stories

More Deer of the Day

Any serious deer hunter knows timing and location are everything. However, putting the two together Deer of the Day

Matt Portscheller Buck: 186-Inch Illinois Tank

Ron Willmore - July 12, 2016

Any serious deer hunter knows timing and location are everything. However, putting the two...

Today a giant whitetail can show up just about anywhere in deer country. We see them often in the Deer of the Day

Jacob Ayecock's 195-Inch Southern Smoker

Tommy Garner - September 27, 2016

Today a giant whitetail can show up just about anywhere in deer country. We see them often in...

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...

See More Deer of the Day

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

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