Skip to main content

No Tree Stand Required For Indiana Typical

Caiden “Midge” Dodson and his dad were walking into their hunting spot when they saw this giant typical bedded.

No Tree Stand Required For Indiana Typical

The last day of Indiana youth season proved to be successful for one Hoosier deer hunter. Caiden “Midge” Dodson and his dad, Chuck, set out in west central Indiana. The pair decided they’d try their luck one last time. Having hunted Saturday evening and seeing only three does, the action was less than eventful the next morning.

During mid-day, Midge and Chuck were sitting around camp, listening to the Indianapolis Colts football game. They were trying to decide where to hunt their last evening, and Chuck thought a strip of timber near a corn field would be good. A levee runs parallel to the river to prevent flooding in the crop fields, and Chuck figured that’s how they’d walk to their spot. With weeds growing knee- or chest-high in some spots, the two hunters began walking atop the levee.

Midge, armed with his bow, was walking just ahead of Chuck and stopped instantly and signaled that he spotted a deer bedded on the levee up ahead of them. After careful inspection he determined it was a buck. “I got down on my hands and knees and began to army crawl towards the bedded buck,” Midge says.”

After shooting this impressive Indiana buck, Caiden’s dad thought his son had just shot a 140-inch deer. When they found the buck, they saw he was a lot better than that!

As he closed the distance from 80 yards down to 25, a doe and fawn that neither Chuck nor Midge saw emerged from the tall grass and bolted towards safety. All the while the still bedded buck was watching the doe and fawn. “It happened fast,” says Midge. “As the buck stood from his bed trying to figure out what was going on, I stood up from my crouched position and stood as well.”

At 25 yards, the buck was now standing broadside for a clear shot that Midge capitalized on. After the shot, the buck bolted and ran down into a deep ditch towards a weedy standing cornfield. Chuck had a clear view of the entire event, so he walked up to Midge and said, “I think you just shot a 140-inch buck.”

The shot looked good, and the pair waited a bit before beginning the tracking job. They began tracking the buck for a short distance, but with less than ideal blood Chuck decided to back out until the next morning. Concerned about possibly losing the deer, Chuck made a phone call to local deer recovery expert, Ron Sliver. The two talked on the phone for about an hour, and they both decided to wait until the next morning to take up the trail.

It took the tracking dog, Jewel, only 20 minutes to find the buck. This typical scores 178.

Arriving early the next morning at the hunting grounds, Chuck and Midge met up with Ron and his tracking hound, Jewel. About 20 minutes into the track job, Jewel located Midge’s buck! Arriving at the downed buck first, Ron yelled back to Chuck and Midge, “He’s over here, and he’s bigger than 140!”

Chuck and Midge were astounded by the size of the buck they originally thought would be a nice 140. It turns out Midge’s buck unofficially grosses 178, sporting 26 5/8- & 27 4/8-inch main beams. With a 22-inch inside spread, this is one impressive Hoosier whitetail!

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

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

For years, one of Publisher Laden Force's favorite hunting programs has been the Outdoor Channel's Live 2 Hunt program with Cody and Kelsy Robbins. Their passion for bowhunting and making new hunting buddies is contagious. Additionally, time and time again the pair has undoubtedly confirmed their position as some of the best deer hunters north of the Canadian border. So, Laden quickly accepted when an invite came from friend Mike Tussey of NOMAD Hunting Apparel to test new deer gear on a summer bear hunt with Cody and Kelsy's L2H Outfitting. Join him as he travels to north central Saskatchewan to put new NOMAD, the brand new Bowtech Carbon One and his sense of adventure to the test.
Destination Videos

Live 2 Bowhunt

Opening day is just around the corner, but there is still work to be done! The Forces complete the final prep steps, getting their hunting sites ready for easy access.

Opening Day Prep

The Forces complete the final investment, one that's not so “instant”, by planting new fruit/mast trees. 

Investing in the Future

Baseball transitions to football, which means it's time to get oats, clover & chicory in the ground.  

Cool Season Food Plot

Laden teaches the boys the importance of keeping your property clean to make final adjustments easier and less time consuming.

Property Management

The new hunting blinds have arrived, but the Forces get busy because the blinds aren't going to assemble and strategically place themselves.

Blind Placement Strategy

It's time for weed patrol! Laden ventures out to high cut the perineal plots, weedeat the electric fences and spot spray his clover. 

Plot Maintenance

Laden and the boys plan the off-season “to do's” and prep their equipment needed to execute each exercise. 

The Plan

Laden and his boys work through a timber management plan, letting Dad safely remove a few unwanted trees, opening up a canopy to help with understory native forage growth.

Timberstand Improvements

North American Whitetail Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

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

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

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

Get the top North American Whitetail stories delivered right to your inbox.

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 and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now