Snowstorm Still-Hunt Pays Off

This 7-point buck was taken during Wisconsin’s first big snowstorm of the season
on December 9, 2008, with a muzzleloader. The deer was shot by Ray Smith, just north
of Waupaca, as it chased a group of does through a stand of spruce trees. Smith, who
was still-hunting through the snowstorm late in the afternoon, yelled at the buck
to stop it and that provided a broadside shot.

The buck weighed 190 pounds and had an unusually long body. Smith wondered whether
it was the second rut, the snowstorm, or both that compelled deer to move during the
winter white-out conditions.

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