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Ann French’s 11-pointer

December 05, 2009

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 11

Kill Date: Dec. 5, 2009

County: Peoria

Season: Shotgun

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of firearm hunter Ann French is the story of her hunt for an 11-point Peoria County buck.

I have deer hunted every year for the last 18 years and aside from the my first deer, a four pointer that field dressed at 148, I have shot a lot of does. 

Saturday Dec 5, 2009 must have been my day.  I left work early on Friday to hunt the afternoon, had supper and a few laughs at deer camp before going home early to bed to get up and do it all over again Saturday morning.

Around 2 a.m. I woke up sick and decided not to do the morning hunt. My husband Mike called me around 10 a.m. and said that the farmer had called and was bringing the combine over to start harvesting corn out in front of the timber we were hunting. 

Very reluctantly I got up and went over.  I headed to my stand about noon. Mike had a few things to do and told me to park the four wheeler and he would walk in and move it in about a half hour or so.  Sure enough I watched him ride past about 45 minutes later heading for his stand in the next draw.  As he was walking to his stand he kicked up a buck and it ran through the cornfield and right into the draw I was in. 

I pulled up as he was running through and knew I needed to stop him to get a good shot.  Maybe I watch too many hunting shows but I bleated at him and to my suprise, he stopped ... approximately 40 yards, right behind two trees behind my stand.  I waited anxiously for him to take a couple of steps from behind the trees and shot. 

I was in shock the buck dropped within about 10 yards.  I called Mike’s cell phone and told him frantically that I had shot a buck, it was down but not dead and that I did not know how big it was.  He told me he saw the buck get up but didn’t have any shots, but he knew it was big. 

I was told to stay in my stand and keep an eye on it and he would walk to me in about one-half hour. Needless to say I couldn’t wait. After 10 minutes I was pretty sure he had expired, waited another 5 minutes to be positive and got out of my stand. 

I had made a perfect double lung shot. I was in shock. That’s when I placed another call to Mike and the happy dance began.

It was a great experience made better as Mike was able to share it with me.  I truly feel this is a trophy for both of us.  I know this is not the biggest buck out there, but to me it is. 

And yes in case you are wondering it is now heading to see Hammerich Taxidermy in Glasford.

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Congrats again Ann on your big buck.  You deserved him after 18 years of hunting.  He is impressive.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/15 at 06:48 AM

nice buck anna banana,,,,,at least your barrel didnt blow up..well deserved,,well done

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/15 at 07:03 AM

spectacular buck, well done!

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