It's hard to believe, but 2012 is coming to a close. You've worked your tail off all year setting trail cameras, hanging treestands, setting up food plots and honing your bow skills. For many of us, there's been sweet success, even in the most unexpected ways. And for others, there's always next year. But after a year of blood, sweat and tears, it's time to reflect on all the big successes we shared as a community.
Bowhunter is proud to present the 10 monster bow kills of 2012. So, kick up your feet, take a break and enjoy.
Bill Winke is widely recognized within the whitetail community as a master bowhunter. This year was just another example why, as Winke took down this 200-inch Iowa giant. Winke had been tracking the deer since 2008. Read the full story here.
After falling from his treestand two years earlier, Bo Cocannouer not only recovered, but made it back into a tree to make his first bow kill in 2012. It was an amazing recovery for Cocannouer, who killed this 194-inch Oklahoma monster. Read the full story here.
After dealing with nuisance neighbors, Brian Herron hung in there to kill this 184-inch Missouri buck. With a 20-yard shot between him and his dream buck, Herron hung in there and closed the deal with a sweet shot. Read the full story here.
For Richard Buker, whitetail hunting is a way of life. He's spent the last 20 years cultivating deer habitat in Indiana on a family farm, and this year it finally paid off with this 170-inch trophy. Read the full story here.
With the guidance of her husband Chris, who has also shot a couple of trophy whitetail, Dorothy Shaffer killed this 196-inch non-typical giant. A real Iowa gem, Dorothy said it is only her second buck ever — a memory she won't soon forget. Read the full story here.
Having killed a 145-inch deer already in his life, Matt Ford never thought he'd even see a deer bigger than that. And then he saw this massive bruiser, a 219-inch 20 point, stroll through his shooting lane. A well-placed shot and some field work later, Ford has the trophy of a lifetime. Read the full story here.
From Louisiana, Michael Morgan is a huge fan of the state of Kansas after this year. With leased land for whitetail hunting, Morgan capitalized with this 178-inch, double drop-tine giant. Read the full story here.
Paul Keller, of Wisc., killed this 229-inch trophy in 2012. After driving by the cornfield where his stands were setup and seeing all the corn chopped down, Keller thought his season was over. As fate would have it, there was more to his story. Read the full story here.
Having been a bowhunter nearly all his life, Hoyt president Randy Walk has seen a lot of trophy animals. But 2012 had something else in store for the archery mogul, who downed this 225-inch Kansas bruiser. Read the full story here.
With this 235-inch monster coming his way, Stanley Suda, of Ohio, wasn't sure if he'd get the shot he wanted. But with a little patience he did, as the buck stood broadside at 15 yards. The rest, as they say, is history. Read the full story here.