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Gerry Cruse’s 10-pointer

November 10, 2009

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Scorable Points: 10

Kill Date: Nov. 10, 2009

County: Peoria

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of Bartonville bowhunter Gerry Cruse is the story of his hunt for a 10-point Peoria County buck.

I was in my stand an hour and a half before sunlight on Nov. 10th during the peak of the rut. As I sat, at 6:54 a.m. I heard a crashing coming from the valley behind me. When I turned around to look behind me I saw a doe running right towards the tree I was sitting in.

Realizing it was peak rut I knew she was running for a reason. I stood up and got ready when this buck came up out of the valley running right towards me. I was at full draw when he came within 10 feet from the tree I was in.

As he ran under me, I gave him time to get out about 8 yards from my tree and I yelled: “Hey.” The buck never acknowledged I was there.

Being more interested in the doe, he ran into some thickets about 50 yards in front of me. I watched him as he stayed in the thickets and he was running other bucks off but he never left the thickets.

I had lost sight of the doe he was chasing and sat and watch him as he was chasing off the other bucks. I watched him until 8:30 when he came into what I thought was an opening through the thickets at 35 yards. I drew back and released an arrow. As the arrow flew towards him, I watched it hit a branch about 20 feet before it got to him.

The buck jumped and ran about 15 yards. When he had jumped, I saw the doe stand up out of some brush that was 20 yards from my tree. She turned and walked out of the thickets right towards me. I looked towards the buck and he started following her. As she walked under my stand the buck walked out at 22 yards and stopped right in my shooting lane.

I couldn’t believe I was getting a second chance at this buck. At 8:45 I drew back and placed the arrow perfect and he went about 80 yards and crashed. I sat in my stand until 10 a.m. before i got down. I waited that long before I got down because I didn’t see him go down and I had four other bucks come in as I sat there running 6 does with 2 of them being shooter bucks.

My 10-pointer green scored at 188 with only 1 1/2 inches of difference from side to side.

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