The Rut Club: Big-Buck Moments From the 2015 Whitetail Rut

Eight readers share their deer-season highlights.

*Shot on one of Field & Stream’s 2015 Best Days of the Rut.

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Marc Udelhofen, 32 Killed a 184-inch 14-pointer on Nov. 4 near Dodgeville, Wis.
When I tore my Achilles in September, I worried that I wouldn't be able to deer hunt this year. On Halloween, I tried to climb a ridge up to my best stand but failed. It was still too much. After sitting in a less-than-ideal spot for a few hours, I finally said, "I'm getting up that ridge. I don't care if I have to crawl." And that's what I did each day, digging my fingers into the mud. A few days into my hunt, this shooter stepped out at 22 yards. I had a lot of lows this season, but that deer made them all worth it. —As told to JR Sullivan
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Allie Michelle Butler, 24 Tagged a 185-inch 14-pointer on Nov. 15 in Breckinridge County, Ky.
"He was chasing a doe at 240 yards, and right when I made the shot, my dad yelled, 'You got a Booner!'"
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Brandon Napier, 36 Shot a 120-inch 8-pointer on Nov. 14* in Jasper County, Ind.
"I just prayed it was a good shot or a clean miss. My prayers were answered."
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Ryan Smith, 27 Took a 7-pointer, with a 15-inch spread, on Nov. 11* near Uniondale, Pa.
"My fiancée spotted him first, and I got buck fever, but my shot was dead on."
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Tim Tewksbury, 45 Tagged a 132-inch 11-pointer on Oct. 31 near Meshoppen, Pa.
"Neighbors north of me had been chasing a 'slammer' all October. I figured he must be it."
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Scott Greiner, 32 _**Stuck a 132-inch 8-pointer on Oct. 27* in Brown County, Ill. **_
"It was great watching him work a scrape, then get up on his hind legs to chew a branch."
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Juli Shubert, 31 Harvested a 191-inch 13-pointer on Nov. 20 in Washington County, Ill.
"My husband saw a shooting star while we were walking in and knew it'd be a good hunt."
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Joey Baker, 37 _Arrowed a 175-inch 15-pointer on Oct. 24 near Columbia, Mo. _
"When I released the arrow and heard _thwack_, I knew I'd put a good hit on him."
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