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Bryce Frieden’s 18-pointer

November 04, 2007

Illinois hunting and fishing

Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 16

Kill Date: Nov. 5, 2007

County: Pike

Season: Bow

Talk about premonitions.

Before he even left school back on Nov. 5, Pittsfield High School senior Bryce Frieden joked about shooting a 200-inch buck with his buddy Garrett Howland. That he was able to deliver on that jest is amazing.

But the young bowhunter from Pittsfield needed just 30 minutes in his stand near Griggsville before he killed his impressive 16-point typical buck at about 4:45 p.m. The deer known to area hunters as Black Feet green scored 209 5/8 inches and netted 198 2/8 non-typical.

“People really have kind of been stunned when they see the size of it,” Frieden told the Quincy Herald Whig. “Most people have been really sincere about being happy for me taking it.”

The rack has been displayed at The Archery Shop in Pittsfield, which is owned by Frieden’s step-father, Scott Andress.

“It looks so awesome,” Andress told the Herald-Whig. “It looks so typical.”

Frieden used a bleat can call to get the buck’s attention, which had first offered him a shot at 50 yards. The deer then walked in to Frieden, who tried hard not to look at the buck’s antlers. The buck walked to within 15 yards.

“I couldn’t even say anything,” Frieden told the Herald-Whig. “He was bigger than I originally thought he was.”

The youngster then remained in his stand for an hour before climbing down to look for his trophy buck.

Click here to read Les Davenport’s story about Frieden in North American Whitetail magazine.

According to Davenport, hunters at an adjoining farm had filmed the same buck and had hunted it hard all year. Wrot Davenport:

Black Feet had been named by Tom Ware, owner of Bucks BeWare Outfitters in Pike County, Illinois. While reviewing trail camera film in late September 2007, Tom’s mouth dropped open upon viewing a big-bodied buck with a towering rack. The deer appeared to have black feet, which Tom soon realized was nothing more than pond mud. Tom’s cameras clicked several more shots of the huge buck, dubbed Black Feet that very day, over the next few weeks. Tom desperately wanted one of his hunters to arrow this colossal whitetail.

Though this Pike County outfitter kept quiet about the buck, other area hunters had also spotted the big whitetail. Rumors were soon rampant. Bryce and his stepfather, Scott Andress, heard stories about a monster buck being seen near the land where they hunted. They hoped that the rumors were true.

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