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Amish Hunter Bags Monster Whitetail Deer Buck

It will be tough to beat this great buck in 2006. This buck was taken by Amish hunter Jonathon Schmucker in Adams County, Ohio. The buck was taken with a crossbow and has 36 scorable points, green scored 304 gross and 294 7/8 net non-typical with a 24-inch inside spread. The buck was nicknamed “Amish Lucky Buck” due to the monster whitetail deer eating the Lucky Buck mineral feed.

Apparently there were just a few people who knew about this buck. It grew quite a bit from the previous year and the hunter bagged it on opening morning. What an incredible whitetail buck!

UPDATE: (Dec. 13, 2006) This free-ranging whitetail buck has recently been officially scored at 300 6/8 gross and 291 2/8 net non-typical. It also has a Buckmasters composite score of 305 4/8 (including inside spread of 25-inches).

This score puts it No. 2 all-time for the state of Ohio and the largest buck taken with a crossbow for Ohio (state record). The John Schmucker “Amish Buck” is the No. 2 in the world for crossbow behind Jerry Bryant’s monster non-typical Illinois buck from 2001, which Boone and Crockett lists a score of 304 3/8. We featured Jerry’s awesome buck in our 2005 King’s Whitetail Deer Calendar.

UPDATE #2 (Dec. 27, 2006)
I am getting people who are getting confused with this buck due to a newspaper article that has recently come out. Aparently there is an article from a Wisconsin newspaper claiming the buck came from Wisconsin and taken by a boy with a home-made longbow. They have either come up with a great scoop story, or printed a big boo boo. Due to the pretty concrete information that is now out there about this buck being from Ohio and the fact that it has now been officially scored by Ohio department officials, Buckmasters and Boone and Crockett officials I think it is safe to say this buck is from Ohio and taken by John Schmucker.

If you would like to read the story about the Amish Buck, the full story has been posted on the Ohio Division of Wildlife web site.
Click here for link

This is quoted directly from the Ohio Division of Wildlife web site:

Southwestern Ohio is home to the top typical and nontypical deer killed in Ohio

Official scorer Ron Perrine measures Johnathan Schmucker’s trophy Ohio deer.

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  1. Cpl Summers
    95 mos, 2 wks ago

    man im speechless. nice trophy buck

    95 mos, 2 wks ago

    yea i was showed other pics of this buck and they said a women shot it and it had almost these exact pics but with a women

  3. Mighty hunter
    95 mos, 2 wks ago

    I agree with Cpl Summers. That is a record scoring trophy

  4. curtis cooke
    95 mos, 2 wks ago

    man that is a huge buck

  5. Michael
    95 mos, 2 wks ago

    Great Buck!!! Any stats. on weight or age????????

  6. Trip
    95 mos, 2 wks ago

    Nice to see a trophy taken with no fences in sight (502 “record”). In the end all it is the magnificent animals like this that keep us wandering about in the field. Congrats the fortunate hunter that took this monster.

  7. Ryan
    95 mos, 2 wks ago

    Sweet, but why not show yourself? You used a crossbow for pete sake!

  8. mike lewis
    95 mos, 2 wks ago

    incredible deer! But I agree with ryan. Why not show your face? If I shot a deer like that I would be the one holding the deer in every pic.

  9. From what I have been able to find out, the man in the photo is not the hunter. However, I am not 100% certain. I have heard that the hunter is possibly not in the photos due to his Amish religeon. If that is the case, I can respect that.

    David King
    King’s Outdoor World

  10. kade
    95 mos, 2 wks ago

    monster buck congratulations on the deer

  11. sam
    95 mos, 2 wks ago

    that is a nice buck, were did you shoot him at i mean what state. Also how wide is the inside spread of this glrious trophy you took. i guess around 25 inches or better. yaeh i killed my frist buck last year its was a 4-pointer but it was pretty wide for its size. well happy hunting.

  12. great white hunter
    95 mos, 2 wks ago

    That’s a nice trophy whitetail buck

  13. ryan
    95 mos, 2 wks ago

    yes the amish tradition of “no graven image” prohibits the amish hunter from getting his picture taken. but then again if he is true to his religion maybe he should be hunting with a traditional longbow or recurve and not a modern crossbow….oh well

  14. paige
    95 mos, 1 wk ago

    it clearly says in the first couple paragraphs that
    Jonathon Schmucker killed the deer, not a woman

  15. Chuck Feney
    95 mos, 1 wk ago

    I wonder if the crossbow was a handmade job. No modern technology for the Amish.

  16. JoAnne
    95 mos, 1 wk ago

    nice buck, congrats Jonathon! We’ve got some big deer in Lake County, Oh. but I’ve yet to see any that big. There’s nothing wrong with using a crossbow. An arrow is an arrow regardless of how it’s released. You aim right, you’ll get your deer every time!

