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Drake Anthony’s 8-pointer

November 21, 2008

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 8

Kill Date: Nov. 21, 2008

County: Tazewell

Season: Shotgun

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Drake Anthony of Goodfield is the story of his hunt for an 8-point buck.

Year after year, every hunt yielded the same results. Either the weather was bad, other hunters made too much noise, we’d lose our hunting spot, you name it, it happened to us. After three years of the same problems, I was determined to change my luck.

A couple weeks before firearm season, my dad and I went scouting for a place to put our deer stand. While walking along a heavily used deer trail, we found a tree shredded by a buck. By the size of the tree, we could tell this wasn’t just a basket-racked buck. We set up our stand about thirty yards from the tree hoping that we would see this buck on opening day.

When I woke up the morning of opening day I felt that my luck was finally about to change. We climbed into our stand at about six, luckily for us we had a light wind blowing in our face. After about a half an hour of watching and listening, I heard something moving to my right. The brush was too thick where I heard the noise coming from so I couldn’t see the source of the noise, but I got into position anyway.

Sure enough, after a couple of seconds, I saw a buck step into my view. When I saw its rack I about had a heart attack, this was the buck we were waiting on! The buck was facing me so I couldn’t get a good shot off, but after a few moments he turned and started walking to his tree. He was still quartering towards me, so I put my sight on is shoulder, pulled the trigger, and hoped for the best.

The explosion silenced all of the animals in the woods, and after a suspenseful moment, he dropped within a few feet of his rubbed tree. I high fived my dad, and after a few minutes we stepped out of the stand to look at my kill. It was a big eight-pointer, it field dressed at about 220 pounds. The neck on the buck was huge so I knew it would make a great mount, and because my dad is a taxidermist, I’ll be able to have it up on my bedroom wall soon.

All in all, it was nice to finally have some good luck for a change. My dad has always told me to never give up, and all of these years of patience gave us a hunt that we will remember for the rest of our lives.

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