UPDATE 12/12/12: Mark Guinther’s 24-pointer has been officially scored and is bigger than previously thought. The buck, which we reported on in October with a green score of 196, actually earned a higher final score than projected: 206 4/8 net nontypical.
The footsteps Mark Guinther heard two hours into his opening day sit were so soft that he immediately thought, “fawn.” But what he saw underneath his stand was no button buck. There stood a strapping 24-pointer sporting nearly 200 inches of antler. Read on to learn how Guinther managed to waylay this Ohio giant–which he had spied only once before, on a trail camera–so early in the season.