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Dave Gorisek’s 12-pointer

November 16, 2009

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Scorable Points: 12

Kill Date: Nov. 16, 2009

County: LaSalle

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Mark bowhunter Dave Gorisek is the story of his hunt for a 12-point LaSalle County buck.

So here I was again on my annual hunting vacation week in the quest for a big boy. Hunting up to this week had been slow as for many people. Many hit and miss days.

My vacation started off on Saturday morning where I saw 12 different bucks and over 20 does. I thought wow, this is going to be a great vacation. I hit the timing perfect. Saturday night, same deal, deer everywhere.

At one point Saturday evening, I had 8 bucks chasing one doe. Sunday was a good day too seeing over 40 deer all day. Then came Monday morning. The switch was flipped and boy did it slow down. I hunted until about 11:30 Monday only seeing 3 fawns, 1 spike and a doe. After a quick lunch, I was back in the stand by 12:30. 2 1/2 hours went by and hadn’t seen a single thing.

Shortly after 3:00, I called my sister on the 2-way radio and stated “Ever feel like you are just wasting your time.” I no sooner got the words out of my mouth when I saw antlers coming through the brush about 70 yards to my north.

When the buck got out of the thick stuff, I gave him a few aggressive grunts which got him to stop, but didn’t get him to come in. He started to walk away when I hit the grunt a little more aggressively.

He stopped again, but wouldn’t come in. So when he started walked away the third time, I hit him with a snort wheeze. That was all he had to hear. He closed 70 yards in about 5 seconds. He ended up walking by at 12 yards and ran only 40 yards after the shot. Shot on Nov. 16, same day as my bow kill last year.

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