When you hear people talk about Knowlton, Wisconsin they usually mention the award winning cheeses Mullins Cheese Factory produces or the beauty of nearby Lake Du Bay.
Knowlton is a rural township between Wausau and Stevens Point, Wisconsin with a population in the hundreds that consists mainly of family farms and lake houses. The annual deer hunt is a family tradition in the area and most of the locals participate with the hopes of bagging some venison for the freezer.
Tom Buerger, a lifelong hunter, learned a secret to raising big bucks and healthy does on his father-in-law’s 280-acre farm from a man who would become a great friend. When that friend, Chipper, passed away from cancer in 2007, Tom kept up the practice and harvested this monster buck on the farm this year. His two nieces also tagged bucks that day, and Tom couldn’t help but think, somehow, Chipper had a hand in it.