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Dave Gorisek’s 17-pointer

November 11, 2007

Illinois Outdoors

Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 17

Kill Date: Nov. 11, 2007

County: LaSalle

Season: Bow

Bowhunter Dave Gorisek of Mark shot his 17-point LaSalle County Illinois Outdoorsbuck with a 25-inch inside spread on Nov. 11 at 2:10 p.m. Gorisek said.

The buck scored 193 3/8 inches at the 2008 Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic.

Wrote Gorisek: “I scheduled vacation from Nov. 7-14 to try to hit the rut. Had several encounters with big deer early on but either had too much junk in the way or couldn’t get them to stop to get a shot. Then the weather got warm and the sightings slowed until Nov. 11, when this guy showed up. I hunted that morning until 10:30 a.m. and saw one smaller buck and several does. I headed back out at 1:30 p.m and was in my stand and set up by 2:00. Then at 2:10 I saw a body come up the hill west of me.

“I couldn’t tell what it was right away so I grunted six times very aggressively. That got his attention. Then I snort wheezed and he came in on a string. I drew on him when he was about 50 yards away while behind a big tree.

“He got within 18 yards and stood there for what seemed like an eternity looked for what it was calling him out. Of course, I had no shot because of too much thick stuff. Not seeing the buck that was making all of the noises, he turned and walked straight away from me. At this point I started to get sick to my stomach. Still at full draw I begged him to turn left and he did and presented me with a 25-yard broadside shot. The rest is history.”

Gorisek and his big LaSalle County buck also took top honors in this year’s Illinois  Archery Deer of the Year contest.

In polling conducted here on Prairie State, Gorisek received 850 votes to 845 cast for Daniel Beranek of Coles County.

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