  17. David
    95 mos, 1 wk ago

    This is a very nice buck, and I just want to say congratulations on such a success. This buck will surely be hard to beat. I am just amzed at the size of this beautiful animal.

  18. Rod Schrader
    95 mos, 1 wk ago

    what a deer, that is so huge!!!!!!!

  19. lil bruiser
    95 mos, 1 wk ago

    man thats the biggest buck I have ever seen. my biggest buck was a 10 piont. congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Spot lightin man
    95 mos, 1 wk ago

    man that is a HUGE buck. i wish i could see one like that

  21. Andrew Cryus
    95 mos, 1 wk ago

    Wow that is one great deer. congratz

  22. Riley
    95 mos, 1 wk ago

    holly cow that thing is huge wonderful buck

  23. 95 mos, 1 wk ago

    I have seen a few different photos of this buck and actually heard that the hunter had known of the deer and fed the giant, flavored corn for at least a year or two. I, myself have no problem with that considering I do the same less than 15 miles from where the monster buck was killed.Congrats to Jonathan!

  24. 95 mos, 1 wk ago

    Now I just need to find this ones big or little brother. Not too little but on a buck like that I’d be happy with 50 inches less.

  25. kev
    95 mos, 1 wk ago

    nice buck & who cares if it was killed with a crossbow sounds like some people are jealous!!! I use a crossbow because i have i disabilty permit

  26. Mark
    95 mos, 1 wk ago

    that is a real nice buck,I live near amish and work with them some in the spring and I feel very privlaged to even see a picture of it.

  27. Dwayne
    95 mos, 1 wk ago

    WOW, When I first seen the photo I couldn’t believe the size, I’m sure if I seen a buck like this in the wild and i had a shot at it I’d be shaking so bad that i would fall out of my tree stand. VERY NICE BUCK killed with a crossbow or not.

  28. michael
    95 mos, 1 wk ago

    that is the biggest whitetail i;ve ever seen nice job shooting that one!!!

  29. R.T.
    95 mos, 1 wk ago

    I have heard of a record dear in Ohio on an amish farm in captivity, being drugged every year to score it. Is this the one, and why shoot it now? The rumors of that record deer have been out some 2 or 3 years now?

  30. Mad Dog
    95 mos, 1 wk ago

    The Amish can not and will not have their picture taken. As Ryan so elequently states, “no graven images” so you will never see a picture of the man that killed this magnificient beast. The use of a crossbow by the Amish should not be in question either. The crossbow has been around for hundreds of years and is a more primative piece of equipment than today’s high-spead compound bows. It seems to me that everyone could just say congratulations to the lucky fellow and leave it at that. I would be saying congratulations to the young man had he run over the deer with his horse and buggy! In any case, what a monster!!! Rock on, Jonathan!

  31. Hartley
    95 mos, 1 wk ago

    The reason the person that killed the buck is not in the picture is because the Amish don’t pose for pictures.

  32. Keith
    95 mos, 1 wk ago

    thats a lifetime buck you killed im not gonna lie i am jealous but i would be in the pictures with my monster!

  33. red rider
    95 mos ago

    that is a huge buck i sure as heck would like to see one of them giants waik by me.That is anice buck even if you shot it with a crossbow and if you have to remind them that just this year they past the law saying we can use a cross bow when ever were ever.

  34. Jordan
    95 mos ago

    What a buck!! I can’t believe the size and mass that sucker has. How did you stay still when you were shooting him? I’d like to see one a fourth the size of that. What was your secret.

  35. Zach
    95 mos ago

    Great Trophy. Its AWESOME. Great Mass and 24 points make this a real trophy.

  36. Jordan
    95 mos ago

    Nice buck!!

  37. 95 mos ago

    Im from indiana and been by alot of amish farms that raise whitetail deer i really hope this one was nature grown not pen feed. But ether way i wish he would have walked by me!

  38. moosc
    95 mos ago

    i heard it was shot with a home made long bow
    Awsome buck wonder what is going to become the buck????? Also i heard it was shot in Pa… guess it was wrong info

  39. Justin
    95 mos ago

    What a buck!! Man that’s big!!

  40. kyle
    95 mos ago

    that is a big buck to bad they don’t have big ones like that in indiana

  41. darryl
    95 mos ago

    great buck, know matter how you killed it. my son uses a crossbow because he is to small to pull back 50 lbs. that is what is required to be used were i live and if you are dissables i say go for it. but i will say that a crossbow is not the same as a regular bow because you have to be able to draw on a deer. not point and shoot.

  42. Alex
    95 mos ago

    Kyle, I don’t know if you were kidding, but yall do have them like this one, but you have a better chance of being struck by lightning, statistically, than you do of seeing him!

