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#1 Youth Buck is #3 overall!

Robert M. Frier III was 16 when he killed the #3 overall buck (#2 typical) taken in the state of Florida last season. Robert harvested the chocolate-horned, 180 lb. 8-point on private land in Columbia County on Nov. 4, 2012 using a Thompson/Center Venture .270 Winchester. The highest-scoring buck taken by a youth hunter last season is also the 2nd-highest scoring buck on record in Columbia County.

The hard-hunting teen helps turn over and plant fields for hunting, and put out supplemental feed before finally capturing the buck on his game camera as it visited a mineral block.

“This is the one I am going to kill this year,” he told his mother while showing her the game camera photo. Robert took his bow and sat throughout archery season, then carried his muzzleloader and hunted numerous times during black powder season without ever seeing the big buck.

Ironically, Robert killed the big buck on his way back from picking up the Sunday morning paper on his family’s 450-acre farm. Instead, it was a routine trip to the mailbox that gave Robert the chance to take his biggest buck ever. Luckily, he had the .270 rifle he bought himself with him when he spotted the buck in a field near a barn as he returned to the house.

The buck was standing between two trees when Robert grabbed his rifle out of the Jeep and made a perfect double lung shot to drop the beast after it made it just 30 yards.

Robert, who just recently graduated from his National Youth Leadership Training Course with the Boy Scouts, placed second in the state in muzzleloader shooting accuracy the year before – thanks in large part to the practice he puts in at a range on his property.

Robert’s uncle, who usually helps him clean his deer, was in Arkansas when he killed this trophy buck. Robert drove the buck just down the street to a taxidermist who spent the next three hours carefully teaching Robert how to properly skin and cape the buck for a shoulder mount.

Robert’s buck had 22 and 23-2/8-inch main beams, 6-4/8-inch brow tines, 10-5/8-inch G2s and 9-5/8-inch G3s. The near-perfect symmetrical rack had a 17-2/8-inch inside spread, 20-inch outside spread, 4-4/8-inch bases and just 2-6/8 inches in deductions – scoring 145-4/8 inches gross and 143-6/8 inches net.