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Dan Wallis’ 10-pointer

November 21, 2008

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 10

Kill Date: Nov. 21, 2008

County: Putnam

Season: Shotgun

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Oswego hunter Dan Wallis is the story of his hunt for a 10-point buck.

The anticipation of the 2008 shotgun season still held the same excitement as it did 30 years ago when I started deer hunting.

Knowing the land and the deer he has been hunting for so long, hopes were high for harvesting a mature buck. Adding to the excitement is the fact my son had been getting pictures of some really good bucks in the area.

On the morning of Nov. 21, our hunting party set out early to reach their stands well before daylight. I chose an area situated in the middle of broken woodlots. It’s a great transitional area that has produced in the past.

As I was getting settled in my ground blind, I thought that a light breeze and 15-degree temperatures should get the deer moving. At 6:40 a.m. as it started getting light, I noticed a buck was working across the field and following a doe. The two deer stopped at the creek and the doe crossed.

The buck, however, came back out of the creek and started toward me. He closed to within 80 yards and after one shot from my Winchester shotgun the buck wheeled and ran 40 yards before falling over.

After field-dressing the buck, I called my son to help me by taking pictures. That’s when my son noticed my buck was the same big one he had on trail cameras.

It’s a very symmetrical 10-pointer that field dressed at about 175 pounds.

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