BuckTracker: Midwest Three-Peat

There must have been something in the water in the upper Midwest last fall. Three state-record archery non-typical bucks were shot, all within the span of about a month. The Minnesota mark was the first to fall when Ben Spanjers shot "The Hokah Legend," in early October. Only a few weeks later, Iowa bowhunter Kyle Simmons tagged a monstrous buck that would net 275-5/8", toppling the Hawkeye State record. Then in early November, Wisconsinite Bob Decker killed the by-then-famous "Field & Stream buck" that would score 233-3/8" and claim Badger state honors.

These bucks--and the hunters who took them--were all in one place when the North American Shed Hunter's Club (NASHC) held their annual show in Wisconsin last weekend. By all accounts, Spanjers, Simmons, and Decker are, to a man, about as gentlemanly and humble as they come. Combine those qualities with their jaw-dropping bucks, and I'm guessing the NASHC show was one very cool gathering. I'm making it a point to attend next year! By the way, these pics are courtesy of The Midwest Hunter, a great hunting site that's on my list of "favorites."