50 Monster Midwestern Bucks from 2016

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Have You Seen Any of These Bucks?

Deer hunting isn’t just about big bucks for me. It never has been. Honestly, I hunt first and foremost because I love to eat deer meat. But I also love to shoot big, mature bucks. And I won’t apologize for that, and neither should you. So I think I’ll just leave this gallery of 50 monster Midwestern bucks right here to commemorate our God-given right to hunt big whitetails. I hope you enjoy.

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Ben McDonald’s Kansas Buck

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1 | Ben McDonald’s Kansas Buck

Ben hunted for two weeks and logged more than 100 hours in the treestand before finally tagging this Kansas giant. The main beams are incredibly long. What a buck.

Brent Cannon’s Big Deer

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2 | Brent Cannon’s Big Deer

Check out the kickers and stickers on Brent Cannon’s buck. He took a 20-yard shot on the buck and made quick work of it.

Nikki Boxler’s Wide Buck

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3 | Nikki Boxler’s Wide Buck

This wide deer, killed by Nikki Boxler, is a dandy buck. She took this buck with a rifle and the hunt went down with snow on the ground — a classic deer hunt.

Greg Miller’s South Dakota Deer

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4 | Greg Miller’s South Dakota Deer

Greg Miller of The Hunt killed this nice South Dakota deer during the 2016 season. He was able to take this nice buck with his bow.

Ralph Cianciarulo’s Big Buck

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5 | Ralph Cianciarulo’s Big Buck

Our good friend Ralph, cohost of Archer’s Choice TV, killed this great buck in Illinois. He watched this deer all summer and finally caught up to it during bow season.

Nate Hosie’s Big Deer

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6 | Nate Hosie’s Big Deer

Nate Hosie of HeadHunters TV killed this nice deer during the firearm season. Check out the great mass and character this buck exhibits. A truly special deer.

Gregg Ritz’ Illinois Monarch

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7 | Gregg Ritz’ Illinois Monarch

Gregg Ritz, host of Hunt Masters TV, is a deer-hunting fanatic. Here he is with a giant buck from Illinois take last season.

Daniel McVay’s Oklahoma Monster

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8 | Daniel McVay’s Oklahoma Monster

The adventure is what it’s all about. Daniel McVay, cohost of Buckventures, killed this great buck in northwestern Oklahoma with archery gear.

Trent Siegle’s 224-Inch Kansas Stud

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9 | Trent Siegle’s 224-Inch Kansas Stud

This is the biggest buck ever taken on video for Heartland Bowhunter. Trent Siegle arrowed this 224-inch stud in Kansas last fall.

A 188-Inch Kansas Buck

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10 | A 188-Inch Kansas Buck

This 188-inch Kansas buck was taken by Ty Easley with Heartland Bowhunter last fall. Talk about a true non-typical. This buck has everything you could want in a deer.

Bill Winke’s Iowa Whitetail

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11 | Bill Winke’s Iowa Whitetail

This 10-pointer is as clean as a big typical deer comes. Bill Winke of Midwest Whitetail arrowed it last fall during the bow season.

Bill Winke’s Other Iowa Whitetail

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12 | Bill Winke’s Other Iowa Whitetail

This buck has some of the best mass I’ve ever seen. This buck, also take by Bill Winke of Midwest Whitetail, exhibits incredible character. A true trophy of the whitetail species.

David Blanton’s Muzzleloader Monarch

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13 | David Blanton’s Muzzleloader Monarch

David Blanton is our very own resident buck slayer. Here he is with a giant buck he killed with a muzzleloader. Pictured with him is Phillip Culpepper, who was running the camera when Blanton brought down this giant buck.

Travis “T-Bone” Turner’s Wide Deer

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14 | Travis “T-Bone” Turner’s Wide Deer

This is a flat-out awesome-looking buck. Period. This is a cool deer. Travis “T-Bone” Turner, cohost of Bone Collector, killed this incredible buck with a bow last fall.

Travis “T-Bone” Turner’s Typical 10

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15 | Travis “T-Bone” Turner’s Typical 10

This buck, also killed by T-Bone, is another giant deer. Love big typical 10-pointers? I’m sure you’d love to have this buck on your wall if you do.

Ryan’s Missouri Buck

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16 | Ryan’s Missouri Buck

Ryan of Trained Assassins shot this big buck a few months ago. This is a neat buck. Its wavy tines show a ton of character. Furthermore, its long main beams wrap around and almost touch. That’s a rarity in the whitetail world.