    95 mos ago

    Ive been sent pix of this buck on my phone by 5 different people, each with a different story. The story ive heard the most was this buck was shot in pocomoc MD, with a bow. Im glad ive got the real story… thank for letting me sleep at night

  44. Jordan H.
    95 mos ago

    Kyle, sounds to me like you need to get out and do some more lookin around (last months NAW) . Indiana has the big boys. In my area (and like many other areas in Indiana) there are just so many hills and large plots of woods. It is very difficult to hunt these giants in our fine state do to those conditions. I mean, A LOT of the big deer killed in surrounding states are seen pre season in fields and what not. You hunt a deer staging in a 50 acre woods that is feeding in a 300 acre field. In indiana you hunt a deer feeding at night in a 50 acre field and he spends the rest of the day in a 500 acre woods.

  45. Travas
    95 mos ago

    I agree, just congradulate the man and stop questioning his methods. That is a buck of a life time I dont care what he used to shoot it. Ive only seen one buck in my life bigger!


  46. jordan
    95 mos ago

    i dont care who shot the moster buck that is a dang good monster trophy buck….

  47. Jeremy
    95 mos ago

    Man I thought my buddy danny salmon here in Ks. actually had a shot at the biggest deer of 2006. He shot a monster 21 pt with 3 main beams green soring 251″ on nov 6th. what a nice buck would be nice to see the hunter.

  48. 200 CLASS ONLY
    95 mos ago


    200 CLASS ONLY

  49. BIg Buck Matt
    94 mos, 4 wks ago

    Man, what a buck i can not belive how big it is. When my buddy showed me a picture of the buck, i was just in shock. I hunt in Whitehall, W I, and we have some monster bucks down there, but not once have the trail cameras or us ever seen a buck this big. I dont know if this was your first times seeing the buck , or if you have been seeing it for a few years, but this just shows you what trophy managment can do. Whos know you may have seen this buck when it was just a little basket buck, and passed it up, NOW LOOK AT IT. I just think that the people that are saying stuff about you useing a crossbow, are just jelous. you put your time into it and went it the woods. That right there is called “hunting”. i heard that you were going out for jsut a meat hunt and saw him, but what ever the case was i think its awsome. Congratulations. THAT IS THE BIGGEST BUCK I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!

  50. William
    94 mos, 3 wks ago

    There seem to be a lot of misconceptions about the Amish here. First, I would be willing to bet that the crossbow used was bought in a store and not hand made, though he probably didn’t pay full price for it. The Amish are no better craftsman than anyone else, but they do have a knack for perpetuating that myth. If you’d seen some of the “Amish craftsmanship” that I’ve had to fix in the old house I bought from an Amish family, you’d understand.

    As far as having pictures taken, I’ve never known an Amish person to be camera shy. They’ve got pictures in yearbooks and church directories just like everyone else. I wonder who took the picture of the deer on the back of the horse-drawn wagon? Could it be that an Amish person owns a camera? Certainly…they own cell phones too, and I’ve been passed on more than one occasion by a young Amish girl in the area who drives a Subaru WRX.

    I’ve worked with the Amish on farms and on construction jobs, and they’re not that much different from anyone else. It just seems that the English (there term for the non-Amish) have created many stories about them that get passed around, whether they’re true or not.

    Still, that’s an impressive buck, no matter who took it. Does anyone know how it compares to the Beatty Buck that was also taken here in Ohio a few years back? It would also be interesting to know if Mr. Schmucker will be cashing in on his trophy just like Mr. Beatty did.

  51. Joe Pittillo
    94 mos, 3 wks ago

    Hi This a buck to be remebered for a long time

    Papa Joe

  52. John Tekautz
    94 mos, 3 wks ago

    Congratulations Mr. Schmucker,
    I feel that I speak for many fellow hunters today when I say that we respect your religious practice of no graven images regardless that you may well have sucessfully harvested one of the largest whitetails in the World. Furthermore, because you shot this magnificent deer with a crossbow should not have any negative repercussions. The fact is crossbows have been used for centuries and that the difference in the physics between a compound and crossbow are none, that’s right none, (If anyone disagree, do the research).
    My hats off to you Mr. Schmucker and Thank You for keeping this Great State of Ohio arguable the Monster Buck Capital of World… OHIO!!!!
    Your fellow Hunter,
    John Tekautz
    May God Bless You and your Family.

  53. trophyhilll
    94 mos, 3 wks ago

    what a monster.i wonder if mule deer get that big

  54. big buck ken
    94 mos, 2 wks ago

    nice buck. i don’t live to far from his family and i got to see the buck frist hand. The pics. are great but in real life WOW great job

  55. Alex
    94 mos, 2 wks ago

    Mr. King,
    Shouldn’t a deer shot with a crossbow be labled as ‘bolted’ or ‘shot’ instead of ‘arrowed’? I’ve never heard this asked but you know, it kind of makes sense. After all a crossbow shoots bolts and a bow shoots arrows. Maybe just shot will do, just like for guns, but arrowed certainly does not fit the situation. Just some food for discussion. Wonder what P&Y and other archery organizations would have to say?

