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Alex Mettler’s 10-pointer

November 23, 2008

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 10

Kill Date: Nov. 23, 2008

County: Woodford

Season: Shotgun

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Alex Mettler of Metamora is the story of his hunt for a 10-point buck.

I was in the stand all day Friday and Saturday (Nov. 21-22, 2008). It was very cold in the mornings. I took a two-hour break each day and didn’t see a deer either of the days. 

I was getting a little discouraged and my hopes were fading that I would even see a deer, let alone get one. I was hunting on my uncle’s land and there were signs of big bucks all around. So I knew it was just a matter of time before I started seeing deer. Sunday morning my luck changed.

I arrived in the stand at 5:30 a.m. I saw a doe at 6 a.m. and let her walk. I then began to hear sticks breaking at 6:45 a.m. I caught a glimpse of a deer out of my left eye but couldn’t tell what it was. The deer went behind a big triangle of thickets and I lost it. It then reappeared and I noticed it was a nice buck. 

But I still couldn’t tell how big it was because it was about 100 yards away.It began to turn around and walk away toward a hill.  I grunted twice to no avail. Then a doe came out of the thickets. She walked toward a creek about 70 yards from me. Like on the Outdoor Channel, the buck turned around and chased the doe. I then realized how big he really was and my heart began to beat extremely fast. 

I have only hunted for two years and this was the first buck I have ever seen while in a tree stand. As the buck came closer I prepared myself for the shot. I lifted my gun to my shoulder and realized I was shaking like crazy. He followed the doe’s exact path. He stopped, but there was a tree in the way of my shot. He then moved to the right five more yards and I knew this would be my only shot. He stood on top of a cliff overlooking a creek, 70 yards from me. 

I took a deep breath, steadied myself, and took the shot. The buck dropped and fell off the 5-foot cliff into the frozen creek bed. I sat my gun down and put my hands in the air in celebration. I couldn’t wait to go take a look at my first buck and see how big he was. I waited a half hour before I went and looked at him. As I got out of my stand I ran to the creek bed. The first thing I saw was his rack. I counted the points and couldn’t believe my first buck was a giant 10-pointer. 

I called my parents and then my uncle and told them the good news.

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Really nice deer!  Congratulations. Liked your story, good job.

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