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Big Red Haught loses to grandpa

November 21, 2012 - Jay Bennett
While Parkersburg Big Red senior Jared Haught, who just signed to wrestle for Virginia Tech, might be the best grappler in his family he lost out on the title of being the top deer slayer in the family.

Granted, had it not been pointed out to me on Wednesday afternoon by Haught himself, I likely would not have put one and one together to get two.

Earlier this week I was on the Internet and ran across the big buck story on the about a Calhoun County man finally getting the HUGE buck people have been trying to take down for the last couple of years.

It so happens the man in the picture was Randall Arnold, but I didn't even associate the name with the story until Haught ran after me when I was leaving Memorial Fieldhouse to show me the kill of all kills. He said have you seen this buck and I already knew what he was talking about.

I said sure, that thing was massive and then he let me in on the little secret that it was his grandpa (Randall Arnold) who had slayed the 13-point buck.

I ended up talking with Arnold for a while and he admitted it just happened to be his lucky day and he sure was glad for that fact. After all, his hunting partner this past Monday morning was none other than Jared Haught himself and Arnold noted he was just fortunate enough the buck came toward him and not his grandson.

Arnold said when he shot the buck it was mixed in with some dense brush and although he knew it was a big deer, he wasn't sure until he got up to it that it was THE BUCK everyone has been talking about for years.

Needless to say, this round goes to grandpa and he'll have the trophy mount to live it up for a lifetime. Plus, Haught even admitted he might've been a little nervous had the buck came his way. Arnold said the buck actually was a 15-point, but two of the points had been broken off. That will be fixed while the trophy gets mounted.


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