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‘Cried and cried' after taking Wisconsin bruiser ranking high in National Deer Contest

By: Steve Rogers,

Teresa Davis became a hunter later in life than many, but few things excite her more than bow hunting for whitetail deer.

And the huge buck she took in October on a Wisconsin farm thrilled her nearly beyond description.

“I just cried and cried forever,” she said. “It was such a huge, amazing deer … a deer of a lifetime. I couldn’t believe it.”

With the buck, Davis is one of the adult leaders in the Harvested Typical Bow Division of the Outdoor Channel National Deer Contest powered by Buckscore. It and hundreds of others taken around the country can be found at

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Her buck, an 11-pointer, scored 173.36 on Buckscore.

“My daughter in law, her sister sent me a link for the contest and said, ‘You really need to send in your deer,’” Davis said. “We’ve had the most fun with it.”

She has only been an active hunter for about 20 years.

“My husband got me into it,” said Davis, 53, who lives in Andersonville in northeastern Tennessee. “We started shooting in bow tournaments, and now I want to hunt. I love it, can’t get enough of it. I’m the one who is waking everyone up … ‘We got to get going! We’re going to be late!’ I want to get out in those woods.”

In October, Davis and her husband Frank made their yearly trek to hunt on a farm in Buffalo County, Wis., an area rich with monster whitetails. A day after their arrival, they first entered the woods for a late afternoon hunt.

“Frank put me in a real good bottleneck,” Davis said. “There were several deer milling around. Then right before dark, this big guy steps out.

“I don’t believe he was in rut yet, because there were two doe with him and he wasn’t paying any attention.”

She made the shot at 42 yards.

“I lost sight of him right away. There were really deer everywhere and of course when I shot, they all scattered in every direction. And I wasn’t able to see what direction he ran.”

Davis and her husband searched until dark then decided to wait until the next day. She hunted that second morning, but her mind was still on the big buck from previous evening.

“I knew I had hit him good,” she said, “but I was still worried.”

At about 9 a.m., the owner of the farm drove his ATV to within sight of Davis’ stand and waved.

“He asked me, ‘Are you having good morning,’” Davis said. “I was like, ‘I saw a button buck.’ He said, ‘But did you shoot one?’ I was, ‘No, but I shot a big one yesterday evening!’

“He laughed and told me my deer was lying in a field on the next farm over.”

It was an 11-pointer – 10 points with a sticker – and weighed a hefty 218 ½  pounds field dressed, likely more than 250 pounds when Davis downed it.

“My husband had placed trail cameras in the area, but we hadn’t even checked them yet,” said Davis, a human resources associate at Oak Ridge Associated Universities. “I was in the right place. He came out of nowhere.”

Davis and her monster buck were soon the talk of the surrounding area, and a picture is posted on the wall at the local country store.

However, there are even bigger sources of pride closer to home.

“I’ve killed the biggest one in my family – that’s my husband, my brother, my son, father in law,” she said, laughing. “There’s been a lot of talk about it in the family. There’s also been a couple younger girls at church that have stopped and asked me about it, and that has given me the opportunity to talk with them about hunting. It’s great.

“It’s a deer of a lifetime. I’ll never forget it.”

Davis’ buck and hundreds of others from across the United States can be found at The contest is the first-ever, national white-tail deer scoring and photography competition. It is free to enter and has categories for youth and adult hunters, as well as in archery and firearm – with typical and non-typical divisions for each.

The contest continues until Jan. 31, 2013.

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