American Hunter - June 2017 - 39

★ THE OPPORTUNIST ★

■ Jonathan Smith, Columbia, Md.

Jonathan and a friend were after big mule
deer north of Aladdin, Wyo., with 7J Outfitters. His friend took first dibs as it was
his first Western hunt, and shot a 4x4 mule
deer buck. Jonathan was up next. Although
he planned to shoot a mule deer, he couldn't
pass up this whitetail buck-it just looked
too good. So Jonathan put one round from
his Remington 700 in 7mm Rem. Mag. in
the deer's boiler room, and dropped the
buck on the spot. Ironically, 18 other people hunted only whitetails with 7J that week.
But Jonathan's whitetail (which could have
been a mule deer), scored 139½ B&C: the
largest whitetail taken all week.

■ Marc Goldberg, Durham, N.C.

Marc will attest that the third time's a charm
as he got his cat, a "bucket-list item," he says,
on try No. 3. Beaver Trap Outfitters' Ross
Adney in Dayton, Wyo., used Plott hounds
combined with fresh snow to track down
Marc's lion. After days without luck, Marc
was still as determined as the hounds to get a
cat, even in a foot of snow and temperatures
that hovered around minus 20. When a fresh
track and a 10-mile chase finally ended in a
treed cat, Marc made a nearly vertical shot
with his Mathews Z7 bow through a half-foot
window of branches. It was one of the older
toms taken in the area last year and weighed
more than 150 pounds.

■ Col. Chris Chronis, Apple Valley, Minn.

As an active-duty Army colonel, Chris
wasn't able to hunt in 2014 and '15, seeing as he was out of the country on "business." After returning to the States, on the
first day of the Kansas rifle season last year,
he made up for time lost. A 50-yard doublelung shot from his stand with a 62-year-old
Remington Model 760 in .257 Roberts did
the deed nicely. After processing the buck,
Chris exclaimed that it "eats like pumpkin
pie." Thank you, Col. Chronis, for your service, and congratulations!

★ MAGNIFICENT 7TH ★

■ Butch Meilinger, Wind Gap, Pa.

■ Greg Losacco, San Francisco, Calif.

It's one thing to go on a safari. It's another thing entirely to go on a safari with a crossbow. But
that's exactly what Butch did. On Aug. 17, in the Mwenzi area of the Masvingo province of Zimbabwe, Butch took this world-class hippo with his Barnett Ghost 410 crossbow shooting custom 918-grain arrows. With a 52-yard shot that was 13 years in the making, Butch now has the
rare distinction of having taken all of the "Dangerous 7"-leopard, lion, Cape buffalo, rhino,
elephant, crocodile and hippo-with a crossbow.

With night closing in, Greg didn't have the
light he neeeded to make an ethical shot on
this chocolate bear from across a clearing,
so he and his guide from Western Oregon
Outfitters, Mike Fairchild, decided they'd
visit the same spot the following morning.
Parking their side-by-side in the same place,
the two hiked back to the same clear-cut.
After spotting the bear again, they stalked
to within 125 yards, and Greg connected with
his Remington 700 chambered in .270 Win.
americanhunter.org ❘

■ Louis Rupp, St. Louis, Mo.

39 ❘ june 2017

At 74, after applying for nearly two decades,
NRA Life member Louis finally drew his permit for mule deer in the Arizona Strip, in
Unit 13B. With a week of hunting in midOctober to fill his tag, Louis fulfilled high
hopes. He downed this magnificent hightined buck that scored just short of 200
B&C with a broadside shot right behind the
deer's shoulder. Louis, let's hope your next
tag doesn't take so long to draw!


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