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March 19, 2008

BuckTracker: Hawkeye Field of Dreams

By Scott Bestul

I am going to devote the next two entries of BuckTracker to a very special place for deer hunters: the state of Iowa. I will go into greater detail about why the Hawkeye State is so good in the next installment. In this blog I am simply going to offer an example—Exhibit A, if you will—of what is possible if a state knows how to manage deer.

Jesse Godwin is a young, energetic whitetail nut who lost one of his favorite hunting areas just before the ‘07 season. Scrambling for a backup plan, he and a couple of buddies settled on a small tract of public land not far from their homes. The place is small enough that I will not relate the acreage for fear of exposing its location. Suffice it to say the spot is one that most folks would drive by on their way to greener—and larger— pastures.

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But Jesse & Co. were undaunted. They developed a plan for hunting the lightly-timbered parcel and stuck with it. Indeed, one of Jesse’s pals shot a nice buck there in October, and the trio had spotted other good deer as they hunted. But nothing as big as the buck that chased a doe near Jesse’s stand the morning of November 3. Jesse—a devoted Iowa Hawkeyes football nut—was just about ready to crawl down from his stand so he could watch the game when he heard deer crashing in the brush nearby.

“Suddenly a doe popped out of the brush, with a big buck behind her,” Jesse says. “I could tell he was a big one, with lots of points and a huge body. The doe trotted back into the timber, and for some reason, the buck just paralleled the timberline. When he popped out from behind a pine tree he was 22 steps. I grunted and he stopped and I made the shot. When my buddies and I found him a couple hours later, I could finally see how big he was.”

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BuckTracker Stats:

Date
: November 3, 2007
Location: Central Iowa
Weight:  unknown
Points: 17 (main-frame 10-point with stickers and 40” of mass)
Score: 204-5/8” (P&Y non-typ)
Weapon: Bow
Shot Distance: 22 yards.
Method: Tree stand

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from John D wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

I repeat: ENTHUSIASTS.

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from Michael wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

I'm with Adam on this one. About the only thing that ranks above deer hunting is SEC football - but for me it's Alabama instead of Georgia. Of course, a few times over the last few years, we've been pretty lousy so I've went hunting several times and missed all or part of the game.

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from Elaine wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

Awesome story and I'm proud of the determanation that big buck took son! And anyone who know's you.... know's you can be a nut in both Hunting and Hawks lol!

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from don m. wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

one he** of a BUCK,,,,, Banjo, you just made my day,thanks, (coffee on the keyboard again)don

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from Visitor wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

204" is A LOT of antler...

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from Jesse Godwin wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

Great Job Scott! And to the reader above...I turned down going to the game to hunt the early AM just because it was November.... No doubt it my mind I'm that "Whitetail nut" :)

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from david wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

i missed to much hunting last year because i had the nfl package from direct tv also a patriot fan superbowl was like missing a good deer . I am canceling the nfl package this year . I can always read the papers later.

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from Tim wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

That's my kind of a "Bucktale"!!!!!U.P.Mich.

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from MidnightBanjo wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl "Will you marry me?"The girl said,"NO!" And the guy lived happily ever after and went fishing and hunting and played golf a lot and drank beer and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted.THE ENDThat would be a record breaker here! Great Buck!

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from John D wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

Enthusiast.

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from adam wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

I myself am a Georgia Bulldog nut and a whitetail nut. I think you can have your cake and eat it too! I wouldn't miss a Georgia game for nothing. I'm sure you would have been right back in the deer stand as soon as the game was over.So you qualify as a whitetail nut in my book! Awesome buck!

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from John D wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

Great story. But I believe you mislabeled him as a "whitetail nut." Deciding to climb out of your stand to watch a football game on November 3rd instantly demotes you to "whitetail enthusiast." Regardless, that is one hell of a buck.Love to see guys score big on public land. Spent most of my life playing that game.

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from John D wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

I repeat: ENTHUSIASTS.

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from Michael wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

I'm with Adam on this one. About the only thing that ranks above deer hunting is SEC football - but for me it's Alabama instead of Georgia. Of course, a few times over the last few years, we've been pretty lousy so I've went hunting several times and missed all or part of the game.

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from Elaine wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

Awesome story and I'm proud of the determanation that big buck took son! And anyone who know's you.... know's you can be a nut in both Hunting and Hawks lol!

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from don m. wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

one he** of a BUCK,,,,, Banjo, you just made my day,thanks, (coffee on the keyboard again)don

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from Visitor wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

204" is A LOT of antler...

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from Jesse Godwin wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

Great Job Scott! And to the reader above...I turned down going to the game to hunt the early AM just because it was November.... No doubt it my mind I'm that "Whitetail nut" :)

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from david wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

i missed to much hunting last year because i had the nfl package from direct tv also a patriot fan superbowl was like missing a good deer . I am canceling the nfl package this year . I can always read the papers later.

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from Tim wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

That's my kind of a "Bucktale"!!!!!U.P.Mich.

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from MidnightBanjo wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl "Will you marry me?"The girl said,"NO!" And the guy lived happily ever after and went fishing and hunting and played golf a lot and drank beer and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted.THE ENDThat would be a record breaker here! Great Buck!

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from John D wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

Enthusiast.

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from adam wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

I myself am a Georgia Bulldog nut and a whitetail nut. I think you can have your cake and eat it too! I wouldn't miss a Georgia game for nothing. I'm sure you would have been right back in the deer stand as soon as the game was over.So you qualify as a whitetail nut in my book! Awesome buck!

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from John D wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

Great story. But I believe you mislabeled him as a "whitetail nut." Deciding to climb out of your stand to watch a football game on November 3rd instantly demotes you to "whitetail enthusiast." Regardless, that is one hell of a buck.Love to see guys score big on public land. Spent most of my life playing that game.

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