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Scott Peifer’s 12-pointer

November 08, 2008

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Scorable Points: 12

Kill Date: Nov. 8, 2008

County: McLean

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here’s the story of Scott Peifer’s hunt for a 12-point buck in the hunter’s own words.

We had been waiting for a change of weather this season and we finally got it the weekend of Nov. 7-9.

I hunted from sun up to sun down on Friday Nov. 7 and saw the rut activity at an all-time high. I saw four different bucks chasing does and I also had a hilarious encounter with my decoy when a 120-inch 8-pointer tried to breed her. That was a first.

With that day in the books I thought I would try another farm the next day to check the activity there. It couldn’t have been possible without one of my best friends allowing me to hunt his property since he was away visiting his sister in Seattle. With the real high winds and frigid temperatures Saturday, Nov. 8, I thought it was going to be a bust.

But I hunted anyway. I had the wind in my face and had my doe decoy out in front of me and sat for almost three and a half hours. While in the stand I noticed a dead deer in the river below me. I knew the neighbor had lost a deer a week earlier, so with the wind whipping I thought I would go and see if it was that buck. I got down and thought I’d better set my decoy on its side just in case a deer comes by.

Well I made the journey down the river bank and to my surprise it was a doe and not the neighbor’s buck. So I climbed back up the bank to the bottom of my stand and couldn’t believe my eyes. There was a 160-inch buck with his nose down, grunting 60 yards in front of me. Now how could this all happen in five minutes? Guess he did not see me.

He cruised right across the corn field out of sight. I gathered myself and said what the heck just happened. Well I hurried up set my decoy back on her feet and climbed back up in the stand. It was not two minutes later a doe came running past me and my decoy at 15 yards. Hot on her heels were two smaller bucks. The second buck hung up on my decoy and was coming in for a close up.

I didn’t want him knocking her over so I blew at him and he ran off looking for the other two that eluded him. Now here is the greatest part. I heard something else coming from the same direction. It was this buck I couldn’t believe my eyes. He was so wide and soaking wet he must have just swam the river. He was at 25 yards in the timber just panting and grunting.

He saw my decoy and came out of the timber to within 5 yards of the decoy. I drew and placed the shot right into his shoulder at 10 yards. After I shot he muyle kicked higher than any deer I have ever shot. He crashed down 20 yards away.

It gets more interesting, because then another huge bucks came running out of the timber and made a bead on my decoy. So I reached to grab another arrow and knock it up. At this point I believe the deer could have heard my heart pounding out of my chest. Anyway, he was really nervous because the other buck is laying there dead. So the buck stepped back into the timber and tried to get behind me.

I thought at this point I was so shook up that I’d better not draw on this second deer. So he gets down wind of me at 15 yards and looks right up at me. I guess he was giving the lucky dog pass. After that it was time to get down to look at my deer. Before that I sent a text message to my buddy who is in Seattle and tell him that I just shot my biggest buck ever and thank him for everything.

He has tried putting my kids on deer the year before during youth season and firearm season so I can’t thank him enough.

This buck had a inside spread of 26 3/8 inches and 12 scorable points with a lot of character like a split brow tine on the left side and a bladed brow on the left side. His spread is just crazy and is 27 5/8 outside and tons of mass. This deer was by far the heaviest and oldest buck I had ever shot. I am still smiling and still looking at his picture.

So to wrap this up, I learned a few things on this journey. 1. Stay out even if the weather is not cooperating and try something new like a decoy and see what happens. 2. Oh yeah don’t get down and screw off it might cost you a giant.

Thanks again to one of my best friends Fred. I owe you one!

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Hey Congrats…...nice buck..I like those super wide and heavy racks…..Great story too !!!

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