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Minnesota Hunter Kills 203-inch Buck With A Bow

Luke Perrine couldn't believe how much this buck grew in one year.

Minnesota Hunter Kills 203-inch Buck With A Bow

Luke Perrine's land management practices helped him score big! (Photo courtesy of Luke Perrine)

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Last year, Luke Perrine was watching a good looking 3-year-old buck on his property closely. In 2020, the buck was a 10-point, and Luke estimates that he was a 140-class buck back then. Since he showed great potential and was highly visible, Luke was excited to see what he turned in to.

“He was literally everywhere on the property every day,” Luke remembers. “I don’t think he ever left our property.”

After unsuccessfully looking for the buck’s sheds this spring, Luke anxiously waited for summertime trail camera pictures to reveal the buck’s growth. He had no idea the buck would grow as much as he did.

“His summer pictures started rolling in, and he blew up,” says Luke. “Later, we found out he blew up nearly 60 inches. I had no clue he’d get that big.”

Minnesota Hunter Kills 203-inch Buck With A Bow
What started with an ugly shot, ended up playing in Luke's favor. (Photo courtesy of Luke Perrine)

The buck quickly earned his way to the top of Luke’s hit-list. However, because of harvest time in Minnesota, Luke didn’t get to hunt the buck much in the early season. And after a couple of hunts without encountering the buck, Luke got his opportunity on the evening of Oct. 10.

Just as the sun was setting on Oct. 10, the buck came into where Luke was hunting. Unfortunately, as Luke released his arrow, the buck turned and the shot hit further back than Luke had wanted.

“We waited two hours before going after him,” says Luke. “We got into some really good blood, but the buck had gone further than I was comfortable with. So, we opted to back out.”

The next morning, Luke bumped the buck into a swampy area. So, Luke backed off for a little bit. Luke had the wind in his favor, and he resumed his pursuit and tracked the buck to his bed where he finished the deer off.

Luke gross green-scored the buck at 203 1/8 inches. The buck has 23 inches in extra points, and Luke was astonished when he tallied the numbers.

“We scored him twice because the number really surprised us,” says Luke. “He’s got it all, and it blows my mind that he has it all as a 4-year-old.”

Minnesota Hunter Kills 203-inch Buck With A Bow
Luke and his buddies couldn't believe the number that their tape measure gave them! (Photo courtesy of Luke Perrine)

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