Jason Bosaw Brings Down a Big One

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17 | Jason Bosaw Brings Down a Big One

Jason Bosaw of Whitetail Freaks killed this big buck with his bow. He had thousands of trail camera photos of this buck leading up to the day he killed it.

Mike Wirsig’s Whitetail

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18 | Mike Wirsig’s Whitetail

Mike Wirsig killed this fine buck while filming for Heartland Bowhunter. They followed this buck for several years.

Jamie Satterfield’s Stud

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19 | Jamie Satterfield’s Stud

Savage Outdoors Pro Staffer Jamie Satterfield killed this stud in Illinois. He killed it during the first shotgun season.

Don Kisky and His 2016 Buck

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20 | Don Kisky and His 2016 Buck

Don Kisky of Whitetail Freaks is a whitetail-hunting legend. He knows the trade. And he killed this great Iowa buck at 15 yards last November. Talk about a close shot.

Michael Hunsucker’s Hoss of a Buck

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21 | Michael Hunsucker’s Hoss of a Buck

Michael Hunsucker of Heartland Bowhunter killed this great buck in western Kansas. He shot this deer in 16-degree temperatures. That’s hard to do, as drawing a bow and shooting accurately in frigid temperatures is no easy task.

Cragg Fitz’ Missouri Deer

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22 | Cragg Fitz’ Missouri Deer

Trained Assassin’s Cragg Fitz killed this great Missouri buck using archery gear. This is as clean of a mature 8-pointer as you’ll see.

Travis “T-Bone” Turner’s Iowa Whitetail

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23 | Travis “T-Bone” Turner’s Iowa Whitetail

Here’s yet another big deer T-Bone took down during the 2016 season. He was on a roll, no doubt.

David Holder and Company with His Iowa Deer

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24 | David Holder and Company with His Iowa Deer

Raised Hunting TV’s patriarch, David Holder, is surrounded by his family and fellow cohosts with this great Iowa buck. Having family and friends with you in the outdoors makes those special memories even better.

Godwin Poses with a Wyoming Monster

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25 | Godwin Poses with a Wyoming Monster

It’s likely you know Godwin from Duck Dynasty and Duck Commander. But he’s also a big-time deer hunter. He killed this Wyoming buck last fall.

Josh Honeycutt’s South Dakota Dandy

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26 | Josh Honeycutt’s South Dakota Dandy

I was very fortunate to take a respectable buck in South Dakota. I took this 11-pointer with my bow during a warm front. You can watch the hunt here.

Nate Flynn’s Missouri Buck

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27 | Nate Flynn’s Missouri Buck

Heartland Bowhunter’s Nate Flynn killed this Missouri buck during the peak rut. He made a great shot with his bow on this buck.

Wes Cooper’s Missouri Deer

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28 | Wes Cooper’s Missouri Deer

Wes Cooper, also of Heartland Bowhunter, killed this buck in Missouri. He made a great heart shot on this fantastic 8-point buck.

Josh Honeycutt’s Kentucky Caper

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29 | Josh Honeycutt’s Kentucky Caper

I was also very fortunate to kill this Kentucky buck. I shot this deer in mid-October during a cold front. This 5½-year-old buck slowly eased out of heavy cover about an hour before dark and I was able to slip an arrow behind the front shoulder from 20 yards away. Watch that hunt here.

A Big Hunt Masters Iowa Buck

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30 | A Big Hunt Masters Iowa Buck

Pictured here is Gregg Ritz of Hunter Masters TV hoisting up a great midwestern buck. It was taken in Iowa last fall.

Kip Campbell’s Iowa Whitetail

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31 | Kip Campbell’s Iowa Whitetail

You might know of Kip and his infinite humor exhibited on Red Arrow. He’s a true gentleman and die-hard deer hunter. Here he is with a dandy Iowa buck.

Justin Martin with His Wyoming Whitetail

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32 | Justin Martin with His Wyoming Whitetail

Justin Martin is another dude you might know from Duck Dynasty and Duck Commander. But he too is a deer hunter at heart. He shot this buck with a bow in Wyoming.

Kip Campbell’s Kansas Deer

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33 | Kip Campbell’s Kansas Deer

Kip takes no prisoners. Here he is with a huge tall-rack buck he killed in Kansas. Talk about character. This buck has it.

