30 Point Buck Taken in fond du lac.By
Fond du Lac resident Wayne Schumacher was accepting congratulations as he related how he downed the elusive buck around 6:45 p.m.
“It’s so hard to believe,” Schumacher said, noting he’s hunted with bow and gun for more than 30 years. “I had known people had seen it in the area but I had no idea (it was nearby).”
The 30-point deer has an inside antler spread of 20½ inches. Its field-dressed weight was about 225 pounds. Estimates are that the deer is at least 4½ to 5 years old.
Schumacher said he was in a tree stand looking at partially wooded flat terrain when the deer appeared.
“In 30 seconds, it was over,” he said, noting the shot covered about 15 yards.
The deer ran off 60 to 70 yards, and Schumacher’s hunting partner, his brother, Pete, was first to reach the animal.
The deer was shot at an angle behind the rib cage, and the arrow went through one of the front legs.
Schumacher said he and his brother dragged the deer and struggled to get it onto the tailgate of a truck. They stopped at Wayne’s home in Fond du Lac to take some pictures. They then took the deer to Pete’s home east of Fond du Lac to get it into a large cooler.
The brothers and a group of family and friends toasted with beer and homemade wine as they celebrated what is being called the “deer of a lifetime.”
He went to work Monday morning at his job with the construction and maintenance division with the city of Fond du Lac. He said he worked four hours Monday. He asked his boss if he could have the afternoon off.
Though he had up to three days to do it, Schumacher said he wanted to get the deer that is known by some as “Lucky Buck,” registered.
He also admitted his mind wasn’t on his job, which Monday involved mixing concrete.