Daniel Elder shot this 180-class Ohio typical at three yards while hunting on public land, from the ground—on his wife’s birthday. The buck’s 7 x 7 mainframe taped 192 6/8 gross, 183 7/8 net Boone & Crockett. If the green score holds up after the 60-day drying period, Elder’s buck should make Ohio’s top-five for typicals taken with a crossbow.
Daniel Elder of Whitehall, Ohio has hunted the same ridge in Perry State Forest for 17 years, frequently bringing his wife and three children along. The ridge has been good to the Elders, including 15-year-old Savanna who downed her first deer while hunting alongside her dad this year. That was the same day Daniel tagged this 180-class typical whitetail from the ground with a crossbow on his wife’s birthday. What a present for mom, a nice deer from daughter and a monster buck from dad. Steve Hill talked to the hunting family and got the story.