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Foyil hunter bags monster buck at end of 2010-11 bow season

Wade Ward harvested the deer on his land in Rogers County with a crossbow on Jan. 11.
By Ed Godfrey, Staff Writer, Modified: October 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm •  Published: October 1, 2011

Ward said the deer came to his corn feeder that he supplemented with Buck Blitz, an Oklahoma deer attractant made in Cheyenne.

“The deer really like that stuff, I will say that for it,” Ward said.

Ward has been a deer hunter for 35 years, and killed many bucks in Kansas, but never thought the biggest buck in his life would be taken in his back yard.

“I've killed some good bucks in Kansas but nothing like this,” he said.

Ward said no hunter in the county had ever reported seeing the buck, even though his land is very close to Blue Creek Park on Oologah Lake. Someone had found a huge shed on Blue Creek, however.

“As far as I know, nobody had ever saw that deer in the daytime,” Ward said. “That buck spent a lot of time on public hunting land, there is no doubt about it.

“It's just amazing that deer could live there and nobody could ever see him and get a shot at him. If I hadn't had the trail camera, I would have never known he existed. He was completely nocturnal.

“He was just a freak. Kind of like Secretariat. They don't come along very often. They sure don't come along in Rogers County like that.”