Brian Inda, 26, of Wautoma bowhunted this fall on an old Christmas tree farm near Wild Rose.
The central Wisconsin ground obviously grows more than conifers.
Hunting Tuesday on the 120-acre property, a very big whitetail buck responded to Inda's grunt call and passed within shooting range of his tree stand.
The flight of Inda's arrow was true and, after a couple hours spent trying to regain his composure and calling in a support crew of friends and family, the deer of a lifetime was found.
"I was shaking so bad I didn't know what to do at first," said Inda, a carpenter who was hunting the property with friend Craig Carpenter of Wild Rose.
The buck has a typical rack of 12 points. When measured Wednesday by a certified scorer, Inda said it tallied a gross score of 198 2/8 inches and a net of 188 2/8.
As such, the buck is a potential state record for a typical whitetail taken with archery equipment. According to the Wisconsin Buck and Bear Club, the record is 187 2/8, taken in Dunn County in 2006 by Barry Rose of Elmwood.
The rack must undergo a 60-day drying period before it can be officially measured.
Inda took the rest of the week off. Wednesday he skinned the buck, packaged much of the meat and held a venison dinner for friends and family.
"I'm just the guy who was in the right place at the right time," Inda said. "This was a team effort, from scouting to hanging stands to talking about strategies. I want to share it as much as I can with everybody who has helped."
Inda plans to have a shoulder mount made of the deer, as well as have replica antlers made for the property manager who leased the land to him.
We'll have a more detailed story in Sunday's Outdoors Page.
Final scoring should be available in early January.
The photo below shows Inda, right, with Craig Carpenter and the buck at the Wild Rose Mill Pond. The deer's shed antlers from last year, which were found by Chris Inda, Brian's brother, are shown on the grass.