Over the last two seasons, at least a dozen hunters had taken shots at or had close-range encounters with this tall-racked, heavy-bodied Wisconsin 8-pointer, but the whitetail always escaped. “My friend’s boy Logan Marum had him at 10 yards last fall, but when he drew his bow to make the chip shot, the bow blew up in his hands and the buck walked off,” says Anibas. But the big whitetail’s luck finally ran out on the second day of the Wisconsin gun season, when it walked within 40 yards of Anibas’ stand. “He almost made it another day,” Anibas laughs. “He came in behind me and my rifle was hanging. When I spotted him, he was staring up at me. Fortunately, when he turned to leave I was able to grab my rifle and get on him as he walked through an opening.” The clean typical grossed 170 inches, which is extremely rare for an 8-point.