DEER OF THE YEAR 2005

Warner spent three seasons hunting this whitetail. He finally dropped it with his shotgun one evening last fall as he was walking to his stand. The 6½-year-old buck grossed 1695/8 inches.
For the first time, all three of Sharpe’s sons were home to hunt together. That everyone in camp took a buck was icing on the cake.
Tired of hunting small deer at home, Myers and his brother trekked to Pike County, Ill., where Mike shot this 150-class buck.
This buck came so fast and aggressively to Dieste’s rattling that Dieste was unable to get a shot off until the deer was crossing a sendero at 300 yards.
Austin shot this 130-class animal from the same stand from which his parents both took bucks.
Nataros dropped the muley that wore this1952/8-inch rack at 210 yards with an off-hand shot.
Bowser rattled in this monster, then became rattled himself. After two misses and a jam, he connected on the 2222/8-inch buck.
Karen and her father stalked this buck for two hours. She crawled the final 100 yards on her own before making a great prone shot.
Buchholz shot this Saskatchewan bruiser after four days of sub-zero temperatures.
The two college pals shot these deer at Lifford’s camp in the Adirondacks.
Jayne thought he’d shot the legendary “Kelloggsville Buck,” but when the DEC aged his deer at 3½ years, Jayne knew it was one of the local legend’s progeny.
When six does spooked from below his tree stand, O’Hara thought he was the culprit. Then this big boy ambled by in hot pursuit.
Lerin’s dad offered her the shot at this deer, but she deferred to him. “Next year maybe the antlers won’t look so big!” she says.
Two weeks before he killed this muley, Houston had hunted elk in the same area and seen very little in the way of deerÂ…let alone this brute.
This 190-class desert muley was one of many huge deer Maida saw on a trip to Sonora, Mexico, with her husband.
This is Glass’s first deer since he was injured 15 years ago.
Glick dropped this 167-inch buck on public land.
Reinhardt’s first longbow buck also happens to be his first Pope and Young buck (144 inches).
Higgins shot this buck the fourth time he saw it last season, and from the fourth stand he tried. The trophy netted 2072/8 inches.
McGuire killed this 180-class Alberta buck on his first out-of-state hunt.
Kayla set the bar high with her first deer: this 130-class buck.
Lauer’s Illinois bow buck netted 161 inches.
Kale’s first bow buck is a 130-class whitetail he double-lunged walking home for lunch one day.
Baugh has lived in some of California’s best mule deer country for more than 10 years but drew his first tag for it just last season.