Deer of the Day - The Hawkeye State Buck Brothers, The Venderholts

Fortune smiled on the Vanderholt brothers during the opening day of the Iowa shotgun season when each sibling -- Grant, Gregg and Buddy -- dropped bucks that will be hard to top.


Gregg (the oldest) and Grant were hunting in Northeast Iowa along with their brother-in-law. Buddy was hunting with his daughter about an hour away in a town called Parkersburg.

The first kill of the day belonged to Gregg, who was set up on a bluff when he saw a buck come up over a ridge. The oldest Venderholt squeezed the trigger and was able to double-lung the buck, dropping him in his tracks. The 10-point buck featured a 20-inch inside spread and scored 172 inches.

After getting Gregg's deer out of the woods, Grant headed to a new spot (using Gregg's shotgun) hoping to replicate his brother's success. Set up over a pasture, Grant spotted several deer 150 yards to his west, including a big buck. The Iowan had to be patient in waiting for the buck to step into range, but he finally did. Grant took aim and was able to spine the buck, dropping him where he stood. The big brute scored 168 inches.

After celebrating with brother Gregg over their two remarkable bucks, they got the call from young brother Buddy -- he had dropped a 150-inch deer with his daughter at the Parkersburg location! Three brothers, three bucks, one day!

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