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Bowboy 02-Dec-20
Treeline 02-Dec-20
buckfevered 02-Dec-20
Charlie Rehor 02-Dec-20
ROUGHCOUNTRY 02-Dec-20
Bake 02-Dec-20
buckhammer 02-Dec-20
Will 02-Dec-20
Grey Ghost 02-Dec-20
Ucsdryder 02-Dec-20
Bake 02-Dec-20
rattles33 02-Dec-20
Bowboy 02-Dec-20
KSflatlander 02-Dec-20
Old School 02-Dec-20
Pat Lefemine 02-Dec-20
RK 02-Dec-20
PK 02-Dec-20
Bou'bound 02-Dec-20
fastflight 02-Dec-20
Scrappy 02-Dec-20
wildwilderness 02-Dec-20
Norseman 02-Dec-20
Zbone 02-Dec-20
APauls 02-Dec-20
JB 02-Dec-20
deerhunter72 02-Dec-20
orionsbrother 02-Dec-20
bowhunter24 03-Dec-20
OneBooner 03-Dec-20
Bowfreak 03-Dec-20
ScrubBuck 03-Dec-20
Scrappy 03-Dec-20
midwest 03-Dec-20
SBH 03-Dec-20
Bowboy 03-Dec-20
midwest 03-Dec-20
Bowfreak 03-Dec-20
brettpsu 03-Dec-20
OneBooner 03-Dec-20
Shiras42 03-Dec-20
M.Pauls 03-Dec-20
Hunter's Granddad 03-Dec-20
Jack Harris 03-Dec-20
Shawn 03-Dec-20
Scrappy 03-Dec-20
T Mac 03-Dec-20
OneBooner 03-Dec-20
Hawkeye 03-Dec-20
Jeff Holchin 04-Dec-20
BOWNBIRDHNTR 04-Dec-20
Ov-450 04-Dec-20
W8N4RUT 04-Dec-20
t-roy 05-Dec-20
Novembermadman 29-Dec-20
From: Bowboy
02-Dec-20

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This is a great video of a monster buck. This hunter passed him up in 2019 and he was over 200" then. I'm not sure many hunters wouldn't pass a buck like this. Also this deer was only 4yrs old. The Hunter just got over Covid.

From: Treeline
02-Dec-20
Crazy huge! Hard to believe there are whitetail bucks that big anywhere! And only 4 years old???!!!

From: buckfevered
02-Dec-20
Impressive in many aspects

02-Dec-20
I’ve known of Don Higgins for many years. That’s as good as it gets on many levels. Thanks for posting.

From: ROUGHCOUNTRY
02-Dec-20
Good for him! He's a good bow hunter and has been for a very long time. I met Gene Wensel as a teenager in eastern Montana and he used to give me piles of photos from around the country and I built photo albums compiling other's success as I didn't have much personal success built up yet. I have teenager photos of Don Higgins with nice Illinois bucks that he was sharing with Gene on his "Classic Whitetails" tour.

From: Bake
02-Dec-20
I think Don was actually on Bowsite many years ago. And before QDMA shafted their forum, he was a regular poster there as well.

The guy knows his whitetails. . . .

From: buckhammer
02-Dec-20
I watched that video a couple of nights ago. Great stuff. Anytime he writes an article in a outdoor publication it is the first thing I read.

From: Will
02-Dec-20
WOW! Amazing animal and clearly a heck of a process by the hunter, and career for him to get there. Hope he keeps healing well and has years of amazing hunting to come!

From: Grey Ghost
02-Dec-20
Awesome deer, and great story. I think I liked the respect the cameraman showed for Don the most.

Few of us will ever have the opportunity and resources to grow a buck like that on our own property, much less have the restraint to pass on him at 3-1/2 years old with a 200" rack. It does beg the question, in my mind, what that buck may have looked like as a 5-1/2 year old.

I could also relate to the mixed emotions of killing an animal that you've invested so much time, energy, and anticipation in. I think I'd like Don, if I ever had the opportunity to meet him in person.

