Skip to main content

Hoosier State Hoss, Danny Terril

My wife and I have 155 acres in southern Indiana and we try to manage it the best we can, with food plots, game cameras and passing on smaller bucks. We do see a lot of big bucks that pass through our acreage quite often.

It was Saturday, November 5th and my wife and I had been hunting every free moment since opening day. We both passed on smaller bucks and does patiently waiting for the pre rut or chase to arrive.

That morning I decided to sit in my climber on the edge of a ridge that over looks a flat that's open and full of acorn trees. Does like to feed in this area in the morning as they make their way back to their bedding grounds.

The morning started off great at first light as a 4 pointer walked through, and then about 9 a.m., I spotted a 10 pointer as he milled around for a few minutes. I decided to pass on him as he just wasn't quite big enough and I am glad I did.


About 10 a.m., I looked to my left and a doe was walking up the ridge, right to me and a buck was on her tail. As I stood up, the doe passed my stand and the buck stopped and looked at me. My heart was beating thinking I just got caught and had blew it, but his mind was on that doe and he put his head back down and walked between 25-30 yards in front of me.


I grunted and he stopped to look at me and I shot, but he was quartering away and after I shot, I watched him run away with my arrow sticking out which scared me to death!

Did I hit him high? Did I hit a shoulder blade? Oh my God, will I find him?

I got down and walked over to where I'd made the shot and there was quite a bit of blood so I decided not to push him and went back to the house for a cup of coffee and gave him a couple hours. In the mean time my cousin Chip and my uncle Johnny and my friend Tim drove over to help me look for him. About 12:30, we all went back out and picked up on the blood trail. He ran about 80 yards and was laying dead at the bottom of the hill. My arrow had went through the lungs and stuck in his opposite shoulder as he was quartering away.

What a blessing! It has taking me six years to get a monster off this place and I think the Lord is teaching me patience as my wife always reminds me of! -- Danny Terril




Congrats on a great buck Danny!



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

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

How to Plant Food Plots on a Budget with Small Equipment

How to Plant Food Plots on a Budget with Small Equipment

Haynes Shelton debunks the common belief that you must have big, fancy equipment to plant food plots. That's simply not the case; he's how to plan and plant food plots on a budget with small equipment.

Gordon

Gordon's First NAW Hunt

This segment features Gordon Whittington's very first on camera hunt for North American Whitetail.

Dr. Deer: Protein Supplementation

Dr. Deer: Protein Supplementation

For many hunters and land managers, feeding the herd is now a popular management activity. Here's the research behind doing it right.

Importance of Conducting Soil Tests for Food Plots

Importance of Conducting Soil Tests for Food Plots

Haynes Shelton talks about why it is critical for property owners to conduct a simple soil test before planning and planting food plots for wildlife.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Understanding what deer eat and how they adjust their diets to meet changing nutritional requirements will not only increase your chances of harvesting a good buck, but also your enjoyment of whitetail hunting.What Do Deer Eat? Land Management

What Do Deer Eat?

Dr. James C. Kroll

Understanding what deer eat and how they adjust their diets to meet changing nutritional...

What can you do to ease the physical and mental rigors of being caught at full draw? Training to Shoot When Stuck at Full Draw Bowhunting

Training to Shoot When Stuck at Full Draw

Jace Bauserman

What can you do to ease the physical and mental rigors of being caught at full draw?

With a sweet and tangy bourbon BBQ sauce drizzled over venison backstrap, this recipe is perfect to fulfill that Cajun craving.Bourbon BBQ Venison Backstrap Recipe Venison Recipes

Bourbon BBQ Venison Backstrap Recipe

Chef Derek St. Romain

With a sweet and tangy bourbon BBQ sauce drizzled over venison backstrap, this recipe is...

Even snow-white deer are fairly common in comparison to those that are abnormally dark in color.Rarest Whitetails Of All? Deer Behavior & Facts

Rarest Whitetails Of All?

Gordon Whittington - September 22, 2010

Even snow-white deer are fairly common in comparison to those that are abnormally dark in...

See More Trending Articles

More Deer of the Day

Any serious deer hunter knows timing and location are everything. However, putting the two togetherMatt Portscheller Buck: 186-Inch Illinois Tank 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...

Captain Steve Whitelock spends much of his time guiding folks on the waters off Maryland's EasternSteve Whitelock’s 211-Inch Eastern Shore Giant Deer of the Day

Steve Whitelock's 211-Inch Eastern Shore Giant

Al Higgins - September 20, 2016

Captain Steve Whitelock spends much of his time guiding folks on the waters off Maryland's...

Nearly 20 years ago, Doug Laird lost his right arm in a conveyor accident. However, that hasn'tMissouri Maiden: 189-Inch Antlered Doe Deer of the Day

Missouri Maiden: 189-Inch Antlered Doe

Ron Willmore - May 31, 2016

Nearly 20 years ago, Doug Laird lost his right arm in a conveyor accident. However, that hasn't

Today a giant whitetail can show up just about anywhere in deer country. We see them often in theJacob Ayecock's 195-Inch Southern Smoker 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...

See More Deer of the Day

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the North American Whitetail App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

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

Phone Icon

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