  56. larry s.
    94 mos, 2 wks ago

    THAT IS A MONSTER BUCK! WOW!!! I live in PA and hunt with amish, and you can be sure that he was using a modern crossbow because they use the same stuff we do to hunt! I just hope it wasn’t pen raised! Is there anything to them rumors,or not? Congratz

  57. Jeff
    94 mos, 2 wks ago

    Awsome!! is the only thing that comes to mind when is see this deer. Who cares if it was shot with an ” arrow” or a ” bolt ” fact of the matter is that it was shot and the hunter was able to recover a ture trophy. After reading a lot of these comments it really brings dicredit to the sport of hunting what jealousy will make you say. Grow up and learn to respect your fellow hunters! Jeff, Ohio

  58. Brian
    94 mos, 2 wks ago


    You stated that you had thought your buddy Danny Salmon had a shot at the biggest buck of 2006. I was just curious as to if there are any pictures on the internet of this three beamed monster …if so i would be interested (among others im sure) to see them

  59. For any confusion on my “arrowed” comment in the photo caption, I have changed it to “shoots”. I guess that is broad enough to cover it and sounds better than saying he “bolted” this great buck (never heard that one before, but I guess would work). I figured the debate over crossbows is already heated enough, I will take this one out fo the mix so we can go back to enjoying the buck. Thanks.

    David King
    King’s Outdoor World

  60. Ohio HUNTER
    94 mos, 2 wks ago

    Nice buck, thats just 1 of many monster bucks that came out of Ohio. aka The best whitetail hunting state in the U.S. I dont want to hear about Texas or Kansas because the last time i checked, Ohio has the top 2 deer ever with that buck a couple of years ago and the famous hole in the horn and who knows where this one will rank but if you ask me i like it better than the 39 pointer killed a few years ago. This buck was just the start of Ohio big bucks because where i come from in Ohio, this year has been the best year ever with 4 150+ class bucks down around my town of about 500 people. and LONG LIVE THE BUCKEYES

  61. Richard
    94 mos, 2 wks ago

    This is the first time I have ever commented on a forum.But I must say that listening to the to all the negative comments makes me wonder why anyone would want to put their picture on a web site.If the deer was taken legally then let the man enjoy his kill, this deer is incredible and anyone should be proud.

  62. HAROLD
    94 mos, 1 wk ago

    I don’t know where these guys hunt but that buck is one of the largest I’ve seen (books, shows, or otherwise) I don’t care if the guy killed it with a grenade. Most people will never see a deer of that caliber walk in the wild. As far as the photo goes, that Amish boy knows exactly who killed that beast and really doesn’t need to prove it to anyone. As for myself, I have dreams of shooting 200 inchers and I think I fall into the smae category as 95 percent of the rest of the hunting world. Congrats little guy. Maybe I can get that lucky durung muzzleloading season. yeah right.

  63. Ohio HUNTER
    94 mos, 1 wk ago

    really i dont care how he killed it, thats the nicest looking dear i have ever seen and im honored have hunted in the same areas as this great beast once wondered along the wild, if i saw a deer of that class, a grenade would be the only way i could kill it because i would be way too shakey to get near it

  64. 94 mos, 1 wk ago

    I don’t Care what anybody says about shooting the buck with a cross bow, or the rumors put out, Amish are trusting people. I deer hunt and work with the Amish, I know. Congratulations to the Hunter who shot this magnificent Buck. Never have I seen a buck so big on my hunting trips(although I have some time to look, I am 13.) I have shot 4 does and 2 Bucks.

    94 mos, 1 wk ago

    Wow that’s what every hunter dreams of, what a monster buck congrats. I am also just speachless I hope it is indeed a record buck. We salute you from Michigan.

  66. Drew Beman
    94 mos, 1 wk ago

    Hey dont go puttin anybody down for hunting with a crossbow. im a bow hunter and ive hunted with bow crossbow and compound…and i think the advantage goes to the compound..that sure u dont have to pull back and hold the cross bow but the drop rate of the cross bow is ridiculas……big ups to anybody who hunts with a crossbow and does well with it..and really who cares what ya hunt with just as long as ur getting in the woods! bow hunters are growing in numbers and we should be happy about that…..who cares what they use….awsome buck….ive seen some typicals where i live in gallia county ohio that maybe measure 20 to 24 inches but that beast takes the cake……anybody else wanna argue that texas has the best white tails? looks to me like the big boys roam the buckeye state

  67. Kim OLSON
    94 mos, 1 wk ago

    I received an email yesterday saying that this buck was shot in Wisconsin by and Amish boy with a home maid longbow. I did a Google search and found your website. I’m not sure why there is false information going around?

