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Dave Meyer’s 8-pointer

November 04, 2010

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 8

Kill Date: Nov. 1, 2010

County: Madison

Season: Bow

As most of you know, it takes a lot of time and scouting to harvest a mature whitetail buck.  Most of us fellow hunters get that warm fuzzy feeling inside when we find that perfect tree, knowing that the chance for a buck to come around the corner could happen at any minute. 

My hunt started after a Saturday evening in the woods.  I was walking back to my truck to call it a day, when all of a sudden a big bodied buck ran out of the CRP in front me heading towards the road, only to run right into the side of a truck. I watched the buck stumble on the asphalt, simply to run back into the CRP with only a headache.  The truck however, was not so lucky.  It ended up with a couple of nice dents in the side.  So, the rest of the night I was curious about the situation that unfolded, simply because the buck came out only 100 yards from where I had parked my truck, an area that had gone under my radar for potential hot spots for deer activity.

Well, Sunday morning rolled around and I hunted my normal spot where I had been seeing deer, but that buck was still in the back of my mind.  So, I began to scout the area where the buck had lost the battle to the side of a 4X4.  Immediately, upon entering the edge of the woods, I noticed a rather large, fresh scrape.  I walked another 50 yards and found another scrape that was 5-feet across with a rub located right next beside.  I knew that this had to have been made by the deer I had seen the night before.  So, I hung a stand Sunday evening and settled in, but not before freshening up those two scrapes, with some scrape serum and hot doe estrous. The evening unfolded, but to no avail, only an encounter with a 4 pointer. I was still confident that I would intercept the buck coming up from the deep wooded draws leading to the CRP field.  My determination had me back in the tree Monday after work, but I couldn’t make it into the tree til 5:15pm…, with disgust of having only about a solid hour of hunting.  That feeling quickly diminished though, when I noticed that the scrapes in the area had been freshly raked up. 

At 5:50pm, my hopes became reality. An 8 pointer came out of the wooded draw and he worked right towards my direction.  He stopped out in front of me at 40 yards and made a scrape while marking his territory.  Then he got wind of my doe estrous that I had set out and came in lip curling downwind of my position.  Luckily though, I was able to slip an arrow behind his shoulder at 10 yards. The buck only ran 75 yards before expiring, but he made himself tough to find in the 6-foot tall CRP.

It goes to show that you just have to adapt to the situations that unfold during your hunts.  This is truly a hunt I will never forget.  The deer field dressed at 227lbs and we rough grossed scored him at 137 5/8 inches.

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