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Doug Schrock’s 15-pointer

November 21, 2009

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 15

Kill Date: Nov. 21, 2009

County: Lee

Season: Shotgun

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of firearm hunter Doug Schrock of Amboy is the story of his hunt for a 15-point Lee County buck.

This buck was a nice surprise because no one had talked about seeing him earlier in the season.

I took this buck with my Thompson Center muzzleloader at 75 yards. I watched him with four does in standing corn for about 20 minutes, but was unable to see how big he was through the stalks. He finally stepped out. I could see he was the largest whitetail I had ever seen.

It took me a minute to settle the cross hairs on him, due to the fact that I was shaking a little. I regained my composure and squeezed the trigger.

Through the smoke of the Thompson Center I could see I had put a fatal hit on him. Now my shakes had really started, it took me a couple of tries to reload my muzzleloader.

Twenty minutes later I had my buck of a lifetime in my hands.

We estimate that the big 15-pointer grossed 203 1/8 inches.

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