Matt

From: Ucsdryder
02-Dec-20
I enjoyed the video. Anybody else wish he would have let it grow another year? I know, easier said than done, but that thing could have been something world class...or it could have been hit by a car.

From: Bake
02-Dec-20
On his podcast, he said one big factor to trying to kill him this year was that the buck was a big roamer and spent a lot of time off his property.

From: rattles33
02-Dec-20
What kind of bark camo did he wear, really concealing.

From: Bowboy
02-Dec-20
rattle33 I think it's called Vengeance Camo.

From: KSflatlander
02-Dec-20
Excellent video. Stand up guy with a ton of discipline and determination.

From: Old School
02-Dec-20
Great story. Thanks for posting.

From: Pat Lefemine
02-Dec-20
Don is a superb deer hunter and really knows his stuff about habitat and food plots. I thought this latest video was outstanding, one of the best I’ve seen. Another video I really like is a recent one where he points out these “habitat experts” on YouTube with all their nonstop projects. He made a solid point about how all that stuff just pushes the mature bucks off the property. He was spot on. I really admire him and listen to his advice.

He was a regular here way back in the late 90’s and I remember he had a big following on the Illinois forum. He ruffled some feathers with his no-BS approach but he was definitely someone to listen to.

From: RK
02-Dec-20
Don is a really great person

From: PK
02-Dec-20
AWESOME STUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: Bou'bound
02-Dec-20
the deer was great the hunter is world class

From: fastflight
02-Dec-20
Don definitely spent time on the Illinois forum years ago. Most liked him and some couldn't handle his strong opinions. Cool buck and video.

02-Dec-20
Wow, you can tell he is in a different league! Great buck, like to see guys like him who actually earn it.

Thanks for sharing.

From: Scrappy
02-Dec-20

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Don needs to learn to count cause according to him in the above video he say its his second 200 and the video from 2017 he says that its his second 200. Wish I had killed so many I couldn't remember how many.

02-Dec-20
Said there wasn't much change in antler size year 3-4 so I think that was a factor?

From: Norseman
02-Dec-20
Great humble man who has “IT” figured out. And I’m not talking about deer hunting.

Thanks for posting.

From: Zbone
02-Dec-20
WOW magnificent animal, many CONGRATS to hunter...

From: APauls
02-Dec-20
I’m amazed he pegged it for a yearling as a 5x5. I just never would have. But I also know nothing in comparison. Congrats to him. Well done

From: JB
02-Dec-20
Very well done and a great buck!

From: deerhunter72
02-Dec-20
I do remember him actively posting on the Illinois forum years ago. Extremely impressive all the way around.

02-Dec-20
Great buck! Congratulations to Mr Higgins.

From: bowhunter24
03-Dec-20
Impressed!!! Seems like a great man!

From: OneBooner
03-Dec-20
Scrappy- he said it was his 2nd in 4 years from his own property. His first 200 was shot on someone else’s property several years ago.

From: Bowfreak
03-Dec-20
I watched this last night. Excellent video and great buck. As It was playing my wife and daughter was in the room. A lot of the video was Don talking about the history of this buck. My wife finally blurts out, "my gosh...how long is this guy going to talk about this deer?". My daughter said..."just think how bad it would be if it was dad on that video."

From: ScrubBuck
03-Dec-20
great story and deer..greater person. congrats Mr. Higgins.

From: Scrappy
03-Dec-20
Scrappy- he said it was his 2nd in 4 years from his own property. His first 200 was shot on someone else’s property several years ago.

Thanks for that info oneBooner.

From: midwest
03-Dec-20
Well done video and amazing deer! Anyone know how many acres he owns? Huge bucks walking all over the place...wow!

Hard to fathom even seeing bucks of that caliber on a regular basis. He has definitely created a giant whitetail buck factory! You need to step up your game, Pat!