    Nice buck and congratulations to the successful hunter.

  68. Ohio HUNTER
    94 mos, 1 wk ago

    i wonder if the person who killed this massive white tail has ever read this forum and what he thinks about it.

  69. 94 mos, 1 wk ago

    The Amish Lucky Buck will make a first-time apperance at this upcoming show. Greg Miller & Stan Potts will be coming to the show as well. Read on …
    CHARM, OHIO — On Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, Keim Lumber is hosting The Great Outdoors Sportsman’s Show in its inaugural year. Open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m in Keim Lumber’s new, 80,000-square-foot exhibition center, the show will feature various seminars, a bow baseball archery contest, authentic Amish-style food, an hourly bow door prize and a wildlife display from the Schlabach Brothers. The event’s lead sponsor is Kidron Sports Center, LLC.

    Celebrity guests Greg Miller and Stan Potts of North American Whitetail Television will share their experiences and answer questions from the audience. Both Miller and Potts have been hunting whitetail for over 40 years. They have taken several record-class bucks over their careers and have authored multiple hunting books.

    Making its first public appearance is the “Amish Lucky Buck,” an amazing whitetail with a green-score of 295 7/8 non-typical. The deer was taken by Jon Schmucker, an Amish man, and will be on exhibit during the entire show.

    Buckeye Big Bucks Club scorers will also be on hand to measure deer antlers for free. Participants who bring their deer in for scoring get free admission. More details on scoring requirements are available at

    Holmes and surrounding counties in northeast-central Ohio are home to some of the largest hunting preserves in the Midwest. Representatives from several of these hunting preserves will be in attendance and scheduling guided tours of their properties.

    Admission to Holmes County’s The Great Outdoors Sportsman’s Show is $5 for adults and is free for children 12 and younger. Keim Lumber is located at 4465 State Route 557. Charm is approximately equidistant from Cleveland, Columbus and Pittsburgh. For more information about the event, visit

  70. Scott
    94 mos ago

    It’s amazing how fast stories can start when a buck is shot like this one. When I recieved the pictures it was stated this buck was shot in Wisconsin by an Amish boy with a homemade longbow.. Anyway one amazing buck………..

  71. Cheryl Hamilton
    94 mos ago

    I don’t hunt yet but let me say that when I do I would love to kill something that big my first (he he thats wont happen)…..I think that big white tails like that are out there but i never see anything unless i almost hit them with my car…..congratulations Jonathon Schmucker you got yourself a nice one there!!!!!!!!

  72. loyd wellesley
    94 mos ago

    I have hunted large Missouri bucks for years, shot some nice ones in the 150 class, some nice ten pointers in Texas but I tell you what. I believe if I saw something like this out in the woods I wood have a case of buck fever so bad that I would still be jumping up and down. What a buck. I wonder about the weight and also how old he was. I wonder how far away he was when he was shot and how far he ran before dropping. My gosh, what a deer. Whoever shot him, it just does not matter. He shot him and he should take all of the credit he deserves.

  73. If you would like to read the story about the Amish Buck, the full story has been posted on the Ohio Division of Wildlife web site.
    Click here for link

    David King
    King’s Outdoor World

  74. rat -a -tat- matt
    93 mos, 3 wks ago

    every one wants to shot bucks like this ! Simple, pass up 150 class

  75. greg
    93 mos, 2 wks ago

    its from ohio seen picture of odnr officer holding it in ohio fish and game magazine

  76. Justin
    93 mos, 2 wks ago

    This in fact is a Ohio Buck. From one of my stands, I can actually see the field it was killed in. It just acrossed the road from my familes farm. Several stories read that this buck was a well kept secret in the Amish community, but I knew about. There is some excellent deer in the area. As far as the Jonathan not get his picture taken with the deer, It’s his wish not to, respect that. I believe 100% it was taken legally. I have become friends with many members of the Amish in the area over the years.My property abuts one Amish guys place who keeps me informed on the deer in the area. It’s a shame of the bad press on the weapon he chose. It an amazing deer and I just hope his genes remain in the area for many years to come. Mr. King feel free to contact me with any questioned. I can share some other stories in the area. I live in Warren Co. Ohio. There is a story buzzing around about a 41 point found stuck in a tree. I’ll let you know what I hear from that. It seems like a lot a big bucks close to me this year.

  77. Ohio HUNTER
    93 mos, 2 wks ago

    for the person who wanted to know the age of the deer, it was 4 1/2 years old. With some deer the best horns come with there 5th year antlers. Just think how big that buck would of been next year.

