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Man Remarkably Smells Big Public-Land Buck Before Taking It

Matt Heppleston and his friend hunted this massive New England buck hard in 2022 and 2023. Ultimately, Matt downed the deer during a bowhunt on the ground, and used a snort-wheeze to lure the buck in.

Man Remarkably Smells Big Public-Land Buck Before Taking It

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Matt Heppleston was after his first Massachusetts bowkill in 2023. He had been trying to take a whitetail by bow for the previous four years, but he had nothing to show for his efforts. That was until a unique shed antler put him on the path to success.

His long-time hunting partner, Ryan Ruef, discovered a massive, palmated shed in mid-February 2022, and the pair began running cameras in July to see if the buck might still be around. The cameras produced photos of a buck far better than either of...

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