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Clay Vest’s 18-pointer

November 20, 2009

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Scorable Points: 18

Kill Date: Nov. 20, 2009

County: Greene

Season: Shotgun

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Collinsville shotgun hunter Clay Vest is the story of his hunt for an 18-point Greene County buck.

My partner {Brad Lerch} and I captured a buck on our Cuddeback camera the last weekend of October that we thought was a 200-inch buck with a drop tine.

On opening day of the shotgun season I saw 23 deer during my morning hunt. That afternoon I hunted the same field where I hunted in the morning.  Around 4 p.m. I saw my first deer. Several other deer passed and I thought that was how my hunt would end when out of the corner of my eye I saw one side of a large rack walking through 8-foot-tall CRP grass. 

I knew this was a shooter buck just by the size of the rack that I could see coming through the grass. I waited until the buck reached a path that was cut on the edge of the field and I shot. 

The deer jumped and ran back into the CRP and stopped. I fired another shot and the deer dropped where it stood. 

I whistled to Brad and did not get a response. I kept whistling to Brad and finally I saw him making his way towards my stand. When he got to my stand I told him that I shot a buck and directed him to the location where the deer had fell.

Brad walked back and forth in the CRP telling me I better have shot one because of the burs that he was walking through. Brad then yelled “you shot drop tine.” I do not remember touching a step on my climbing stick to get down out of my tree stand. I ran to where the deer and Brad were and saw that the deer I shot was the deer we had on our trail camera.

The buck had 10 1/2-inch drop tine and 7-inch bases. We unofficially rough scored the deer at 224 1/2.

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