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Marion County buck takes #2 spot

by Jeremy Terrell

Belleview, Florida

Opening morning of the 2015 general gun season (Nov. 7) was a slow one for me as I hunted private property in Marion County.

After seeing only does all morning, this big, beautiful 8-point buck came slipping through on their trail at around 9 a.m.

A single broadside shot from 100 yards with my .270 rifle did the job.

It is definitely a buck of a lifetime, and I’m so thankful I was able to harvest such a buck with my girlfriend, Haley, by my side.

This was actually the first time any of us had seen this particular buck. I never expected to see anything even close to something this size (200 lbs.).

I couldn’t believe or get over just how huge this buck’s rack actually was. He had horns that were 5-1/2 inches in diameter at the bases and a very wide 21-1/2-inch inside spread.

When I walked over to him and put my hands on his antlers, I was completely amazed and speechless.

I brought him to my taxidermist a couple days later and couldn’t wait to get him back and up on the wall.

The mainframe 8-point had an extra (1-5/8 inch) point on the right antler that contributed to 3-6/8 inches in deductions for differences between the two sides. The buck gross scored 147-2/8 inches and netted 142-5/8 after deductions.