When Josh and four of his hunting buddies lined up to push a small 2-acre thicket, they couldn\u2019t have imagined what was about to happen.Despite being only 17, Josh Kraus of Morrow County, Ohio, was a seasoned veteran of the outdoors.\u00a0 In a recent conversation with him,\u00a0he expressed his love for hunting, stating, \u201cI love the woods.\u00a0 I\u2019m pretty much in a treestand or in the woods every day after school.\u201dIt came as no surprise that his favorite things to do were hunt, trap, and anything else outdoor related.\u00a0 Up to this point, Josh had spent countless hours in a treestand hoping to get a crack at a big whitetail with his bow.\u00a0 Unfortunately, as we all know, it\u2019s called hunting and not killing for a reason, and so far, it\u2019s been just that for Josh.Josh with his giant main frame 7×7 typical. The buck has a 24″\u00a0inside spread.On Saturday, December 17th, Josh and his friends, Tristan, Zack, Trent, and Legend (man\u2026 what a Legendary name!) met around 11am to do some deer drives during Ohio\u2019s gun season.\u00a0 Morrow County is very flat and fertile, thus, it\u2019s dominated by a lot of open farmland and sporadic pockets of timber \u2013 perfect for pushing and perfect for growing big bucks.The five of them discussed how the drive would be executed and took to their spots accordingly.\u00a0 Josh and his buddy Zack would be the posters, while Trent, Legend, and Tristan would be the pushers. Being surrounded by cut corn fields, the small block of timber set up for a relatively easy push. Now, they just had to hope there was some deer hiding in the thicket.Not long into the drive, that question was answered, as a group of four does came busting out of the end Josh and Zack were posted up on.BANG!BANG!BANG!Josh shot several times at the does, but flat out missed on every shot.\u00a0 Frustrated, Josh reloaded his Mossberg 500 youth model 20 gauge with little hope of anything else coming out of the small block of timber.\u00a0 Soon after, as Josh was watching his buddy Zack make the push towards him, he caught a glimpse of a rack.\u00a0 The guys started hollering back and forth to keep the buck moving towards the posters. As the pushers closed the distance, the buck stared at Josh, then back at Zack, unsure of where to run.A trail cam pic of the giant buck one week earlier. \u00a0Amazingly, this buck was caught on trail camera 5 miles from where it was shot!Finally, after the stare down, the buck busted out of the side of the woodlot about 150-yards from Josh.\u00a0 With the recent misses on his mind, Josh once again shouldered his open-sighted shotgun and squeezed off a shot.\u00a0 The buck was hit, but continued on, using the strength of his front legs. By now, Josh was running towards the deer to get a closer second shot.\u00a0 When he got to about 50-yards from the deer, he fired again and the buck went down.The guys started celebrating at the sight, but none of them had any idea of how big the buck actually was.\u00a0 Initially, Josh said he thought it was just a decent medium sized buck… that was until he walked up to it and saw the rack standing a full two feet off the ground in the middle of the cut corn field.\u00a0 Excitement and shock ensued as the five of them started giving high-5\u2019s, and roughing each other.As the excitement settled, they came to recognize this buck from trail cam pictures that circulated the area \u2013 it was Mr. Ribcage!\u00a0 Amazingly, Josh had pictures of this buck on his main hunting grounds 5 miles away, and another hunter had him on trail cam 2 miles away the night before!If you look close you see where the second shot grazed his skull. \u00a0Miraculously, the slug didn’t crack or break the skull.The buck can\u2019t officially be scored until February 17th following the mandatory 60-day drying period.\u00a0 Unofficial scores came in at 218 inches gross, and 201 inches net typical \u2013 narrowly missing out on becoming the largest typical whitetail ever taken in the United States if the scores holds close.\u00a0 Josh plans on getting a shoulder mount done and enjoying his favorite meal \u2013 venison steak and tenderloin on the grill!