Jeff Danker: 183-Inch Massive Kansas Buck


Hunter: Jeff Danker

State/County: Kansas/Rice County


Score: 183 5/8 Typical

Gear Used: Bear Motive 7 bow, Axis arrows, Tru Fire release, Switchblade broadhead, Realtree camouflage , Summit Hawk lok on, Code Blue EliminX spray, Evolved Habitat food plot.


Jeff Danker of Major League Bowhunter is no stranger to trophy bucks, and he knows that in order to get the big boys you need to pass up the smaller ones. For the past two years Danker has been leasing land in Kansas near the Arkansas River and his management plan is already paying off. In early July he started running his Moultrie game cameras, and one of the first deer he captured was a buck named Huckleberry.

Danker knew he wanted to focus on Huckleberry, and focus he did. He hunted for 17 days straight on his lease before his date with destiny. During those 17 days he passed up multiple 160- and 150-class deer.

That all ended on the night of October 3, when Huckleberry came into range and Jeff let his Bear Motive 7 send that fateful arrow on its way. Jeff feels this buck is even more special because he hunted hard, hunted smart and, most of all, trusted his instincts to get the job done.

Jeff's hunting tip: Always play the wind. Take care of the details and remember, bad wind equals bad hunt.

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