Troy Muche, 40, of Mayville, Wisconsin has been hunting trophy whitetails for most of his adult life. He is the first to admit that he's had more than a few things go his way. He's happily married to his high school sweetheart, Cindy, and he purchased a 67-acre parcel in Wisconsin's famed Buffalo County in 1995 with the intent of improving the property for harvesting deer.
He purchased the property with his best friend Tyler Bertel, who passed away in 2001. Troy’s quest for the deer, known locally as the Flyer Buck, began when it was first sighted on his property in the summer of 2008. Though an impressive 3-1/2-year-old, he was not yet sporting his flyer point. The buck had a pattern of disappearing by the first week of October and not returning to the Muche property until the following spring.
In 2009 the buck returned, this time sporting the flyer point of the back of one of his G2’s, earning him his nickname and gaining the attention of several neighbors, including Bluff Country Outfitters. The outfitters’ hunters had several sighting of the buck with one missed attempt that year.
The Flyer Buck spent a majority of its time in 2010 on a nearby property, leaving Troy’s land a little early. The nearby outfitter again reported sightings and a couple close calls before the season ended, but the Flyer Buck retreated to his winter sanctuary in the numerous bluffs and valleys of Buffalo County.
Those three years never yielded a single daytime photo of the buck, but when he reached 6-1/2 years old, the Flyer started appearing at a small water hole on the Muche property. Troy realized to have a good chance, he had to be on his stand on opening day and concentrate on this buck until he moved on.
On the third evening of archery season, Troy got to his stand over the waterhole early to allow plenty of time for his surroundings to settle down. He says deer usually make their first appearance in the area around 5 p.m. The first to come into view was a nervous 9-pointer that Troy had seen in plenty of trail cam pics. It took him about a minute to realize what was making the small buck so twitchy, it was, indeed, the Flyer Buck approaching the waterhole.
The two bucks squared off briefly before the Flyer Buck made a broadside turn toward Troy, presenting him with an ideal shot. The arrow disappeared into the buck’s side and he took off into thick cover, leaving a clear blood trail. Troy knew he had made a perfect shot as soon as the arrow left the bow and says he wasn’t concerned about finding his trophy. He says he didn’t hear the buck crash or see him after he crested the hill, so he decided to play it safe, walk back to the truck and not take a chance on pushing him.
Troy called his good friend and serious whitetail hunter, Keith Zitlow, who made a 3-1/2 hour drive to help track down his friend’s buck. When you hunt in Buffalo County, Wisconsin and you shoot a trophy buck, the person many hunters call is photographer Shane Indrebo, who has been filming and photographing wildlife for decades. When Shane arrived, he headed out with Troy and Keith to find the trail.
The group began at the stand and began tracking from where Troy had left his arrow in the ground. In 10 feet they found a solid blood trail. 75 yards farther they had their hands on Troy’s trophy, who was finally able to comprehend the size of his buck.
The Flyer Buck has some impressive statistics, beginning with a field dressed weight of 205 pounds and a distinctive double throat patch.
The main frame 10-pointer with a forked flyer and a short sticker point give the rack 13 scoreable points totaling a whopping 187 – 1/8 inches. Keep clicking for more photos of Troy Muche’s Flyer Buck… Troy and Cindy Muche would like to thank Shane Inderbo Photography for taking most of the photos used in this article and to Keith Zitlow for making a 7 hour round trip to share the experience with Troy and help with the deer’s recovery. Troy would like to dedicate The Flyer Buck to his friend and former partner in the property Tyler Bertel, who passed away in 2001.