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Barry Fultz’s 12-pointer

February 03, 2012

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 12

Kill Date: Nov. 16, 2011

County: St. Clair

Season: Bow

My name is Barry Fultz, and I live in Millstadt, Illinois. I am a 40-year-old father of two young boys. As a young boy, I always wanted to hunt, but no one in my family did so, and my parents wouldn’t let me go with anyone anyway. Well, at age 35, I married into a family of hunters and it didn’t take me long to get in the game.

I bought a H&R Ultra Slugger 20g and a bow and began to practice. So, year in and year out from 2008, I ventured into the woods to bow and gun hunt. Until this fall, I never had an opportunity to shoot at a deer with my gun. Several misses with the bow, including one hilarious antler shot and lots of sightings.

Fast forward to this year’s first gun season, and boy, did things change for me. While hunting in the SW corner of St Clair County opening day in the morning, a small button buck stepped out at about 50 yards. I shot ... and barely nicked his front leg. He ran down into a cove at 100 or 120 yards and stood there shaking his leg. I reloaded the H&R and readied for another shot. Dropped him! My first deer ever!

Well, I thought my weekend was over and anything else would just be a bonus. I hunted that evening and the following morning, and saw nothing. Later that evening I took the last pick of the stands with the men in my group and off I went. This particular stand faced dead south, and was a 20-foot wooden stand atop a 20-foot ridge so I was way up there! The stand over looked a 20-yard patch of wild grass that ran parallel to the timber lined lane to the property on my left, and to the right of the grass was about 20 acres of tall switchgrass.

When I got to the stand, I dragged my sent rag in and tied it to a sapling on my left out about 40 yards from the stand. I walked to the center of the narrow lane of grass and dumped out the rest of the bottle onto the ground and proceeded to the stand. I sat with 30 mph gusts blowing at me and shaking the tree fairly well. The was a doe walking straight towards my stand at about 4 pm, but she never gave me a great shot so I just sat.

All of the sudden, I had a large deer Blowing at me! This was strange because I was downwind of the noise, and it was so windy. This went on for the next 45 minutes or so, and I could never see the deer. Right at 5pm, I was getting ready to gather my things and get down, I only had 15 minutes of time left anyway. So I scanned the switchgrass one more time to try to find the deer and WHAMMO, here he came.

The white tips of his tines stood out like neon signs! He was about 75 yards away coming from right to left on a straight line to she shorter grass dead in front me! He came out of the switchgrass in front of me at about 75 yards, turned and walked straight at me along the edge of the switchgrass. As he came closer, he was getting near the doe pee I poured on the ground in the center of the lane. He hugged the edge of the switchgrass until at about 40 yards, he turned right like a soldier and walked to the doe pee. He stuck his nose in it while giving me a perfect broadside shot. So I barked at him, he raised his head and looked at me, and I let him have it!  He ran back to where he was bed down and expired.

Excited, I gathered my things and went to the cabin to get help. I returned with my buddies and they began to blood trail the big boy. He was just where I said he would be. So, here are the stats:

19 inside, 20.5 outside
12 points
22 inch main beams
6.5 inches around at the base
195lbs dressed
Green score at 150

Thanks for reading my story!
Barry Fultz

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