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Gaven Meiners’ 10-pointer

November 04, 2008

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Scorable Points: 10

Kill Date: Nov. 14, 2008

County: Ogle County

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Dixon bowhunter Gaven Meiners is the story of his hunt for a 10-point buck.

I crawled up into my stand at around 2 p.m. and by 2:25 I was shaking so bad I thought I might fall out of the tree and speaking gibberish. My stand is located in the middle of a strip of pines, so with all the pine needles on the ground, the deer have a real tendency to sneak up on you. After grunting a few times and getting settled into the stand, I heard a twig snap behind me.

I figured it was just a squirrel, but when I turned my head to look I saw this monster already within 30 yards. I looked at his horns once and got myself turned around waiting for a 30 yard broadside shot. Well, that’s not exactly what happened! Just before an opening he turned and walked directly toward my stand. Somehow I got my bow drawn and got my pin on him. He continued to walk right to my stand and with him that close, I couldn’t take it anymore and took a 5-yard shot straight down through his back into his chest cavity shredding his right lung! NAP Hellrazors!

At this point I watched him put his head down and run into the distance. Feeling sick, I called my uncle Jeff and my Dad (Steve) telling them both about the deer and the shot. Jeff sent Brandon (my cousin) out to help me look for him. He may be my new favorite person. After finding no blood and no arrow I began wandering through the pines kicking myself for not waiting for a better shot.

Brandon, when walking in to meet me, noticed some really fresh big buck tracks on a path through the pines. He said, “Gaven if we do not find him, I am going to go back to those tracks and follow them.” Sure enough, while I was near sickness, he called my cell phone and said that he had found him. After saying, “if you are messing with me, I will never talk to you again,” numerous times, I sprinted about 250 yards through the woods in his direction.

While running towards my deer, I lost all my extra arrows in the brush and somehow got my bow caught on my pants. After cutting my pants to get my bow released. I got to put my hands on him. I have never in my life ever felt that excited about something. I never thought in a million years my first bow buck would be this big. I am a lucky lucky man!

The buck grossed 177 inches and had a net score of 167 2/8 inches.

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