Frank Devaney's first attempt at archery hunting turned successful when he downed a 3x3 mule from about 30 yards away.
"I've gotten big game before with a rifle, but hunting with a bow is much harder and more challenging," he said. "It's also more exciting."
Devaney said he turned to archery hunting because he needed only to buy a license to participate.
"I wasn't getting drawn (in state game and fish lottery) for a tag and I wanted to hunt," he said. "Archery was my only choice."
Devaney downed the buck Sept. 21 in Unit 22. He said he was hunting alone when he spotted a group of three bucks approaching a water hole just before dusk.
"I don't know if I got the biggest one because it was getting dark, so I just shot the first one I saw," he said.
The deer could turn out to be a record holder.
"I've taken the velvet off (the antlers) and I have to wait 60 days to get them measured to see if the buck will go down in the (Pope and Young) record books," Devaney said.