Wisconsin College Student Arrows 200-Class Whitetail

Bowhunter Matt Wachowiak, a student at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, recently tagged a whitetail with an unofficial gross green score of 200 2/8 inches.

Wisconsin College Student Arrows 200-Class Whitetail

Late September usually isn’t considered the best time to arrow a giant whitetail, but bowhunter Matt Wachowiak, a student at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, recently tagged a buck that scores a bit over 200 inches.

The photos shown here are from Matt Wachowiak’s Facebook page. In Matt’s own words: 

Pretty surreal weekend. Had “Prince,” a deer we’ve been watching for 3 years, read the script Saturday night. I’ve got a ton of pics to post and some story line, but this will do for now. So many years of hard work and long drives for this deer. I’ve been ridiculed all my life for passing big deer, and this is what happens when you do! Original score came in at 200 2/8 inches gross. Deer of a lifetime! Thanks HighTine Addiction, LLC for all the hard work making our ideas become reality! Hundreds of trail camera pics of this Wisconsin giant! (Last year’s 160-inch sheds with spread)

Trail cam image of Matt’s world-class buck on Sept. 7, 2019. The young 4x4 shown in the image looks like he knows his place in the pecking order.
Trail cam image of Matt’s world-class buck on Sept. 7, 2019. The young 4x4 shown in the image looks like he knows his place in the pecking order.

As Matt explains in his Facebook post, he has last year’s sheds from this buck, and assuming the rack had an average spread, it would have scored about 160. As they say in the whitetail world, the buck “blew up” this season by growing an additional 40 inches of antler.

Wisconsin was blessed with a lot of rain this spring and summer (too much in many areas), so the buck certainly had a lot of nutritious food from which to choose. Note: Matt thanked HighTine Addiction in his post; HighTine is a property management company in Buffalo City, Wisconsin, and they specialize in custom food plots, tree planting, etc. In addition to natural browse, this buck also had the benefit of lush food plots.

Shown to the right of Matt’s massive 2019 buck are the sheds from last year, which would have scored about 160 inches (assuming a standard spread). The buck grew 40 more inches of antler from 2018 to 2019.
Shown to the right of Matt’s massive 2019 buck are the sheds from last year, which would have scored about 160 inches (assuming a standard spread). The buck grew 40 more inches of antler from 2018 to 2019.

In a follow-up FB post, Matt explained the cedar shavings covering the rack’s burrs, “This guy’s bedding area was full of small cedars. Him and his buddy had fresh cedar on their racks starting 2 weeks ago.”

In the featured photo for this article, you can see the entrance hole of Matt’s broadhead. The buck was quartering away from Matt’s treestand, as evidence by this photo showing the broadhead’s exit hole, which is low and right over the buck’s right front leg. Matt made an excellent double-lung shot.
In the featured photo for this article, you can see the entrance hole of Matt’s broadhead. The buck was quartering away from Matt’s treestand, as evidence by this photo showing the broadhead’s exit hole, which is low and right over the buck’s right front leg. Matt made an excellent double-lung shot.

Congrats, Matt, on a tremendous whitetail.



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