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KING OF THE HOMESTEAD

ONE MAN HUNTS THE BUCK OF HIS DRE AMS.

Bryon Raper’s dream was to someday buy the ol’ family homestead that had been sold many years ago. As a young boy, he vowed to buy the farm back if he ever had the chance. He had no way of knowing then that his dream would come true 40 years later. To top it all off, he shot the buck of a lifetime on that farm during the November rut. Here is Bryon’s story.

THE EARLY YEARS

“I started hunting with my and Uncle, Loren Schook, when I was 12 years old” Bryon said. “That first year I shot a doe, and it was quite the deal considering there weren’’t all that many deer in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Iowa was still on a draw system for doe tags, and it was like winning the lottery when you got one.”

“Originally, the farm was purchased by my Grandpa Raper in 1955. My dad, Paul Raper, purchased the farm in 1966. It stayed in the family until 1973, when it was sold. The land changed hands two more times between 1977 and 1983. When the last owners had both passed away, the family approached me about buying it.”

LAY OF THE LAND

“The farm is just 93 acres, but compared to the surrounding ground it’s the best hunting property in the area. It’s hilly and consists of about 45 acres of timber, and 40 acres of crop ground. The rest consists of cedar trees and CRP. There’s a creek that meanders around the edge of the timber and creates a natural funnel that the deer tend to follow.”

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