  78. cross
    93 mos ago

    If you want to get the real facts on it you need to do a little more reserch instead of listning to rumors. I think its funny ready all of these comments. It was killed in Adams county Ohio on an amish farm. I was there when they scored the buck because my dad is the person who wrote all the articles on the deer for different magazines and newspapers. He is also the one to take the picture of the buck on the buggy. You can find a lot of fact if you just read the real story. And many amish communities have differnt beliefs becuase there are many different types of amish depending where you live so dont judge the amish by thinking they are all the same compared to maybe the amish youve seen. But i thought the buck was huge when i seen the picture of it but its nothing compared to seeing the real thing in person. I was honored just by being able to look at the deer and actually hold the antlers. its amazing.

  79. Justin
    92 mos, 4 wks ago

    Sorry to be misleading to any one on my January 8th post. It is in fact an Adam County, Ohio buck. See my family owes property just a crossed the street from where it was taken. But I actually live in Warren Co, Ohio. It is unfair to take any credit away from the Amish and their practices. In my eyes the are good set of people and deserve the best. I have been around them for many years now and never found any problems out of them. I have found one young amish boy fishing in our lake without permission, but I think he was confused on who was the owner of the property he was to be the next property over fishing. I informed him of that and that was the last problem I have had. The amish guy that lives next to our place has helped keep an eye on our place for use and think he is a hard working, well to do gentleman. He has helped us track a deer a few years back and found it like and old indain tracker. I have been at deer hunting for a while now and I was impressed.

    91 mos, 3 wks ago

    I saw this buck at a whitetail banquet tonight and was very imppresed (IT IS A MONSTER)the biggest buck i have ever seen i have been hunting for many years ..Johnthan Schmucker is a great person he told me the whole story about killing the deer ..and there is nothing wrong with him hunting with a crossbow…the rest are just jelious that they never killed it ..they would have killed it with a crossbow or whatever they could have ..and alot of them would have poached it if they got a chance ..and for all the discouraging comments ..put yourself in his shoes.

  81. Joe BaBALOO
    91 mos, 2 wks ago

    I was about a mile up the road from you when you shot this buck im so jealous!

  82. dewayne ghoston
    89 mos, 3 wks ago

    i congratulate the hunter for bagging the trophy buck of a lifetime as it is noted that ohio is known for large deer,on a good note a hunter in central mississippi bagged a 305lb typical 160 inch monster deer,i’m researchin ga lot of nutrition feed to grow a monster buck in hopes of getting that to go on my wall

  83. john mueller
    89 mos ago

    Don’t agree with using a crossbow unless disabled, but I do love to see big deer. I like the fact that the Amish hunter is not in the photo, because we should not make a big deal about the person who shot the deer, but should make a big deal about the animal. I think that way too many guys out there no nothing about the whitetail deer, but shoot great bucks every year because they do it with guns or crossbows. A crossbow is not the same as a compound or a compound is not the same as a recurve. Each weapon requires a certain amount of skill and each one has its limitations. I don,t think that shooting a deer at 300 yards is hunting ( I have done it ). Drawing and aiming your bow be it a compound or recurve is more difficult that pointing a cocked an ready crossbow or gun at an animal and squeezing the trigger. I have hunted with all of these weapons and I think that the recurve and long bow require the most skill and have the most limitations, but I prefer the compound because it extends my range and I know that I will get a good clean pass through providing that I do my part and this will lead to better blood trails and a clean kill. I am not impressed when I see a hunter with a big buck and he has a gun or crossbow next to him. I have shot my biggest buck with a gun and it was and still is bitter sweet. The part that bothers me is that he was at three steps and still at bow range when I shot, I knew he was in the area and bow hunted for him through archery season and used my bow during gun season, but went out with the slug gun to get a doe for meat and he showed up not 20 yards from where I hunted in my stand. I shot him while on the ground I could have poked him in the nose he was that close at one point but shot him when he was farther away. 8 pointer that gross scored 150″ that is a giant 8 and the fact that he is from pennsylvania is even more impressive, but I did not post my pictures anywhere.. Remember it is the deer that deserves the praise not the hunter and any time spent in the woods with any legal weapon is better than a day not spent in the woods. I would love to see PA, get rid of rifles and go to slug gun and muzzleloader for the gun season, but i do think the crossbow is a weapon that should only be used for disabled hunters during archery season. I am still amazed that a lot of these guys who had disabled hunting permits to use a crossbow (before they were legal) could pull back a 150-175 pound crossbow, but were some how unable to shoot a compound. I know that there are cocking devices, but I have yet to see one on any of the disabled guys I have came across in the woods. Honor the deer not the hunter.

  84. Stuart
    87 mos, 2 wks ago

    The bigger surprise to me is that due to their peaceful lifestyles and aversion to military service, I didn’t know the Amish were allowed to own weapons of ANY kind, much less hunt. Anyhow, that is an awesome buck and believe me, if I’d taken him, I’d just have to be in that picture!

