Wisconsin Opening Day Buck for Graf

Todd Graf seems to be on a roll getting things done in quick fashion this season when it comes to punching tags.  After a great turkey season he quickly followed up with a nice Wyoming pronghorn.  That hot streak continued this past weekend on the Wisconsin archery opener.

After a quick scouting trip several weeks ago where Todd located a concentration of fresh sign, he’s been monitoring his Wisconsin hunting property from several hours away with the help of his Stealth Cam GX Wireless cameras. The camera was showing nightly visits from a nice 10-pointer on the property feeding on acorns in front of Graf’s stand.

Fresh acorns are usually tops on a whitetail’s mind during early season.

Todd’s wireless trail camera was sending pics of this nice buck on an almost nightly basis.  Look closely and you can see the climbing sticks to his stand on a tree in the background.

Despite the 80+ degree temperatures, Todd decided to move in and hunt the acorns to see if the buck would show back up on opening day. BHOD team member Tom Alford has got a few more weeks before his season starts in Illinois, so he went along for some treestand therapy and to hopefully film Graf punch his first deer tag of the season.

Warm temps during early season make scent control critical. A combination of Dead Down Wind liquids and Scent Crusher products allowed the duo to go undetected.

Tommy setup over Todd’s shoulder, ready to capture all of the action for an upcoming episode of Bowhunt or Die.

Not knowing exactly where the deer were, the guys did their best to sneak in undetected for an afternoon sit. After bumping a couple deer on the way in, they finally reached their stand and climbed in. Once settled in, they began seeing deer almost immediately from the stand, including a nice 2-year-old buck. Closer to dark, as Todd was filming an update interview, the buck they were after appeared, coming from the opposite direction they were anticipating.

After grabbing his bow and getting turned around for a shot, the buck came in to work a scrape 12 yards away from the treestand, offering the perfect opportunity with the camera rolling over Todd’s shoulder. Todd made a perfect heart shot and the deer went just 80 yards.

The Lumenok HD orange lit up the way on the arrow’s path toward the buck.  Light ’em up!

The buck is a clean 10-pointer that’ll score in the low-mid 130’s.  The hunt will air on this week’s episode of Bowhunt or Die so make sure you tune in for all the action.

This is Graf’s first opening day buck in more than 30 years of bowhunting Wisconsin.

Gear List

Bow: Mathews Halon 32 / Arrows: Black Eagle Rampage /  Broadheads: NAP Killzone Maxx /  Clothing: ScentLok Savanna / Scent Control: Dead Down Wind /  Optics:  Vortex


Bowhunt or Die, baby!


  1. Matthew Van Malsen says:

    Great job!

  2. Brian Gammons says:

    Congratulations Todd. Awesome buck.

  3. Eric Brown says:

    Nice one Todd!

  4. Jesse Sizemore says:


  5. Congrats Todd!! Where about in Wisconsin are you at? Sure was hot this weekend, probably the hottest I have ever hunted up here. Love the BHOD tag sleeve!!! Need to get me some of those…. I really don’t like the new paper tag format.

  6. Giuseppe Arato says:

    Wow! very nice buck

  7. Bruce Faulkner says:

    All your diligence paid off.
    This is the kind of dream hunt we all strive for!
    It may seem like everything just comes together sometimes however the reality is that the success usually results from a lot of preparation & work.
    Congratulations on a memorable buck that any hunter would be proud of.

  8. Great job Todd, that takes the pressure off for the rest of the season for sure.

  9. Bill Konopacki says:

    I saw a lot of deer last Saturday afternoon/evening. Several small bucks and some nice does…did not shoot. Had a small doe stick her head in my ground blind just inches from my face!!! Very cool!!

  10. Dan Farrar says:

    Nice buck. Congrats, Todd.

  11. Great job Todd. Thats the way its supposed to happen! Can’t wait for the video and to start filming my own hunts again this yr.

  12. Beka Garris says:

    Shooting traditional gear, there are no sights or shooting aids to rely on. If you mess up, it’s all on you.
    That’s the beauty of it.

    • Pat Cleary says:

      I also hunt in Wisconsin, Where did you get that clear bag from

  13. Brad Graf says:

    Great job Todd he’s a beautiful buck!


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