Illinois Outdoors at PrairiestateOutdoors.com
RulesIllinois Outdoors at PrairiestateOutdoors.com

Big Buck Stories

Submit your hunting stories here.

NOTE: To be eligible you must log in as a user and use the following form.



Auto-login on future visits

Show my name in the online users list

Forgot your password?

Register as a new member

Thank you for participating!


Big Buck Stories Categories

1960s :: 1980s :: 1991-92 :: 1992-93 :: 1993-94 :: 1994-95 :: 1995-96 :: 1997-98 :: 1998-99 :: 1999-2000 :: 2000-01 :: 2001-02 :: 2003-04 :: 2004-05 :: 2005-06 :: 2006-07 :: 2007-08 :: 2008-09 :: 2009-10 :: 2010-11 :: 2011-12 :: 2012-13 ::
Print

Bill Reaska’s 9-pointer

November 22, 2008

Illinois hunting and fishing

Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 9

Kill Date: Nov. 22, 2008

County: LaSalle

Season: Shotgun

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Putnam hunter Bill Reaska is the story of his hunt for a 9-point buck.

I used a vacation day to hunt the opener on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 but was side tracked when I had to repair a broken water faucet early in the morning that froze and broke on the side of my house. So Friday was shot (no pun intended).

Saturday I arrived late in the timber that I had hunted since I was a teenager and met up with six hunters and saw a seventh hunter in a tree and no deer. By noon on Saturday I was disappointed that I had wasted half of the opener.

So I went to town for lunch and thought that perhaps the deer in the timber may have been over pressured due to so many hunters. I thought maybe the deer had instead gone around the small town as they had in the past. In the past they have moved into a small abandoned cow pasture on my family’s farm. So at 3 p.m. I crawled into a familiar locust tree that had produced many deer for me in the past. I had to remove some of the larger thorns which had grown-in since my last visit to the old locust; then I reset my portable wedge stand and let out two light doe bleats.

At 4:20 p.m. a doe came down the hill through some Osage orange trees and multiflora rose bushes with this brute in tow. When he raised his head licking a low branch at a scrape 25 yards away; I placed my Remington 870 hard sights on his engine compartment and squeezed the trigger. As soon as the smoke cleared I noticed the buck was in trouble and trying to following the doe back into the brush. Instinctively, I placed a second volley into the port side to take the pressure off both of us.

Some say you need to think outside the box; sometimes you need to think outside the tree stand.

Your CommentsComments :: Guidelines :: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Comment Area Pool Rules

  1. Read our Terms of Service.
  2. You must be a member. :: Register here :: Log In
  3. Keep it clean.
  4. Stay on topic.
  5. Be civil, honest and accurate.
  6. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Log In

Register as a new member

Next entry: Kurt Williamson’s 10-pointer

Previous entry: Jason Peed’s 11-pointer

Log Out

Big Buck Contest

Submit your storyLone Wolf logo about a memorable deer hunt from 2010-11 or from the past to enter the Lone Wolf Stands Big Buck Stories promotion. Starting Sept. 20 we will be giving away nearly $3,500 in tree stands and gear to readers who submit stories and pictures.


RSS & Atom Feeds


Outdoors Archives

July 2019
S M T W T F S
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      
Copyright © 2007-2014 GateHouse Media, Inc.
Some Rights Reserved
Original content available for non-commercial use
under a Creative Commons license, except where noted.
Creative Commons