  85. Stuart
    87 mos, 2 wks ago

    Let me specify on one thing in my previous comment, when I said I didn’t know the Amish were allowed to own weapons, that is solely due to their strict religious beliefs concerning violence of any kind. I didn’t want anyone to think I was slamming the Amish because I greatly respect their morals and family values.

  86. Whitetail Obsession
    86 mos, 3 wks ago

    what a bruiser…..had u seen him on any prior outings before you shot him?? or in velvet at all???

  87. 86 mos, 2 wks ago

    Im a Buckeye living in Florida for last 24 years and I love checking in on you’all .What a BUCK! Congrats Johnathan. If that Bullwinkle walked under my stand ,I would have swallowed my tounge!

  88. rIfLe HuNtEr ZaK
    86 mos, 2 wks ago

    That is a really great buck.. I got to harvest my first deer and buck last season(2006). good luck

  89. christopher
    86 mos, 2 wks ago

    it’s a nice buck, i got buck fever just looking at it.

  90. shane
    85 mos, 4 wks ago

    im about three miles north of you ihope to see a buck like that. I took a 150 class about two miles west of hillsboro.I guess thats a big buck though!

  91. Robert
    85 mos, 3 wks ago

    Who cares if he used a bow, crossbow, rifle, or muzzle loader? How many hunters that own farms, or property they hunt on, leave food for their game? I bet ALL of them do! I am willing to bet that a lot of people who own large properties, also buy geneticly enhanced deer to improve their deer. This man got this deer in season, with a weapon that is best shot within 40 yards. I would personally feel better about taking a deer with a crossbow, rather than a rifle. Anyone can shoot a deer at 200 yards with a rifle! Stop asking why he isn’t in the picture with his deer. He isn’t hunting for bragging rights at the local bar! He doesn’t hunt for fame and fortune! This man hunts for food for him and his family! You will never see a picture of this man! The Amish are people who put others before them. They never boast, or brag. They never show off. They are a rare find these days.

  92. Keith Freeman
    83 mos, 4 wks ago

    You have made Adams County, Ohio proud. Locals understand that we “probaly” have the best deer heard in the country and now your enormous deer have helped to prove it to the entire deer hunting community. Thank you and good luck on your next hunt. Good luck to all ohio hunters, make us proud and first and foremost be safe.

  93. michael jenkins
    83 mos, 1 wk ago

    Man that is a fantastic buck and i hope you can get another one of those big boys you got up there. If i lived up there all I would do is to get ready for hunting. no sleep no time for anything but hunting. that is how great your buck is to me. dont stop till the bucks are down. thats how hunting means to me. If is brown it goes down.Thats how much hunting means in my famly and will be for a long time. My cousin chust shot a huge buck on monday in some oak tree, nuts paradice. theres some thickets next to it and some big rubs. I sall theme during bow season and i told him about it and there he was he said when he came out of the thickets and the horns where bigger than ever ,he said.he got a 20 inch spread and damn if it was bigger than what i thougt to. well any ways congratulations on your fine trophy.

  94. kyle
    83 mos, 1 wk ago

    ummmmmm i dont no what 2 say thats a HECK OF A BUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  95. jacob coulson
    83 mos ago

    man thats a nice deer i got a 7×7 last year and hope i can get anther one and i am only 14

  96. Bud
    83 mos ago

    I know this is a nice buck, but I know a man who lives just down the street from the Amish community where this guy who shot this buck lives. this Amish man told my friend that two bucks were fighting and he shot one, unfortunately, he said, the big one got away!!! My friend is a preacher and I know he doesn’t lie, so maybe we’ll see another record this year?!

  97. Richie
    83 mos ago

    Can’t kill’em unless you are in the woods – no luck in that. Nice job Amish Man. Keep shootin’ straight.

  98. cody kelly
    83 mos ago

    nice buck man .I just got a 19 point and i am fourteen hope ill be able to beat this guy some day

  99. WaterDoggin
    82 mos, 3 wks ago

    I suppose this one will be talked about for some time to come! Nice Job Johnathan!!! For you others, you should probably feel privileged to even see pictures of the deer much less the man. To him it is not a trophy as you see it. I thank the man for sharing his kill with us.

  100. michael
    82 mos, 3 wks ago

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is a nice buck i just killed my first one last year it waas a 12 pointer

  101. paul
    82 mos, 2 wks ago

    holy snap that thing is a beastly deer. i wish i could bag something like that. what u get him with and at what distance???

  102. 82 mos, 2 wks ago

    dude that is an awsome buck my dad got one 13 years ago but it was a 28 point and was rad

  103. Zachariah
    82 mos, 2 wks ago

    That is some buck!

    I see some misunderstandings in the posts. The Amish do not appear in photographs due to the commandment about graven images. Contrary to popular belief, they can and do own firearms (even modern ones) for hunting and agricultural chores.

