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Aaron Miller’s 14-pointer

November 01, 2008

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Scorable Points: 14

Kill Date: Nov. 1, 2008

County: Fayette

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here is the story of Brownstown resident Aaron Miller’s 14-pointer in his own words.

The morning of Nov. 1 was very quiet in Fayette County. It was my first morning hunt of the year. I had hunted some evenings in this stand, but there was little sign with standing corn still in the field. This would soon change with the corn being harvested on Oct. 29, 2008. 

I have grown up on my family farm and been part of the harvest season ever since I was able to drive a tractor. The particular stand I was planning on hunting on Nov. 1, 2008, was adjacent to a corn field that had been harvested ust three days earlier. 

The morning started out very slow. Getting into the stand well before daylight, I did not see a deer until 8:30 a.m. I am a very aggressive hunter when it comes to calling. I had been calling (grunting, rattling, and using the “can” call) all morning. All of this had seemed to attract no attention from any deer. It was 8:30, and I had decided that I would be getting down around 9 a.m. to help my father with harvest. At that point in the season in southern Illinois, harvest was in full swing. 

But I decided to call one more time and thought to myself that if any deer in the area heard the calling, it would have plenty of time to get to me before I climbed down. Before calling, I always scan the area, not to spook any deer that maybe close to me. I scanned the area, and to my surprise there was a deer in the corn field about 200 yards away I picked up my binoculars and took a look, right away I knew there was no doubt this was a shooter. 

With the buck just eating, I stayed to my earlier plan and started calling. I started out just grunting at the buck. To my surprise again, the buck was un-phased. He paid absolutely no attention to me. I decided to try a combination of the “can” call and grunting. This tactic grabbed the attention of the buck. He turned and started coming my way. He made two stops on the way to me, working two different scrapes, putting on a good show. Both the scrapes the buck worked were within 40 yards of me. It was just too thick to get a shot. I was glad to see that the buck was still headed my way after working the two scrapes. He made it pretty easy on me getting less then 10 yards to the tree.I pulled back, picked the spot, and smoked the biggest deer of my life at 8:40 a.m. I was calm and cool, until I saw the biggest deer I have ever seen alive on the hoof, fall over just inside the woods, about 80 yards away.
That was when the rush of having a potential Boone and Crockett buck on the ground took over. As all of you know, the breathing picked up, the shaking of the body increased, and of course I thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest. 

It was not a hard recovery with me seeing the big boy go down. The recovery included a main frame 12 pointer that had 2 sticker points off of his left G2, which made him a 14 pointer. An unofficial green score of the buck has him grossing right around the 180-inch mark. No matter what the final score is I have a buck and memory that will last a lifetime. 

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