Kyle Wieter with his Buck

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34 | Kyle Wieter with his Buck

Kyle Wieter of Adrenaline Junkies killed this buck last fall. He was fortunate to tag this buck in Illinois. It was a great 8-pointer, to say the least.

Mike McFerrin’s Kansas Monster

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35 | Mike McFerrin’s Kansas Monster

Legends of the Fall Co-Host Mike McFerrin arrowed this great buck in Kansas in 2016. He had a truly adventurous hunt while pursuing this particular deer.

Michael Hunsucker Poses with His Wyoming Deer

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36 | Michael Hunsucker Poses with His Wyoming Deer

Heartland Bowhunter’s Michael Hunsucker tagged this big deer in Wyoming. He was hunting in the northeastern part of the state when these two crossed paths.

Josh Honeycutt’s Ohio Buck

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37 | Josh Honeycutt’s Ohio Buck

This was the Ohio white-tailed buck that I killed during the 2016 season. I was blessed enough to kill this buck with my bow in the southern part of the state. It was a very fun hunt that I got to share with my father.

Jeff Danker’s Ohio Deer

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38 | Jeff Danker’s Ohio Deer

Jeff Danker of Buckventures is no stranger to the deer woods. Here he is with a great buck he arrowed in Ohio.

Kandi Kisky’s Big Deer

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39 | Kandi Kisky’s Big Deer

Like Don, Kandi Kisky of Whitetail Freaks is a legit deer slayer. She knows the ropes. Here she poses with a 12-point buck from the 2016 season.

A Big Deer for Dad

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40 | A Big Deer for Dad

Art Helin put his dad on his biggest buck ever during the 2016 season. He killed this buck on Election Day with a crossbow.

Tyler Jordan’s Iowa Whitetail

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41 | Tyler Jordan’s Iowa Whitetail

Realtree Outdoors very own Tyler Jordan killed this dandy Iowa buck during Iowa’s 2016 archery season. Look for this hunt to air on Realtree Outdoors this fall.

Art Helin’s Stud of a Buck

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42 | Art Helin’s Stud of a Buck

Here is Art with another big buck. He and his father had a great season in 2016. This Kansas buck was a true trophy.

Shawn Luchtel’s Half-Rack Hoss

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43 | Shawn Luchtel’s Half-Rack Hoss

Big, mature buck? Shawn Luchtel of Heartland Bowhunter knows all about them. He killed this nice buck after 40 days of hunting in Missouri. This buck’s windpipe had been punctured from fighting, and was wheezing as it closed within range.

Art Helin’s South Dakota Deer

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44 | Art Helin’s South Dakota Deer

South Dakota deer didn’t want any of Art Helin. He went and killed this fine 10-pointer during the archery season. A very respectable buck.

Kinion Bankston’s Missouri Buck

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45 | Kinion Bankston’s Missouri Buck

Southern Boyz Outdoors’ Kinion Bankston killed this buck in Missouri. He killed it fairly quickly into the hunt one morning last fall.

Mike Stroff’s Illinois Deer

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46 | Mike Stroff’s Illinois Deer

This Illinois dandy was taken down by Savage Outdoors’ Mike Stroff. There was nothing at all wrong with this deer. He put a great lung shot on this buck and found it shortly thereafter.

Tyler Jordan’s Super Moon Stud

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47 | Tyler Jordan’s Super Moon Stud

Here’s Realtree Outdoors' Tyler Jordan again with another big buck. He arrowed this stud in Kansas on the night of the super moon last fall.

Greg Miller’s November Monarch

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48 | Greg Miller’s November Monarch

Greg Miller of The Hunt always has been a big-buck killer. Here he is with yet another midwestern giant.

Jake Miller’s South Dakota Deer

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49 | Jake Miller’s South Dakota Deer

Here is Greg’s son, Jake, also of The Hunt, posing with a big South Dakota buck of his own. He killed it with a rifle. Hunting whitetails using spot-and-stalk tactics in terrain like this is truly an adventure.

Cragg Fitz’ Big Bow Buck

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50 | Cragg Fitz’ Big Bow Buck

Like big 8-pointers? Cragg Fitz’ deer fits the bill. He killed this big buck with a bow in 2016. It doesn’t get any better than a successful hunt and meat for the freezer.

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