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Chris Goodwin’s 18-pointer

November 16, 2009

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 18

Kill Date: Nov. 16, 2009

County: St. Clair

Season: Bow

Chris Goodwin may be stuck in the middle of several cities, but he’s still found some very good deer hunting ground.

Good enough that he has killed 12 Pope and Young Club bucks. That includes his latest, an 18-point St. Clair County buck he arrowed on Nov. 16 on a misty, rainy day.

Goodwin told Rod Kloeckner of the Belleville News-Democrat that he hunts the Dutch Hollow area, located between Belleville, Swansea and Fairview Heights.

“It’s kind of the country in-between two cities here,” Goodwin said. “It’s a pretty populated area, but there is a little bit of farmland in-between that hold some really good deer. There’s still good hunting right under people’s noses. That’s the beauty of it all.

“I have friends that travel way down in Southern Illinois and some of them go way up to Pike County. They say ‘We’re driving three hours in one direction and you’re killing monster deer right here close to home.’”

The buck field-dressed at 210 pounds, putting it about 230 pounds on the hoof. Goodwin said the main frame had 12 points, and six of the tines measured over 10 inches. Goodwin thinks the rack could gross close to 200 inches, but deductions will likely knock it down to the 180-inch range.

“I had never seen him before,” Goodwin said. “I’ve got several bucks on Trailcams in the area, and I’ve never seen this one before. It was considerably larger than anything I’ve seen in the area in quite awhile.”

“It was kind of drizzly and misty and nasty outside,” Goodwin said. “That’s my favorite time to hunt. The more miserable it is for a person to be in the woods, it seems like that’s when the big dogs like to run around.”

Goodwin shot the buck at 20 yards.

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Fine Job Chris!

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