Every hunter has experienced "buck" fever at one time or another. It may have happened to Devin Sundsbak, Minot, during a bowhunt the evening of Oct. 14 near Berthold. Fortunately, the bowhunter was able to overcome a surge of the shakes and made a great shot.
"Two bucks came in earlier and both winded me," said Sundsbak. "Then this one came in at about 25 yards. I was shaking so bad. I don't know how that shot landed where it did."
As it turned out, the shot was a good one and the deer went down quickly. The big buck was one Sundsbak knew was in the area, but he never had an encounter with him.
Devin Sundsbak, Minot, used a Bear Anarchy bow and Rage two-blade broadhead to take this large white-tailed buck Oct. 14.
"I've been hunting that deer since August, but only saw him on camera," said Sundsbak. "I've never seen a buck like that out there, ever. I've hunted a lot for him. I didn't know I'd get a smart buck like that. It was pretty exciting. It definitely tops my hunting career so far."
Sundsbak has taken other bucks with a bow but none close to the size of the one he arrowed earlier this month. Unofficially, the antlers measured 172 5/8, well above the minimum requirements for the Pope and Young record book. An official measurement cannot be made until 60 days after a kill to allow for sufficient drying time of the antlers.