A youth archery hunter harvested a 12-point buck near St. Joseph this month.
Parker Conroy, 13, bagged the large whitetail deer on Nov. 10 during bowhunting season. He downed the buck using a compound bow.
Conroy began to practice archery when he was 6 years old and has been bowhunting the past three years.
The buck is the first deer he harvested from a tree stand using the bow.
He first spotted the whitetail deer on a trail camera on his family’s farm in Buchanan County earlier this year. He watches the trail camera year-round with his father, Justin Conroy.
Justin Conroy said his son has been persistent and has been hunting four days a week since archery season opened.
“Archery is a good activity that brings him outdoors to enjoy nature even if he doesn’t harvest a deer,” Conroy said. “It’s a sport that helps to get kids active in the outdoors.”
A taxidermist will mount the trophy-sized antlers.
“Hunting is a good bonding experience for us,” Conroy said. “We have a blast checking trail cameras even when the hunting seasons are closed. We can see different wildlife species on our farm and in their natural habitat.”