The Story of Jason Thomas’s Potential Record Breaking Ohio Buck

January 10, 2024 By: NDA Staff

It wasn’t long after Ohio hunter Jason Thomas walked up on his buck of a lifetime that word started getting out that a potential new Ohio typical record may have fallen. A few weeks later a MeatEater headline read, “Ohio Hunter Kills One of World’s Biggest Whitetails,” and Outdoor Life followed with “Ohio Crossbow Hunter Stalks into Position on a Bedded 200-Class Buck.” More would follow from other sources, but one thing was certain. The whitetail hunting world was now aware of Thomas’s enormous whitetail, and he graciously joined the Coffee and Deer podcast to share his story with us.

It often doesn’t work out when a hunter targets a single buck for a season. It’s hard enough to take any buck, let alone limit yourself to a particular deer that you may not even see during the season. Thomas had a history with the deer and decided he was going to do everything he could to put himself in position for a shot, and his hard work eventually paid off. This isn’t a story about a hunter who simply got lucky by being in the right spot at the right time. Thomas’s actions leading up to and during the season set the stage for an inevitable encounter, and his decision to make a bold move on that fateful day sealed the deal. This is an episode you don’t want to miss.

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