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Dana Lee’s 11-pointer

November 07, 2009

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 11

Kill Date: Nov. 7, 2009

County: Knox

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of bowhunter Dana Lee is the story of his hunt for an 11-point Knox County buck.

I decided to get in the woods with the Summit Viper and Fred Bear bow a little early despite the warm temperatures on the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 7. I climbed up and got situated about 1 p.m.

I had climbed a little too high up the tree; therefore, my EZ-hanger was too low. I shook it off as a non-issue. I rattled using the new pack rack, and a big-bodied forkhorn came in bristled up thinking he was tough. He hung around for a few minutes checking scrapes.

After that nothing so much as stirred for quite awhile, around two hours. Finally about 3:30 p.m. the next thing I know, here he came straight towards me in the only clearing I had. He had a sticker and was a definite shooter at 40 yards and closing fast. It was all or nothing.

I grabbed the cam of my bow and swung it into my hand, almost drawing while my release was clamping down on the bowstring. He was still walking, now at 10 yards going behind a large tree.

I leaned out around a group of branches with a taut safety belt. Grunt. Stop. Zing the arrow hits its mark and he bolts for heavy cover/deadfalls. He stopped 80 yards out and hunched up.

He still had the arrow in him and it was a little far back. He bedded down and I watched him for about 10 minutes in the “bownoculars.” All of a sudden here comes a 150-inch, perfect 10-pointer postured up and ready to fight. He proceeded to make a scrape 360 degrees around my deer with leaves flying over his back, he was mad.

Then, like any mature buck he vanished out of plain sight. My buck was still not dead when I was ready to climb down at dusk. I slowly descended from perch and sneaked out very quietly to come back in the morning.

When I returned he was laying right where I last seen him. BBD!

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