From: SBH
03-Dec-20
That was a great video. Great deer and even better man from the looks of it. Super happy to see a guy like that have success. Thanks for sharing.

From: Bowboy
03-Dec-20
I googled and it he stated he owns 120 acres.

From: midwest
03-Dec-20
He must have some VERY like-minded neighbors!

From: Bowfreak
03-Dec-20
He should be glad I am not his neighbor. I'd shoot a 160 even if it had milk on its mouth. :)

From: brettpsu
03-Dec-20
I don't shoot nearly the quality of bucks Don shoots but I can kind of relate to the feeling of knowing you will never see that buck again. All the hours consumed hunting down a buck does leave an emptiness once he's gone. I hunt mainly for meat but do love the chess match with older bucks and almost hate to see it end sometimes.

From: OneBooner
03-Dec-20
Bowfreak- once you have shot a few 160’s and you know there are bigger bucks around it’s much easier to pass them up.

From: Shiras42
03-Dec-20
Excellent video and seems like a guy you would love to have in camp.

I am with bowfreak...I shot my biggest buck this year ~165 and I am pretty sure he was 3.5.

From: M.Pauls
03-Dec-20
Tremendous deer and video. Class act. Enjoyed that

03-Dec-20
I'm with Bowfreak, I'm shooting him when he's 160 and I would wipe the milk off before I take any pictures. What a buck!

From: Jack Harris
03-Dec-20
Awesome video, gentleman, and hunter. Someone I can really completely and totally relate to. He is a bit older than me, and shoots way bigger bucks, but it's all relative to where you live and hunt. The quote he made that hits home is how you feel after taking a buck you have history with - being bittersweet. You can't check cameras and ever see him on it again. That is what I can relate to the most. Clearly he has the right genetics, land, age structure and nutrition to grow and hold bucks in the 200" class. What's even more amazing is that this buck - was already over 200" at age 3, and 160 class at age 2... Doubt I will ever see that in NJ but it does happen elsewhere.

From: Shawn
03-Dec-20
Don has killed 3 200" deer, his first gave him some issues due to jealous hunters. I have read his stuff for around 20 years. He knows his stuff, as Pat said his hunting the perimeter of a property and pushing deer in deeper rather than away is spot on. Pick a sanctuary for your deer and stay out of it at all costs. Great stuff! Shawn

From: Scrappy
03-Dec-20
120 acres was all the land he needed to grow big bucks until he started posting them online. Next year he will have a millionaire sitting on the fence on all four sides of his property.

From: T Mac
03-Dec-20
Awesome video well done all around! Congrats to Mr. Higgins he lives a well balanced life!

From: OneBooner
03-Dec-20
He does have a chance, after advertising to have a crossbow in a box blind on all four sides, all bow season long

From: Hawkeye
03-Dec-20
Absolutely incredible! Thank you for sharing.

From: Jeff Holchin
04-Dec-20
I remember when Don was here on Bowsite many years ago, and he did ruffle some feathers. He has strong opinions and isn’t afraid to express them. Good man.

Last year at this time he was selling his two books at a holiday discount, and I bought them. Very good books. I just saw where he is offering that holiday discount again. You can find his web site and order those books for yourself.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
04-Dec-20
Nothing but respect for Don after watching that video. Thanks for posting it.

From: Ov-450
04-Dec-20
Would the meat still be good after 6 hours laying there without being field dressed

From: W8N4RUT
04-Dec-20
Fantastic video. Thanks for sharing.

Scott

04-Dec-20
I own 120 acres and am lucky to have a 160 plus visit occasionally. He knows a lot more than I do! Just amazing really, and I agree with others that I would not have passed him at three. Don is on a much higher level.

From: t-roy
05-Dec-20
Spoke with Don a couple of times at the Deer Classic. He’s definitely got things dialed in. Letting a really good younger age class bucks walk to possibly reach their full potential (antlerwise) can really pay dividends, for sure.

29-Dec-20
Awesome video.....I don't think it could have happened to a more deserving person! Thanks for sharing...

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