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12-Year-Old Hunter Tags 28-Point, 250-Inch Minnesota Whitetail

This buck has been teasing area hunters for years. Find out how a young hunter was the one to finally tag him.

For more photos of this monster buck, click here. 

On Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, 12-year-old Dylan Beach of Motley, Minn. squeezed off a single shot from his Remington .270 and harvested a colossal 28-point whitetail buck—a deer with enough mass to make it one of the largest ever taken by a hunter in the state.

Sitting with his stepfather, Wilbur Verbeck, in a deer blind on his aunt’s farm, Dylan says the day started like any other and he wasn’t sure what they’d see, though never in his wildest dreams did he think they’d encounter the buck of a lifetime.

“I was hunting with my stepdad, and we got in the stand around 7:15 a.m. I was facing a field and my stepdad was facing a swamp. I first saw the deer around 7:40 about 100 yards away, and he turned and started walking towards us, but I couldn’t tell it was such a large deer. At 50 yards, he turned broadside so I shot him,” Dylan says. “I didn’t know his rack was that big because I was focusing on where I was going to shoot, not on the antlers.

After Dylan's shot hit, the buck fell over, got up again taking a few more steps before going down for good.

Climbing out of their blind and walking towards the deer, Dylan said he didn’t comprehend the magnitude of the moment until he finally stood next to the animal.

“When we got out of the stand and walked up to it, we were surprised how big the rack was. It was the first time we ever saw this deer. We started cheering and celebrating. I high-fived my stepdad and called everybody to tell them what happened,” Dylan says. “He had a big body too. Gutted out, the deer weighed 229 pounds. It took four people to put him in the back of the pickup.”

That same morning, half a mile away, Minnesota resident Al Haman sat quietly in a forested portion of his 80 acres, waiting, watching and listening for the same deer when he heard the distant echo of Dylan’s rifle shot. Haman knew the buck well. In December, 2010, his trail camera captured one of the first photographs of the deer. In the three years since, he’s watched it grow in size and celebrity.

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from dets523 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Nothing beats a young hunter shooting a giant! Great job!

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from dave63go wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Outstanding!! These stories always bring a smile to my face. Great job Dylan, you'll be hooked for life now!

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Congratulations!

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from DarinC wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

What a beast!

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from Rgw3 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Is it wrong to be jealous of a 13 yr old? Wy to go Dylan!

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Nice, dude! 1 of many more to come.

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from Ohio Mountaineer wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

That is a great buck. I enjoy seeing the young hunters get the big score. Don't know that I could have ignored those antlers long enough to make the shot. Good job Dylan.

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from Matthew Toenisk... wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

They sure grow 'em big up there. Great job young man!

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from Bone seeker wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Look at those brow tines! Crazy junk and mass. Congrats Dylan, you may never have a shot at one like this again. Enjoy it

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from Eyesman_01 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I've been hunting whitetail since I was 13. At age 49 I got my first "wall hanger", and it comes nowhere close to this monster. He should be proud of his accomplishment. But I hope the forthcoming years aren't a disappointment because he can't compare to the size. I hunt for meat, and a love of the woods. I hope he never loses that perspective. Congrats on the monster!

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from Eyesman_01 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I've been hunting whitetail since I was 13. At age 49 I got my first "wall hanger", and it comes nowhere close to this monster. He should be proud of his accomplishment. But I hope the forthcoming years aren't a disappointment because he can't compare to the size. I hunt for meat, and a love of the woods. I hope he never loses that perspective. Congrats on the monster!

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from Larry Brown wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Way to get out into the woods and Get It Done! Very nice deer Dylan, congrats.

BTW, I really like the glasses and smile, such a great attitude.

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from Les Luethmers wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Very nice young man way to be a sportsman and make the shot count.

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from MICHMAN wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I love how this deer was very well known throughout the community yet no one ever found his sheds! Amazing animals!

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from hunting101 wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

good job

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from Jerry A. wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Congratulations, Dylan! That buck is gigantic.

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from zulu wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Is that a deer or a Tree? :) Amazing Buck!

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from condoski wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

What a wonderful experience for an up and coming young man. It's all good... Other than sitting on the good fortune Nature provided. There's always something to learn, bigger fish to catch, and the experiences of woodsman-ship never end. Conratulations to you Dylan for a clean shot and a great trophy.

