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Brandon Hovick’s 13-pointer

November 17, 2007

Illinois Outdoors

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Scorable Points: 13

Kill Date: Nov. 17, 2007

County: St. Clair

Season: Shotgun

Brandon Hovick, 14, is off to a strong start in his deer hunting career.

The youngster from O’Fallon shot the above 13-pointer at about 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2007, while hunting at Reinneck Farm between Belleville and Mascoutah in St. Clair County. The buck had a nifty 4-inch drop tine, field-dressed at 200 pounds and scored 190 1/8 inches non-typical at the 2008 Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic.

Hovick was hunting with his father, James Hovick, who told the Belleville News-Democrat the big buck was somewhat of an unexpected surprise.

“It was a beautiful evening and we really didn’t expect to shoot anything, but booth agreed ‘You never know,’” James Hovick wrote in an e-mail. “So then as luck would have it, the biggest buck I’ve ever seen hunting emerges along the edge of the field walking toward us.”

James Hovick grunted at the buck several times and Brandon made a 75-yard shot.

“The deer leapt—Brandon immediately thought he missed—but I’ve seen that leap before and knew he hit it,” Hovick wrote. “The deer ran about 30 yards and fell over. Brandon and I couldn’t believe what just happened.

“This was the biggest deer I’ve ever seen and we got it together as father and son. How neat is that!”

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