GREENSBURG — If he hadn’t known he was in Decatur County late Tuesday morning, Greensburg Hunter Phil Hadley might have thought he’d sighted a small moose.
Instead, he was right here in the land of the Tree City, a place he’s called home 14 years. When he pulled his hunting rifle’s trigger, instead of a moose, Hadley felled a 300-pound (according to his estimates), 21-point buck, easily the biggest kill of his long hunting career.
Hunters don’t generally name their kills but, asked about the possibility, Hadley dubbed his trophy “Back Trouble.”
“It caused me a lot of back pain, dragging it out of the woods and getting it loaded up,” he said, laughing.
Hadley works as a construction manager for Powers and Son out of Indianapolis, and has deer hunted since he was 10. He hopes to get the deer processed in time for Thanksgiving, but isn’t sure if Napoleon Meat Locker in Napoleon can have this impressive piece of venison ready by then.
Whether “Back Trouble” is featured on the Hadley Thanksgiving menu or no, it’s a sure bet the buck will be part of the family’s future holiday traditions; Hadley said the animal will yield too much meat for one setting and that he’ll likely freeze some for later – maybe even for Christmas 2013.
Hadley will probably have Back Trouble’s head mounted as a trophy, too, something he’s not in the habit of doing. “I’ll probably never see one this big ever again,” he said, “let alone shoot one. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime buck.”
Adding weight to that assertion, numerous fellow hunters – all strangers – drove up to see Hadley’s prize kill in the parking lot of CVS and to congratulate the veteran hunter as he spoke with the Daily News.