Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Casey Heine Buck

© By Othmar Vohringer

On October 28 I briefly reported about Casey Heine of Bever Dam, Wisconsin and how he got his 35 point archery monster buck in The First 2007 Monster Bucks. Today Casey sent me the story how he got that buck in his own words and you can read it here exclusively at Whitetail Deer Passion.

A Wisconsin Monster Buck
As told by Casey Heine

I left school at UW Oshkosh at 2:50 p.m. and rushed home to hunt the evening of September 28. I finally got into the field at about 4:30 and decided to hunt a stand on the end of a fence line that connects to the marsh. There is a cornfield in front of me, a bean field in back of me, and the marsh to my left. It was a unseasonably warm afternoon and the mosquitoes were simply unbearable.

I continued to fight them off and at about 5:30 a doe and fawn came out into the bean field behind me at about 100 yards away. They ended up trotting across the bean field into the corn in front of me. At about 6:40 the same doe and fawn came out about 20 yards in front of me and walked toward the marsh. That’s when I heard a commotion in the bean field behind me. I looked behind me to my right and saw two deer running along the fence line toward me.

The 35 pointer was in front and there was a fork buck following him. I glanced at the head of the buck as he ran behind me and determined it was a "shooter." I had NO idea he was as big as he was. The bucks ran behind my stand and I pulled back as the big buck came around the fence line to my left. He was still running so I had to make a loud doe bleat with my mouth to get him to stop...Luckily the buck heard me and slammed the brakes on. He looked right at me and I took my time and placed the shot a couple of inches behind the front shoulder...The buck bolted after the shot and I watched him run along the marsh and field for about 75 yards where he made one huge leap into the marsh.

As he ran away I kept telling myself it was a good shot; however, when I looked on the ground where I hit him there was very little blood...I ultimately decided to wait until morning to make sure he had enough time to expire and I would have an easier time following the blood. I have had my share of kicking up wounded deer, and I did not want this to be one of those cases. I had a hard time sleeping that night! I went back out at about 6:45 a.m and discovered a fairly good blood trail. He started to really bleed good after about 30 yards. I followed it to where I saw him jump into the cattails and to my delight I saw a brown body laying there about 5 yards into the marsh. He must have just collapsed after the huge leap. I looked at his head and couldn't believe what I saw...Points everywhere! I probably scared everything out of the marsh when I made a scream of happiness! My first trophy buck was a 35-pointer!

Great story and great buck Casey. Congratulations on your trophy of a lifetime. The Othmar Vohringer Outdoors cap is in the mail to you.

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Marc - Founder and Editor of NYbowhunter.com said...

Wow, that is one incredible buck, definitely! Now the only problem is trying to top that one!

Othmar Vohringer said...

I might be able to top that but not with a whitetail deer. In two days I am heading out for a mule deer hunt in an area where we have seen really huge monsters. Just yesterday my buddy phoned me up to let me know that he went to that area and saw five bucks in different locations and each of them would make the books. Needless to say I am pumped and ready to go.

There are plenty of big deer around one just has to get out, do everything right and stay out in the woods and then with a little bit of luck it will happen to you too.


Anonymous said...

What a great story. That deer is definitely a keeper.

Othmar Vohringer said...

It’s a beautiful and very unusual buck.


Anonymous said...

Hey Nice deer a real true once and a life time opportunity. What an unbelievable buck that was just points coming off him left and right. what a great story i felt like i was the one doing it myself....nate

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