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Aaron Jeffords’ 13-pointer

October 02, 2007

Illinois hunting and fishing

Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 13

Kill Date: Oct. 2, 2007

County: Pope

Season: Bow

Two days of bow season was all it took for Aaron Jeffords of Eddyville to make the 2007-08 bow season a memorable one.

And discretion—along with a few loud-mouthed kids—helped Jeffords take his first buck with bow and arrow.

Jeffords had watched a big buck for months yet had never walked into the woods where he figured the buck lived until Oct. 2.

“I was watching them from the road about every evening, but I didn’t want to even think about going in there to spook them,” he said. “I knew right where they was coming out into the field so I figured there was no need for it.”

Opening day had dawned one day earlier, but Jeffords figured a wrong wind direction might spook deer. So he stayed out. But the next day, despite similar wind conditions, he couldn’t avoid the woods. So in he went.

“When i finally got my climber set up and got up the tree I was sweating like crazy. I would spray myself down every 10 to 15 minutes just to be on the safe side. I waited for about two hours without seeing anything. I was thinking it was a bad idea and that I shouldn’t of even went in there,” Jeffords said. “At about (5:10 p.m.) I saw five does step out into the field about 90 yards from where they normally came out.”

At first he feared the deer had winded him. Then 10 minutes later, out of the corner of his eye, he saw a 130-inch 8-pointer at 40 yards. Fortunately for Jeffords, he was not quick to fire.

Because when he got his bow up and ready, a giant buck stepped out from behind an oak tree.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing but I couldn’t get a shot,” he said. “I just waited and watched as the deer got out of range. I was kind of disappointed but it was awesome just being able to watch this beautiful buck. The next thing I knew some kids at the house about 300 yards away started screaming! It was like the Lord was on my side when this happened because it spooked the buck and he ran back in the woods at 30 yards!

“He stopped right behind the same big oak tree as before. But this time he all I could see was neck and a massive rack. He stood in the same spot for 20 minutes. I tried to stay as calm as possible and was just waiting for him to go one way or another. Finally he turned and stepped out into the field. He stepped right into a opening that I had ranged at 33 yards and took a deep breath and let it fly!”

Jeffords’ arrow hit right behind the shoulder. The buck ran 60 yards into the field and dropped.

“I was shaking so bad I thought the bottom of the stand was going to fall out of the tree,” Jeffords said. “I got my cell phone out and started calling everyone. When I got a hold of a buddy to come help me get it out he thought I was lying.”

The buck was a main-frame 10 with seven sticker points—four of which were not scoreable.

Jeffords said one of his friends green-scored the buck at 181 5/8 inches that night.

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