Branstad bags 8-point buck in governor's deer hunt

Governor's third buck taken in Decatur County; 'biggest one I ever got'

Published: January 7 2013 | 4:30 pm - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 9:43 am in
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Raise the number of buck deer that Gov. Terry Branstad has bagged to three.

The five-term governor could hardly contain his pride Monday in describing to reporters at his weekly news conference how he shot an eight-point buck during the governor’s deer hunt near Leon in Decatur County last weekend.

“This is the biggest one I ever got,” said the GOP chief executive and hunting enthusiast who had previously shot bucks last year and in 1996. “(I’m) pretty excited about that.”

As reporters probed for more information, Branstad said “this is not a trophy deer” although he noted that he expected the deer head would be mounted and a hung on a wall in a small conference room in the Capitol along with an antelope head from the governor’s past hunting exploits. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, whose husband also shot a deer on Sunday, joked that the conference area would be renamed the “small game room.”

Branstad said he reinstated the governor’s deer hunt when he took office in January 2011 and had about 15 hunters in the party last weekend – which included his son, Marcus, as one of the guides for the entourage. He said his son is handling the processing of the venison as well.

The governor said a video of the annual deer hunt was shot but is not yet available for viewing.

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