Bruiser Bow-Kill From Macon County

This 10-pointer was already after a doe on October 14.

Amber Roberts | October 24, 2017

Leevi Alyea, of Lyons, shot a once-in-a-lifetime deer on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 on his stepdad’s private property in Macon County. His giant buck weighed 236 pounds and green-scored 153 1/8 inches. The bruiser was Leevi’s first buck ever with a bow.

The week before Leevi killed his buck, his stepdad got a picture of the deer, but it was around 5 in the morning.

Leevi had a ladder stand set up in a swamp bottom overlooking a few white oak trees. He didn’t see very many acorns on the ground that morning, but when daybreak rolled around, the squirrels came alive and were jumping from tree to tree knocking acorns down.

“It sounded like it was raining,” said Leevi.

Leevi Alyea, of Lyons, shot this Macon County deer with his bow on Oct. 14. The deer has a gross green score of 153 1/8 inches.

Leevi got in the stand and was getting settled when he heard something. He looked to his left and a doe came out, urinated in a spot and then began feeding.

GON All-Time Macon Bow-Buck Rankings

Rank Score Name Year County Method Photo
1 222 4/8 (NT) Benny Overholt 2021 Macon Bow View 
2 153 6/8 Lance Yoder 2014 Macon Bow View 
3 152 6/8 David Sams 2009 Macon Bow View 
4 150 7/8 Colt Leevi Alyea 2017 Macon Bow View 
5 148 David Austin 2002 Macon Bow
6 148 Chase Tomkosky 2013 Macon Bow View 
7 147 5/8 David Kellam 2012 Macon Bow View 
8 147 4/8 Matt Massee 2010 Macon Bow
9 168 2/8 (NT) Jack Young Jr. 2020 Macon Bow View 
10 146 3/8 Jason Yoder 2017 Macon Bow View 

“I was taking a video of her to send to one of my buddies when I heard something else. Then I saw a buck come out, so I threw my phone in my pocket, not knowing if the video saved or anything like that,” said Leevi.

Thankfully, he got the phone back in his pocket and got his bow up in time. It was the monster buck his stepfather captured on trail camera. He walked up to where the doe urinated and had his head down for a good 15 to 20 seconds smelling this spot. He was in full rut with black tarsals and was following this doe pretty heavily.

“He took about three steps to the right, and I shot him at 25 yards. If he would have taken three steps in the opposite direction, I would’ve never had a shot at him,” said Leevi.

Once Leevi shot, the buck only ran 20 to 25 yards and fell. After he died, a small 4-point buck came out about four minutes later and was feeding around the downed buck.

“I can’t believe it. If anyone would’ve told me that I was going to kill a 150-inch buck (this season), I would’ve never believed them. It’s going to be a hard one to beat,” said Leevi.

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