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Scott Cornelius’ 15-pointer

November 22, 2009

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Scorable Points: 15

Kill Date: Nov. 22, 2009

County: Vermilion

Season: Shotgun

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Hoopeston firearm hunter Scott Cornelius is the story of his hunt for a 15-point Vermilion County buck.

I knew this deer was in the area, but he was spending his time in the corn with the does. I had seen him around Halloween time while bowhunting. He was nudging a couple does but he was way out of bow range.

I never saw him again until he was shot Sunday morning (of the first firearm season) around 10 a.m.

There was good movement all morning with does and young bucks but it just seemed like the bruiser bucks were down or not moving very far.

Well I am glad that I ended up sitting longer because he must have just left a doe he had been locked down with and started the search for another because he came in nose down and bird dogging the edge of the corn field very hard.

It seems a lot of times that the bigger more mature bucks will start cruising or leave the doe that they had been with and bred around mid- to late-morning.

At least that’s what I have seen in my years hunting.

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