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Luke Wasson’s 10-pointer

October 24, 2008

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 10

Kill Date: Oct. 24, 2008

County: Shelby

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here is the story of Effingham hunter Luke Wasson’s 10-pointer, which he called The Croc Buck, in his own words.

As my luck usually goes, anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Or at least that is how my evening hunt on Oct. 24, 2008 started. I was late getting out to the woods on that evening and it was pouring down rain. I arrived at the field edge, parked the truck, and realized that I had forgotten my rubber boots. I decided that since I was already there and gas still isn’t free I would just hunt in my camo Crocs.

I had been in the stand for an hour or so when the rain broke and I immediately heard a squirrel going “nuts.” Since there weren’t any deer around me, I thought I had better see what all the commotion was about. Once I got to the field edge I saw a huge body and pearly white antlers standing out in the picked corn.

After what seemed like an hour, the buck finally made it within range and I took the shot. The deer whirled around at the sound of the shot and I had no clue how good the hit was. To make matters worse, the thunder and rain started more furious than before. At this point I was freezing cold and just decided to go home and start tracking in the morning. After all, “when in doubt, back out!”

I got back to the truck and was getting out of my wet clothes when a passing car slammed on its brakes. I got to thinking and decided I had better check it out since it was the direction the buck headed. Upon arriving, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The buck had expired in the middle of the county road! Now I had to get him in the truck ... by myself … with no rope … and a four-wheeler in the back (without ramps).

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