Kansas Hunter takes big bucks after breaking bow

Jared Paden recently scored a whitetail that any hunter would be proud of: A 190-2/8-inch Kansas monster. Paden had his eyes on the money since last season, and ended up breaking his bow before he could shoot it, but he managed to put it all together in the end. Here is his story.

A broken bow

Last season Paden had camera shots of a clean 9-pointer. On October 26 of this year, he saw images of the same deer at a friend’s farm in Kansas, where he has a permit to hunt. Paden immediately noticed that the deer grew a lot. Four days later, on October 30, Paden saw the buck in the flesh while hunting, but the buck never came into range. However, he felt confident that he would cross paths with the deer again.

But a few days later, on November 4, Paden’s season took a turn. “I broke my compound bow,” says Paden. “I bought some new arrows, shot about five, and the sixth arrow exploded while I was shooting it. Tossed me the string and bent a camera. My bow is 10 years old so I tried to find a new camera. On Friday of that week, I drove to the bow shop and bought a bow while they repaired my compound. I knew that buck was on this farm and I wanted to stay on the hunt.

Back to the hunt

The next day, November 5, after a large 3-inch rain front, Paden returned to the forest. The rain let up around noon, and with 10 to 15 mph winds to cover his driveway, he eased toward his site.

The older boy spent most of his time in an area where there were very few trees. Paden said he camped in small pockets of cover and rarely walked within range of any place where he could maintain a stand of trees. “I knew I had to lay next to a field of cut soybeans without a tree within 100 yards if I wanted to make a shot,” Paden said. After seeing the buck several times and studying the trail camera photos, Paden found a spot where the deer entered the field and had a short grass cover where it could hide.

Dead whitetail deer on a UTV next to a hunter.
Paden poses with his massive money in Kansas. Jared Paden

Hunting a buck from the ground without a blind is not easy. But soon after settling in for the afternoon, Paden started seeing deer. A 4-pointer went through, then a 140-inch 9-pointer went over the ridge into view. Paden heard the dollar he was looking for before he could see it. The giant boy grunted twice, let out a bucking howl, and followed the 140-inch 9-pointer straight toward Paden. Paden didn’t expect the deer to move yet, and he wasn’t ready.

Paden takes a hit

Paden’s bow was behind him, and he moved to grab it and take a shot. After a few tense moments, Paden took his bow and a clear look at the big buck’s vitals. Paden took a deep breath and took a 30-yard shot. The lightning struck and the deer ran away. He went 100 meters into the cut soybean field and overturned within sight.

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“With the history I have with this deer and the way the hunt went, I’d say it was the best hunt I’ve ever had,” Paden says. “Everyone was amazed by the size of the deer. It is not common for such a large buck to be shot here. You hear about big bucks like this, but it’s rare that someone you know shoots one, and I definitely never thought I would.”

Overall, the deer scores 190 2/8 inches (gross). Based on the size and composition of the body, as well as the jaw of the head, Paden believes it is a 4-½ year old deer.

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