  104. chris wilson
    82 mos, 1 wk ago

    Their was a 42 pt. buck hit by a semi in Lima,Ohio the week of Nov.26-Dec.1it’s looks too be a typical. It has too be an Ohio state record buck

  105. 82 mos, 1 wk ago

    i killed a buck that went 186 but dang dude thats a monster. i have been watching a monster whitetail he is a state record and he has tines at least 16 inches long but great deer.

  106. Clint
    82 mos, 1 wk ago

    That is a nice buck!! The person that shot that is spoiled for life. They’re never gonna get another buck like that. Im 15 and i shot a 11 pointer that scored 146 5/8 and i thought that, that one was big, but hey congrats.

  107. Bones
    82 mos ago

    i am from PA and the first time i heard about this buck i got a picuter from my brother sayin this deer was hit by a truck in ohio…his friends dad took a picture of it……….then i saw it on another website sayin it was killed in wisconsin….now its killed by an amish boy in ohio…i dont know what to belive

  108. mbhunts
    82 mos ago

    now this is why i stay in my stand hour after hour great bucks like this one make it all worth while tyvm 4 showing him too all of us mark b

  109. 8pt/CH 170
    81 mos, 3 wks ago

    I have been fortunate enough to see alot 0f nice deer on my farm in northeast OH. but nothing quite as big as this beast.Congrats goes out to this hunter.

  110. Ty
    80 mos, 4 wks ago

    Ok for one thing we here in ohio hunt fair. Amish are tough some guns here. They wouldn’t do such a thing to pen and then hunt. And I bet Johnathon wasnt even hunting for rack he was hunting for meat. Amish are aloud to hunt with a cross bow I see it all the time. We dont hunt for rack we hunt to put food on the table here in ohio. I live in amish country here, and they just dont get their picture taken, so get over it. Oh and one other thing TV hunting shows some of u hunt in deer pens, why don’t u step ur game up and hunt for real!!!

  111. Michael
    80 mos, 2 wks ago

    This is a great buck! It’s really nice to see a deer of this size killed within 5 minutes of where I live. The day that this deer was killed I was fortunate enough to get to personally hold this deer in my own hands. Wow what a feeling that was, to be able to hold a record holding deer of that size. It’s a shame that some people are so jealous as to beat on a man for killing something that many never have a chance at even seeing, let alone killing. I think some people need to know the whole story behind this great buck and the man’s personal beliefs before posting some of the comments in which they have.

  112. 76 mos, 3 wks ago

    there was some guy that said indiana did’nt have big bucks like this one well he is full of crap because you have to look to know and know where they are at…well great job on the deer…

  113. andrew fugate
    75 mos ago

    great deer i would love 2 killed it. great job man!

  114. 73 mos, 2 wks ago

    if i shot that buck id ask to put it it the world roerd book

  115. trevor
    71 mos, 1 wk ago

    thats a very nice buck if i ever seen a buck that big i would not be able to shoot or if i did kill it i probably couldnt get out of the tree stand it is very cool to see a buck that big in ohio around the same area i hunt at.

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  117. JoeD
    70 mos, 1 wk ago

    Soo many posts but non state the weight. The weight?

    I was wondering if we hunted like wolves, as in targeting the weak would the heards be healther and there be even larger bucks to look at?

    No, I am not a hunter but I am not against it or owning any gun.
    Congrats to the young man!

  118. Jack Hughes
    70 mos, 1 wk ago

    could this buck be eligible for any world records?

  119. Tim
    70 mos ago

    Yes this is one great deer!! I have personaly held it and WOW! The pics dont do it justice. I agree with Cross.There are always rumors flying around on great dear. But before you belief them and pass them on, check on the facts or be silent. Why do we try knock others it is because we want to lift ourselves up. This is only a natural instict in us, if we dont know Jesus as our Savior. Give God the Glory for designing such a beautiful animal to enjoy!!

  120. Dillon Mofford
    70 mos ago

    now thats one nice deer i wish i could shoot one that big the biggest deer i have shot was a 3 x 4 but im only 13 i still have a lot of years left to hunt congrats to you!!!!!.

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  122. jeremy
    69 mos, 3 wks ago

    nice buck i live in adams county maybe i’ll get one that big

  123. russell steele
    69 mos, 3 wks ago

    I am in fayetteville tn. Just heard about your deer. I hope i kill one that big one of these days

  124. mike
    68 mos, 1 wk ago

    nice to see someone kill a buck that is not a so called professional hunter with a tv show ., raising deer with bio. crops were only they and there money people can hunt different then raising cattle .i wonder how many check books from the so called pros would have opened if they new that buck was there.the amish hunter that harvest that buck was a real hunter .

  125. bob
    66 mos ago

    nice deer

  126. son
    56 mos, 1 wk ago

    sweet buck

  127. Kyle isom
    47 mos ago

    That is one monster dear it’s amazing knowing there are whitetails around that are that big.

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