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Bob Lenz’s 11-pointer

November 21, 2009

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 11

Kill Date: Nov. 21, 2009

County: Bureau County

Season: Shotgun

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of shotgun hunter Bob Lenz of Elgin is the story of his hunt for an 11-point Bureau County buck.

I was hunting this year with my brother and my nephew in Bureau County. We were all in our tree stands early on opening day; I saw nothing all morning long. My brother saw seven does from his stand about 450 yards out, my nephew saw nothing as well.

About mid-day I went to a different area and set up my ground blind. My thought was, that if I didn’t see anything from my tree stand on Friday, I would start Saturday out in the ground blind.

Back to Friday afternoon, I got back up in my tree stand about 2 p.m. and waited the day through and didn’t see anything again.

Saturday morning I changed to my ground blind, I set up in a different area and got in it about 5:30 a.m. I wasn’t seeing anything or hearing anything. About 6:42 I sent my nephew a text message saying “I haven’t seen anything, I might just take a doe for the meat if I don’t see any bucks.” Just as I hit send, I see movement out of the corner of my eye. I throw the phone down on the chair in my blind and put up my binoculars. I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was a big buck!

The buck was head-down feeding on acorns on the ground. He didn’t even know I was there. I sighted him in at 87 yards, but was behind three trees. He took one more step and I let off a shot that threaded the three trees that were between me and the deer. The deer took three steps and dropped. After waiting a few moments, I went out to see the deer and it was an amazing 11-point buck. It weighed in at 228 pounds.

I was shooting a Remington 870 Super Mag, with a rifled deer barrel and scope. The ammunition was the Remington Premier AccuTip 3-inch Sabot Slugs, 385 grain, 1900 fps.

The buck green scored at 163 inches.

It was the greatest moment I’ve had hunting. Also, I was the only one to get a deer that weekend, no one else saw anymore after that.

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Hey Bob,

What’s with those scrawny Illinois bucks? No, really, congratulations that’s one nice animal. My best WI buck scored a 129.

BTW - Remember me, the “cartoman”? I emailed you at your old company but it bounced back. Take care.

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