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Ed Emken’s 15-pointer

October 29, 2006

Illinois Outdoors

Trophy Tidbits

Scorable Points: 15

Kill Date: Oct. 29, 2006

County: Knox

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was published Nov. 3, 2006 in the Peoria Journal Star.

For most archers this is the must-hunt time.

Young bucks are chasing does. Mature bucks are showing themselves in the morning and early afternoon, biding their time until they run off the 2-year-olds. Soon the full-blown deer rut will be on.

And poor Ed Emken won’t know what to do with himself. Hunting last Sunday evening in Knox County near Oak Run, Emken shot an impressive 15-pointer - his second buck of this bow season.

Due to the state’s two-buck-per-hunter limit, Emken will have to settle for does, coyotes or turkeys in the remaining months of bow season.

“I’m a little bummed out. It’s the best hunting of the year right now,” Peoria resident Emken said. “I almost wish I hadn’t shot that first one (a 120-incher).”

He’s got no such thoughts about the latest buck, though. The deer’s massive non-typical rack was green-scored at 186 6/8 inches by his father, Yates City taxidermist Dave Emken, and grossed 198 inches. The final score was 182 inches.

The younger Emken said he first spotted his big buck Sunday, “hitting scrapes, rubbing a tree and making a scrape.”

After Emken grunted, the deer eventually walked to within seven yards under his hunting stand.

That gave Emken a clear shot with a recurve bow made by the late Elmwood bowyer Jerry Pierce. Unfortunately, Emken’s shot was a bit back of where he wanted.

“I wasn’t sure how well I hit him so I didn’t even look for him that night. I wanted to let him lay,” Emken said. “My dad kept me calmed down.”

The next morning father and son searched for two hours before finding the big buck.

“He went to the deepest, nastiest spoil-bank hole in there,” Ed Emken said.

Next stop will be a place of honor on the wall.

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