Coby Fetting, 14, of Tuscola County's Indianfields Township is shown with a buck he shot in southern Ohio on Nov. 20. The deer, nicknamed "Wide Glide," is a "once-in-a-lifetime" buck, said Coby's father, Adam Fetting. (Facebook photo)

Coby Fetting, 14, of Tuscola County's Indianfields Township is shown with a buck he shot in southern Ohio on Nov. 20. The deer, nicknamed "Wide Glide," is a "once-in-a-lifetime" buck, said Coby's father, Adam Fetting. (Facebook photo)

Big buck in Buckeye State: Coby Fetting bags ‘Wide Glide’

Coby Fetting, 14, of Tuscola County's Indianfields Township is shown with a buck he shot in southern Ohio on Nov. 20. The deer, nicknamed "Wide Glide," is a "once-in-a-lifetime" buck, said Coby's father, Adam Fetting. (Facebook photo)
Coby Fetting, 14, of Tuscola County’s Indianfields Township is shown with a buck he shot in southern Ohio on Nov. 20. The deer, nicknamed “Wide Glide,” is a “once-in-a-lifetime” buck, said Coby’s father, Adam Fetting. (Facebook photo)

Fourteen-year-old Coby Fetting had one shot to bag what hunters call a “once-in-a-lifetime” buck — that even had its own nickname, “Wide Glide” — in the hills of southern Ohio on Nov. 20.
Unlike some Michiganders, the 14-year-old eighth-grader at Caro Middle School returned from the Buckeye State with a major success.
“It was jogging through and my dad was yelling at it trying to get it to stop, and then it eventually stopped, and I shot it,” Coby Fetting said. “I do feel like I shot a legendary deer.” The 12-point buck — estimated to be five years old, and weighing 200 pounds — possessed a rack of antlers 28 inches wide at the main beams, which were five inches in circumference. In the coming weeks, a judge from the Boone and Crockett Club will rate the rack, determining a score that could place it on the list of big white-tailed deer shot in the U.S., and world.
Before firing his muzzleloader from a tree stand in Ohio’s Jackson County, Coby Fetting said he worried “a little bit, but not too much” about missing the giant buck. Following the kill, though, Coby, son of Adam Fetting and Jodi Fetting, posted a photo of “Wide Glide” — given the moniker due to the width of its antlers — as the profile photo on his Facebook page.
So did Southern Ohio Outfitters, the business that provided the semi-guided hunt for Adam Fetting and Coby Fetting, and Adam’s stepson, Trevor Davis. Adam Fetting’s friend, Jason Daniels, and Adam’s brother and nephew, Rob and Kyle Fetting, also hunted on the trip.
“I’ve hunted around the country and this is the biggest deer I’ve ever seen in the woods,” said Adam Fetting, 42, of Indianfields Township. “And I’ve shot some big deer. But nothing of this caliber.
“A lot of times you’ll think it’s a big buck and you shoot him, and you get up to him and he’s not as big as you think. This was totally opposite. I knew he was a big buck, but I didn’t realize he was a world-class buck.
“This deer grew. The closer we got to it, it was unbelievable. I’m thinking ‘Holy, moly.’ I called my guide and said ‘Dave, I think we just shot Wide Glide.’ He said ‘Adam, there’s a lot of big bucks out there; are you sure this is Wide Glide?’”
Fetting then sent a cellphone photo of the buck to the guide.
“He said ‘Don’t move. I’m having a film crew come out. I never thought this buck was going to be shot. Sit on that deer,’” Adam Fetting said.
Several men arrived to take photographs of the buck. Photos of the deer posted on various Facebook pages drew raves for Coby’s hunting prowess.
“You have earned bragging rights for life!!” wrote Brian Harris.
“Go big or go home!!” declared Katy Glaspie-Marcola. “Congrats Coby!”
“OMG! That sucker is HUGE!!” wrote Wally Kent.
Adam Fetting said his son showed patience before killing the buck as father and son them sat next to each other in a tree stand about 18 feet above the ground about 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20.
“At 20 yards away, (the view of the deer) was wide open but the buck was moving too fast to get a clean shot,” Adam Fetting said. “He hit the brush and I whispered to Coby, ‘There’s a shooting lane of 50 yards and I’m gonna holler, and this deer is going to do one of two things: He’s either going to bolt or he’s going to stop.’ You’re gonna have about one second to make this shot.”
Adam Fetting gave a loud grunt, and Wide Glide stopped.
“As soon as he hit the brakes Coby pulled the trigger,” Adam Fetting said. “I thought this deer was going to walk right out of our lives because we couldn’t get a shot at him.”
Adam Fetting said the hunt was “fair chase” — not in a fenced-in area or near a bait pile — and that he and his son endured chilly temperatures, rain and sleet sitting in their tree stand that weekend.
“This will be a buck of a lifetime,” Adam Fetting said. “Guys hunt for years and they don’t even come close to shooting a buck like that. Coby’s very fortunate, but I give him all the credit. He’s very patient and a great shot, and a great hunter.”
Adam Fetting, owner of Stephens Tire Service in Caro, said that by the time he and his son, and guides, had hauled the deer out of the woods, about 35 onlookers had gathered to view the animal.
“They were very happy and excited for me, and they were thankful that they finally got that buck, because they were hunting it for three years, and to see that it was dead,” Coby Fetting said.
Wide Glide “was so nocturnal and so smart,” said Adam Fetting, noting his group of hunters were seeking deer on land leased from property owners in southern Ohio.
“We were hunting on a 2,000-acre farm … and usually only one or two people hunt that 2,000 acres, so we were fortunate to pinpoint a deer and get lucky,” Adam Fetting said. “We were in the right stand at the right time, and Coby made a perfect shot.
“A lot of guys choke on a buck like that. I’ve choked on big bucks — not world-class-caliber, but you blow the shot and say ‘Whoa …’”
Coby Fetting, preparing for the upcoming season on the Caro Middle School basketball team, estimated he has shot seven bucks as a hunter.
“I would have been pretty depressed,” he said, had he missed the deer.
The deer’s antlers must dry for 60 days after the kill before officials from Boone and Crockett Club rate its rack. The buck “will definitely make Boone and Crockett” on the list of large deer taken by hunters, Adam Fetting said.
“They’ve been hunting this deer for three and one-half years,” Adam Fetting said. “It’s been seen two times by bowhunters. They have trail cameras and spotted it on trail cameras, but they thought this buck was never going to get shot.
“It was a notorious buck that they’ve been hunting, and hunting, and hunting, and they just couldn’t get him.”
Tom Gilchrist is a reporter for The Advertiser and can be reached at gilchrist@tcadvertiser.com

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