In late November, Edwards came to Cedar Breaks from Indiantown, Florida, for his first ever prairie rifle hunt. A bowhunter at heart, Edwards usually hunts South Dakota during the September archery opener. Late arrival nixed his plans to shoot his rifle the day he arrived, so he and Doty headed out the first morning with plans to scout and then head back to camp to shoot a couple of rounds to make sure the scope was still dead on before hunting that afternoon. But those plans changed when they spotted the 156-inch buck pictured above. The buck was pushing does in a cornfield before disappearing into a river-bottom maze of draws. When he reappeared, at 302 yards, Edwards felt confident enough to take the shot. He missed high, but then got another chance when the buck, apparently unperturbed, trotted 30 yards closer. He missed again.