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from gholdren wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Gonna be hard to beat that one. Good luck

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from Valerie Conlin wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Nice job Dylan!!!! So jealous!

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from beers123 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Way to go young man. No it is not bad to be jealous of a 13 year old young man who put a deer of that caliber on the ground with 1 shot Rgw3. If I would have won that Powerball Jackpot today I might of had to look into buying some ground up there in MN.

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from swampbuck wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Wow what a rack,and at 13 years old....very impressive, your life has just changed forever , from this day forward the geese heading south, the changing of the leaves , and the first smell of frost in the air will stir a inner person in you that only another deer hunter would understand....do your self a favor and only date girls that hunt deer (-: the others wont last through the fall...good job and congradulations

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from rockylizard wrote 17 weeks 1 day ago

“I didn’t know his rack was that big because I was focusing on where I was going to shoot, not on the antlers."

EXCELLENT work, young man! May you have many more successful hunts!

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from dets523 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Nothing beats a young hunter shooting a giant! Great job!

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from dave63go wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Outstanding!! These stories always bring a smile to my face. Great job Dylan, you'll be hooked for life now!

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from Rgw3 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Is it wrong to be jealous of a 13 yr old? Wy to go Dylan!

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from Bone seeker wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Look at those brow tines! Crazy junk and mass. Congrats Dylan, you may never have a shot at one like this again. Enjoy it

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from MICHMAN wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I love how this deer was very well known throughout the community yet no one ever found his sheds! Amazing animals!

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Congratulations!

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from DarinC wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

What a beast!

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Nice, dude! 1 of many more to come.

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from Ohio Mountaineer wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

That is a great buck. I enjoy seeing the young hunters get the big score. Don't know that I could have ignored those antlers long enough to make the shot. Good job Dylan.

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from Matthew Toenisk... wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

They sure grow 'em big up there. Great job young man!

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from Eyesman_01 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I've been hunting whitetail since I was 13. At age 49 I got my first "wall hanger", and it comes nowhere close to this monster. He should be proud of his accomplishment. But I hope the forthcoming years aren't a disappointment because he can't compare to the size. I hunt for meat, and a love of the woods. I hope he never loses that perspective. Congrats on the monster!

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from Eyesman_01 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I've been hunting whitetail since I was 13. At age 49 I got my first "wall hanger", and it comes nowhere close to this monster. He should be proud of his accomplishment. But I hope the forthcoming years aren't a disappointment because he can't compare to the size. I hunt for meat, and a love of the woods. I hope he never loses that perspective. Congrats on the monster!

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from Larry Brown wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Way to get out into the woods and Get It Done! Very nice deer Dylan, congrats.

BTW, I really like the glasses and smile, such a great attitude.

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from Les Luethmers wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Very nice young man way to be a sportsman and make the shot count.

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from hunting101 wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

good job

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from Jerry A. wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Congratulations, Dylan! That buck is gigantic.

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from zulu wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Is that a deer or a Tree? :) Amazing Buck!

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from condoski wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

What a wonderful experience for an up and coming young man. It's all good... Other than sitting on the good fortune Nature provided. There's always something to learn, bigger fish to catch, and the experiences of woodsman-ship never end. Conratulations to you Dylan for a clean shot and a great trophy.

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from gholdren wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Gonna be hard to beat that one. Good luck

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from Valerie Conlin wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Nice job Dylan!!!! So jealous!

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from beers123 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Way to go young man. No it is not bad to be jealous of a 13 year old young man who put a deer of that caliber on the ground with 1 shot Rgw3. If I would have won that Powerball Jackpot today I might of had to look into buying some ground up there in MN.

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from swampbuck wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Wow what a rack,and at 13 years old....very impressive, your life has just changed forever , from this day forward the geese heading south, the changing of the leaves , and the first smell of frost in the air will stir a inner person in you that only another deer hunter would understand....do your self a favor and only date girls that hunt deer (-: the others wont last through the fall...good job and congradulations

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from rockylizard wrote 17 weeks 1 day ago

“I didn’t know his rack was that big because I was focusing on where I was going to shoot, not on the antlers."

EXCELLENT work, young man! May you have many more successful hunts!

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